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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition Mass Market Paperback – May 25 2004

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 8th Revised edition edition (May 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743476689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743476683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Benjamin Spock, M.D., practiced pediatrics in New York City from 1933 to 1947. He then became a medical teacher and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The author of eleven books, he was a political activist for causes that vitally affect children: disarmament, day care, schooling, housing, and medical care for all. He had two sons, a stepdaughter, and four grandchildren. Dr. Spock, who died March 15, 1998, at age ninety-four, was married to Mary Morgan. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care has been translated into thirty-nine languages and has sold fifty million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1946.

Dr. Robert Needlman grew up in Chicago, attending the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where his mother was a preschool teacher. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in English Literature and earned his MD from Yale Medical School. He trained in General Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral  Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital, where he led the development of Reach Out and Read, a project to promote reading aloud.  ROR programs now help millions of children to grow up loving books (learn more at www.reachoutandread.org).   In addition to being the revising co-author of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 8th and 9th editions, he is the author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics and writes for Drspock.com.  Dr. Needlman practices and teaches Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Carol Farver, a surgical pathologist and educator. Their daughter, Grace, is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Art.


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It would appear that some reviewers vehmently loath Dr. Spock yet they quite blatantly have missed the very key point of everything he said. Throughout the book he stresses numerous times the importance of following YOUR instincts and that he is only SUGGESTING methods for CERTAIN situations and he states quite clearly that it is of the utmost importance to realize that every child is different and parents are human and therefore you should not apply his methods, or any other "experts" methods to ALL cases without using YOUR OWN judgements. The core of everything Dr. Spock said was love your children and enjoy the experience of being a parent. He gives confidence to first time parents and a great deal of helpful advice on every aspect of baby and child care. One can get a great deal out of Dr. Spock's work, but only if they are patient, thorough readers with a certain amount of common sense.
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Ten years ago with the birth of my first child, I received 6 different books on baby care--all from the best sellers list. Over the next 10 years each of them, at one time or another, was heaved against a wall at 2 am or tossed into the kitchen trash can. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care helped me to correctly diagnose croup in my 6 month old daughter, which led to a call to the pediatrician as opposed to a trip to the ER. Dr. Spock calmly and reassuringly helps parents learn THEY are the experts about their own children.
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This is a great book - especially for new parents. Our family owns this book and we have bought this book for friends and family who were about to become parents. It is an excellent reference guide - not a book you read from start to finish. Whenever our daughter was ill or something unexpected occurred, there was always a helpful passage that informed us what to do or pointed us in the right direction to the find the answer.

The book tries hard to stick to undisputed facts and solutions, but this is an impossible task. Occasionally the author's opinion makes an appearance, but such appearances are seldom and rather easy to forgive or ignore.
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It's a shame I can't give this book 0 stars. Somehow having heard Dr. Spock's name growing up I thought this would be a good book to get. I couldn't have been more wrong. His views about co-sleeping with babies are rather twisted (makes me wonder what sick thoughts went on in his mind) and the most laughable is his advice on letting your baby cry him/herself to sleep, even to the point of vomiting. I'm with another reviewer on this topic: research his personal life and see what kind of father he actually was himself. If this man were still alive, I would not leave him alone with my child for one second.
I suggest that people who want to learn more about medical issues regarding their children as well as good and LOVING parenting read "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears. It was recommended to me by a friend and I have since bought several of his other books. He and his wife co-write everything and it is really wonderful.
Dr. Spock's book should be abandoned and thrown into recycling bins everywhere. My husband was right. Dr. Spock was nothing more than a man with connections who built a publishing empire.
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It's a shame I can't give this book 0 stars. Somehow having heard Dr. Spock's name growing up I thought this would be a good book to get. I couldn't have been more wrong. His views about co-sleeping with babies are rather twisted (makes me wonder what sick thoughts went on in his mind) and the most laughable is his advice on letting your baby cry him/herself to sleep, even to the point of vomiting. I'm with another reviewer on this topic: research his personal life and see what kind of father he actually was himself. If this man were still alive, I would not leave him alone with my child for one second.
I suggest that people who want to learn more about medical issues regarding their children as well as good and LOVING parenting read "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears. It was recommended to me by a friend and I have since bought several of his other books. He and his wife co-write everything and it is really wonderful.
Dr. Spock's book should be abandoned and thrown into recycling bins everywhere. ...
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I ran out and purchased this book on name recognition alone - after all this IS Dr. Spock! After the first gentle chapter, reassuring all new parents that we know more than we think we do and we should trust our instincts, this book takes some very strange turns. The first is Dr. Spock's views on vegetarian diet for babies. We are most definetly NOT vegetarians, but this book made me feel almost guilty about not raising my baby in a more "healthy" fashion. What's more, he offers almost no nutrition and diet information for us omnivores (as if you don't follow his advice and become a vegetarian, you aren't worth addressing). The second weird part was his advice on sleep issues - particulary dealing with an infant who cries to the point of vomiting in her crib. His solution (page 526)? Ignore it and let her cry herself to sleep - you can clean up the vomit later! The third - and most bizzare - offering is on children in the parents bed: he advises against it, which is fine, and then goes on to say that it is acceptable for the child to come to the parents bed in the morning to spend a few quality snuggling moments before the family starts their day as long as - get this (page 522) - "IT DOESN'T MAKE EITHER PARENT UNEASY, FOR EXAMPLE, BY STIRRING UP SEXUAL FEELINGS"! I'm not sure who his target audience is, but my husband and I are definetly not part of that group. My advice is to skip this book and purchase "The New First Three Years of Life" by Dr. Burton White (for developmental issues) and Caring for your Baby and Young Child" by the American Academy of Pediatrics (for child health issues)
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