Baby Book, The: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two


The million-copy bestseller by “the man who remade motherhood” (Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date — with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development.

The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book ...

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The million-copy bestseller by “the man who remade motherhood” (Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date — with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development.

The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies — eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort — as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today’s parents. The topics covered include:

• preparing for a safe and healthy birth
• bonding with your baby
• feeding your baby right
• soothing your fussy baby
• getting your baby to sleep
• understanding your baby’s development
• treating common illnesses
• babyproofing your home
• understanding toddler behavior
• dealing with temper tantrums
• toilet training
• working and parenting
• first-aid procedures
• and much more

Unrivaled in its scope and authority, The Baby Book presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. Their book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting - for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.

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Editorial Reviews

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William and Martha Sears, a pediatrician and a registered nurse respectively, team up with two of their doctor sons to update their 1993 guide to "attachment parenting." Advocating a "high-touch style of parenting to balance the high-tech life of the new millennium," the authors teach new parents how to bond with their babies through seven fundamental behaviors, including breastfeeding, "babywearing" and setting proper boundaries. When parents keep close to their babies by bringing them into bed at night and picking them up when they cry, the infants develop better, the authors argue; rather than becoming spoiled, they become more healthy and independent. From tips for a healthy birth, getting your baby to sleep and feeding him the "right fats," to information about early health concerns, the major steps in infant development and troublesome but typical toddler behavior, the authors of this comprehensive volume (who share their own parenting experiences along the way) are assured and reassuring experts. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469252254
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Sears, RN, is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant.

Robert W. Sears, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice in Southern California.

James Sears, MD, is a pediatrician and co-host of the popular TV show The Doctors.

