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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by [Sears, William, Sears, Martha, Sears, Robert, Sears, James]
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Amazon.com Review

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."

From Publishers Weekly

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I got this knowing that the authors are pro-attachment parenting, and knowing that my approach will lean towards that but probably not to the extreme they recommend. That's fine, I was more than willing to hear their viewpoints and either learn from them or stick with my own conclusions, but this book can go into the realm of preachy at times. It should be enough to state your case and your arguments once without melodramatically repeating your opinion on the matter page after page after page. I got into the habit of just skipping ahead when it got like this. There was one story of a mother who went into a state of depression because due to medical complications, she wasn't able to bond with her infant with eye contact and breast feeding immediately after giving birth. I couldn't help but think that if her doctor hadn't so dramatically indoctrinated her on how immensely critical this was to their relationship, she might have been able to cope with the situation better. Humans are adaptable and even newborns can overcome hardships far worse than that.

On the other hand, this book does contain a lot useful information and techniques, with facts and a lot of experience (both from their professions and their own parenting) to back it up. But due to the preachiness that arises throughout the book, there are times when I'm sometimes left wondering if recommendations I'm being given are based on science or are just opinions.
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As most parenting books, this one isn't for everyone. I have read many different books with many different "methods" of parenting. I take what works for me and apply as needed. Not everything in here was for our family, but some was very helpful. Worth the read.
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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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This book was really informative. It covers a wide range of subjects very thoroughly. I bookmarked a lot of them to go back to later. It also helped sell me on babywearing, which has been great for my baby and me!
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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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