The Fussy Baby Book Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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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)
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.'
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 ;)
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 months 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 18 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 on 24 May 2015 by MISS EL WILLIS
Great book, helped me so much understanding my ever so demanding baby.Published on 10 Feb. 2015 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 on 2 Dec. 2014 by Huxley