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The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby Paperback – August 7, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Sears Parenting Library
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316778095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316778091
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Sears, M.D., a practicing pediatrician for over 25 years, and his wife, Martha, a registered nurse, are the authors of 16 books, including The A.D.D. Book, The Discipline Book, and The Baby Book. They are featured childcare experts for Parenting.com and the parents of eight children. They currently reside in Capistrano Beach, California.

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I love Dr. Sears and I do feel that attachment parenting is the right choice for us.
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Great parenting book for a baby shower gift!
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269 of 273 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Walter on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy this book! I had never heard of attachment parenting until I ran across other Sears books on Amazon. I hesitated to buy it because some of the other Sears books had very mixed reviews and some readers felt that the Searses were biased in favor of the traditional stay at home Mom/co-sleeping/breastfeeding model of parenting. That is basically what I have been doing with my third baby (a three month old-- and the brother to a 15 year old and 22 year old!)but didn't know that I was following a parenting model. I have actually been unknowingly practicing some form of attachment parenting with all three of my boys, especially with the last two. A few reviewers of Dr. Sears books with similar subject content express feeling that the bias disregards all other parenting styles and insinuates that working mothers are not giving their all to their children. Reading the book carefully, I found this simply to be untrue. The authors are describing a model of parenting that applies to parents with many different circumstances. It is clearly expressed in the book that attachment parenting is an excellent parenting style for working mothers as well as the traditional stay at home Mom. It is strongly advised that breastfeeding is best for baby all around and that it deepens the mother-child bond. I believe that mothers should choose what is comfortable for them, but I personally have experienced a deeper bond with my second child whom I breastfed much longer that I did my first child. The principles here are flexible and flexibility is at the core of parenting. I don't find much bias in the book, and there are some wonderful ideas on how to deal with all personality types of babies. It is a good book all around, and I think a reader can take the best it has to offer and implement that with the best of other books by different authors. I am pleased with this book and would advise readers to consider it with an open mind and an open heart.
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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A good concise book, but you can find most of the same material in the Attachment Parenting chapter in Sears' The Baby Book, a much more comprehensive book of the same price.
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167 of 174 people found the following review helpful By miel on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was GREAT! I wish I would have purchased this before having the baby. Instead I purchased it 3 months after having the baby after I had read a lot of other nonsense from other "experts". This book really made a lot of sense in that it treats having a baby/child more like a LIFESTYLE (which having children is a change in lifestyle). The other books I read seemed to be treating the baby like a nuisance or inconvenience rather than a human life. This book really helped me to relax and get away from the idea of schedule or routine with the baby and go more with the flow of treating the baby like a person with her own needs rather than a dog to train to be on a schedule.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By KC on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thank you Dr. Sears! Attachment parenting has been around since the beginning of time, but we have Dr Sears to thank for bringing it to the forefront of discussion with the many books he has published, which all rally around the belief in AP. This is a must-read for first-time moms, as well as a great book for moms with children. With how our society pushes mothers to create independence in our children from the second they are born, telling us if we don't they will be clingy, whiny brats with the inability to allow us mothers to go on with our own independent lives, Dr. Sears brings us back to the importance of holding, loving and nursing our children, impressing upon us how these are CHILDREN who NEED their parents. I've read this book and now purchased it as a babyshower gift.

I've read this, as well as other Dr. Sears books, and have been a firm follower in AP (all mothers do it to an extent). My daughter has slept in our bed since she came home from the hospital (which I said I'd never do), she was breastfed until 2 1/2 (which I said I'd do for only a year) and she has been carried every chance she had. As a result (at 3 1/2), she is one of the most independent, self-disciplined, empathetic, funny and well-behaved children you will ever meet. Please go on and read Dr. Sears' books on discipline and raising a succesful child. My success as a parent has been due to Dr. Sears sharing his philsophy that "discipline" means much more than "punishment".

All I've really done is follow my instincts. However, Dr. Sears helped me to put some of my instincts to action and helped me to understand why some of the parenting advice out there, that went against my mothering instincts, was not the right option.
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful By "tfred@aol.com" on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I received this book after ordering it from Amazon.com, I was shocked at what a small, thin book it is. This book is really more like the size of a booklet or as one previous reviewer said, it is more like just a rehash of a single chapter from his bigger books. I didn't learn anything new from it that I hadn't already read in "The Baby Book" and his other books. I feel like Dr. Sears is trying to wring every last penny out of parents by repackaging his previous book *chapters* into book after book after book. I got much more out of 'Attachment Parenting' by Katy Alison Granju. It is the book I give as a baby gift to every pregnant friend and new parent.
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