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Touchpoints-Birth to Three Paperback – September 26, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0738210490 ISBN-10: 0738210498 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Second Edition edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210490
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Rock Family, February 2010
“[Brazelton’s] advice is timeless.”
Warwick Beacon, 8/19/10
“Should be required reading for any prospective parents or child daycare providers.”

About the Author

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Boston, is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Brown University. He is a famed advocate for children, and his many other internationally acclaimed books for parents include To Listen to a Child, Infants and Mothers, and, with Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., The Irreducible Needs of Children. Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D child psychiatrist and supervisor of inpatient psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director of Training at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. He is co-author with Dr. Brazelton of Touchpoints Three to Six and several titles in the Brazelton Way series.

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Customer Reviews

The book is extremely well organized.
Jon J
I've read them all: mayo clinic, what to expect, the first year..... Brazelton tops them all with his book Touchpoints.
Love his books - and highly recommend his books to all new parents.
Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Jon J on April 28, 2008
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There are so many books on the market about parenting in the first few years of your baby's life. I have read a dozen of them, and was mostly disappointed. The "What To Expect" books, for example, are very wordy, and have very pragmatic advice, but for me lack some "depth". Brazelton's book, by contrast is both pragmatic and philosophical, giving parents much more depth on this subject. I loved reading this book; I found it to be engaging, interesting, and very relevant to raising my 2-year old.

In particular, some things that impressed me:
* The author has great insight into infant and toddler behavioral development (in fact, he has great insight into parental behavior as well). This background gives parents some inclination for what is going on with their child, and is useful in crafting responses to various behaviors that are observed in the early years of a child's life.
* The book is comprehensive, touching on most aspects of parenting in the first three years.
* The book is extremely well organized. It serves well as both a reference, and a cover-to-cover read.

I do agree with other reviewers who have said the author is opinionated. I think this is a good thing -- and I gained more and more confidence in the author's opinions as I went along. Most new parents will do well to have a "starting point" when forming their own opinions. As an example, Brazelton discusses at length the importance of establishing boundaries with infants and toddlers, as this will help the child to feel competent and secure as they continually gain new dimensions of independence which both excites and scares children. But this is balanced with the moderating view that parents minimize negativity by not making big deals of things that don't really matter.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By B. Thomas on October 24, 2007
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I was still pregnant when I received this book as a gift. I thought it was "hokey" and not relevant to my situation. When my daughter was 8 weeks old, I finally cracked the book open. Wow. Wish I would have done it sooner. It explained my baby's fussy time and other things that was affecting her day. She is now 6 months old and I read ahead to recognize her behaviors and to get prepared to deal w/them. I love this book and recommend it to all new mothers! It is so hard to know what to expect, at least this EXPLAINS what and why they react the way they do!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian Egras on February 8, 2011
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TOUCHPOINTS is a parental guide that deals with the development of children aged 0-3 from the viewpoint of an experienced pediatrician. The advice is sound and balanced. If there are many ways to approach a subject, the benefits and drawbacks of each are explored. The best insights come when Dr. Brazeleton reveals precisely what he is looking for - in the child and in the parents - during pediatrician visits. He sees the role of the pediatrician as part of the parental team and stresses this philosophy throughout the book. Some people in these reviews have complained about the author's tone; however, I do not see any problem. To me, the author is nothing more the helpful and very experienced. I am in the process of interviewing pediatricians, as directed by the advice by Dr. Brazelton, and if we end up with one similar to him, I will be very happy.

So, why only 3 stars? While I find the advice in TOUCHPOINTS very helpful, I think it could be organized much better. Each chapter deals with a time period in the child's development, but oftentimes, the subject matters are scattered throughout the chapter or even across several chapters (with no cross reference given in-line). I found myself using a highlighter marker extensively so that I could use the book better when I need a reference.

Ironically, the one attribute that made TOUCHPOINTS completely worth the investment was its reference to another book, The Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development, which I bought.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on January 15, 2007
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I just purchased the revised version of my favorite childcare book from when I had my other kids (ages 6 and 9). Dr. Brazelton is still my favorite for his comprehensive, authoritative, yet non-judgmental, realistic advice. He has a tremendous understanding of the needs of children, in a way adults typically can't understand. In addition to addressing each stage of development in "Touchpoints", the section on special situations is extremely helpful!!!! I have loved every book he's ever written (Infants and Mothers is my other favorite) and find his advice invaluable and in the best interest of the child! He is a true child advocate and has the most calming voice to listen to....
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Less High Fructose on September 11, 2008
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Well, he may not really be, but unfortunately, that's how the writing comes across in several places. For example, p 52 "I have come to expect this tenuous, rather childlike behavior [of father and mother] when new parents come into my office. Rather than a sign of incompetence, it represents their ability to accept me in a nurturing 'grandfather' role...". p. 102 "By this time, I know parents will leap in to correct me if I'm off track, and I welcome their deeply held beliefs about who their child is becoming". If these sound somewhat condescending to you, you might be put off by the book. Also, the term 'Touchpoints' itself doesn't really refer to a particularly useful concept-- it's basically refers to an opportunity to bond with your baby. The repetitive use of the term sounds forced. OK, so this may sound like a negative review, so why 4 stars? Because despite these annoyances, the information inside is useful and I like how the chapters are essentially organized by periods between pediatrician visits. You get a chance to check your baby's progress against a pediatrician's standards. It is not too useful for the first 10 days when so many questions swirl around your sleep-deprived head. But it provides a longer term perspective (up to 3 years) whereas most baby books stop at 1 year. Sure, 1 year is a convenient way to end a book, but this is one of the few books that bridge the time period from infant to toddler. Also, it is really useful to hear what a pediatrician looks for during each visit. Aside from the tone, the book is well written, well referenced, and covers some very interesting topics (separate chapters on sibling rivalry; speech, language and hearing problems; television; grandparents).Read more ›
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