The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

Overview

The "baby bible" of the post-Dr. Spock generation, already embraced by hundreds of thousands of American parents, 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. Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as the parents of eight children to provide comprehensive information on ...
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Overview

The "baby bible" of the post-Dr. Spock generation, already embraced by hundreds of thousands of American parents, 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. Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as the parents of eight children to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. Working for the first time with their sons Dr. Bob and Dr. Jim, both pediatric specialists in their own right, the Searses have produced a completely updated guide that is unrivaled in its scope and authority. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies -- cating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort -- as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today's parents. 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. The Baby 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: 9781469252278
  • 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)

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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  • 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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