- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (1 Nov. 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394735099
- ISBN-13: 978-0394735092
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.5 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,278,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Your Baby and Child from Birth to Age Five Paperback – 1 Nov 1980
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used a Penelope Leach's book as my babycare bible 30 years ago so bought this for my daughter on the birth of her first child. She found it just as useful as I did.Published 3 months ago by D. Ware
This is a copy I bought for a friend who's just had a baby. It is THE bible.Published 4 months ago by CBS
This comprehensive book arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. A great gift for an expectant mother. Thank you.Published 4 months ago by Jan Randall
I had the early edition of this book when I first had my children .It proved to be invaluable and I bought it when my eldest daughter had her babies -and now I've bought it again... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Unicorn
Perfect for the new mum and dad page by page help. Great giftPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the tone of this book, but I just can't get to grips with the way it's laid out. Could be one to read before baby arrives, because the continuous prose is difficult to get... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs S