Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby -- from Birth to Age Two

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The Baby Book covers every aspect of infant care - from newborn bonding to toliet training. William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., pediatric specialists and parents of eight children, write clearly and authoritatively from their vast professional and personal experience. Emphasizing the basic needs of babies - eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort - they ...
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Overview

The Baby Book covers every aspect of infant care - from newborn bonding to toliet training. William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., pediatric specialists and parents of eight children, write clearly and authoritatively from their vast professional and personal experience. Emphasizing the basic needs of babies - eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort - they provide specific, up-to-date information on issues of concern to every new parent:
  • Parent-infant attachment
  • Feeding baby right
  • Soothing the fussy baby
  • Getting baby to sleep
  • Reducing the risk of SIDS
  • Understanding baby's development
  • Common illnesses
  • Dealing with temper tantrums
  • Toliet training
  • Toddler behavior
  • Babyproofing the home
  • Working and parenting

The Baby Book - the new parenting bible of the 90s - presents a parenting philosophy that takes into account contemporary attitudes and realities. The Searses call this parenting style "attachment parenting" and expalin how it assures each child the attention he or she needs and nurtures the growth of the entire family as well. Their recommendations and advice will help parents develop strong bonds with their children - ultimately making better babies and better families.

Practical guide to nutrition, common illnesses, expected stages of growth, toilet training

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This hefty volume remains the definitive source of information on your baby's development through the first two years of life. Covering topics as varied as newborn rashes, changing eye color, proper nutrition, and vaccinations, the Searses provide indispensable advice along with safety tips and listings of additional resources.
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A pediatrician and an RN/childbirth educator have prepared a comprehensive guide for new parents. The authors encourage and describe ``attachment parenting,'' a high-touch style that involves bonding, reading and responding to babies' cues, breastfeeding, and sharing the bed. Topics discussed range from birth and feeding to child safety and basic medical care. The discussion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome includes 1992 research results and recommendations. This is the first title to discuss high-touch/attachment parenting in such detail, although Fitzhugh Dodson and Ann Alexander's Your Child: Birth to Age 6 ( LJ 11/1/86) covers many of the same topics. Because of its size and the need to refer to it frequently, the book would probably be most useful in parents' personal libraries. Recommended for public libraries and patient education collections.-- Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316779050
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/19/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 689
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Meet the Author

William Sears, M.D., one of America's most renowned pediatricians, received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, the largest children's hospital in the world. Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, he has been a pediatrician for twenty years. With his wife, he is the author of fourteen books.

Martha Sears, R.N., is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2003

    A true gift

    With the sick garbage flying around about 'sleep-training', scheduled feedings, and the rush to parental independence by letting babies 'cry it out'......how very comforting to read that what comes naturally is actually a very peaceful way of parenting. A true gift to parents and their precious babes! Children are to be loved and enjoyed - You ROCK, Dr. Sears!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Parenting from the Heart

    I am a first time mom, over 35, full-time career woman and I loved this book. In fact, I keep it handy and refer to it often as it contains an enormous amount of useful information, sound advice, and compassionate parenting tips. I disagree with the reviewers who feel that this book is judgmental towards moms who choose to work or who don't want to follow all of his advice. All I can say to them is "take what you like and leave the rest". I know parents who've followed the beliefs of attachment parenting and their children are the most compassionate, well-adjusted kids I've ever met. And they're not all stay at home moms! My husband and I have tried for years to have a child and I can't think of a better way to honor this little life than by fostering a close physical and emotional attachment with our baby. My infant daughter became what Dr. Sears calls a "high-need" baby, aka "fussy" or "colicky". I don't know what I'd have done without his book. While my in-laws were criticizing me for holding her too much, "spoiling" her with touch, and breastfeeding too much, I got the reassurance I needed from Dr. Sears that my instincts were right on. Wearing her in a sling, breastfeeding her, holding her, rocking her--- it all helped. There is no way you can spoil an infant and this book reassured me of this. These methods work and the best approach is to find what works for you and do it with love. As a teacher, I see too many dysfunctional children who don't know how to be intimate with other human beings. I strongly feel that attachment parenting helps to foster a loving compassion in the child that grows with her throughout life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Great info, but VERY Mean

