What Baby Needsby William Sears, Martha Sears, Renee Andriani, Christie Watts Kelly
When a family brings a new baby home, there are many changes. Older siblings may find it hard to understand the needs of the new baby, as well as the demands placed on mom and dad. Based on the attachment-parenting theories of the foremost authorities on parenting and childcare, William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., this book clearly explains baby's needs.
When a family brings a new baby home, there are many changes. Older siblings may find it hard to understand the needs of the new baby, as well as the demands placed on mom and dad. Based on the attachment-parenting theories of the foremost authorities on parenting and childcare, William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N., this book clearly explains baby's needs. The text emphasizes how siblings can be helpers to both baby and parents, while forging their own relationships with "their baby," and outlines the positive aspects of being an older girl or boy. Here is a warm, insightful book that will help the whole family joyously and lovingly welcome the newest member into their lives.
Meet the Author
William Sears, 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. He has practiced pediatrics for nearly three decades and currently teaches at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. Together the Searses have authored many books on parenting, childcare, and nutrition, including The Baby Book, The Family Nutrition Book, The Discipline Book, and The Breastfeeding Book. They regularly contribute articles to both Parenting and Baby Talk magazines. The Searses are the parents of eight children and live in Capistrano Beach, California.
Christie Watts Kelly earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Memphis and cofounded the Memphis chapter of Attachment Parenting International. Along with the other books in the Sears Children's Library, she coauthored two adult titles, New Families: New Finances and The Single Parents's Money Guide.
Renee Andriani is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and also illustrates magazines and greeting cards. She lives in Leawood, Kansas, with her husband and three children.
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We are having a baby soon and I got this book to give our 2 1/2 year old an idea of what to expect. He loved it! Asks to read the "baby book" over and over. He tells me that he wants to help give the baby a bath and change diapers, etc so I know he is getting the point. It does stress the attachment parenting aspects that the Sears family is known for, and shows simple, age-appropriate drawings of breastfeeding moms, which I think is helpful for him to see before the baby gets here. It is really aimed at kids a little older than him, but can be simplified to a toddler level if needed. I'm a pediatrician myself and looked quite a bit for one with words and pictures I thought he could relate to and this was perfect.
Read the book often with my 2 y.o. son and he loved it! He's now 3 and we still go back to reading it, and baby is now 6 months. He seems to have adjusted reasonably well and I think the book truly helped. He could relate to the family even though we have 3 boys and the book has a girl in the family. He routinely tries to help out just like the older siblings in the book do. Very nice, simple and yet sophisticated story/rationale. I'd definitely recommend it.
This book almost reads like a text book, not at all for younger children. I bought it for my two year old son, thinking it would do a good job explaining what will happen when baby gets home. The book is way too wordy for a young child. I basically look at the pictures with him and make up a story as I go along. I would not recommend this for any child under 6 or 7 years old.
If you were an older sibling, too bad you didn't have this book. It's a wonderful help to let little ones know how to relate to the family's new baby.