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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007332149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007332144
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.2 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Praise for The Baby Book:

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

‘This is a timeless way of raising babies.’
Steve Biddulph (author of Raising Boys)

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Does your baby fuss, cry, and want to be held all the time? Do you have an older child who's stubborn, opinionated, demanding - a real handful? Take heart. America's favorite childcare experts - the authors of The Baby Book and The Discipline Bookhave written a book just for you. In Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child, William and Martha Sears acknowledge the difficulties you face but show you how responsive parenting can turn these challenges into advantages for both you and your child. They demonstrate that despite tough beginnings, these children develop wonderful sensitivity, confidence, trust, and other desirable qualities. In fact, the Searses prove that difficult children can provide the most rewarding parenting experiences of all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Excellent book for those who have high needs babies. Helped me understand my little one so much more. The only criticism I would have is over the size of the book as it's quite big and therefore fiddly to read. Also most of the content is all on the internet.
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But very good if you just take a few of the suggestions on board.
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Life saving book! Gave me the confidence to know it's not me and my parenting - it's my baby's personality and everything I'm doing matches his personality perfectly. Clever baby that he is
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Described my son to a T. And gave me a huge sense of confidence in the way I was bringing him up. Great advice
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I bought this book as I thought I might get some new insights into attachment parenting and parenting of 'high need' babies, but really this told me nothing I didn't already know. If you're a mum and you need 'expert' validation for following your instincts when your family and friends are telling you to let your baby cry it out and doubting your ability as a mum, this book will provide you with that validation. For me, I am first wary of 'experts' and also I have faith in my own instincts, and part of me was reluctant to buy this book for those reasons - as if I was selling out in search of validation, which in truth wasn't the case as I was more interested in relating to someone else with similar type babies.
Also, we are not religious people and there are one too many references to God for my comfort level - advice such as 'let go, let God' just wasn't my cup of tea, but to each his own. You don't need a PHD and an obsessive number of children to be an expert. Just having a baby makes you just as expert as these authors, but that's just my humble opinion. If you're not rich, I would say you don't need to fork out money for what basically can be said in four words 'your instincts are right.'
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This book is a MUST have for colicky and high need babies. Everyone I know with high need children have this and its the #1 recommended book on the subject, with #2 being "The Spirited Child" which is for slightly older children and up. High needs babies are defined by Dr. Sears, really the best authority on the subject, as intense, hyperactive, draining, feeds frequently, demanding, awakens frequently, unsatisfied, unpredictable, supersensitive, unable to be put down, uncuddly (oh sooo true!), not a self-soother, and seperation sensitive. He also says most babies ARE high needs in one area or another, but highneeds babies are high needs in almost ALL departments. Remember though, that your high needs child may have many of the traits, but not all. Each child expresses their high needs traits in their own way and the behavior is manifested individually. There are also high need FAQs online. But they will not give you 1/100th of the valuable information and validation you will recieve from this book -- its a GODSEND. ;)
--Susan
p.s. The only reason there aren't more reviews here I think is that high needs kids are so high-maintenance we never have the time or energy to do anything but sleep and eat. LOL ;)
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First of all, if you already have The Baby Book you won't find anything practical in here that isn't in there, although there is more psychological advice on dealing with fussy babies. Likewise if cosleeping, babywearing and standard baby calming and coping techniques aren't working for you, then there isn't anything in here to help you.

Contents are roughly:

- chapter about the Sears high need child
- profile of a high-need baby, what you'd expect about being hyperactive, constantly feeding, unputdownable etc.
- about baby's cries, usual guff about why shouldn't let a baby cry it out, cites research by Bell and Ainsworth but no other research I don't think, no discussion of e.g. letting baby cry it out in arms which I'd have liked to have seen
- calming fussy babies - basically different ways to rock your baby, sounds to try, baby massage etc. to be honest if you have a fussy baby, I can't really believe that there will be anything in here that you haven't already tried that works
- feelings shared by parents of fussy babies - one of the better chapters
- survival tips - stuff like 'make sleep a priority' and 'be patient'
- mother burnout - surprised no mention of PND here, basically advice like 'rent a funny film' and 'avoid caffeine' and 'Take a walk'.
- sleep - basically suggests slinging down, swinging down, getting baby to sleep in a car etc. and of course cosleeping. Advice for frequent nighttime wakings is basically feed baby lots in the day (pretty much already feeding continously), increase daytime touch (doh, I can't put my baby down, how am I supposed to do that?), give them a full feed before you go to bed, get partner to help at nights, and increase sleeping distance (as if I can move without my baby waking up!
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Well, I'm five weeks into parenting what is turning out to be a very high need baby. I have been tearing my hairout with frustration and blaming myself for my baby not being able to settle.

Cue someone on an online forum recommending this book! I ordered immediately and eagerly awaited delivery!

It dropped in my doorstep and somehow imanaedoread bits while holding said 5 week old connstantly. I was immediately comforted that it wasn't just me, that there were other parents out there with similar babies and that there were ways through these hard times.

Given that I never get chance to sit down and spend any length of time reading, I was dubious about wasting my money but its great for dipping in and out of as and when my baby will allow me.

If you find yourself with a baby that seems somewhat distressed and unsettled all the time, a baby that refuses point blank to be parted from you, a baby that bypasses crying and goes straight in for the SCREAM, and a baby with more willpower than you've ever seen before then this book is for you.

Not only will it make you feel better about yourself,it will help provide coping strategies and be your companion through the journey. You'll be given so much advice off people who have had or got 'easy babies' and you'll wonder why none of it works, as well as feeling pangs of jealousy that these other people have happy, content little babas - this book helps to deal with all of that.
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