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Your Baby & Child [Paperback]

Penelope Leach
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6 Mar 2003
This classic guide to child-care and development and a bible for parents is now updated. Written from the baby and child's perspective, information is organised in easy-to-follow age bands. At each stage there is illuminating advice on every problematic or exciting aspect of child-care, from feeding and sleeping to thinking and talking.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 4Rev Ed edition (6 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751348872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751348873
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Be assured from the start--this book is written by one of the world's leading experts in child development. Penelope Leach has worked with children and families for more than 20 years, researching such areas as antenatal education, birth practices, behavioural issues and child care. The guiding objective throughout her work is to bridge the gulf between theory and family reality--and in this she is second to none.

From page one you will feel completely immersed in her gentle and inspiring prose--she is authoritative without been didactic and her practical and reassuring explanations show real empathy to the feelings of parents. What's more, Leach writes from the child's point of view, making every aspect of care and each new stage reached, much more understandable and special.

The book is organised by approximate age-stages, starting off shortly before birth, up until the beginning of school life. Each stage gives advice and guidance on sleeping, feeding, playing and washing as well on the cognitive developments such as thinking and talking. There are "Parent's Ask" and "Parent's have their say" sections that discuss common anxieties and assuage misplaced fears or guilt and every chapter is wonderfully illustrated and structured, allowing you to dip easily into the appropriate section.

This book is more than a guide to child-care. It is an insight into your child's first years of life--their needs, thoughts and their behaviours--which will help you really communicate together. It is supportive without intruding in on your own parenting instincts and it will give you the confidence to live by your baby, not by the book. If you only buy one parenting guide, buy this. --Abi Frisby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"! covers everything you need to know for the first five years of your child's life." Baby & You.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
An excellent,informative, comforting, information-packed, friendly book. My baby bible. Penelope Leach's approach to childcare is both baby and parent-friendly. She is not for getting your baby to fit into a regime, or for having your life ruled by your child's demands, but for understanding your child's needs at different stages of development and finding ways of working together.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice - but a few important omissions 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This is well-written detailed advice about how to cater to a child's various needs at different stages of infanthood. I have found it to be the most supportive and useful book about babycare so far.
The only quibble I have is that it talks only about the baby's needs, and says almost nothing about the parents' needs. It rather glosses over the very real problems that parents may have in the early weeks, of exhaustion. If, say, your child is not very adept at sucking and wants to nibble from your breasts every half hour without ever taking a proper feed or sleep then you won't be able to work out a solution from this book. Although Leach clearly does not advocate any kind of schedule, you suddenly realise about halfway through the book that she assumes that your baby gradually and naturally adopts a feeding pattern of five or six feeds a day and a fairly long sleep in the night. I'm lucky that my baby seems to be heading this way, but there are plenty of babies who don't. You might have a nervous breakdown if yours is one that doesn't and this is the only book you read.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I adore this book. A friend bought it for me when I was expecting our first son. I remember being a bit daunted by the fact that there were 80 pages about breastfeeding and thinking, how can it possibly be that difficult. But of course by the time our son was a month old I'd probably read those 80 pages avidly, word for word. This has been our experience so many times with this book. Throughout so many different stages, it offers a really good overview of different ways of handling the 'challenges' of raising kids. But the best thing is that she helps you to make your own decisions. Penelope Leach clearly does have her own opinion about the best way of doing things, but she doesn't force it on you - which is a pretty rare thing when it comes to child-raising. The book is thus both a really good friend and an insight into how your child sees things. It's also a fun read, because you can get excited about all the fun stages you have to look forward to as your child grows up. We are now on baby number two and I have re-read some early parts of the book just as avidly as I did the first time, while still using the later parts of the book for our older son, since it covers children up to age five.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GODSEND 3 Jun 2004
By A Customer
I found Penelope Leach's book invaluable when my children were small. The youngest is now 10. I had no-one around to support or advise me, so I followed this book's advice word for word. It worked! While other people struggled with babies who wouldn't sleep, or grappled with trying to understand why the baby behaved in a certain way, I found this book helped me approach all difficulties in an easy to understand manner. I couldn't have done without it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is anexcellent book that is very helpful for understanding babies and small children and how to raise them. Dr. Leech provides the ability to understand children and how to cope with their phases so that one can be sensitive to their needs and save a lot of frustration for both parent and child. Her ability to communicate each development stage and how to handle different behavior has helped me with my son numerous times. She truly understands children and provides very useful advice. I buy this book for anyone I know who is having a baby.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for first time parents. 22 May 2006
I really enjoy how Penelope focuses on bonding and those first precious moments with baby. She made me realise that cleaning, dishes, and laundry can all wait another day, or my husband can do them eventually. I still put my baby before all those things because she showed me that they grow too quickly. She shows an all practical guide on what to do with a new baby. She doesn't patronise the parent by making any assumptions but gently suggested ideas that may help. I would recommend this book for any first time parent, and make sure you read it before baby comes, because time is thin when they do arrive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent should own this 20 Nov 2012
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I wish I had discovered PL when I was pregnant with my first child. She isn't "preachy" or prescriptive - just sets out facts in a clear and reassuring way. She is like a kind aunt / friend that you wish you could turn to for advice. Parents have been using this book for many years and it is easy to see why.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My guidebook and bible... 9 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This book has been very helpful to me and my husband for understanding our little daughter much better and thus creating her the peaceful environment we've always wanted.
The key to raise a child is to understand her and to let her build her own character. This book has helped us to understand and accept her the way she is.
From sleeping patterns, to eating habits, from playing to crying, this book makes you understand your little one and teaches you how to have peace with her and at the same time with yourself.
Penelope Leach, thank you for this "Bible"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best baby/child development book I've read so far!
I'm pregnant with our first baby and this book has been a god-send. It's made me feel so much more comfortable about what to expect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The very best guide to babies and young children. I had one 25 years ago and bought it again for my daughter.
Published 4 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is such a fantastic book covering not only how children develop and behave, but also why. From a grandparents point of view I find it fascinating and guess that it would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. G. M. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for parents
Excellent book with logical explanations for lots of the situations you encounter on your parenting journey. Useful index and illustrations too
Published 5 months ago by A_small_family
1.0 out of 5 stars I NEVER GOT MY COPY!!
I ordered this book from World Of Books more than a month ago and am yet to receive it! I've had to reorder it from another supplier...
Published 5 months ago by Faith
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Had this book when my sone was born 13 years ago, great practical and thoughtful. Just bought for a friend who is having her 1st baby
Published 12 months ago by Lesley Le-pine
5.0 out of 5 stars All First time mothers-to-be should read it
A very well written , informative and full of practical advice. I had her Baby Book over 3 decades ago & found most helpful
Published 14 months ago by TK
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it before your baby is born
I bough this book about 6 months after my first child was born and didn't think much of it as about 70% of the book covers the subject of "new Born" and therefore it didn't provide... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Irina H.
4.0 out of 5 stars great
I had read the book in different language,and wanted to share what I learnt from it with my husband. This is a great overall child development book. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Advice
I started using this book as a guide to help with raising my children over 30 years ago. After less than two months as a mum, my daughter already refers regularly to the... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by New Granny
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