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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2004
This book is wonderful - not only is it an absolute encyclopaedia and packed to the gills with really practical information about anything you need to know about your baby, but their philosophy of attachment parenting is the most humane way of bringing up a child, that I've read about. Every other source of childcare advice (be it book or health visitor) is so quick to tell you to 'put your baby to bed when he/she is still awake and leave them there', 'don't demand feed', etc., etc. that you feel guilty if you want to behave otherwise. Reading The Baby Book stopped me feeling guilty for wanting to rock my baby to sleep or going to her as soon as she cried in the night, or even bringing her in to sleep with us. And the result - we have a fantastic little girl who has absolutely thrived on this sort of care. I also imagine that, having had eight children themselves, the Sears pretty much know what they're talking about. So if Gina Ford (who incidentally has no children of her own!) makes you despair, buy this book.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2004
Having bought most of the popular baby books, this one is definitely the best. Answers all the common worries and questions that new parents have in a calm and balanced fashion.
Its written by a pediatrician who has had 8 kids himself and a wealth of experience of good and bad parenting practices.
Makes other books like Gina Ford's "contented" baby book seem amateurish and opinionated if not downright harmful.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2005
I found this book very useful. It is very good as a reference book and contains lots of factual information. Whilst it does advocate some alternative techniques for childrearing - such as co-sleeping which I have not followed, the rest of the information has been a great help to me. It encompasses a lot more information than other baby books that I have read.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2003
i have found this book to be very useful, and had alot of great info that seems to be relating all sort of unusual questions i had (the answers were always somewhre in this book) about all the general and important topics such as br/bot feeding, weaning etc :).
it is thourough and is set out well - chronologically.
the only thing that i find not the greatest - is that the narrative comes across a tiny bit patronising (tho this would not be a reason not to buy it).
it also seems to have a great contents section - which is what inspired me to actually buy it.
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on 17 December 2014
I think this book is fantastic,I have 4 children and have worn them co slept with them and breastfed them,this is what being a parent is about,loving and responding to your childs needs,look at nature,mums are supposed to be there for their babies,it in no way made me depressed as one reviewr wrote,i d be depressed to see my innocent baby new to the world crying in its cot alone!well done dr sears,some people really do need to think twice about parenting if they want to put their needs before the new lives they create!
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2004
If you are only going to buy one book on baby and child care then get this one. Offering wholly sensible and loving advice from an educated and experienced viewpoint it just feels like the right answer to the question every time. Avoid violent baby training and conditioning techniques and bring up your children in a thoughtful and caring way with the help of this book.
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on 21 April 2012
Absolutely excellent book written with sensitivity and a wealth of experience. Covering all practical 0-2 issues, as well as other important issues that most baby books don't cover, such as ways of being with your baby that build attachment, trust and confidence.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2010
I was recommended this book by a friend with four lovely kids. I've read pretty much all the baby books, and this is the one that I come back to again and again. I had a very colicky, needy baby (who is now a delightful toddler) and it was only wearing her in a sling, cuddling her to sleep and holding her *a lot* that got us through the first six months.

This book reassured me that it was OK to keep on breastfeeding past the point where all my NCT friends had given up, that holding my baby much of the time in those early days *wasn't* 'spoiling' her, that I wasn't a failure because she wasn't sleeping through by three months and so much more.

The book also has an excellent chapter on child development, which is linked to different ways of playing with your baby that are age appropriate. The only section I'm not keen on is the weaning one. I did baby led weaning (a la Gill Rapley) and I think that fits much better with extended breastfeeding and the whole attachment parenting approach than spoon-feeding purees. Plus I now have a toddler who eats literally anything (Stilton and broccoli, for example, are the current favourites) and we have lovely, completely stress-free mealtimes.

Many baby books are very dogmatic about what you should and shouldn't do. The Sears book suggests things, but is very clear that if they don't work for you then you shouldn't do them. For example, co-sleeping didn't work for us (I couldn't sleep, newborns are really noisy!) and so we read the bit about what to do instead. The Sears suggested moving the baby gradually further away until we all slept well. It ended up with her in the next room with both doors open - and that's worked very well for us for the past year.

In summary, even if you're not sure about the attachment parenting approach, get this book and use the bits that work for you. As the Sears say about breastfeeding, if its working for you and your baby, keep going. If its not working for either one of you, do something different.
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on 18 January 2014
was asked to buy this by my son in china well written book covers everything you need to know as new parents well worth investing in
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on 24 June 2014
Ok, it isn't little and is slightly out dated but has come in very useful!
Worth having on the bookshelf.
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