This book is a handy manual that takes you from essential advice during babyhood right up to school age children. The great majority of the book is geared towards toddlerhood, but parents with babies will also find they can read a few chapters and find some useful advice for the future, such as child-care which usually needs to be planned well in advance.
All the advice in the book is taken from the latest scientific evidence on the subject. In fact, similar to a real scientific paper, the book backs up most of its claims on right and wrong, with specific papers, which you can look up in the references section at the back of the book.
The book is easy and fast to read. You can pick and choose the chapters, and even the pages, which are relevant to you, as each point in the book is pretty much self-sufficient.
In summary of most of the chapters, the book can be split into two main sections. One talks about how to best deal with crying/tantrums, and the other, how to love/play with your child. The other miscellaneous topics talk about sleep and looking after yourself.
The overall philosophy of the book can be easily summarised in the following way: Always respond with love and kindness to your child, as it is crucial for their brain development. Parenting which is unresponsive or doesn't take the child's feelings seriously, can result in problems in later life, such as an inability to deal with stress or drug and alcohol abuse.