What Baby Needs

What Baby Needs

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by 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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Changes always occur when a new baby comes into the home, and sometimes-older siblings don't know exactly what to expect. The book is written for the new big brother and big sister so that they will know what will happen when the baby arrives and how they should act toward the new baby. The examples included tell the child how to hold the baby and not to wake a sleeping newborn. The illustrations depict feeding, holding, bathing and playing with the baby. It is the perfect book to help the other siblings anticipate the demands the baby is going to place on the family. Some suggestions are given for the parents to help the older children still feel loved and appreciated. A pediatrician and a registered nurse have written the book. The information is based on a style of parenting called, "Attachment Parenting." More information about that style of parenting is found at the back of the book, along with web sites for parenting questions. 2001, Little Brown, $13.20. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Appealing picture books written by attachment-parenting advocates. In the first title, the anticipation of a baby is shown as an opportunity for family members to love and support one another. The text, addressed to an older sibling, describes both the changes that the family prepares for and the ways that the baby, growing inside the mother's uterus, might make her feel: hungry, thirsty, and tired. Older brothers and sisters are encouraged to see themselves as competent to contribute at this time. What Baby Needs is a warm look at how life in the family changes to accommodate the needs of a newborn, and the care an infant requires. Both texts are prefaced by notes for adults on what kind of information and experiences might be helpful or appropriate to share with a child. In addition, sets of text bars throughout give parents and youngsters the opportunity to talk more about the issues raised by the simpler text of the books. In each book, the lighthearted, full-color cartoons bring some welcome new images to baby books: breastfeeding, babywearing (including both a dad and a mom with an infant in a baby sling), and the newborn snoozing near the parents' bed in an adjacent co-sleeper. Final pages in both volumes provide interested adults with notes on attachment parenting, including its key components (birth bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, and belief in the language value of a baby's cry).-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Sears Children's Library Picture Books Series
Edition description:
1 ED
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Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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What Baby Needs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
KinnyL More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.