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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1 edition (March 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564588505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564588500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Stoppard, author of Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth (1993) and other titles, is a well-known authority on the health of women and children. Her version of "complete" includes coverage from birth through age five and a look at many special issues concerning health problems and development. Among the special issues that receive lesser coverage elsewhere but careful examination here are giftedness, attention deficit disorder, stuttering, and chronic conditions, such as asthma and epilepsy. The book is neatly designed, that is, emergency information is made readily accessible and everyday facts highly eye-catching. A must to place on the shelves beside the invaluable works of Penelope Leach. Denise Perry Donavin

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A fine addition to parenting collections. (Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a first time mother of twins, I needed help with a lot of the basics. Everything from telling me how to change a diaper, dressing my babies, to what to do when they were ill. It has great information on what to expect from month to month with your child's development. I found this book full of helpful information, and now I buy it as a gift for any of my friends who are expecting their first child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Miriam Stoppard's books are simply the best books on childcare I have seen. She encourages parents to be independent, confident and free to follow their instincts.

This is an essential guide for raising a healthy child. Over 375,000 copies have already been sold so I knew this book had to hold some very important information. Dr. Miriam does not claim to cover everything. In fact, she has quite a number of books on child care. Some are much less detailed. She claims that this book covers the "most important aspects" of child care in the first five years.

Her practical style of writing and explanations of complicated issues has won her a devoted following around the world. What you will find in this book is an updated, authoritative, practical, and comprehensive illustrated guide to the first five years of life. The latest recommendations for day-to-day care and suggestions for enhancing your child's health will be invaluable to a new parent.

A number of case studies are included to help parents who are raising children with special needs or caring for twins. A section on how to celebrate the differences in boys and girls will be welcomed by a parent who might be surprised. :)

The main sections include: Everyday Care, Play and Development, Family Life, Children with Special Needs, Medicine and HealthCare, Personal Records, First Aid and Useful Addresses for more information. An index completes this reference size work.

Whether you are a parent expecting your first baby or have already given birth, there is so much fun information to learn. There is also a nice section on "organizing your life."

Highly recommended for new parents or for parents who didn't have this book the first time around. I have never seen a baby & child care book which dealt with so many issues all in one book. A must-have guide for Dr. Stoppard fans and for those who are just discovering her books.

~The Rebecca Review
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I had my daughter, I was looking for a book that would cover everything. This book has it all, in an incredibly easy to read format, w/lots of bright and cheerful photos. There is plenty of practical information (e.g. how to bathe, dress and feed your child), medical information, and suggestions on how to handle more complex issues (e.g. how to help your child develop healthy self esteem and social skills). I found the book to be well-organized, w/the material presented in a format that helps you to see what's appropriate for your child's age and gender. Although a previous reviewer found it biased against boys, I think that it is helpful to know that there really are differences between boys and girls, that they each develop differently, and that you don't need to resort to stereotypes to try to parent them appropriately. There were even case reviews which were interesting and presented in a very friendly and respectful way. An excellent book all around.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucy C on February 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr Stoppard's parenting view matches my own philosophy and so I bought this book to confirm my beliefs in my chosen style of parenting. She is very similar to William Sears, although not quite so "attachment". As a first time mother with no family around me, I wanted a book that would guide me and help in situations as my baby grew. Although she covers all baby related topics, these topics are not always the "complete bible" that the synopis promises. Her sleeping tips are vague and don't really offer answers to problems. In the feeding section, she advises that at two months your baby should be feeding every four hours, but mine wasn't - he was still every two, was I doing something wrong? She doesn't say - I had to refer elsewhere to ensure it was ok. My baby suffers from bad gas, no tips or advice on diet or ways to help reduce this difficult situation and her note that colicky babies had stressed parents was frankly rude and irresponsible. Of course you will get stressed when your baby cries and you can do nothing to help - for her to say that he cries because you are stressed just compounds the situation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
The best feature of this book is its many pictures. For example, I took one look at the picture of the baby with the "umbilical hernia" and knew my baby had one too.
On the other hand, I don't find myself consulting this book very often. The information it provides is VERY BASIC, such as how to put on a diaper and how to give your kid a bath. It would probably be most interesting to read -before- your child arrives, when you are being kept up at night by the idea of soon having to change and bathe a 7-pound squirmy thing. However, once the first week of baby care is past, I don't think you're apt to consult it much.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By An American in Hong Kong (stephanie@imagic.com.hk) on February 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm expecting my first, and halfway through this book I became very concerned about Dr.Stoppard's view in raising boys. It seemed that in every single point-by-point comparison, girls far outshine boys in terms of cleaniness, behavior, needs ... in general, girls were portrayed as little angels while boys are much more difficult, aggressive, prone to playing with thier feces, twice as long to potty-train, etc. etc. Is this the truth?? I'm getting scared if I have a boy. Did other readers find her views a little skewed in favor of girls? On the other hand, her "Conception, Pregnancy & Birth" book is excellent.
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