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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two [Hardcover]

William Sears , Martha Sears
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)

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January 1993
A comprehensive baby care book features information on treatment of illnesses and infant nutritional requirements, and focuses on a baby's five needs: eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort.

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In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers. Attachment parenting is a gentle, reasonable approach to parenting that stresses bonding with your baby, responding to her cues, breastfeeding, "wearing" your baby, and sharing sleep with your child. For those parents who worry about negative effects of this attention, the Sears say, "Spoiling is what happens when you leave something (or some person) alone on the shelf--it spoils." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A pediatrician and an RN/childbirth educator have prepared a comprehensive guide for new parents. The authors encourage and describe "attachment parenting," a high-touch style that involves bonding, reading and responding to babies' cues, breastfeeding, and sharing the bed. Topics discussed range from birth and feeding to child safety and basic medical care. The discussion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome includes 1992 research results and recommendations. This is the first title to discuss high-touch/attachment parenting in such detail, although Fitzhugh Dodson and Ann Alexander's Your Child: Birth to Age 6 ( LJ 11/1/86) covers many of the same topics. Because of its size and the need to refer to it frequently, the book would probably be most useful in parents' personal libraries. Recommended for public libraries and patient education collections.
- Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have done an amazing job! April 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Dr. Bill and his wife Martha have written a very helpful book for new parents and the "hot" topics every new parent faces regarding sleeping, breast feeding, and "spoiling". It reaffirms the instincts that most parents come fully equiped with but don't quite trust because of well meaning advice regarding "spoiling" Trust your instincts!
I have had the pleasure of knowing one of their sons, who is currently a second year resident. The proof is in the pudding. Obviously, their method of child rearing has been very successful. Their son is a kind, generous, and unassuming man. He will make an excellent doctor.
I urge new parents to read Dr. Sears and his wife's books. They have clearly practiced what they preach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I'm frankly surprised by the number of people who thought this book described some sort of idealized world that's unachievable in reality. I didn't discover this author until my second child, but since I did choose to continue working outside the home, I adopted many of Sears' tools for attachment BECAUSE of that choice -- since I was giving up so many hours with my babies during the day, I wanted them with me at night, and hold them as close as possible! And since I was exposing them to so many germs in their child-care situation, I WANTED to breastfeed exclusively for as long as possible. Many people have tried to lay guilt trips on me because of my parenting choices, but this author isn't one of them -- I found this book to be full of practical, do-able, ideas for caring for and enjoying babies! Not to mention he's a very well-respected pediatrician -- the medical advice is right on and written in an understandable yet not condescending manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant! March 1 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Every new mother and father need this book! It is much better than the "Manual" type books. The "other" books tend to get you caught up in doing exactly what they say, and you tend to get away from your common sense. The Baby Book is the best! And trust me, I have alot of Baby books! I give it as baby shower gifts now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toss What to Expect in the Trash! Nov. 16 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After reading What to Expect When You're Expecting and feeling frustrated and guilty when their advice didn't seem to be working and just didn't feel right to me, I picked up The Baby Book while browsing in the bookstore. Eureka!!! I found that this book met me exactly where I was and validated that the way my heart was telling me to raise my son was right on target!! Guilt and fear lifted off my shoulders, I tossed What to Expect in the trash! So much of the advice in these two books is on opposite ends of the spectrum. But Dr. Sears' book is supported by YEARS of sound scientific studies that are not just promoted in his book. The AAP just recently endorsed co-sleeping with infants a few weeks ago! It is too bad that What to Expect's advice on baby slings, grazing and crying it out is so outdated and misinformed. The BABY BOOK is all you'll ever need!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed review. April 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think that this book is hands down the best medical source for parents of all the baby books I've gone through, and I've gone through plenty. However, I think that Dr. Sears greatly undersimplifies children's behavior, which I found very irritating. It just seems like the answer to EVERY behavioral problem is AP! And that just isn't the case. Children are more complex than that, and you don't even have to be a doctor to know that. For example, he talks about how much better babies sleep in "the family bed." My baby never ever wanted to be anywhere but his own crib, and to this day will ONLY sleep there.
