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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155832335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323353
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Drs. Robert and James Sears are fathers and pediatricians in private practice with their father, Dr. William Sears, one of the country’s leading pediatricians. Robert and James co-authored The Premature Baby Book and the best-selling The Baby Book. They appear regularly on TV and in print media as parenting experts and are active contributors to the Web site AskDrSears.com.

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Robert W. Sears, MD, is a father of three, board-certified in Pediatrics, and a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library. "Dr. Bob", as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, finishing in 1998. Dr. Bob is the proud father of three active boys, Andrew, age 15, Alex, age 12, and Joshua age 6. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Dana Point, CA. In his spare time Dr. Bob enjoys surfing the California waves, mountain biking, playing bass guitar with his teenage son guitarist, and trying to keep up with his three children.

Dr. Bob enjoys a very unique approach to pediatrics by providing a combination of alternative and traditional medical care. He has a passion for healthy natural living and incorporates this knowledge into a style of disease treatment and prevention that you won't find in most doctors offices. By limiting antibiotic use, using science-based natural treatment approaches whenever possible, and focusing on good nutrition and immune system health, Dr. Bob takes preventative medicine to a whole new level. His commitment to breastfeeding success for all his patients also helps babies get a right start in life.

Dr. Bob has a particular passion for helping parents understand childhood vaccines and the options open to them in choosing the safest possible vaccine schedule for their child. As the solo author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, his in-depth knowledge of vaccines and the diseases they prevent has helped parents nationwide get a better understanding of this complex and confusing issue.

Having had the privilege to help raise three active boys, Dr. Bob has grown fond of the "parenting" side of pediatrics. He especially enjoys talking to parents in his practice about the joys, and trials, of watching their little babies and toddlers thrive through the first several years of life.

Dr. Bob is committed to enjoying a slow-paced, casual atmosphere in the office, providing long checkups, giving parents the flexibility to ask for house calls at home when needed and being one of the very few Orange County pediatricians to be available after hours, overnight, and on weekends for phone calls and home visits. Because he is not contracted with any insurance companies he is able to focus his attention 100% on just being a doctor without having to worry about the business side of running an insurance-based office. His patients take care of billing their own insurance themselves and find that once they learn the process it is very easy.

Dr. Bob has appeared on the Dr. Phil show to offer advice on child behavior and parenting issues. He has also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneris show, CNN's House Calls with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the CBS Early Show, and PBS's "A Place of Our Own".

Dr. Bob is a frequent speaker at La Leche League conferences, including Colorado, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, California/Nevada and the International LLL Conference 2007 as well as various parenting health Expos. He has written for Contemporary Pediatrics, Newsweek Japan, and dozen's of regional parenting magazines across the nation. Dr. Bob is co-author of The Updated Baby Book, The Premature Baby Book, The Baby Sleep Book 2005 and Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know and author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child and an active contributor to the content of AskDrSears.com and several other parenting websites. He is also a regular contributor to Working Mother magazine.

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This book is an easy read but consise.
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I always give the Sears Baby Book to my friends who are expecting and this will be a nice addition for their husbands!
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I saw this book at an airport book store and bought it for my son in-law who was soon to be a new dad.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tod Booth on August 27, 2007
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I'm not quite a father yet, but will be soon. I've read a few of these new father books, and many are just terrible -- full of lame jokes, and treating us like we're bumbling, beer-swilling, EPN-watching idiots. This is the first one of these that gave me what I was looking for -- straight, no-nonsense info (with some quiet humor included) about diaper-changing, baby-holding, money-saving, and pep-talk advice on being an involved dad, and treating us like we have the intelligence, humor and eagerness to raise a child. Don't let the cutesy-poo cover and illustrations put you off, this is a great book for dads AND moms (my wife loved it too).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first heard about this book when Dr. Bob appeared on CNN American Morning. I've already purchased several copies for friends who are expecting or have new babies at home. The dads (and moms!) love it - great, common sense advice that helps dads feel at-ease with the new baby. I highly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ransom on August 16, 2006
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I wish I could have read this before my twin boys were born. The style was honest and fun while giving simple and straight forward pro-tips. It is a quick and enjoyable read. The practical content answers a number of key questions, I had as a new father.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cairo on December 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We really love this book. It is casual and easy going. No insincere talk or boring chapters. Each chapter is well thought out and has a great point to make. Also it is based in the real world that I live in. The authors understand the issues that normal people deal with in a daily grind because they too have done it. My boyfriend and I read a chapter to each other every night or so before we go to sleep. It has become a very nice bonding and laugh time for us. We love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina Klatt on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Doctor Sears for your book!! This is a book for men and women alike. You tell it like it is and give the men the information they really need. I'm sure there are many others that will be in line to thank you. Tina Klatt. Mother of 3.
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Early Adopter on January 22, 2009
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...this should not be it. Of the five or so parenthood books I've now read, this is easily the worst. Sure, there are all of those "humorous" books out there that reduce men to beer-craving, sports-obsessed, single cell organisms capable only of making babies, not caring for them. Books like that are bad but they are also easy to spot and avoid by their titles and cover art. FATHER'S FIRST STEPS is far more insidious. It lures you in with its cutesy, earnest cover art and the authors' credentials and its easy-reading format. Once inside, however, you will find a judgemental tone, lackluster, humorless writing and the subtle implication that you are a beer-craving, sports-obsessed single cell organism who can appear otherwise if you follow their personal opinions on how to raise your child. And if you don't follow their 25 steps, they assure you that you are a deeply subpar parent. I don't know who needs that sort of negative reinforcement in their life before welcoming a child into the world but I certainly don't. After I finished reading this infuriating little tome, I moved onto other books that offered more balanced, less judgemental views and as it turns out, there is more than one correct way to raise a child. Ranging from the clinical to the enjoyable, check out the following: the materials offered on[...], THE EXPECTANT FATHER and BE PREPARED: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR NEW DADS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Regante on May 28, 2009
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Great book. Written by brothers who are both doctors, which works for a science oriented guy like me. Don't take that to mean that it is technical in nature, rather, the information is well researched and presented in a way that anyone can understand. This book also fits into my desire to not just be a father, but to be a great father! The text pre-supposes that you want to be a great dad and gives you the information you need to do it. The writers make it clear that research has concluded that your bonding experience with your baby during its early years has far reaching implications throughout your child's life. I love this book and recommend it for any dad who lacks experience with kids (like me) but wants to get it right the first time! (No guarantees on that, but I feel this book gives you a fighting chance.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Young on April 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My husband was a little leery of sitting through reading the "typical" baby books together. But, he really liked the approach these authors took - they pride themselves on trying to be funny, but the information is very valuable. We like the "hands-on" approach they recommend with newborns, and my husband has even marked pages for future reference, especially regarding the hospital stay and the importance of personal contact. He's already recommended this to friends, so I guess it goes without saying that "Yes, we'd recommend this to others." We're posting this review as we put their next book in our shopping cart.
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