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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Hardcover – Jan 1993

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T) (Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316779067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316779067
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

‘The authors of this comprehensive volume (who share their own parenting experience along the way) are assured and reassuring experts.’ Publishers Weekly

‘This is a timeless way of raising babies, with as much detail and practical information as any parent could want.’ Steve Biddulph (author of Raising Boys)

‘This book is a great primer for parents who want to understand attachment thinking, and apply it to their own parenting. It is written with a lightness of touch that makes it a pleasure to read.’ Sue Gerhardt

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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William Sears, M.D, and Martha Sears, R.N., are the paediatric experts on whom American parents rely for advice on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears was trained at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and has practices paediatrics for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breast feeding consultant. The Sears have a Family Paediatric Practice in California.

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56 of 58 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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5 of 5 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Stothard on 19 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Ferreira on 22 Sept. 2010
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I've read this book when I was pregnant, read it through the early development stages and sitll go through it sometimes when I have a question, especially on toddler's behaviour. I bought it because of the attachment parenting way, but I think it has lots of information even if you don't pratice all of the methods the authors advocate. And the ost useful information on the book is: trust yourself, your instincts and your baby!
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15 of 18 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flocat on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I really recommend this book to all parents who are feeling insecure about their style of parenting. I was sick of hearing and reading that by holding, rocking and frequently breatfeeding my newborn I would be creating 'bad habits' and really wanted a book that reassured me that my instincts were right. This book does just that!
There is so much information in this book and it is completely non-judgemental. Anyone who thinks the Gina Ford style and 'sleep training' sounds a bit barbaric should defintiely get this book.
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