- Paperback: 10 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671760602
- ISBN-13: 978-0671760601
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,211,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care Paperback – 1 Jan 1993
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Sadly, since he died in 1998 the publishers have used his name as a brand for many books that were not written by him. You might think that this book would be different, seen as Benjamin Spock is listed as its author, but it isn't. The book has been extensively rewritten in such a way that almost everything good about the old versions has been lost.
The beauty of Dr Spock's own version of the book is that speaks sensitively and helpfully about both the emotional and the practical aspects of being a parent. It integrates the two, which is a rare thing. What has happened since is that the book has been rewritten by medical doctors who lack Spock's psychological training. As a result, the later editions focus far too much on giving factual advice. They are crammed full of facts and information (this edition is more than twice the length of the earlier ones), and have been stripped of the wonderfully thoughtful passages that made the original great.
My advice is to get a used copy of the book published before 1998 (when Spock died) - I bought the 7th edition. Later editions do not live up to the book's reputation, but the earlier ones really do and are worth 5 stars!
Unlike many other books we have looked at, Dr Spock's old (fashion?) device are still very much up to date. There are not "You have to do it EXCACTLY like this or..." or telling you how to stick to a regime "so that you don't spoil your child", bar from maybe understand the important of routines. But questions from how to cut nails, no poo nappies for some time/to too many poo nappies to the Big Issue: Baby don't sleep through the night are all there.
With Dr Spock you are armed with confidence and you can concentrate on just enjoying your child and deal with what may come -if it ever happens!
Spend more money and get a better, more quality edition.
The thing which I liked most about this book is that it is very positive, modern, liberal and open-minded.
For example, Dr. Spock introduces hospital delivery and home delivery, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, disposable nappies and cloth...Later on in the book there are chapters about spoiling, feeding, diet, school, learning, allergies, nutrition, bullying, disabilities, domestic violence, adoption, sleep, cultural differences, sexuality, babysitters, grandparents, games, religious beliefs, death, colic, divorce, depression, tantrums, stepfamilies, single-parent and gay/lesbian families.
This book covers childcare from prebirth to adolescence, has loads of advice and help for parents (with contact numbers and websites), also it is answering a lot of questions about toddler's, children's and teen's behaviour and how can an adult successfuly and maturely manage it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've no doubt this book will prove an invaluable resource, but the actual quality of the book is terrible. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarah
Elements of the good old fashioned common sense from Dr. Spock brought up to date.very helpful.Published 18 months ago by Doreen Hunt
hi sorry for not getting back to you my wife loves the book takes her back to the old days its a big help on remembering on what to do regardsPublished 20 months ago by martha mccurdy
I gave it to my daughter because I used it when she was a baby. I think it worked, my granddaughter agrees!Published 22 months ago by v laverty