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The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Mom Who Wore Out Her First Copy

We bought our first copy of this book in 1996. I used it so much that the cover has fallen off and the book is in pieces, so I am planning on buying a replacement copy, as we are finally being blessed with a second child. I'm even getting a copy for one of my husband'...
We bought our first copy of this book in 1996. I used it so much that the cover has fallen off and the book is in pieces, so I am planning on buying a replacement copy, as we are finally being blessed with a second child. I'm even getting a copy for one of my husband's sisters, who had a baby in May and always has lots of questions and concerns about what is okay and what is normal. It is hands-down the best, most loving, reasonable reference guide out there. You can look up just about anything and find it in there. The book addresses labor & delivery, tests, infant development, health questions, feeding questions, etc., etc., etc. Unlike the two people who had negative opinions of this book, I have nothing but glowing praise for it. YES the Searses advocate a certain kind of parenting, but that is simply the result of years of raising eight of their own children, including one adopted and one with Downs Syndrome (most of whom are now adults)...trying the 'old school' ways that well-meaning people had taught them... and knowledge that grew from Dr. Sears being a well-respected pediatrician who has really paid attention to his patients and their families. For those who think that attachment parenting will only make your child clingy, that opinion is really not right at all. This book was a relief to me, because I knew that some 'old school' advice was what stressed me out...what set off alarms in me (letting my baby cry himself to sleep being one of them). I loved this book because it put into writing the type of parenting we were hoping to do. The theory that meeting your child's needs, being affectionate, anticipating a hunger cry, etc. will make him/her more secure and independent, rather than clingy, is what we've found. We have an INCREDIBLY independent, smart, happy child. I'm sure if he'd spent his early years crying it out, then he'd be pretty clingy now. In fact, I've known some families who have adhered to the 'let them cry or they'll control you' mentality, and their children have been the ones who I've noticed are clingy, whiny and insecure. The thing about the Searses is that while they advocate certain things, they are completely understanding and supportive of parents making the choices that work for them. They NEVER said that someone who bottlefeeds instead of breastfeeds, or someone who really prefers for baby to be in a crib rather than being in bed with Mom & Dad, is a bad parent. Never once did they say that. What they DO say is that you have to follow your gut. What works for one family might not work for another. Even in the same family, what works for one child, might not work for another. There are no cookie cutter situations. THAT'S what the Searses say. They say that happy parents will make for happier kids, no matter what the parents choose to do (e.g. if a mom is stressed and unhappy breastfeeding, then it's better both for parent & baby for the baby to be bottlefed...if the parents are miserable with having baby in bed, then they're definitely all better off with baby in a crib, etc.) For us, some attachment parenting is what worked. The whole 'leave 'em in the playpen, let them cry it out, don't breastfeed too long or hold them too much because it'll all make them clingy' mentality is what stressed us out. NOT the idea that it's okay and good to hold our child a lot and that it really was acceptable for me to breastfeed our child for two years. So, I give the highest recommendations. The Searses might have beliefs about parenting that are grounded in their own experience and exposure, but they are understanding that not all their choices in parenting are what would work for others. Anyone who thinks that they don't recognize, and aren't respectful of parents doing what is right for them (regardless of whether it follows their recommendations) and for their families clearly didn't REALLY read what the Searses were trying to say. It's an EXCELLE

posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2003

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

If you want to feel guilty, buy this book!

This book just added to my anxiety level as a new mother. It's expectations of parents are so high, that you feel bad if you let your baby cry for even a minute! Dr. Sears and his wife expect you to 'wear your baby' around all the time. It doesn't seem like a realist...
This book just added to my anxiety level as a new mother. It's expectations of parents are so high, that you feel bad if you let your baby cry for even a minute! Dr. Sears and his wife expect you to 'wear your baby' around all the time. It doesn't seem like a realistic approach to parenthood. If you want to feel guilty about what you're not doing correctly, read this book. Otherwise, love your baby and do the best you can without this book!

posted by Anonymous on April 8, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    Drive yourself crazy

    This is a book that will drive a new parent absolutely insane and elevate anxiety levels. The Sears' philospohy of 'attachment parenting' is sure to create many children who feel the world revolves around their every need. As parents, it is our responsibility to raise well-adjusted and happy people who trust others and contribute to a greater community. This book may help create insecure little children who become uncomfortable and miserable everytime their parents leave them, making them unpleasant to be around, and not allowing parents to live their lives. If you ever have gone to a restaurant and seen a stressed-out family with loud and boisterous kids who pay no attention to anything their parents are telling them, or know people who can never do anything because managing their children monopolizes every minute of the day, the children are probably being raised using the principles found in this book.

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    One of the most condescending, irritating books I have ever "read" if anyone can actually "read" this tome

    This book has some useful information in it regarding health and safety concerns for children, as well as feeding issues and things of that nature.

    To me, that is where the usefulness of this book ends. Most of the book actually consists of lectures about a particular style of parenting that is not going to be right for everyone. The implicit message of the book is that you are not an adequate parent if you don't follow its advice. No new parent needs a 700-page guilt trip for wanting to take reasonable measures to teach their child to fit into the adult world and not vice versa. This does not mean forcing children to "cry it out" or "passing their children off to strangers" as some of the reviewers here assert. Believe me you can train your kids to be independent without being cruel. I can see how this advice was a meaningful corrective in the 1960's when the prevailing philosophy was that children should be seen but not heard, but at this point, it is outdated in my opinion.

    Strangely, my family has some odd parallels with the Sears family. I am from a family of 8 children, my father is a doctor and my mother a nurse. I had several younger children that I helped take care of growing up, I worked as a babysitter and nanny throughout my childhood, adolescence, and college, and I have zillions of nieces and nephews that I am very close to and am now a parent myself. My mother--who is universally adored by children--would guffaw at the advice in this book because it makes no allowance for the parents having their own lives. Believe me, there are loving alternatives to what is presented in this book and you are not being cruel if you teach your children some independence. There are many ways to raise happy and healthy children and no one has a monopoly on that. So please do what works for you and your child and don't follow the unrealistic advice in this book if it doesn't work for you. And if it does work for you, that's fine too, just please spare everyone else the lectures. I recommend the Baby Whisperer books for those looking for advice about how to parent while preserving your sanity.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Ahhhhhhhhhh

    Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    OMG

    I got the wrong book i meant to get a book for my little sister and accidemtaly got the wrong book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Didnt do me any good

    Im searching for a book that will help me bcome a better babysitter. Although when i found this book it didnt help at all. If you find any bopks that can help me become a better babysitter or any books on babysitting a newborn plz tell me.
    Love, .#@:)!7

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