Another thing that bothers me, and I know some here disagree, but Sears takes the hard-line on nursing, childbirth, attachment parenting and nutrition, but I feel that he wimps out when it comes to forming an opinion on daycare vs. at-home mothers. If you're going to express your opinion on everything else, why not this? (By the way, many mothers who stay at home do it because they believe it's the right thing for their child, and end up scrimping and saving, and NOT because they have loads of cash from their husbands' income!)
This is the bottom line: my advice is actually to buy this book. For me, the medical information was and is invaluable. Unlike a lot of these other reviewers, however, I never felt like a "bad parent" for not doing everything Dr. Sears recommended. I feel extremely secure in my abilities and instincts as a mother, so I really didn't care if I got the feeling that Sears would think I was doing my child a disservice just because he always slept in his own crib. If you can ignore this kind of thing too, I think you will find this book to be a great resource in other ways. One thing he says in this book is absoultely true, even applied to his own advice: if it doesn't feel right, DON'T DO IT! Remember that when you read this book, and don't be intimidated by the AP style if it's not for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sears Lack Solid Evidence for Their Approach Feb. 5 2003
By MiriL
Format:Paperback
Attachment parenting, advocated by the Sears, is a personal philosophy. It is not a scientifically proven superior way to raise children. The major flaw of this book is the lack of evidence in two areas (1) the long-term advantages of attachment parenting, and (2) the superiority of parenting styles in traditional cultures. Parents may be misled if they believe their children will be happier later in life, or that they will cry less if they use this technique. Worse, they may feel misled in 15-20 years when their child develops depression or fails to graduate from high school.
As a researcher trained to evaluate medical studies, I look carefully at any advice that starts with "Studies show..." Does attachment parenting reduce the probability of developing depression later in life? In fact, we do not fully know for sure what causes most mental illnesses, criminal behavior, or even colic. It is true that a child abused or neglected child may have a higher probability of having emotional problems later in life --- but there is a big difference between neglect and putting your baby in a crib or stroller.
My field is not child development, but judging by the number of books on babies we need more research on how different parenting styles in loving, two-parent homes affect children (schedule vs. no schedule etc). But this is difficult. One of the reasons is that it is hard to do really good research on babies or to 'randomize' babies to one intervention or another, and there are so many factors involved.
The second weakness of this book is that, like many baby books (see also 'The Happiest Baby on the Block),' it portrays childrearing in other countries as being more natural, without backing up this claim.
Are mothers in more 'traditional' cultures more connected to their babies?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Baby Book EVER - Dont waste $ on it if adopting....
I bought this book a year ago in preparation for the adoption of our daughter from China. This is the absolute worst baby book I have ever seen. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by nebalcat
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Fanatical
First, let me admit that no one can argue with the fact that the Sears are definitely experts in the childcare field, and have much to teach us. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
I think this is required reading for all parents. Dr Sears presents a gental and carring perspective that is reaferming and refreshing. We wish all babies could be Dr Sears babies!
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Sasha Graybill-pauling
3.0 out of 5 stars Mother of two -- ages 5 & 2
The medical reference information in Dr. Sears' book has been invaluable to me. However, I am not his biggest fan. Dr. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby f
I use this book all the time. I know some of the advice is different than my own philosophies, but it gives me a place to start from. My daughter is now 7 1/2 mths. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby f
I use this book all the time. My daughter is now 7 1/2 mths. old and most of his advise is accurate and right on the money. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, some great stuff, some not
I really like some aspects of this book and other features make me want to throw it out the window.
I'll start with the good
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Published on Dec 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Really , really good book......
I loved this book. That does not mean I agreed with every single thing in it, but I found it a great comfort. It is particularly good for a first time mother.
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Kimberli
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for all mothers
I am a full time graduate student and the mother of an infant. My thesis work is in the field of ethnopediatrics -- the Sears Books offer wonderful advice backed by existing... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent and comprehensive guide
This book is a comprehensive guide to basic baby care and parenting, even without the chapter on attachment parenting. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2003
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