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Dr. Spock's The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2 Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

ocket Books is releasing two companion collections of essays by the bestselling Benjamin Spock, the author of Baby and Child Care, one of the most widely read parenting books ever written. Both are edited by Spock collaborator Martin T. Stein. Dr. Spock's The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age Two guides parents through baby colic, infant fretfulness, diaper rash, spitting-up, choosing a doctor, first foods, ear infections, walking, separation anxiety, toilet training, the dangers of spoiling children and many other challenges. Uninitiated parents will be pleased with Spock's trademark common sense: on contemporary parents' lack of confidence in their own child-rearing judgments, the pediatrician cites young couples' tendency to settle down far from grandparents. This can leave them dependent on experts "who... belittle and condescend to their... readers."

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

These two titles collect for the first time essays that the late Spock wrote for Redbook (1985-92) and Parenting (1992-98) magazines. They maintain Spock's devotion to the central theme of his advice for parents: simply stated, they should "trust themselves." In The First Two Years, he expands on this idea in his reply to the question, "What has eroded so many parents' self-assurance in asking for reasonably good behavior? First is the preoccupation with child psychology, which has filled the shelves of bookstores and created a dozen magazines in the past 30 years." In The School Years, our contemporary culture's tendency to overschedule children is addressed. Spock's concern is that it can leave children overly tired and without the necessary time for friendships; however, the children he interviewed noted that they enjoyed the activities they were allowed to select for themselves. The First Two Years belongs next to Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (LJ 11/15/97) and Arlene Eisenberg's "What To Expect" series on library shelves. The School Years should sit alongside Louise Bate Ames's books. Edited by Stein, who worked closely with Spock on the seventh edition of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, these works are sure to circulate continuously owing to Spock's illustrious reputation and commonsense approach. Recommended for all public libraries. [Pocket is reissuing a paperback edition of Dr. Spock on Parenting: Sensible, Reassuring Advice for Today's Parents (ISBN 0-7434-2683-5) to coincide with publication of these anthologies. Ed.] Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., I.
- Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1773 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (February 16, 2002)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2001
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0NOG
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a very thorough, well organized resource for baby/child questions and issues from birth (even pre-birth) on up. I tend not to think any one book is a complete all in one - but this is pretty darn close. We also like that the advice and opinion offered is not as tense as some other books, as in "you MUST do this and be SURE you DON'T do this", rather, it offers examples and reasons behind the tried and true and stresses no one is a perfect parent - no two babies are exactly the same.
I plan to purchase several copies for my friends that are currently expecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AprilD on November 3, 2010
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Was expecting more in-depth information for the first 2 years of baby's development, but this very short book feels more like a bunch of generalizations and quick comments. Not worth the money if you have Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care. Also found Heading Home with Your Newborn (Jana/Shu) much more useful than this one.
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The book arrived on time.
I liked the book, the way is written makes you feel that Dr. Spock is talking to you.
It gives you an opinion and advices of what to do with your baby
and also gives you a peace of mind in many aspects that you may go thru with a newborn.
But does not replaces the baby's practitioner.
Dr. Spock was not very keen on giving cows milk or any kind of meat to a kid,
I think you should get your own opinion about that.
Buy the book, it is worth it.
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By Casey's mom on August 7, 2013
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I am a first time parent at 45. This book simplifies alot of questions I have. This advice is most helpful because Dr. Spock has been around for many generations. Even though I was not raised on his theory/thories, my grandmother/great-grandmother swore by Dr. Spock when it came to child rearing. Not everything he recommends makes sense (in this era) but the fundamentals are pertinent.
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