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Drs. Robert and James Sears are fathers and pediatricians in private practice with their father, Dr. William Sears, one of the country’s leading pediatricians. Robert and James co-authored The Premature Baby Book and the best-selling The Baby Book. They appear regularly on TV and in print media as parenting experts and are active contributors to the Web site AskDrSears.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155832335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tod Booth on August 27, 2007
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I'm not quite a father yet, but will be soon. I've read a few of these new father books, and many are just terrible -- full of lame jokes, and treating us like we're bumbling, beer-swilling, EPN-watching idiots. This is the first one of these that gave me what I was looking for -- straight, no-nonsense info (with some quiet humor included) about diaper-changing, baby-holding, money-saving, and pep-talk advice on being an involved dad, and treating us like we have the intelligence, humor and eagerness to raise a child. Don't let the cutesy-poo cover and illustrations put you off, this is a great book for dads AND moms (my wife loved it too).
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I first heard about this book when Dr. Bob appeared on CNN American Morning. I've already purchased several copies for friends who are expecting or have new babies at home. The dads (and moms!) love it - great, common sense advice that helps dads feel at-ease with the new baby. I highly recommend this book!
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I wish I could have read this before my twin boys were born. The style was honest and fun while giving simple and straight forward pro-tips. It is a quick and enjoyable read. The practical content answers a number of key questions, I had as a new father.
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...this should not be it. Of the five or so parenthood books I've now read, this is easily the worst. Sure, there are all of those "humorous" books out there that reduce men to beer-craving, sports-obsessed, single cell organisms capable only of making babies, not caring for them. Books like that are bad but they are also easy to spot and avoid by their titles and cover art. FATHER'S FIRST STEPS is far more insidious. It lures you in with its cutesy, earnest cover art and the authors' credentials and its easy-reading format. Once inside, however, you will find a judgemental tone, lackluster, humorless writing and the subtle implication that you are a beer-craving, sports-obsessed single cell organism who can appear otherwise if you follow their personal opinions on how to raise your child. And if you don't follow their 25 steps, they assure you that you are a deeply subpar parent. I don't know who needs that sort of negative reinforcement in their life before welcoming a child into the world but I certainly don't. After I finished reading this infuriating little tome, I moved onto other books that offered more balanced, less judgemental views and as it turns out, there is more than one correct way to raise a child. Ranging from the clinical to the enjoyable, check out the following: the materials offered on[...], THE EXPECTANT FATHER and BE PREPARED: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR NEW DADS.
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Purchased Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know for my son who is expecting his first child. Think this book will be beneficial for him in interacting, understanding and caring for his little girl.
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By Cairo on December 8, 2007
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We really love this book. It is casual and easy going. No insincere talk or boring chapters. Each chapter is well thought out and has a great point to make. Also it is based in the real world that I live in. The authors understand the issues that normal people deal with in a daily grind because they too have done it. My boyfriend and I read a chapter to each other every night or so before we go to sleep. It has become a very nice bonding and laugh time for us. We love it!
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I bought this book for my bf. He, like a lot of men, doesn't have a lot of experience with baby's. I do, but MAN! This book is AWESOME! Don't be fooled, this book is highly valuable for first time PARENTS! It has info on hospital trips, your rights as parents, how you can save money, common things you face with a new baby. I have worked with children for 5 years as well as having babysat for years and I've learned a TON! It isn't a "you're so stupid, you need help" book. I feel like any parent would greatly benefit and anyone could easily learn from reading this, no matter how much experience they have! I can't say enough good about it. My only cons to this book is 1.)they mention husband/wife, directing the language more towards married individuals(not an issue, just an observation) and 2.)I don't like how they support having the baby in your bed. This is simply because many deaths are associated with baby's sharing beds with parents. More a personal issue than a book issue, although I do think they should mention it simply because of child safety! Otherwise I truly love this book!
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Thank you Doctor Sears for your book!! This is a book for men and women alike. You tell it like it is and give the men the information they really need. I'm sure there are many others that will be in line to thank you. Tina Klatt. Mother of 3.
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