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What Baby Needs Hardcover – Sep 1 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316788287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316788281
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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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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A really great family book with an attachment parenting voice on the arrival of a new baby. A little long for my preschooler to sit through, but still a useful tool in preparing him for his brother's birth
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Love this book and so does my 3 year old. He is anxiously awaiting his new brother and has a lot of questions about what a baby can and cannot do. A lot of books seem to prepare a sibling for life before the baby and what mommy will look like pregnant. This goes into enough detail about life when baby is here. It is pro gentle parenting (baby wearing, always holding baby etc). Also discusses breastfeeding and the time that takes. We do these things in our home, so it was nice to have them discussed directly. I would not say this book is anti-formula or bottle but there is no mention of that or how mommy will put the baby down in the swing to play with other sibling. This may or may not work for everyone.
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When parents bring a new baby home, they usually have an idea of what needs this new life will have. Their new baby will be totally dependant on them. If parents have young children at home, they may not know what the new baby's needs will be. And even if they did, they may feel as though they are no longer needed. How can parents ease their children's fears about the new baby, and help them understand what their new sibling needs?
In the book, "What Baby Needs," from the famous Sear's Children's Library, children will find out exactly what new babies need. The story begins by explaining things that the new baby needs...the same needs that the sibling had. Young children will be reminded of how their parents took care of them when they were babies, and they'll learn what their new role will be in the new baby's life. They will feel comforted knowing that their parents lovingly cared for them, the same way their parents will be caring for their new baby.
There are little sections throughout the book called, "What About Me?" that help siblings understand and realize that they are important too. They provide information on their new role as "big brother" or "big sister," and gives them ideas on ways they can connect with the new baby.
My ParenTime highly recommends "What Baby Needs" - young children will find it very easy to relate to. It also answers many of the questions that they probably have about the new baby's needs and their role in its new life. Young children are sure to enjoy this book. My 6 year old enjoyed this story :-).
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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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I love this book! It explains to older siblings why mama always has to nurse the baby, hold the baby, sleep with the baby. It never ever mentions formula even once and it shows many of the tools that parents use that just aren't present in most books. Mommy & Daddy both wear the baby and the baby sleeps in a cosleeper!! The book also contains a lot of great reminders and tips for Mom & Dad to help an older sibling make friends with the baby, and feel important. Makes me want to have another baby just so we would need it in our house!
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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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Good book, I knew it would he to advanced for my little one (19 months, would be 21 months when sibling arrived) if he wasn't up for hearing the book word for work we could talk about the actions that are happening and show him that we still do things together and the baby just joins with us in our everyday lives. I don't think he quite understood but I did really like this book for the facts in it and the suggestions on how to talk to an older Child about their feeling for thr baby
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I think this is a great book! It covers the basics of having a baby in the house and being a big sister/brother with out saying how awful it might be. It also gives a pretty good picutre of what life will be like. I like the probreastfeeding pictures and words. All of my kids love this book.
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