The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

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America's bestselling "baby bible" -- an encyclopedic guide to the first two years of your baby's life.

The million-copy bestseller by "the man who remade motherhood" (TIME) has now been revised, expanded, and bought 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.

The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and pas parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies -- eating, sleeping, develipment, health, and comfort -- as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today's parents. The topics covered include:

  • preparing for a safe and healthy birth
  • bonding with your baby
  • feeding your baby right
  • soothing your fussy baby
  • getting your baby to sleep
  • understanding your baby's development
  • treating common illnesses
  • babyproofing your home
  • understanding toddler behavior
  • dealing with temper tantrums
  • toilet training
  • working parenting
  • first-aid procedures
  • and much more

Unrivaled in its scope and authority, 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 bests suits you and your child. Their book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most of of parenting -- for your child, yourself, and for your entire family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316230506
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 378,200
File size: 57 MB
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About the Author

William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatrics experts to whom American parents turn for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. Dr. Sears was trained at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, the largest children's hospital in the world. He has practiced pediatrics for nearly 50 years. Together, the Searses have authored more than 40 pediatrics books.

Table of Contents

A Word from Dr. Bill, Martha, Dr. Bob, and Dr. Jim 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

Find "Dr. Right" for Yourself - Explore Options 21

Choose the Right Birthing Environment 22

Hire a Labor Coach 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

Be Flexible in Formulating 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" 50

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

Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 114

Part II Infant Feeding and Nutrition 125

Chapter 8 Breastfeeding: Why and How 127

Why Breast Is Best 127

Preparing for Breastfeeding 134

Right-Start Techniques 137

How Your Breasts Make Milk 144

Common Breastfeeding Questions and Problems 146

Chapter 9 The Breastfeeding Mother: Choices, Challenges 159

Eating Right During Breastfeeding 159

Upsetting Foods in Breast Milk 162

Medicines for Two: Taking Medicines Safely While Breastfeeding 164

Breastfeeding Helpers 168

Getting It Together: Working and Breastfeeding 174

Expressing Milk 177

"Nursing Nuisances," Challenges, and Funny Things That Happen on the Way to the Breast 184

