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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

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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!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Great book

    Bought this for my son and daughter in-law as their own guide. They love it and it helps answer all of those little questions new parents have! It is the "Dr Spock" of the new generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    Tons of Information!

    This book is very easy to use! The information is relevant. Has tons of great info!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    a must for all new parents

    Dr. Sears and his wife place a good perspective from a child's point of view so that a parent can understand better why a child acts the ways he does. This book describes that following your conscious is usually best for both you and your family and that by realizing that there is no cookie cutter parenting plan, you should work with the individual child to make the best overall descisions. I consider this book a must read for all future parents to show a different side to the neglectful 'cry it out' theory and to show that parenting is a 24 hour job with MANY benefits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    This is the book that makes sense to me

    I'm the father of four kids, ranging in age from 1 year old to 9 years old. Generally it's my wife who reads the parenting books, but there are a few that we've gone through together. Dr. Sears' 'Attachment Parenting' is the one that makes sense to me. It's all about giving young children a sense of security--the security that comes from knowing that they are always loved, and at the same time that there are always expectations on them. Both of these build security. And it brings those abstract ideas down to Earth with a lot of concrete practical tips. When my sister had her first baby, this is the only book I gave her--and it 'rang true' with her as much as with me. But it was my mother who gave the book the ultimate tribute. She said she wished something like this had been around when she was raising me in the 60s, to counteract the 'formula is better than nursing and all feedings should be scheduled' mentality that she always, deep down, knew was not right for her.

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