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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Hardcover – 1 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,592,399 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

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About the Author

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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Quite dense so difficult to read with a demanding newborn baby.
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love this book. It has been my bible for both my kids. Great resource that has saved us trips to the gp.
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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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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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I love this book, it's so helpful without preaching in any way. It helps you to decide what is right for your baby, gives practical instructions for baby care such as breastfeeding, changing nappies, and wearing your baby. It provides details on how your baby grows (up to two years) with information on how to care for babies at different stages of their development. It even gives first aid advice for baby.

The authors seem to have great experience (8 children!) and the book was very easy to read. Great to read through first time all the way through but also easy to skip to particular sections if you needed a reminder. I didn't agree with everything they said (specifically sleeping in the same bed as baby) but the authors give many other options for almost everything. The idea being to do what works best for you. I liked the way it combined their medical knowledge, practical experience and the experience of other parents to build a full and detailed view of baby care.
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A fantastic source of information on all aspects of raising a baby. The author is open about his philosophy, "attachment parenting", which puts the emphasis on breast-feeding, carrying baby in a sling as much as possible, sleeping together and really dedicating yourself to your baby and attending to all his needs. If this is not your philosophy, then you might find some of the ideas in this book overly demanding, but even so there is enough objective, scientific information in the book that it should still be your number one reference. Expect to use it as a reference that you return to time and again rather than to read it through.
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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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