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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition Paperback – June 1, 2004
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The book is a guide to the care and development of children from birth to five years. While it is chock full of useful information, such as methods of feeding infants, sleep issues in babies and toddlers and toilet training, the real value of the book is it's discussion of the psychological development of children. At the time the book was published, the prevailing theories of childcare focused almost exclusively on methods of parental control, that is to say discipline. The experts of the day sought to teach parents how to control their children's behavior but not how to understand that behavior. Spock changed all that. By couching his Freudian approach to child development in folksy and simple language, Spock brought the theories of Freud to the entire nation. Certainly parents would have been horrified to read straightforward Freudian ideas about the Oedipal complex and such things. Spock simply asserts that girls learn to be women by imitating their mothers and flirting with their fathers and vice versa. In this manner, Freud's child development theories were accepted into the mainstream.
The first sentence of the book states "Relax. You know more than you think you do." This sums up Spock's common sense approach to the role of parents in caring for and guiding the behavior of their children.Read more ›
A great reference guide, quick answers to a lot of those questions that new parents have... even the ones that they don't know they have, and the ones they don't want to admit that they have.
I highly recommend this book!
So, my son is 4 now, and my dog-eared copy of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care still has a place of prominence on my bookshelf.
This book helped me get through a couple of awful colds. It helped me figure out childproofing. Struggles with toilet training (best advice ever- stop struggling!), dinner-time (same advice! :-) ) So many little (and big) questions were answered with this book.
I could research things in the book, prior to taking my son for his well-baby checkups.
I'm a single mom with a really supportive family - that lives a thousand miles away. Dr. Spock helped fill the gaps. It's not a bible, it's not infallible- I don't completely agree, but I don't completely agree with my mother either!
I just can't recommend this book enough.
My son is now a 7 year old second grader. And we're a part of a blended family.
I've just pulled my extremely well used copy of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child care off my shelf again and find myself looking to it for help.
I think I'll need to buy another copy, as mine is dog eared to the point of falling apart- through no fault of the book, just from constant use.Read more ›
This book covers different stages of child development. So I don't read all of them at once, only on the sections that relate to my baby's current progress.
Dr. Spock's suggestion is "TRUST YOURSELF". He believes mom knows the unique needs of her baby, and when the world-known pediatrician told you that .. what more can you say?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It talks about things that you are more likely to hear from your child's doctor. It's a wonderful guide to have in your parental collection.Published 6 months ago by Truth seek 123678
Dr. Spock book I received is great, I love it. Thanks, GracePublished 8 months ago by Grace E. Zwisdak
The best book on how to care for children. Very-well written, love it. Classic.Published 11 months ago by AGG
i bought it for my granddaughter, a young mother of two, and did not give it to her. The new version seems to take advantage of the original Dr Spock book's simple, down to earth... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lilian Aragon
I received the books quickly and took them to the baby showers to give the new parents a reference book to use instead of all of the advice they will receive from relatives and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nona Landis
What happened to the book I raised my 3 son with? It was much, much thinner in 1958.Published 19 months ago by Joan Miller