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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Hardcover – Jan 1 1993


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  • Hardcover: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T) (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316779067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316779067
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.8 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,052,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3 2004
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 By A Customer on Aug. 23 1998
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1 1998
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 16 1997
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7 2002
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 By MiriL on Feb. 5 2003
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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