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Spock Dr : Dr Spocks Baby and Childcare [Hardcover]

Benjamin Spock , Michael B Rothenberg
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Mar 1992
A fully revised edition of the best-seller features new approaches to and techniques of breast-feeding, new treatments for many common problems, changes in diet recommendations, and a new section for working parents.
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  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 6th edition (Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525934006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525934004
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,725,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Dr Spock 26 Oct 2008
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Good old Dr Spock. He is the best. He knows that at heart we all want to raise civil, friendly, happy, confident children, and he shows us how to steer things so we get one. His descriptions of children at different ages and stages - in all their individuality and difference - is spot on. He is so SENSIBLE, and yet he understands the worries of mothers better than any other writer about baby and child care. (Yes! I know he's dead.) It's just that common sense and kindness and generosity of spirit live on in new editions. Don't try to raise a child without a copy. That is my advice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it ever was 19 Mar 2010
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I bought this book, which was my bible many years ago, for my daughter-in-law who says it is so full of common sense and wisdom that she cannot envisage life without it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get an earlier edition 9 Feb 2014
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Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care is a great book, but this applies only to the versions written by Dr Spock himself.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care 26 Feb 2010
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My grandson put it on my account by mistake - I'm past needing such books! Though I did find it very helpful about sixty years ago! His baby is due soon - needing this book seems to be a generation thing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History repeats Itself 14 Feb 2011
46 years ago, I purchased my first Dr. Spock, and it was the bible to us young things of the time, on how to care for children. Today, it has resumed it's place on the bookshelves, and is once again being widely consulted. What you get here are the answers to the questions in a truthful, honest and down-to-earth way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really generous book 7 Feb 2011
A true life saver! Is there anything that dr Spock has not included in this book? I Doubt it... It really helped after the birth of my daughter. I totally recomend it to all parents and parents - to be. The instructions manual we've all been looking for. Thank you dr Spock...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Spock's Baby and Childcare 9 Sep 2010
This is the classic and it still works. It has a sensible and understanding air and gives ressurance for those difficult moments. Like an affable uncle, Dr Spock cheers you up as he gives advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commonsense advise in your bookshelf! 20 Jan 2010
To read a book how to raise a child is not the same thing as learning to drive a car, but it's time well spent! Dr Spock gives commonsense advise that you at 04 o'clock in the morning may not think of when your child is crying his eyes out for "no reason". For us it was like having mum, mother in-law and Grandma in the bookshelf, ready to give us advise when we needed it most. No question is too small for Dr Spock, and the answers are not condescending, patronising nor make you feel like a useless parent.

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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always useful
Published 6 days ago by Mrs Carolyn Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated and still excellent.
Elements of the good old fashioned common sense from Dr. Spock brought up to date.very helpful.
Published 1 month ago by Doreen Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice
Excellent advice for any parent
Published 1 month ago by Rob Welham
4.0 out of 5 stars baby book
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 regards
Published 3 months ago by martha mccurdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
I gave it to my daughter because I used it when she was a baby. I think it worked, my granddaughter agrees!
Published 5 months ago by v laverty
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Spock
An all-time classic with appropriate updates, a great guide for first-time mums as well as the more experienced ones. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lois Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensible guide from the past
Bought for daughter as we used it for our children. As ever, this updated version is great for reference when you have a concern or issue and gives good advise and re-assurance
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Dr. Spock!
I used this almost 45 years ago as a reference for my two boys up till about the age of 10 and now my daughters-in-law use it for their children. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CF
5.0 out of 5 stars My son would have starved to death without this....
OK that's a bit dramatic. My son was born in the Mater hospital in Belfast, in 1975. I was literally the only woman in the hospital who was breast=feeding. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Spock
An excellent book but unfortunately the spine fell apart within a week. I have to send it back to get a new one.
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Bernie
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