Breastfeeding Special Babies in Special Circumstances 190

Weaning: When and How 202

Chapter 10 Bottlefeeding with Safety and Love 208

Formula Facts 208

How Much? How Often? 216

Preparing Formula 217

Bottlefeeding Tips 221

Weaning Baby from the Bottle 223

A Person at Both Ends of the Bottle 224

Chapter 11 Introducing Solid Foods: When, What, and How 225

Why Wait? 225

Feeding Solids: Six to Nine Months 230

Feeding Strategies 232

Feeding Solids: Nine to Twelve Months 235

Making Your Own Baby Food 240

Commercial Baby Food 242

Bring Out the Cup 242

Chapter 12 Ten Tips for Becoming Your Family's Nutritionist 248

Feed Your Baby Smart Fats 248

Feed Your Baby the Best Carbs 251

Perk Up the Proteins 252

Shape Young Tastes 253

Fill Up with Fiber 253

Value Your Vitamins 254

Mind Your Minerals 255

Pump Up Baby's Iron 256

Make Every Calorie Count 257

Raise a Lean Baby 257

Chapter 13 Feeding the Toddler: One to Two Years 262

Nourishing the Picky Eater 262

Getting Your Toddler to Eat 263

Choosing the Right Milk for Your Toddler 271

Is Your Child Eating Enough? 275

Food Allergies 278

Pesticides: How to Keep Them Out of the Mouths of Babies 284

Part III Contemporary Parenting 289

Chapter 14 Babywearing: The Art and Science of Carrying Your Baby 291

New Support for an Old Idea 291

Choosing the Right Baby Carrier 294

How to Wear Your Baby: A Personal Course 295

The Babywearing Father - Becoming a Shareholder 301

Other Babywearers 304

Wearing Down to Sleep 306

Babywearing in Real-Life Situations 306

Babywearing in Special Situations 311

How Babywearing Benefits Infants and Parents 312

Babywearing May Change Your Lifestyle for the Better 320

Chapter 15 Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby to Sleep 323

Facts of Infant Sleep 324

Step One: Give Your Baby the Best Sleep Start 327

Step Two: Condition Your Baby to Sleep 330

Step Three: Lessen Conditions That Cause Night Waking 335

Sleeping with Your Baby - Yes? No? Sometimes? 340

Handling Worries and Criticisms of Sleeping with Your Baby 345

Sleep Safety 350

Troubleshooting: Solving Your Baby's Sleep Problems 351

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Problems 363

Chapter 16 Parenting the Fussy or Colicky Baby 378

Fussy Babies 378

Why Babies Fuss 383

Matching Babies and Parents 385

Soothing the Fussy Baby 389

The Colicky Baby, Alias the Hurting Baby 393

Tracking Down Hidden Causes of Colic 396

Comforting Colic 411

Is Colic Preventable? 417

Entering the Promised Time 419

Chapter 17 Working and Parenting 420

The Real Issue: Attachment 420

Keys to Working and Attaching 424

Choosing Substitute Caregivers 428

The Commercial Day-Care Option 433

Chapter 18 Special Situations 439

Parenting the Adopted Baby 439

International Adoption 441

Parenting Twins 442

Single Parenting 443

The Down Syndrome Baby - A Special Kind of Parenting 444

Mixing Babies and Pets 448

Part IV Infant Development and Behavior 451

Chapter 19 Growing Together: Enjoying Your Baby's Developmental Stages 453

Growing Together 453

Attachment Parenting: How It Builds Better Babies - And Parents 454

How Babies Grow 456

The Five Features of Infant Development 458

Seven Ways to Build a Brighter Baby 459

Autism Screening and Early Detection 467

Sensory Processing Disorder 469

Chapter 20 The First Six Months: Big Changes 470

The First Month: Big Needs 470

Newborn Reflexes 476

The Second Month: Big Smiles 478

The Third Month: Big Hands 486

A Three-Month Review 490

The Fourth Month: Big Looks 491

Language Development, Four to Six Months 495

The Fifth Month: Big Reaches 498

The Sixth Month: Sitting Big 503

Raising Healthy Teeth 506

Chapter 21 The Second Six Months: Moving Up 513

Six to Nine Months: Exploring Big 513

New Fears and Concerns in the Second Six Months 524

Nine to Twelve Months: Big Moves 527

Caring for Your Baby's Feet 539

Chapter 22 The Second Year: From Babyhood to Toddlerhood 541

Twelve to Fifteen Months: Big Steps 542

Fifteen to Eighteen Months: Big Words 550

Enriching Your Toddler's Language 556

Does Your Child Walk Funny? 557

Eighteen to Twenty-four Months: Big Thoughts 561

Chapter 23 Bothersome but Normal Toddler Behaviors 572

The Real Meaning of Discipline 572

Headstrong Mind-set 573

Toy Squabbles 575

Temper Tantrums 576

Biting and Hitting 581

Baby Won't Mind 583

Screeching and Whining 584

Thumb-sucking 585

Chapter 24 Toilet Training 587

Facts You Should Know 587

Better Late Than Early 588

A Step-by-Step Approach to Toilet Training 588

The Child Who Won't Go 595

Toilet Training Quickly: The Weekend-Training-Camp Method 597

Part V Keeping Your Baby Safe and Healthy 601

Chapter 25 Babyproofing Your Home 603

Profile of an Accident-Prone Child 603

The Accident-Prone Home 604

Home Babyproofing Checklists 604

Choosing and Using Safe Baby Equipment 610

Safe and Sane Car Travel 614

Cycling with Infants 621

Plantproofing Your Home 622

Environmental Pollutants: Getting the Lead Out 624

Chapter 26 Keeping Your Baby Healthy 628

Health Maintenance Begins at Home 628

Well-Baby Checkups 631

Immunizations: Why, What, and When 633

Treating Little People 641

Giving Medicines 644

Chapter 27 The Most Common Medical Problems: Self-help Home Care 649

Parenting the Baby with Fever 649

Colds 664

Coughs 671

Ear Infections 674

Sinus Infections 682

Croup 683

Diarrhea 685

Vomiting 691

Constipation 695

Tracking and Treating Inhalant Allergies 698

Eczema 702

Questions Parents Have About AIDS 705

Childhood Illnesses at a Glance 706

Chapter 28 Lifesaving Procedures and First Aid for Common Emergencies 718

The Three P's 718

When Your Baby Isn't Breathing: A Step-by-Step Approach to CPR 719

Choking 720

Bleeding 725

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Baby Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought our first copy of this book in 1996. I used it so much that the cover has fallen off and the book is in pieces, so I am planning on buying a replacement copy, as we are finally being blessed with a second child. I'm even getting a copy for one of my husband's sisters, who had a baby in May and always has lots of questions and concerns about what is okay and what is normal. It is hands-down the best, most loving, reasonable reference guide out there. You can look up just about anything and find it in there. The book addresses labor & delivery, tests, infant development, health questions, feeding questions, etc., etc., etc. Unlike the two people who had negative opinions of this book, I have nothing but glowing praise for it. YES the Searses advocate a certain kind of parenting, but that is simply the result of years of raising eight of their own children, including one adopted and one with Downs Syndrome (most of whom are now adults)...trying the 'old school' ways that well-meaning people had taught them... and knowledge that grew from Dr. Sears being a well-respected pediatrician who has really paid attention to his patients and their families. For those who think that attachment parenting will only make your child clingy, that opinion is really not right at all. This book was a relief to me, because I knew that some 'old school' advice was what stressed me out...what set off