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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: 16.8 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,992 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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34 of 38 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 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice - but a few important omissions 26 Oct 2000
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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 21 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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21 of 26 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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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book was showing signs of having been on a shelf for a long time. I was careless in my ordering not expecting to get such an old edition for the price I was paying. Caveat emptor!!! I should have been more careful about checking the date of the edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best baby book ever... 29 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Brilliantly sensible - I relied on it in the 80's & my daughter has used it loads in the first five months of my first grandson. The only baby book I would recommend.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all new parents. 30 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Penelope Leach has written a book that is easy to understand, realistic and practical in the advice that it offers. I still find myself going back to it for guidance with my second baby.
Dr Leach writes beautifully and has a special knack for explaining things from a child's point of view. Also, the book only has pictures of "real" babies. Thus, they have a poignancy that would be lacking in staged photo shoots.
What I especially liked about this book are the hot topics of debate that appear throughout. Circumcision, a mother's anger at her baby, punishment and many other issues are presented. Sometimes the author takes a neutral stance and lets parents speak for themselves. At other times she makes it quite clear what she believes.
All in all, a very stimulating book. If you only buy one parenting book, this should be it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars highly irritating and patronising 22 Dec 2007
I find this book patronising and preaching, written in the most ridiculously convoluted language, and failing to clearly set out practical advice and options for how to deal with baby care. Every time I pick it up thinking it might offer something, I just get annoyed! Nice photos though. Buy 'Baby Love' by Robin Barker, it's excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by Joanne Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book arrived on the stated day and it was exactly what I was looking for.
Published 2 months ago by ann davies
5.0 out of 5 stars and a book I recommend to all new Mums
My main reference book when I had my boys, and a book I recommend to all new Mums.
Published 2 months ago by Pest
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't buy anything by this sexist anti father old hag
This old hag should be locked up for her sexist and discriminating work.

People like Penelope Leach have contributed to the mass of fatherless children of the UK and the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David R
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist
Penelope Leach is deeply sexist and has allowed her prejudice against men to cloud her judgement. Anyone who believes in equality should avoid buying her books or taking her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Graeme Hinton Black
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe this woman is a leading child psychologist...!!!
"A leading child psychologist Penelope Leach suggests that it’s bad for under-5s to have a sleepover with a divorced dad. Do you agree? Read more
Published 4 months ago by John W.Cahill
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 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 months ago by A_small_family
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