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From the Author

"If you're looking for "Baby Matters," you'll love "The Baby Bond." Extensively documented "Baby Matters" won a Silver IPPY award in 2008 and was picked up by the publisher, SourceBooks. It has been updated, revised, and embellished, and is now "The Baby Bond." You can read the many wonderful reviews for "Baby Matters" on its Amazon page in order to gain insight into "The Baby Bond."

If you already own "Baby Matters," a large bulk of the text is the same. If you have one of the earlier editions, I wouldn't purchase "The Baby Bond" unless you have a newborn or young infant with challenges you are going to turn to this book for. In this case, there are lots of small but important details that I've changed my mind a little on, or just written more about, as I've followed the research over the years. I've gone through the book with great detail to be certain that each idea is still current in the science and I've made changes where I found I could bring newer information. I've added informative preemie feeding tables that should help drive home the message about feeding term infants as well. I updated lots of the references for some of the same old words just to keep the reference section looking more current, as pretty much all the messages in my book (originally released in 2001, updated before in 2007) just get re-proven over and over.

About the Author

Dr. Linda Folden Palmer is a doctor of chiropractic, a science writer, a consultant and speaker on pediatric nutrition and natural parenting challenges, and a mother.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 1st Ed. edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402226578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402226571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Linda Folden Palmer is a doctor of chiropractic, a consultant and speaker on pediatric nutrition and natural parenting challenges, a science writer, and a mother. She left her chiropractic practice shortly after the birth of her son, when she was confronted with his serious health complications and astounded by the lack of accurate or helpful information from doctors or books. For her son's sake, she delved deeply into the scientific and medical literature to find answers, which led to further questions and some astonishing realizations.

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I found this book to be very informative.
Chickpeana
This book puts out some really needed information on why it is important to have skin to skin contact and bonding time with your baby.
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The evidence is clear and this book will help you trust your natural mothering instincts and build a strong future for your child.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EmmaJ on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Baby Bond is and extremely thorough book, focusing primarily on the care of infants and babies, but also addressing prenatal and early childhood care. The author advocates attachment-promoting parenting, and backs this up with well-researched science on human development, physiology, psychology, nutrition, and evolution.

The Baby Bond is footnoted throughout, so that you can look these studies up yourself. However, Palmer distills the information, so that you do not need to be a scientist yourself to make sense of what she writes about. This is not easy to do, and her clear, intelligent prose is refreshing. She doesn't over-simplify, but explains in plain language what scientists have learned, and makes the connections between research results and everyday parenting.

This book is not polemical, nor is it prescriptive- Palmer's practical recommendations are mostly quite simple (with the exception of some of the material on food allergies- in that identifying and dealing with those can be quite challenging). I don't think that we should make our parenting decisions based only on scientific studies, nor does Palmer. But she provides us the information to help parents set themselves up for success, because, as long as we avoid the "detached" parenting "techniques" often promoted by "experts", most of us already have the ability and knowledge to sensitively and effectively care for our babies.

some highlights from this book:
1) babies are biologically and psychologically dependent, and independence comes later. There is no advantage, and quite a few disadvantages, to attempting to make a helpless infant learn to be "independent".
2) human breastmilk is greatly superior to artificial milks (formula).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conscious Health Group on October 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I started reading this book, I immediately thought "Thank you Dr. Palmer!" As a mother, I practiced attachment parenting not because it was something I read about, but because it was my natural instinct. This book is a fantastic compilation of the science behind this instinct, and how varying parenting practices affect babies on a physical as well as emotional level.

I now know why my attachment parenting practices (breastfeeding, cosleeping, nurturing) was beneficial for not only my daughter, but for my own health. As a clinical nutritionist myself, I know the nutritional and health benefits of breastfeeding vs. formula, but this was chock full of why it's beneficial on an emotional level. For example, when I breastfed my daughter for 3 years, I'd get warnings from many people that she was going to become "too attached" to her mom. In fact, it's just the opposite. Because of this book, I now realize the scientific reasons why my little one is well grounded and secure.

I have read many books that speak to the science behind various practices, but are too technical. Dr. Palmer does a fantastic job of presenting the science without making it too complicated, but at the same time, gives the references for those readers who like technical detail.

This is the type of book to have on hand and keep referring to as things come up. Read it through the first time, and then use it as a reference after the fact. I know I want to give this book to everyone I know who is about to have a baby.

While I believe each parent should do what they feel is best for their child, and their family (cosleeping versus crib, breastfeeding versus formula, responding versus cry it out, etc.), regardless of what path they choose, they should have all the facts first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mika Ono on April 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I was pregnant and a new mother I read parenting books voraciously, thinking I was doing myself and my new baby a favor. Looking back, my baby and I would have been better off without many them. The Baby Bond, however, is a book I wish I had had. Exhaustively researched yet written in accessible language, this book would have given me some reassurance that most of my instincts were just fine. It would have given me an important perspective about the whole contentious co-sleeping debate. And I would have identified my younger daughter's cow's milk allergy years earlier--without the chronic ear infections and sleepless nights that went with it. This book may challenge conventional wisdom in some places (such as on dairy), but that is part of what makes this book a must-read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A. Larsen on March 18, 2010
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When I found out I was pregnant I couldn't really find any books that felt the way I felt about what was important about raising a baby. After my son was born 6 weeks early..my hunt for books didn't get any easier. I love breastfeeding and recognized the importance, I wanted to co-sleep but that seemed to be forbidden by many!, and separating out vaccines....well thats a whole other story. I couldn't find any book that shared my feelings and I felt alone. I was on facebook one night and somehow found baby bond. I ordered it, read it, and was reassured that I was raising my baby the way I wanted to and I felt empowered! I wish I found this book sooner but its better late then never. Thank you baby bond for giving me my confindence back about raising my baby and for all the useful information that is hard to find!

This book is a good, easy and helpful read no matter what you believe!
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