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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Shining Star Press; Revised edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961307374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961307370
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aletha Solter, Ph.D. is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist, parenting consultant, and director of the Aware Parenting Institute (www.awareparenting.com). She holds a Master's degree in human biology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (where she studied with Dr. Jean Piaget), and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

When Aletha's first child was born in 1977 (following a traumatic birth) she did not find any parenting books that advocated attachment-style parenting and non-punitive discipline while taking into account the impact of stress and trauma on children's development.

The first book she wrote, The Aware Baby (revised in 2001), is the one that she would have found helpful as a new mother. The Aware Baby has been translated into ten languages and sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Her other books have also been translated into many languages.

Aletha has led workshops for parents and professionals in 16 countries and is recognised internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. She has appeared on TV in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and Asia. She lives in Southern California and is the mother of two grown children. She is also a proud grandmother.

For more information about Aletha's work and the Aware Parenting approach, please visit the Aware Parenting Institute website at www.awareparenting.com. You can also find us on Facebook.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 13 July 2012
Format: Paperback
When I heard about Solter's theory, I was keen to read her book. I am an AP parent and I believe that it is important to listen to, and empathise with the feelings of toddlers and older children. I think it is important to encourage them to express themselves and not stifle them by distracting them. I was pregnant at the time, and interested to see how this might apply to babies.

When it comes to babies, however, I think Solter takes her theory to extremes, and is in danger of being dogmatic. She argues that once a baby's primary needs are met, then parents should simply hold and listen to a crying baby. She argues that the need is often a "need to cry". I am sure that there may be times when this is true, and simply listening is the best we can do as parents. However, Solter suggests that babies have this need to cry often (e.g. daily), often citing birth trauma as an explanation. Of course, this cannot be backed up with any evidence. She says that babies may need to cry for many minutes, months down the line, to release repressed birth trauma. But I need to clarify here that she is not talking about a specific pain, such as might be relieved by a cranial osteopath, but the psycological trauma of birth. Personally I think that assuming a baby is crying for such a reason is extremely risky.

She also argues that an older baby (I forget the exact age, possibly over 6 months) who is waking for breastmilk at night, has most likely been emotionally repressed. The baby is waking up in the night to try to cry, and by not letting them cry the mother is once again repressing this need. I had to really think about this - perhaps it's true... but Solter doens't provide a grain of evidence for this theory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Beck on 15 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
A few days after the birth of our child, Aletha Solter's books were recommended to us. What a relief! In the first instance, I felt so much calmer because I knew why my child was crying and stopped spending energy trying to coax her to stop. We also better understood how to respect our child's needs and desires.

Now when I take my daughter to Nursery, parents and nursery-nurses alike tell me how alive and curious she is, how easy she is, how well adjusted she is. Thanks Aletha!

If you want an easy childcare system, don't by this book, buy a dummy and a cot with high sides. If you're prepared to spend the time with your child to hear their stress, to comfort them - yes even at 3am - this book is for you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "suzannehammond1" on 14 July 2005
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When I first discovered and read this book my second child was 6 months old and my first child already 3 years old. The book answered nearly every question I had agonised over during my first few years as a mother: it is full of well-researched and honest information about babies and their legitimate needs. After the reading this, and Dr Solter's other two books (Tears and Tantrums and Helping Young Children Flourish) I remember walking down the road with my two children feeling absolutely liberated and for the first time since having children I was not anxious or frustrated or worried about whether O ws 'doing the right things' at every juncture. I wished I had heard of Dr Solter's work before; that someone had recommended these three books to me earlier, because in my opinion every parent or parent-to-be would benefit from reading her work. I felt that every mother (and father) in every maternity ward ought to be given a copy of The Aware Baby to read!! It is such an important book, and one which is full of support for parents. In a world where babies and infants are so often misunderstood and consequently so often suffer - even with the best intentions in the world - it offers clear and in my opinion intuitively sound advice in an otherwise confusing sea of information, from conflicting medical advice to an array of methods passed down through the generations; advice and methods which new parents - often in urgent need of 'solutions' - follow, even if it goes against their better instinct or judgement.
Put simply, this book tells the reader about baby's emotional world and needs, and how to care for and meet those needs, and thus how to care fully for your child.
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By Anthi on 2 Jun. 2013
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It's like the Bible to me!! I was really frustrated about having a baby that cried like all the time feeling guilty and useless. After reading this book I understood the importance of crying for babies and managed to relax and enjoy every aspect of our relationship.
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different ideas about baby sleeping. Ideas seem to have a lot to offer. Bought for daughter and grandson; not really tried in practice. See what you think by looking at the website.
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By belkis on 4 Dec. 2011
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I can't recommend this book enough. It has changed my life, my relationship with my daughter for the better and it will have a very long effect on her and us. I am so happy to have discovered it and I always recommend it to new parents. It is very sensitive to children needs and very compassionate. Solter is an excellent child psychologyst and her book a rare find. Buy it you will not regret it!
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