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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: 1.6 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,600 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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It is very reader-friendly in that it is well-organized and "easy" to read.
techica
I raised my children using Dr. Spocks book, and so were my grandchildren, and I got this for my great-granddaughter.
Linda Chase
Have bought this book for many friends over the years and ALL say it's one of the best gifts they got !!
greg

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Delilah on July 28, 2005
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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
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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
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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
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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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By raboof on February 21, 2006
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Dr. Spock's folksy manner of writing and inherent trust in the abilities of parents make this book essential reading for the first-time parent. The book hits on all childhood stages from pre-birth through the teenage years, so it does gloss over many specific issues, but it manages to cover the major events of growing up and how parents should expect and prepare for them.

There are several flaws which don't take away from the validity of the book, but which make it less than it could be. The first is the lack of citation for scientific facts. If he says that 1 in 20 children will be affected by ADHD, I'd like to see where that number was pulled from. However, this isn't a book about science and I can understand the reluctance to interrupt the prose for a usually unimportant side note regarding facts just presented. Still, I think that it would be useful to have research citations available, especially with the modern parent's ability to do research on the Internet for themselves.

The other problem I had was the politicization of childcare. He frequently mentions political organizations and activities that are meant to help children, and he encourages parents to get involved with these. The subliminal message is that you can't be a good parent without believing in and supporting a more socialist form of government. There's no problem with such beliefs, of course. They just seem terribly out of place in a book about childcare.

Despite these flaws, "Spock" delivers credible childcare information which can be easily digested by anyone. This isn't a book to read in one sitting. Rather, you'll find yourself coming back time and again to gain more information as your child grows through the stages of childhood.
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