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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Paperback – 3 May 2005
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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
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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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.
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).Read more ›
It gives sound advice and at its core is about love, which is what children need.
It also has a terrific index which guides you to helpful and calm guidance in times of illness.
I love this book and have given it to a number of friends.
It should be available on the NHS!
The best thing about The Baby Book is that it accepts that babies are individuals and there is not a one-routine-fits-all quick fix solution. Dr Sears and his wife advocate the attachment parenting approach of responding sensitively to your baby and keeping them close. Lots of their advice leans towards this style of parenting, but the main message is get to know your baby and find your own groove.
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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... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aedwela
Best book about babies I ever read. It looks massive but it is really easy to read!Published 4 months ago by Dorothy
This is the best (and probably only) baby book you'll need. It goes through everything, from emotional challenges, breastfeeding, nutritional needs and common illnesses. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overly complicated and in depth. A very heavy read which makes it very tedious. This book could have been half the length and still covered everything most parents want to know.Published 11 months ago by Secular Humanist
I have read many many parenting books since my son arrived. This is the best. Excellent useful parenting book covering both practical issues and fostering a healthy attachment. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Quietbatperson
Easy to dip in and out of , practical advise and not unrealistic - glad I bought this book .Published 18 months ago by orlamccormack