- Series: Sears Parenting Library
- Paperback: 769 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Revised edition (March 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316778001
- ISBN-13: 978-0316778008
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 870 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) Paperback – March, 2003
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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.
About the Author
Dr. William Sears is a pediatrician in practice for over 30 yrs. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, childbirth educator and breastfeeding consultant. They have eight children.
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Some of the very best parts of this book have to do with child development. The basic toys recommended are so useful. The carefully described sequence of events leading up to sitting, crawling, and walking are fascinating. The advice about working with toddlers is very excellent. Also very helpful was the chapter about fussy babies. The attitude taken by the authors, as well as the techniques advised in this chapter, were extremely helpful during my baby's first few months.
In terms of the attachment parenting advice, my own opinion is that most of it is solid. We provided our young son with all the nurturing he seemed to want, and he's now a lively and independent toddler. This book provided us with many helpful ideas for tuning into my son's wishes and needs. I think this book is a little too quick to put down the intentions of parents who don't practice Sears methods, which is why I think some parents dismiss this book as guilt-inducing. But this did not stop me from getting a great deal out of the book. I have yet to find a parenting book that I agree with entirely -- I pick and choose ideas, depending on my instincts and my son's needs. Several important aspects of attachment parenting work very well for my family, and so this book is very helpful.
The hostile reviews of this book astound me. Dr. Sears comes right out and says that this style of parenting is not for everyone, and that you should pick and choose what parts work for you and what parts don't. The entire premise of the book is that mothers know how to care for their young, and that you should follow your instincts. As far as the father's role, I actually thought that he was adamant about getting the fathers involved. As a single mother, I was wondering sometimes, what am I supposed to do about [some problem that he solved with the father helping]?
No where in the book can I find this "my way or the highway" that some reviewers talked about. This is the only baby book that I've read that really acknowledged that all babies are different and no one method can be applied to all of them. The section on high-need babies was worth it's weight in gold. How many mothers of these kinds of babies (myself included) have suffered from the just-put-him-down-and-he'll-get-over-it parenting advice. Some babies might stand for that, but high need babies? Hell no! And other baby books will say that this is most definitely the parents fault without even nodding a head to the fact that babies have totally different personalities and demand different styles of care.
Dr. Sears approach to parenting is not for the parents who believe that children are basically a nuisance and need to stay in their place. Having a baby is not like it is on television, it completely changes your life. But his principals are not some sort of formula that are set in stone, they are a just seven things that are good for babies, and I take them at that and do them to the extent that I am able and my son responds to them.
Parenting styles aside, this is an invaluable information resource. I have the mayo clinic baby care book and this is way more thorough (and interesting to read) then that.
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