alarms in me (letting my baby cry himself to sleep being one of them). I loved this book because it put into writing the type of parenting we were hoping to do. The theory that meeting your child's needs, being affectionate, anticipating a hunger cry, etc. will make him/her more secure and independent, rather than clingy, is what we've found. We have an INCREDIBLY independent, smart, happy child. I'm sure if he'd spent his early years crying it out, then he'd be pretty clingy now. In fact, I've known some families who have adhered to the 'let them cry or they'll control you' mentality, and their children have been the ones who I've noticed are clingy, whiny and insecure. The thing about the Searses is that while they advocate certain things, they are completely understanding and supportive of parents making the choices that work for them. They NEVER said that someone who bottlefeeds instead of breastfeeds, or someone who really prefers for baby to be in a crib rather than being in bed with Mom & Dad, is a bad parent. Never once did they say that. What they DO say is that you have to follow your gut. What works for one family might not work for another. Even in the same family, what works for one child, might not work for another. There are no cookie cutter situations. THAT'S what the Searses say. They say that happy parents will make for happier kids, no matter what the parents choose to do (e.g. if a mom is stressed and unhappy breastfeeding, then it's better both for parent & baby for the baby to be bottlefed...if the parents are miserable with having baby in bed, then they're definitely all better off with baby in a crib, etc.) For us, some attachment parenting is what worked. The whole 'leave 'em in the playpen, let them cry it out, don't breastfeed too long or hold them too much because it'll all make them clingy' mentality is what stressed us out. NOT the idea that it's okay and good to hold our child a lot and that it really was acceptable for me to breastfeed our child for two years. So, I give the highest recommendations. The Searses might have beliefs about parenting that are grounded in their own experience and exposure, but they are understanding that not all their choices in parenting are what would work for others. Anyone who thinks that they don't recognize, and aren't respectful of parents doing what is right for them (regardless of whether it follows their recommendations) and for their families clearly didn't REALLY read what the Searses were trying to say. It's an EXCELLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "Drive Yourself Crazy" review below is COMPLETELY WRONG. Obviously the person writing it had no personal experience with attachment parenting but simply theorized that obnoxious kids were the result of attachment parenting which is exactly the opposite. My son was an incredibly well-behaved child who was the opposite of insecure and he's now a high-achieving teenager who was advanced a year in school and is now preparing for a school year abroad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anytime I have concerns about my baby I can find answers in this book. It has a special section for high-need babies which was just the information we needed and couln't find anywhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used a 1990's edition of this book to help me raise my two children. Both turned out just great! I had even written one of the authors, who responded with a lengthy letter and included her phone number. I did end up calling and Martha Sears couldn't have been more helpful. Jam-packed with common sense and great tips. I buy these books for expectant mothers now.
sarahtar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Dr Sears essential reference.
ohdani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Even if you aren't into attachment parenting there are some extremely helpful passages, charts, diagrams, and other leagues of information that can be devoured. This is more helpful, at least I found, than the American Academy of Pediatrics book.
RcCarol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend, and read it the December before I gave birth. I wanted to know as much about babies as I could before I birthed them.I was disappointed. I wanted to learn about child development and to find a balanced view about what is best for babies. Instead, I found the authors ascribed to a theory I had never heard of, "attachment theory", and while some of it I found interesting, I was annoyed by much of it. There was little to no evidence for his assertions about the theory. And it was always layered on with a trowel: no subtlety to be found in that manual!The manual is huge, partially because it is so repetitive. Yes, we get it - breastfeed your babies! Don't sleep train! Carry your baby everywhere! These three concepts are throughout the entire book, even where you least suspect it will pop up. The book is also filled with quotes from one of the author's personal journals of using attachment theory in raising her child. I found her tone to be smug, and eventually I had to stop reading her entries.A lot of reviewers have focused on the various provisions of the theory: sharing a bed, breastfeeding on demand, carrying your child everywhere, etc. It is true that the authors are proponents of these activities, and you will not find a balanced view of any of them. If you want to make up your mind as to whether you should sleep with your child or breastfeed on demand, you will need to find another volume for the pros and cons. I have no opinion myself on whether anything suggested by the authors are good or not, and I suspect that how you raise you child really depends on your family and your baby. No one should judge your parenting style, even the Searses.However, all that said, I give the book three stars because I find the chapters on what to expect when your baby reaches, say, two months old, to be invaluable. I have also enjoyed the chapters on first aid and health issues. I also agree with the authors on the importance of getting to know your child and following his or her lead in the infancy.My recommendation? The book is an absolute must if you want to use attachment theory in raising your child. If you want a balanced discussion on the various ways to raise your bsby, find another book, or read this one with a grain of salt.
mattearls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, so I don't read much of the important things, but at least Amy does and tells me about it.
leadmomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is in my bedside table because it is such a great resource. Common sense information. Almost like a calming hand on your shoulder. If you are interested in attachment parenting -- this is the resource you need.
wesh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An indispensable resource for us over the course of our two kids. It's the gift we buy every couple we know are expecting. It's also the gift for which we're thanked most often.
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This is a baby book
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This book was great i have four kids
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