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

The Baby Book: 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: 9780316778008
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/31/2003
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 784
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

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.

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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby - from Birth to Age Two 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 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
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.
kfenric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent comprehensive book on babies and toddlers up to age 2. Almost every question I had when I had my first babe was answered by this book. In fact this book is so well used by me that it is falling apart. I have given it as a gift several times to new moms. Definitely a must have for new parents.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift at my baby shower. I have found this book so helpful. I brought home my premature daughter and had found that I had tons of simple questions that I needed answers or reassurance about what I was doing. This book has been great and resourceful. I think everyone should have a copy of this book in their collection. These authors are proponets of the attachment parenting method, which I practice, but even if you are not the general medical information will be very helpful.
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rrAZ More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my son and daughter in-law as their own guide. They love it and it helps answer all of those little questions new parents have! It is the "Dr Spock" of the new generation.
MalOH More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in anticipation of my first child... Now that she is here, I find it to be a helpful reference for many of my smaller questions. The only drawback I found was the lack of situations dealing with premature babies, of which I am a parent. Otherwise, it is truly helpful and I plan on keeping it handy for babies in the future.
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