The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five by William Sears, Martha Sears |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five

The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five

by William Sears, Martha Sears
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"High-need" babies crave touch and motion, can't self-soothe, have difficulty sleeping, nurse often and well into their toddler years and are intense, draining and demanding, say pediatrician Sears and his RN wife, parents of eight children and authors of The Birth Book and 12 other parenting titles. Informed by their experience with a high-need daughter and by observations of patients, the Searses outline how to handle such fussy babies, rehashing their theory of "attachment parenting"carrying the baby in a sling, nursing on demand, sharing the family bed and responding rather than letting the baby "cry it out," etc. Parents are encouraged to focus on the positive: a high-need baby, the authors say, "cries impressively" and "values being with you"; he or she isn't a "difficult sleeper" or "clingy." Desperate parents will be grateful for the many tips and the mommy-burnout survival list. But veteran moms and pops may have trouble swallowing some suggestions (bounce gently on a trampoline with baby). Readers may also yearn for substantiation of claims that fussers grow up to be confident, expressive, responsible teens and adults. Still, the authors' warm-fuzzy "You're okay, baby's okay" outlook may be just the right medicine for many anxious parents of demanding children. (Sept.)
Library Journal
William and Martha Sears, a pediatrician and a nurse, respectively, have written this book to provide guidance and support for parents of children who have high needs for comfort, feeding, and the like from birth. The authors cite both their own family experience and the stories of their patients and others. The guidance they provide flies in the face of parenting advice of the last several decades, but the positive results of high-touch, intensive, attachment parentinga concept the authors first introduced in Baby Book (LJ 2/1/93)are evident. This well-organized book will most likely appeal to educated baby-boomer, baby-buster parents. Recommended for consumer health collections.Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316779166
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
494,419
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.62(d)

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