    This book contains a lot of very useful information, such as a great collection of tips on how to buy safe baby gear. But it's so narrow-minded and judgmental that, even if you agree, in principle, with, for example, the recommendations to breastfeed on demand and hold your baby a lot, you might start thinking, 'But my mom and all my aunts bottlefed their babies and got them on a schedule after a certain point, and my cousins, my brother and I are all bright, healthy people, so why is Sears so sure that there's only one valid way to bring up a baby?' Also, he's really gungho about the environment. He sounds as if he'd shoot a mom who regularly used disposable diapers. But then he and his wife threw environmental concerns out the window and had *five* children. (Aside from the environmental impact, I wonder just how much attachment parenting time babies three and four really got.) Moreover, Sears seems to think that a mom who puts her baby in daycare and goes to work so that she can afford the basics, like rent, let alone little luxuries, like college savings, is a monster. So, basically, if I were a koala bear, Dr. Sears would like me, but because I'm a human mom who can't afford to stop working, he despises me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby -- from Birth to Age Two

    In today's world we need ideas to raise children who are compassionate, caring and connected. The ideas in this book will help you raise a child like this. The best part is that it is all common sense and feels natural and right. Often times we are swayed by the advice of others against doing those things that feel right to us. Dr. Sears gives you 'permission' to follow your own mind and do things your way. The book has good advice on nearly every topic that comes up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby -- from Birth to Age Two

    An encyclopedia of baby info. Covers nearly every topic that comes up in the first two years. Has a good index to help you find topics. This book has prevented me from running to the doctor many times by reassuring me that something is normal, it has also helped me figure out when my baby needed to go to the doctor. Contains lots of charts (feeding/development) diagrams (swaddling/breastfeeding) and lists (diaper rash/symptoms). The only topic not adequately covered is sleep, but if you get the one Dr Sears recommends on the topic (The No-Cry Sleep Solution) you'll have everything to need to feel confident as a parent of a new baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    OUR BABY 'BIBLE'

    My husband and I love this book. My copy is an older version and very dogeared. It was passed down to me from a cousin. I am now buying 2 new ones as shower gifts. The advice is wonderful and the tone of the book is 'mom knows best'. I can't imagine what I would have done without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Even works for working moms!

    This is the only book that worked for me. The Sears' cover almost every situation that I faced in the first year of raising my daughter (first child) and gave several suggestions to help each situation and usually one of them would work for us. I do work full-time outside of the home and the book never made me feel like I was doing anything wrong by doing this. I appreciated the 'follow your instincts' mantra. I followed some of their advice and left other pieces of it depending on my instincts. I did not let my child 'cry it out' because it didn't feel right to me. On the other hand, I didn't carry my child in a sling or co-sleep. Although I didn't follow all of the advice, my daughter still started sleeping through the night at ten weeks. Even if you skip the entire attachment parenting part of the book, the rest of the information makes this book worth the price. I wouldn't have made it through the first year without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Useful Book

    This was a great book. I got a ton of useful information out of it. What I really liked about this book was that fact that it covered from birth to age 2. It is a thick book and you have a chance to get your money out of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    This is the ONLY baby book you need.

