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The Fussy Baby Book Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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'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.See all Product Description
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Then I stumbled across the askdrsears website and felt vindicated. I subsequently bought some of William and Martha Sear's books. What a relief it's been to discover an approach to caring for your baby that isn't centred on training the baby to fit into your life. They advocate a very nurturing, baby-focused approach that acknowledges that your baby will turn your world upside down but hey, it's a baby. It's not going to last long and, most importantly, babies are helpless, dependent and are instinctively afraid to be alone and away from their mothers. You can't spoil a tiny baby by cuddling too much but you can do them a lot of harm by not cuddling them enough.
This book addresses the problems that parents of particularly demanding babies might face - exactly the sort of babies who, like mine, respond very badly to being 'trained'. There are lots of tips for bonding with your baby, getting her settled and to sleep but be warned, these are very counter to what you might have read elsewhere in that the Sears do advocate doing whatever works for you, even if this results in 'bad' sleep associations such as only falling asleep when nursing or being cuddled.Read more ›
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 ;)
After reading this book, we both understand that he has different needs to his sister and have responded to his cries more readily and as a result, he cries far less often and smiles a whole lot more. He is now a really happy baby that still needs a lot of attention, but we better understand he is communicating in the only way he can. Yes there are times when he screams the house down as we just can't respond (when without the other parent and changing nappy of the other twin, bathing other twin, etc, etc), but on the whole he knows that when he needs something, it will be done. He has an umbilical hernia that was getting larger week by week, but in the month of following our reading this book, it is actually getting smaller meaning that surgery is less likely. We also have noticed that although he is only 5mths old, he is trying to communicate in other ways and looks to want he wants while crying, for instance he will look at the changing table and if we say the word 'nappy' he stops crying and once on the change mat will beam a huge smile as a reward for understanding him. This has changed our lives in terms of parenting a high needs baby especially as we have twins.Read more ›
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I cannot say that I hated the book, nor that I loved it. Although there are some great ideas it is not really worth buying The Fussy Baby Book especially if you have read The Good... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must-read for everyone who is parenting a high-need baby. The book has given my husband and I more confidence in how we are raising our daughter and in meeting her many needs... Read morePublished 7 months ago by lastarlettefilante
Reassuring read which helped me better understand my baby's quirks and appreciating them. I found the advice/coping strategies fairly obvious though - no new info gathered here!Published 14 months ago by MISS EL WILLIS
Great book, helped me so much understanding my ever so demanding baby.Published 17 months ago by jana
Highly recommended if you are struggling with a fussy baby, or coping but feeling alone or criticised for adopting a nurturing parenting style. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Huxley
Sears knows what he's talking about and says the things you felt were true despite what everyone else says and gives you confidence to parentPublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by ms Gabriel Luketina