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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Paperback – January 19, 1993
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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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A pediatrician and an RN/childbirth educator have prepared a comprehensive guide for new parents. The authors encourage and describe "attachment parenting," a high-touch style that involves bonding, reading and responding to babies' cues, breastfeeding, and sharing the bed. Topics discussed range from birth and feeding to child safety and basic medical care. The discussion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome includes 1992 research results and recommendations. This is the first title to discuss high-touch/attachment parenting in such detail, although Fitzhugh Dodson and Ann Alexander's Your Child: Birth to Age 6 ( LJ 11/1/86) covers many of the same topics. Because of its size and the need to refer to it frequently, the book would probably be most useful in parents' personal libraries. Recommended for public libraries and patient education collections.
- Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I absolutely did not find this book to be an attachment parenting manifesto. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised that many of the tenants of the AP movement are in line with my (desired) parenting style rather than some sort of granola/coffee shop socialist/impossible to execute approach to life with a child. The Sears give suggestions for all different scenarios, AP or not. For example, while they do state many times that breast feeding is best, they also give plenty of information about a safe and loving way to bottle feed if you can't or won't breastfeed. Other reviewers said that the book makes them feel that if they're not breastfeeding, sharing the bed, quitting their jobs, and wearing their baby everywhere (including to the bathroom), that they are horrible parents. I did not feel that way at all. The Sears provide different ways of handling feeding, sleeping, and so on, and encourage you to make your own choice. I have done some things that they have suggested, and some not. I breastfeed and waited 2 months before bottle feeding expressed milk. I've tried baby wearing, but I have one of those rare babies who doesn't like to be held a lot who screams her head off when I put her in a sling. So she spends a lot of time in her bouncy seat wherever I am, instead of on me. I did not quit my job, and she will be going into daycare soon. She does not sleep in our bed, as I am terrified of smothering her, and because I need some sleep myself. So she sleeps in a bassinet next to our bed and we're able to attend to her immediately. The Sears were pretty clear about being anti-pacifier and because of that we instructed the hospital not to give her one under any circumstance. After spending several consecutive hours with our fingers/thumbs in her mouth (and I couldn't put her to the breast for hours because of cracked and bleeding nipples), our resolve crumbled and we gave her a pacifier...then ran to the store to buy several more. But I didn't feel the need to throw away the book once we "went against" it.
I took the advice of another reviewer and combined this book with Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child and have found both to be valuable resources.
The Sears' overall message (as well as Penelope Leach's) is that you need to be open-minded as a parent, and do what works best for your baby, for you, and your lifestyle. It will be next to impossible to find something that parrots back to you everything you think you should be doing--or want to be doing. Parenting is hard, and it is a learning experience. This book is a good guide (not instruction manual) through that process.
It freaked me out in the early days so much that after a few weeks, I hated it and couldn't read it anymore. I agree with the review titled "the guilt trip book," it's totally how the book made me feel at that time! Over the course of the early months, I also read "What to Expect the First Year," given to me by a relative. I liked getting the Sears' perspective, then contrasting it with what was in "What to Expect," which delivered some of the same information, without advocating attachment parenting. I disagreed with some of the suggestions and approaches in that book too, which went too far in the opposite direction...so after the newborn stage was over, I could read the Baby Book with a new purpose, not of finding answers, but just of educating myself in the general sense, taking what I liked from it, and ignoring what I didn't like.
I agree that Dr. Sears DOES advocate getting to know your baby and doing whatever works best for *your* family, however, I think that message can get lost in the sometimes repetitive promotion of attachment parenting techniques. For example, baby wearing--I wanted to do it, but my daughter ended up being a very active baby, and was actually happier just playing by herself on the floor. She squirmed and cried to get out when I put her in the Moby wrap. Co-sleeping--my daughter slept just fine naturally on her own in her crib from about six weeks on, without my husband and I doing any kind of sleep training or "cry it out" (just lucky, I guess!) and my husband and I slept fine in our bed, using the baby monitor.
For me, the Baby Book is good to have around the house for reference, but I don't necessarily use it for advice.