    After I left the hospital with my precious new daughter, I was so nervous. There was the usual flooding of advice from parents, in-laws, friends, family members, and neighbors, and my husband and I were pretty confused. I truly thought I was as prepared as any new mom could be after reading several baby books, including 'What to Expect the First Year.' None of it felt RIGHT, though, until I read Dr. Sears and his wife's The Baby Book. Needless to say, ALL of the other books were thrown out. The Sears advocate attachment parenting, as we all should. It feels RIGHT. Stop listening to all those folks in your life who think having children should be convenient, and buy this book. Learn how important night-time parenting is, and NEVER, EVER let your baby cry-it-out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    Baby Bible

    I was given this book by a friend who had recently had a baby, and I am now planning to give it to each of my 5 pregnant friends. In this book I have found encouragement and support for what feels instinctively right for me and my baby (now 6 months old!). I also feel good about his acknowledgement that no one method works for everyone.. you must do what feels right. A VERY important source for me when all my elders say to just let her cry... my baby and I (and my husband) are much happier being 'attached' rather than detached and insensitive. Babies are not meant to be convenient. I honestly feel that motherhood would not have been as enjoyable with another philosophy. Whenever my husband and I discuss something regarding our daughter I always refer to what the 'good book' says. Now as my child gets older I'm planning to get Dr. Sears' Discipline Book... to prevent problems before they start!! I'm so glad Dr. Sears is here to replace the old ideas of Dr. Spock!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    The Best Baby Book Ever!

    I have three daughters and highly recommend this book. In fact, I give it to everyone I know who is having a baby, I love it so much. Everyone who I have recommended it to retains it as their bible. It teaches you to rely on your instincts with child rearing as opposed to advise from others (however well-meaning). I cannot fathom anyone not liking this book, and I would like to point out, to the contrary, that all of these methods HAVE been proven. They are not even methods, really. They just promote responding to your infant positively which has been proven to produce healthier, more secure, and more intelligent children. It has certainly been so in my case. My children are all at the top of their classes and everyone comments on how well-behaved they are. And I had little or no sleep-deprivation when my children were infants!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Finally some natural advice

    After reading a countless amount of material and books on babies I just about gave up. THEN... I found The Baby Book. Dr. Sears and Mrs. Sears are about natural parenting and give you the encouragement you need to bond with your baby. Not like a lot of the advice out there today. I feel more in control and comfortable saying that what I am doing is the best for my baby by responding to her needs and not letting her 'cry it out' like the other so called professionals say. I love the idea of cosleeping and the idea of the baby sling. I loved reading this book and have followed a lot of its advice which ultimately works!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    A Wonderful Guide

    I highly recommend The Baby Book. My husband and I both find this book to be a wonderful guide. It has excellent information that is presented in a manner which explains the issues, but doesn't talk down to the reader. While some have negative things to say about the book's lean toward attachment parenting, it doesn't, in my opinion, say that you are a bad parent if you don't practice this parenting style. We have found this book to be one of the best resources available. It has never failed to answer our questions. It also makes us feel supported in the decisions we make in caring for our child. Yes, it is big. But would you rather have a syntehsized compact statement that could contain a biased opinion or would you prefer in-depth explanantion so you can make up your own mind? This is a must have book for all parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    NOT RECOMMENDED

    The authors present a very narrow view of 'attachment' in which they suggest that anything short of breast feeding around the clock, constant carrying/holding, and co-sleeping reflects selfish parenting and attachment-disordered children. Little or no real evidence is offered to support these claims. Almost worth reading, just for the shocking nature of some of their assertions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    A must have for all new moms!!

    I am a new mom and this book has given me confidence for how to care for my baby. I consult the book before I worry. I especially enjoy the chapter on 'the sling'. My son and I have both benefited from this book. He loves being carried, and I love having him with me. The Sear's parenting concept is beautiful. It is my wish that all children will be raised with their attachment approach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Baby Bible

    I read and reread this book. I have a 2 month old who is thriving because of this book. I have finally found a book that feels so natural to me on being a mom. Their medical advise is so comprehensive that I don't have the 1st time mom syndrome. I'm givig this book away to all my friends as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    The BEST !

    This is simply the BEST book for new parents. I highly recommend it. Don't waste your money on other books that maybe cheaper but not as comprehensive as this one. This book has helped us through a lot of difficult times with our baby. BUY it!

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