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The Fussy Baby Book [Paperback]

William Sears , Martha Sears
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Book Description

1 Jun 2009

The best-selling authors of The Baby Book (Dr William and Martha Sears) have created a supportive and practical guide to coping with difficult and fussy children. The book contains proven methods for dealing with a multitude of difficulties you may encounter.

Parents of fussy or difficult children, take heart, best-selling childcare experts William and Martha Sears have written a book just for you. Drawing on more than twenty years of paediatric practice and their experiences with their own high-need children, they provide:

- Creative ways to soothe a fussy baby
- Information on medical causes of infant fussiness – from infections to food sensitivities
- Effective ways of coping with common high-need personality traits and behaviour
- Proven strategies for discipline – getting connected to your child early, providing structure, setting limits, knowing when to say yes and when to say no
- Tips on learning how to talk and listen
- Real-life stories and advice from parents of high-need children

In The Fussy Baby Book Dr. William and Martha Sears acknowledge the difficulties you face but show you how responsive parenting can turn these challenges into advantages for both you and your child. The Searses prove that difficult children can provide the most rewarding parenting experiences of all.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007332149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007332144
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Baby Book:

'Encyclopaedic, clear, modern and engaging… Among the best parenting books out there.' Junior

‘This is a timeless way of raising babies.’
Steve Biddulph (author of Raising Boys)

About the Author

William Sears, M.D, and Martha Sears, R.N., are the paediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears was trained at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, the largest children's hospital in the world. He has practices paediatrics for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breast feeding consultant.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok to cuddle your baby 5 Aug 2006
After friends recommended reading Gina Ford and Tracy Hogg, I tried getting my baby into a routine, applied the methods for sleeping and feeding but found, after a very stressful couple of months, that my baby wasn't sleeping through, nor taking daytime naps (20 minutes if I was lucky), nor conforming to much of a routine. If the techniques don't work, both these authors stress that the parent must be doing something wrong. I ended up guiltily doing what I really wanted to; carrying the baby in a sling a lot; bringing her into bed with me; feeding her when she indicated she was hungry. But I felt that I had failed.

Then I stumbled across the askdrsears website and felt vindicated. I subsequently bought some of William and Martha Sear's books. What a relief it's been to discover an approach to caring for your baby that isn't centred on training the baby to fit into your life. They advocate a very nurturing, baby-focused approach that acknowledges that your baby will turn your world upside down but hey, it's a baby. It's not going to last long and, most importantly, babies are helpless, dependent and are instinctively afraid to be alone and away from their mothers. You can't spoil a tiny baby by cuddling too much but you can do them a lot of harm by not cuddling them enough.

This book addresses the problems that parents of particularly demanding babies might face - exactly the sort of babies who, like mine, respond very badly to being 'trained'. There are lots of tips for bonding with your baby, getting her settled and to sleep but be warned, these are very counter to what you might have read elsewhere in that the Sears do advocate doing whatever works for you, even if this results in 'bad' sleep associations such as only falling asleep when nursing or being cuddled.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a MUST have for colicky and high need babies. Everyone I know with high need children have this and its the #1 recommended book on the subject, with #2 being "The Spirited Child" which is for slightly older children and up. High needs babies are defined by Dr. Sears, really the best authority on the subject, as intense, hyperactive, draining, feeds frequently, demanding, awakens frequently, unsatisfied, unpredictable, supersensitive, unable to be put down, uncuddly (oh sooo true!), not a self-soother, and seperation sensitive. He also says most babies ARE high needs in one area or another, but highneeds babies are high needs in almost ALL departments. Remember though, that your high needs child may have many of the traits, but not all. Each child expresses their high needs traits in their own way and the behavior is manifested individually. There are also high need FAQs online. But they will not give you 1/100th of the valuable information and validation you will recieve from this book -- its a GODSEND. ;)
p.s. The only reason there aren't more reviews here I think is that high needs kids are so high-maintenance we never have the time or energy to do anything but sleep and eat. LOL ;)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book made me feel better about my child! 3 Jan 1999
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I bought this book after feeling angry and disappointed that my son's temperament did not match up with what is considered normal in most parenting books. I kept wondering what I was doing wrong to make him so cranky all the time. After I bought the Searses book, I felt so much better. It describes all sorts of personality traits common to high need babies, but instead of making them seem like a curse, the authors show how these traits are beneficial for the child now and later in life. If you are at your wits end because you feel like you can never put your baby down without him/her crying or that your baby wants to nurse all the time-get this book. You will feel so much better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read 27 April 1999
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I wish I had this book when my toddler son was a baby. I'd heard of it back then, but was skeptical-what a mistake!! The description of a high needs baby read like a description of my son. It was wonderful to know that he is perfectly normal, and probably a lot like I was as a baby. The only drawback is that there was not enough information on what to do with your high needs toddler if you misunderstood him as a baby. The information presented in this area was useful though.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
From the first moment I knew that my daughter was a bit extra - extra smart, extra loving, extra needy, extra fussy,...and I wasn't sure how to handle her. Most of the time I just followed my instincts but have recently started loosing faith after hearing "you gonna spoil her" from friends and family too many times.
After reading this book I realized that many parents are following this style of parenting. It helped me form a perspective on how to help my high-need toddler's personality flourish and feel sure (and proud) of my mothering style. I only wish I had this book 2.5 years ago before my baby was born - every page breaths with love and the most beautiful ways to enjoy parenting (I am already looking to buy a sling so that my next child has a peaceful transition from womb to the outside world).
I most warmly recommend this book to all the mothers (not only ones with high-need children) as it teaches a lot about children's personalities, ways to help them grow and how parents to enjoy it during the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for when the other books don't work
Sears knows what he's talking about and says the things you felt were true despite what everyone else says and gives you confidence to parent
Published 2 months ago by ms Gabriel Luketina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Really informative for parents
Really informative book, lost of advices and suggestions, although our little daughter has not had classic colics we think is a high need girl as Sears defines this kind aof... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lipsy Herranz
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great practical advice - a new parents must have
Bought this book after reading the Sears Attachment Parenting book which I found really really good. I love the Sears work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aussiebell79
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally changed the way we parent
I am a first time mum of twins and have one really laid back baby and one high needs, demanding baby and thought I was pandering to a manipulative son by responding every time he... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Suke
3.0 out of 5 stars Just go on the website
I've found Dr Sears principles really useful when it comes to parenting my child and whilst the principles of parenting a high need child are really useful I found that this book... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rachael Squires
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended not only for parents of fussy babies
I am a first-time parent and I bought this book when I realised that my son is more alert and more active than other babies born around the same time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by magsylpi
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute lifesaver
Well, I'm five weeks into parenting what is turning out to be a very high need baby. I have been tearing my hairout with frustration and blaming myself for my baby not being able... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Katylou
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed.
We recently bought the fussy baby book on recommendation from a friend. It has set our minds at ease to confirm that we are not going insane and that our little baby is just like... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by G Roux
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't tell you what to do if usual attachment parenting stuff isn't...
First of all, if you already have The Baby Book you won't find anything practical in here that isn't in there, although there is more psychological advice on dealing with fussy... Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by Juliette
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful helpful book
I have read this book again and again, first with a "fussy" baby, then toddler, and now with a new baby. Full of insight and compassion for both baby and parents. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by Gilly
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