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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Kindle Edition

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In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers. Attachment parenting is a gentle, reasonable approach to parenting that stresses bonding with your baby, responding to her cues, breastfeeding, "wearing" your baby, and sharing sleep with your child. For those parents who worry about negative effects of this attention, the Sears say, "Spoiling is what happens when you leave something (or some person) alone on the shelf--it spoils."

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William and Martha Sears, a pediatrician and a registered nurse respectively, team up with two of their doctor sons to update their 1993 guide to "attachment parenting." Advocating a "high-touch style of parenting to balance the high-tech life of the new millennium," the authors teach new parents how to bond with their babies through seven fundamental behaviors, including breastfeeding, "babywearing" and setting proper boundaries. When parents keep close to their babies by bringing them into bed at night and picking them up when they cry, the infants develop better, the authors argue; rather than becoming spoiled, they become more healthy and independent. From tips for a healthy birth, getting your baby to sleep and feeding him the "right fats," to information about early health concerns, the major steps in infant development and troublesome but typical toddler behavior, the authors of this comprehensive volume (who share their own parenting experiences along the way) are assured and reassuring experts.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3649 KB
  • Print Length: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (November 16, 2008)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033WPCUA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SaraLiz on June 1, 2011
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I think I would probably have liked this book better as a print edition. I was thinking it would be more convenient to have an electronic reference book, but I was wrong. The information in the book is fine. I agree with other reviewers: the main message of the book is a good one, but don't feel like a bad parent if you don't want to do everything they suggest. Basically, follow your own intuition as a parent, and don't be pressured into doing something you don't feel is right. I do think it's a good thing to foster a close relationship with your infant and I don't listen to anyone who says I "spoil" my baby just because I pick her up when she cries.
My issue is really with the Kindle edition of this book. If I'm going to pay nearly as much for an electronic version as the print, then I expect it to deliver. There are charts that I can't read, links that don't go to what they reference, and it's really a cumbersome book to navigate. If you're intending to just read it cover to cover, it probably wouldn't be that bad, but it's not really that kind of book. I'd just pay the few dollars more and get a hard copy. The space it takes up on the bookshelf is well worth the time savings when you just want to look something up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Miller on January 25, 2011
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The kindle version reads poorly. There are hundreds of page references that don't apply to Kindle and there are these little pop-up mini articles that are inserted, sometimes in the middle of a sentence.
I can agree with many other reviews that this book presents a rather limited view.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Mom on January 17, 2012
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I rarely give anything one star, but I threw this book away. Short story, a friend gave me this book before my first baby was born. My friend was an attachment parent, and that just isn't my style. I'm glad Dr. Sears and his wife found a style that worked for them, and that other parents find that useful, but I would literally lose my mind parenting that way. My kids would only see me through the small glass window of my inpatient psychiatric room.

What I particularly resent about this book is how Dr. Sears traces so many childhood maladies back to lack of breastfeeding, co-sleeping, nighttime parenting, skin-to-skin contact, etc. Again, this works for some people, but not me. Besides, inpatient psych units are expensive.

My bible for taking care of my kids is the American Academy of Pediatrics: Caring For Your Young Baby and Child. Solid, middle of the road medical advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atull on February 26, 2013
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I usually don't like buying books like this on Kindle. If I'm going to reference something often, vs just read and never look at again, I like having it in hand. However, I found I could use the table of contents easily to find the subject I needed. The best part was I could do all this one-handed (which is all you have with a newborn, right?) while nursing my son. So while he ate I would research the newest dilemma on hand. Definitely could not have done this if I had the huge paperback edition.

The book itself is my style. I didn't know I leaned towards attachment parenting (didn't know what that was!) but when I started reading this book it just felt 'right'. He promotes co-sleeping (not for me, but I didn't feel offended by his promotion of it), baby-wearing (great tips), and what he calls common sense parenting. As far as medical advice, I'm a nurse and feel very comfortable with what I read. He doesn't promote taking your baby in for every cough and fart, and offers sound advice for how to treat the little, common stuff at home. But he goes on to say what to watch out for and when to seek the MD.

Great book to have on hand and research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.P. on March 15, 2012
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Raised in Indian culture, we were raised in a co-sleeping, attachment style of parenting. I wanted to do the same for my baby but wanted to get an idea of how to do it while living in the USA. My pediatrician and some other sources were referring to "Parent-directed feeding" methods where parents control what babies do. I dint want to be such a parent. I dont want my baby to be independent when he is 1.5 months old, but he needs to be independent when he is 3 years old. This is the idea with which I picked Dr. Sears' book.

The book has proven to be a very beneficial asset. I have not yet completed the book, but I like all of their feeding, and breastfeeding, sleep related parts. I am still reading it and would put in my review as soon as I am done.

Overall, if you are looking for being an attachment parent, please do buy the book. Breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cooking for your infant, feeding techniques for your toddler, colic - the book is like a manual for these aspects
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Grunwald on June 14, 2011
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My mother gave me this book to use as a refernce upon the birth of my baby, but it was hard to find time to read it while trying to recover and take care of a newborn. When I finally got around to looking through it, I found a million tips on baby care and parenting that I had had to learn the hard way; if only I'd read this book BEFORE giving birth!

I finally got the kindle version so that I could read it while nursing, and I'm so glad I did. Now I tell all my pregnant friends about this must-have book and urge them to read it before the baby arrives.

The only problem with the kindle version is that the charts and graphs, which are so helpful in the print edition, are next to impossible to read on kindle, and the lists are improperly formatted on the kindle to appear as unpunctuated paragraphs. It's such a shame. I'm glad I have the print version for reference.
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