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What Baby Needs [Hardcover]

William Sears , Martha Sears , Christie Watts Kelly , Renee Andriani
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Sept. 1 2001 Sears Children's Library
When a family brings a new baby home, there are many changes. Older siblings may find it hard to understand the needs of the new baby, as well as the demands placed on mom and dad. Based on the attachment-parenting theories of the foremost authorities on parenting and childcare, William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., this book clearly explains baby's needs. The text emphasizes how siblings can be helpers to both baby and parents, while forging their own relationships with "their baby," and outlines the positive aspects of being an older girl or boy. Here is a warm, insightful book that will help the whole family joyously and lovingly welcome the newest member into their lives.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Appealing picture books written by attachment-parenting advocates. In the first title, the anticipation of a baby is shown as an opportunity for family members to love and support one another. The text, addressed to an older sibling, describes both the changes that the family prepares for and the ways that the baby, growing inside the mother's uterus, might make her feel: hungry, thirsty, and tired. Older brothers and sisters are encouraged to see themselves as competent to contribute at this time. What Baby Needs is a warm look at how life in the family changes to accommodate the needs of a newborn, and the care an infant requires. Both texts are prefaced by notes for adults on what kind of information and experiences might be helpful or appropriate to share with a child. In addition, sets of text bars throughout give parents and youngsters the opportunity to talk more about the issues raised by the simpler text of the books. In each book, the lighthearted, full-color cartoons bring some welcome new images to baby books: breastfeeding, babywearing (including both a dad and a mom with an infant in a baby sling), and the newborn snoozing near the parents' bed in an adjacent co-sleeper. Final pages in both volumes provide interested adults with notes on attachment parenting, including its key components (birth bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, and belief in the language value of a baby's cry).
Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Reviewed with William Sears' and Renee Andriani's Baby on the Way.

Ages 5-8. What Baby Needs and it's companion Baby on the Way, presented in an accessible picture-book format, offer children facts and insights about living with a pregnant mother and living with a new baby. The text of each book strikes an informal, yet informative tone, utilizing the knowledge of a doctor and nurse on the writing team. The young audience is addressed in second person, as in this passage from Baby on the Way, "As the baby gets bigger, your mommy's lap gets smaller and smaller. But there's always room for you on your mommy's lap." What Baby Needs is a good choice for parents who take exception (understandably) to books that introduce the new-baby theme in conjunction with sibling rivalry. Instead, the focus is on things like what the older child can do that the baby can't, and how to make friends with the baby. Andriani's brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations help create the books' upbeat, yet realistic tone. Two appealing books for older siblings, with helpful notes for parents and caregivers. Carolyn Phelan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for toddlers Aug. 12 2013
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I bought this book for my 2.5 year old. It was simple enough for him to understand, but would suitable for a preschooler as well. I love the fact that breastfeeding is depicted in a tasteful manner along with babywearing and co-sleeping (using a co-sleeper bassinet). Bottle feeding is also depicted as well. You could easily adapt the words or skip pages to suit your family, but I like the book just the way it is. However, I would recommend Hello Baby for an older child.
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I really struggled finding a book for my older daughter to help explain what life would be like with a new baby. Most books have babies exclusively drinking out of bottles and riding in strollers - we don't use either item in our home - so this book was a great find. We weren't thrilled with the party/baptism page, so we just made up our own words since we didn't have that kind of celebration. The gender roles & clothing are also a bit stereotypical, but it was otherwise a great story. My daughter was 2.5 when we got the book (3 when her sister was born) and she really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for brand new brothers/sisters March 22 2004
My 4 years old son loves this seewt book. This gives soon to be older sibs good idea of haw it is like to have a new baby in the family. This is one of rare book in this topic that put a lot of emphasis on older sibs while describing about their babies. Perfect for attatchement style families who are looking for a book without a picture of bottles or pacifiers. Also, families expecting 3rd or more babies would like to see that the family in this book is having the 3rd baby, while a lot of books are featuring familoes with just 2 children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! March 8 2004
This is a great book for an older sibling. My daughter is 8 years old and really enjoyed the language and pictures. It's a very upbeat book!
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