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Table of Contents

A Word from Dr. Bill and Martha xiii
Part I Getting Started: Baby-Care Basics 1
Chapter 1 Getting Attached: What It Means 3
Parenting Your Baby 3
The Seven Baby B's of Attachment Parenting 4
Attachment Parenting Includes Fathers 10
Some Questions You May Have 11
Chapter 2 Ten Tips for Having a Safe and Satisfying Birth 21
Choose Dr. Right for Yourself 21
Choose the Right Birthing Environment 22
Use a Professional Labor Assistant 22
Get Moving 24
Get Off Your Back 24
Experiment with Labor Positions 25
Use Technology Wisely 25
Use Medical Pain Relief Wisely 25
Avoid an Episiotomy 27
Formulate Your Birth Plan 27
Chapter 3 Preparing for Baby 29
Choosing Dr. Right for Your Baby 29
Choosing Other VIPs 30
Choosing Whether to Breastfeed or Bottlefeed 31
Circumcised or Intact? 32
Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking 35
Expanded Newborn Screening Blood Test 36
Preparing Your Nest 36
Chapter 4 Getting the Right Start with Your Newborn 41
Baby's First Minutes 41
Bonding--What It Means, How to Do It 43
Getting to Know Your Newborn 47
Attachment-Promoting Behaviors 48
Birthday "Pictures" 49
Routine Hospital Procedures 52
Newborn Jaundice 55
Baby's First Checkup 58
Chapter 5 Postpartum Family Adjustments 60
Nesting-in 60
Role Adjustments 61
Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression 65
Now We Are Three 69
Shaping Up After Childbirth 73
Chapter 6 Caring for Your Baby's Bodily Needs 79
Diapering Your Baby 79
Cord Care 82
Care of the Circumcision Site 83
Nail Care 83
Bathing Baby 84
Keeping Baby Comfortable 88
Pacifiers: In or Out? 90
The Right Touch: The Art of Infant Massage 92
Chapter 7 Common Concerns in the Early Weeks 97
Early Newborn Changes 97
Spitting Up 104
Eyes 105
Baby's Mouth 106
Newborn Skin Marks and Rashes 107
Diaper Rash: Prevention and Treatment 110
Part II Infant Feeding and Nutrition 115
Chapter 8 Breastfeeding: Why and How 117
Why Breast Is Best 117
Preparing for Breastfeeding 124
Right-Start Techniques 127
How Your Breasts Make Milk 133
Common Breastfeeding Questions and Problems 135
Chapter 9 The Breastfeeding Mother: Choices, Challenges 149
Eating Right During Breastfeeding 149
Upsetting Foods in Breast Milk 152
Medicines for Two: Taking Medicines Safely While Breastfeeding 154
Breastfeeding Helpers 158
Getting It Together: Working and Breastfeeding 165
Expressing Milk 168
"Nursing Nuisances," Challenges, and Funny Things That Happen on the Way to the Breast 176
Breastfeeding Special Babies in Special Circumstances 183
Weaning: When and How 194
Chapter 10 Bottlefeeding with Safety and Love 200
Formula Facts 200
How Much? How Often? 208
Preparing Formula 210
Bottlefeeding Tips 213
Weaning Baby from the Bottle 215
A Person at Both Ends of the Bottle 216
Chapter 11 Introducing Solid Foods: When, What, and How 217
Why Wait? 217
Feeding Solids: Six to Nine Months 221
Feeding Strategies 224
Feeding Solids: Nine to Twelve Months 226
Making Your Own Baby Food 231
Commercial Baby Food 234
Bring Out the Cup 234
Chapter 12 Ten Tips for Becoming Your Family's Nutritionist 238
Feed Your Baby Smart Fats 238
Feed Your Baby the Best Carbs 240
Perk Up the Proteins 241
Shape Young Tastes 242
Fill Up with Fiber 243
Value Your Vitamins 244
Mind Your Minerals 245
Pump Up Baby's Iron 245
Make Every Calorie Count 247
Raise a Lean Baby 247
Chapter 13 Feeding the Toddler: One to Two Years 252
Nourishing the Picky Eater 252
Getting Your Toddler to Eat 253
Choosing the Right Milk for Your Toddler 261
Is Your Child Eating Enough? 264
Food Allergies 267
Pesticides: How to Keep Them Out of the Mouths of Babies 273
Part III Contemporary Parenting 279
Chapter 14 Babywearing: The Art and Science of Carrying Your Baby 281
New Support for an Old Idea 281
Choosing the Right Baby Carrier 284
How to Wear Your Baby: A Personal Course 285
The Babywearing Father--Becoming a Shareholder 291
Other Babywearers 294
Wearing Down to Sleep 295
Babywearing in Real-Life Situations 296
Babywearing in Special Situations 300
How Babywearing Benefits Infants and Parents 301
Babywearing May Change Your Life-style for the Better 310
Chapter 15 Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby to Sleep 312
Facts of Infant Sleep 313
Step One: Give Your Baby the Best Sleep Start 316
Step Two: Condition Your Baby to Sleep 319
Step Three: Lessen Conditions That Cause Night Waking 325
Sleeping with Your Baby--Yes? No? Sometimes? 329
Handling Worries and Criticisms of Sleeping with Your Baby 334
Sleep Safety 339
Troubleshooting: Solving Your Baby's Sleep Problems 340
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Problems 351
Chapter 16 Parenting the Fussy or Colicky Baby 367
Fussy Babies 367
Why Babies Fuss 372
Matching Babies and Parents 374
Soothing the Fussy Baby 378
The Colicky Baby, Alias the Hurting Baby 382
Tracking Down Hidden Causes of Colic 386
Comforting Colic 400
Is Colic Preventable? 406
Entering the Promised Time 409
Chapter 17 Working and Parenting 410
The Real Issue: Attachment 410
Keys to Working and Attaching 414
Choosing Substitute Caregivers 418
The Commercial Day-Care Option 423
Chapter 18 Special Situations 429
Parenting the Adopted Baby 429
Parenting Twins 431
Single Parenting 433
The Down Syndrome Baby--A Special Kind of Parenting 434
Mixing Babies and Pets 438
Part IV Infant Development and Behavior 441
Chapter 19 Growing Together: Enjoying Your Baby's Developmental Stages 443
Growing Together 443
Attachment Parenting: How It Builds Better Babies--And Parents 444
How Babies Grow 446
The Five Features of Infant Development 448
Seven Ways to Build a Brighter Baby 449
Chapter 20 The First Six Months: Big Changes 458
The First Month: Big Needs 458
Newborn Reflexes 464
The Second Month: Big Smiles 467
The Third Month: Big Hands 474
A Three-Month Review 478
The Fourth Month: Big Looks 480
Language Development, Four to Six Months 484
The Fifth Month: Big Reaches 488
The Sixth Month: Sitting Big 492
Raising Healthy Teeth 495
Chapter 21 The Second Six Months: Moving Up 503
Six to Nine Months: Exploring Big 503
New Fears and Concerns in the Second Six Months 514
Nine to Twelve Months: Big Moves 517
Caring for Your Baby's Feet 530
Chapter 22 The Second Year: From Babyhood to Toddlerhood 532
Twelve to Fifteen Months: Big Steps 533
Fifteen to Eighteen Months: Big Words 541
Enriching Your Toddler's Language 547
Does Your Child Walk Funny? 548
Eighteen to Twenty-four Months: Big Thoughts 552
Chapter 23 Bothersome but Normal Toddler Behaviors 563
The Real Meaning of Discipline 563
Headstrong Mind-set 564
Toy Squabbles 566
Temper Tantrums 567
Biting and Hitting 572
Baby Won't Mind 574
Screeching and Whining 574
Thumb-sucking 575
Chapter 24 Toilet Training 577
Facts You Should Know 577
Better Late Than Early 578
A Step-by-Step Approach to Toilet Training 578
The Child Who Won't Go 585
Toilet Training Quickly: The Weekend-Training-Camp Method 587
Part V Keeping Your Baby Safe and Healthy 591
Chapter 25 Babyproofing Your Home 593
Profile of an Accident-Prone Child 593
The Accident-Prone Home 594
Home Babyproofing Checklists 594
Choosing and Using Safe Baby Equipment 600
Safe and Sane Car Travel 604
Cycling with Infants 611
Plantproofing Your Home 611
Environmental Pollutants: Getting the Lead Out 614
Chapter 26 Keeping Your Baby Healthy 618
Health Maintenance Begins at Home 618
Well-Baby Checkups 620
Immunizations: Why, What, and When 622
Treating Little People 630
Giving Medicines 633
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 637
Chapter 27 The Most Common Medical Problems: Self-help Home Care 647
Parenting the Baby with Fever 647
Colds 662
Coughs 671
Ear Infections 674
Sinus Infections 682
Croup 683
Diarrhea 685
Vomiting 691
Constipation 695
Tracking and Treating Inhalant Allergies 698
Eczema 703
Questions Parents Have About AIDS 704
Childhood Illnesses at a Glance 706
Chapter 28 Lifesaving Procedures and First Aid for Common Emergencies 718
The Three P's 718
Choking 719
When Your Baby Isn't Breathing: A Step-by-Step Approach to CPR 723
Bleeding 725
Head Injuries 728
Convulsions 731
Burns 732
Poisoning 734
Eye Injuries 736
Nose Injuries 737
Insect Stings and Bites 739
Tooth Trauma 740
Strains, Sprains, and Fractures 741
Appendix Growth Charts 743
Resources 745
Index 749
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