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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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Book Description

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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review July 8 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Dr. Sears' book contains valuable discussions of contemporary parenting issues that cannot be found in other standard parenting books, including a comprehensive discussion of breastfeeding techinques and chapters on "baby-wearing" (using a sling) and on "nighttime parenting," including sharing a bed with your baby. As first time parents interested in these subjects, we found the book very useful.

Unfortunately, the book is marred by three serious flaws. First, Dr. Sears -- although including frequent mention of the role of fathers (which many books do not) -- appears to believe in the "natural" primacy of the mother-baby relationship. Our baby's father felt quite slighted by many of Dr. Sears' comments in this regard. Further, Dr. Sears' views simply do not reflect reality in many modern households. In a similar vein, Dr. Sears' book contains a strong subtext that it would be better for the child if its mother did not work outside of the home. Second, Dr. Sears is rather cavalier in his use of medical studies. When they support his theories, he refers to them extensively without mentioning contrary studies and results, no matter how well-accepted. When study results do not support Dr. Sears' views, he tosses them aside by suggesting that one can find a study to support any theory. Third, Dr. Sears' tone is so didactic that the parent who chooses not to follow his advice runs the risk of feeling guilty.

In short, the book contains valuable advice that cannot be easily found elsewhere, but the first-time parent would be wise to take Dr. Sears with a grain of salt!
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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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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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