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Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 8 edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743476670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743476676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,087 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.

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Dr. Spock helped fill the gaps.
Delilah
I highly recommend this book as a backup for any first-time parents.
Linda Chase
I actually borrow this book from my local library.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Delilah on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has the most common sense approach to parenting I have seen to date. Very much an advocate of trusting your own instincts, he allows parents to be comfortable with their decisions.

A great reference guide, quick answers to a lot of those questions that new parents have... even the ones that they don't know they have, and the ones they don't want to admit that they have.

I highly recommend this book!

**********************UPDATE************************

So, my son is 4 now, and my dog-eared copy of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care still has a place of prominence on my bookshelf.
This book helped me get through a couple of awful colds. It helped me figure out childproofing. Struggles with toilet training (best advice ever- stop struggling!), dinner-time (same advice! :-) ) So many little (and big) questions were answered with this book.

I could research things in the book, prior to taking my son for his well-baby checkups.

I'm a single mom with a really supportive family - that lives a thousand miles away. Dr. Spock helped fill the gaps. It's not a bible, it's not infallible- I don't completely agree, but I don't completely agree with my mother either!

I just can't recommend this book enough.

**********************2nd Update!******************************

My son is now a 7 year old second grader. And we're a part of a blended family.

I've just pulled my extremely well used copy of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child care off my shelf again and find myself looking to it for help.
I think I'll need to buy another copy, as mine is dog eared to the point of falling apart- through no fault of the book, just from constant use.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dr. Spock's common sense approach to practical parenting and sound advice on the most basic elements of childrearing will never go out of style no matter how many times this book is revised and reprinted. This is Mom And Dad 101 and covers everything from preconception to teenhood. Spock answers the most elemental stuff - Care and Feeding, Diapering, to health issues and how to answer those tough questions from your toddler. A must-have for any parent, either first time or twelfth.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Safiro on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I actually borrow this book from my local library. I am quite amazed by Dr. Spock's insight. I know and I've read so many times that each baby has its own unique development. But somehow Dr. Spock explains it in a different way. He also explores the importance of non-physical development, things that we missed on daily basis just because we are too busy comparing other babies are chubbier. Admit it mom!
This book covers different stages of child development. So I don't read all of them at once, only on the sections that relate to my baby's current progress.
Dr. Spock's suggestion is "TRUST YOURSELF". He believes mom knows the unique needs of her baby, and when the world-known pediatrician told you that .. what more can you say?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By techica on May 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though you must take some of his child-rearing advice with a grain of salt, this is the most comprehensive childcare book I've encountered. It is very reader-friendly in that it is well-organized and "easy" to read. I've seen some books that are way too generalized, simply giving you information that is already intuitive for most people. This book touches on everything with just enough depth. I think it is especially handy to have the first-aid information at reach. While there are always more detailed resources like WebMD, the dangers in using such sources are that unlicensed, untrained parents end up feeling a mistaken sense of security in being able to "diagnose" their own children. This book allows parents quick access to answers for basic questions--and besides, who is going to spend the time surfing the internet in an emergency when you can quickly grab a book instead?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Boren Soucy on August 30, 2005
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This book is a staple for child care and raising. I bought it for my daughter and her husband, so that they could have it for their new son.

Great resource!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on July 9, 2008
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Dr. Spock's book is a must have for any mom or parent! This is a huge book (900 pages) FULL of information. This is a book that is helpful more than just during the all-important first year, it includes information up till the age of 18...That's the kind of book I like, one that I'll be using, not one I have for a year and then I'm done with it.

There are several sections: Your Child Age by Age (prenatal, delivery and then broken down into ages up until 18 yrs), Feeding and Nutrition (breastfeeding, formula feeding, starting solids, a picky toddler), Raising Mentally Healthy Children (daycare, disciplin, sexuality, stresses and tantrums), Common Developmental and Behavioral Challenges (sibling rivalry, whining, habits, toilet training, disabilities), Learning and School (learning and brain, ready for school, school problems, planning for college), Health and Safety (injuries, immunizations, first aid, dental, common childhood illnesses). As you can see, this book is pretty comprehensive! My son is 2 and so far I am finding some tips and advice helpful, and other times the section is too vague or not helpful. But, overall I still think it's a fabulous book for parents. I had a long search for a book like this and this was the best I could find. The only other that I got and enjoyed was Your Baby's First Year (endorsed by the AAP), but that was only good for year #1.

If you're a new parent and looking for a helpful, comprehensive parenting book, search no more! This was the best book I could find.
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