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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Paperback – 3 May 2005


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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000719823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007198238
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Cicolini on 16 May 2006
Format: Paperback
The battle of the parenting bible is fierce and the territory becomes more heated as new "gurus" enter the fray (witness the Martin's maternity consultant and her new / old 'let them cry' approach). What is so refreshing about the Sears Baby Book is that, for the most part, they allow that you may not want to follow all their advice all of the time - you don't HAVE to have the baby in bed, they simply offer a number of reasons why it might be a good idea. A previous reviewer has suggested that the book is no help for parents who don't have all the time in the world to parent their children; it seems to me that the Sears are under no illusions that most parents have to work to survive and I found that their child-focused approach REDUCED the amount of colicky crying we had to endure, reduced the number of night wakings and has generally helped to make our child the happy and loving person she is today. The Baby Book also provides a series of excellent activities to encourage your child's physical and mental development as well as practical advice on all the ills and ailments the parents of a young child might expect. Invaluable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. Mitchell on 17 Nov 2007
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I bought this book about 2 weeks before my, now 3 month old, daughter was born. I didn't get round to reading it before she was born and didn't have much time to read after she was born so I wish I'b bought it sooner.

It covers everything you need to know for the first 2 years of your child's life in an easy to use quick reference style. Also there is some information on preparation for birth, details of attachment parenting (which is the style of parenting introduced by the Sears), and lots of detail about breastfeeding which I've found very useful.

It is very biased towards attachment parenting but they make it clear that this approach can be flexible. For example, whilst co-sleeping is recommended by attachment parenting they clearly state that this doesn't suit everyone (in fact I wanted to co-sleep with my daughter but found that neither of us slept very well so I've opted for a bedside cot as they suggest and this works very well).

The Sears have a wealth of experience in childcare and it is clear in this book that they are caring sentitive people who believe mothers should follow their instincts and 'listen' to their babies.

What I think I like best about this book is that it makes me feel confident that what I am doing naturally isn't wrong. For example, I love holding my baby while she is asleep which seems to be forbidden by many experts. I doubt I'll look back and think 'I wish I'd held her less'. I also love breastfeeding her to sleep, rocking her to sleep and reading this book made me realise that nightime parenting can be a joy rather than a chore (I have certainly had many lovely moments holding my daughter in the middle of the night while the house and neighbourhood was still and dark).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Stothard on 19 Jan 2008
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My daughter is almost 1 now, and we've followed the basic principles of this book. It's not a set of rules or allocation of time in 10 min slots like some baby books, but gives you the confidence to listen to what your baby tells you he/she needs, and explains how to tell. The section on breast feeding is very informative, but easy to read when you don't get a lot of sleep in the early weeks, but its not preachy and there is a section on bottle feeding if that's what you decide.
My daughter is now nearly one, I still breast feed and she sleeps next to me, (from 7 till 6 when the alarm goes off, so I get a full nights sleep). She's a very happy toddler and not at all clingy.
This is a great book, all the information you need, in easy to understand language, and really comes across as common sense. The authors are parents to 8 children so they really have been there themselves, unlike the baby trainers who get paid to look after other peoples babies for a month at a time, but don't have the experience of loving and bonding with children for life.
Definitely worth reading even if you don't want to follow all the suggestions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas, London on 26 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
What I love about this book is that, unlike lots of other baby books, it doesn't treat children as a problem to be solved.
It gives sound advice and at its core is about love, which is what children need.
It also has a terrific index which guides you to helpful and calm guidance in times of illness.
I love this book and have given it to a number of friends.
It should be available on the NHS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mum on 22 Oct 2010
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This book has been such a great help to me after giving birth to my first baby last year. The book is filled with great advice on everything from breastfeeding to common baby illnesses. Dr Sears has warm and natural approach to parenting. Being a Paediatrician and a dad to many children himself, he knows what he is talking about. He is also very good at explaining why a baby behaves like it does, for example why a baby wakes up in the night and what a baby's needs are. This makes it easier to understand the baby, in contrast to some routine based books out there. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A must have for every new parent.
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