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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Overview

The "baby bible" of the post-Dr. Spock generation, already embraced by hundreds of thousands of American parents, has now been revised, expanded, and brought 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. Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as the parents of eight children to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. Working for the first time with their sons Dr. Bob and Dr. Jim, both pediatric specialists in their own right, the Searses have produced a completely updated guide that is unrivaled in its scope and authority. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies -- cating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort -- as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today's parents. 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 best suits you and your child. The Baby Book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting -- for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469252261
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 8.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.50(d)

Table of Contents

A Word from Dr. Bill and Marthaxiii
Part IGetting Started: Baby-Care Basics1
Chapter 1Getting Attached: What It Means3
Parenting Your Baby3
The Seven Baby B's of Attachment Parenting4
Attachment Parenting Includes Fathers10
Some Questions You May Have11
Chapter 2Ten Tips for Having a Safe and Satisfying Birth21
Choose Dr. Right for Yourself21
Choose the Right Birthing Environment22
Use a Professional Labor Assistant22
Get Moving24
Get Off Your Back24
Experiment with Labor Positions25
Use Technology Wisely25
Use Medical Pain Relief Wisely25
Avoid an Episiotomy27
Formulate Your Birth Plan27
Chapter 3Preparing for Baby29
Choosing Dr. Right for Your Baby29
Choosing Other VIPs30
Choosing Whether to Breastfeed or Bottlefeed31
Circumcised or Intact?32
Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking35
Expanded Newborn Screening Blood Test36
Preparing Your Nest36
Chapter 4Getting the Right Start with Your Newborn41
Baby's First Minutes41
Bonding--What It Means, How to Do It43
Getting to Know Your Newborn47
Attachment-Promoting Behaviors48
Birthday "Pictures"49
Routine Hospital Procedures52
Newborn Jaundice55
Baby's First Checkup58
Chapter 5Postpartum Family Adjustments60
Nesting-in60
Role Adjustments61
Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression65
Now We Are Three69
Shaping Up After Childbirth73
Chapter 6Caring for Your Baby's Bodily Needs79
Diapering Your Baby79
Cord Care82
Care of the Circumcision Site83
Nail Care83
Bathing Baby84
Keeping Baby Comfortable88
Pacifiers: In or Out?90
The Right Touch: The Art of Infant Massage92
Chapter 7Common Concerns in the Early Weeks97
Early Newborn Changes97
Spitting Up104
Eyes105
Baby's Mouth106
Newborn Skin Marks and Rashes107
Diaper Rash: Prevention and Treatment110
Part IIInfant Feeding and Nutrition115
Chapter 8Breastfeeding: Why and How117
Why Breast Is Best117
Preparing for Breastfeeding124
Right-Start Techniques127
How Your Breasts Make Milk133
Common Breastfeeding Questions and Problems135
Chapter 9The Breastfeeding Mother: Choices, Challenges149
Eating Right During Breastfeeding149
Upsetting Foods in Breast Milk152
Medicines for Two: Taking Medicines Safely While Breastfeeding154
Breastfeeding Helpers158
Getting It Together: Working and Breastfeeding165
Expressing Milk168
"Nursing Nuisances," Challenges, and Funny Things That Happen on the Way to the Breast176
Breastfeeding Special Babies in Special Circumstances183
Weaning: When and How194
Chapter 10Bottlefeeding with Safety and Love200
Formula Facts200
How Much? How Often?208
Preparing Formula210
Bottlefeeding Tips213
Weaning Baby from the Bottle215
A Person at Both Ends of the Bottle216
Chapter 11Introducing Solid Foods: When, What, and How217
Why Wait?217
Feeding Solids: Six to Nine Months221
Feeding Strategies224
Feeding Solids: Nine to Twelve Months226
Making Your Own Baby Food231
Commercial Baby Food234
Bring Out the Cup234
Chapter 12Ten Tips for Becoming Your Family's Nutritionist238
Feed Your Baby Smart Fats238
Feed Your Baby the Best Carbs240
Perk Up the Proteins241
Shape Young Tastes242
Fill Up with Fiber243
Value Your Vitamins244
Mind Your Minerals245
Pump Up Baby's Iron245
Make Every Calorie Count247
Raise a Lean Baby247
Chapter 13Feeding the Toddler: One to Two Years252
Nourishing the Picky Eater252
Getting Your Toddler to Eat253
Choosing the Right Milk for Your Toddler261
Is Your Child Eating Enough?264
Food Allergies267
Pesticides: How to Keep Them Out of the Mouths of Babies273
Part IIIContemporary Parenting279
Chapter 14Babywearing: The Art and Science of Carrying Your Baby281
New Support for an Old Idea281
Choosing the Right Baby Carrier284
How to Wear Your Baby: A Personal Course285
The Babywearing Father--Becoming a Shareholder291
Other Babywearers294
Wearing Down to Sleep295
Babywearing in Real-Life Situations296
Babywearing in Special Situations300
How Babywearing Benefits Infants and Parents301
Babywearing May Change Your Life-style for the Better310
Chapter 15Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby to Sleep312
Facts of Infant Sleep313
Step One: Give Your Baby the Best Sleep Start316
Step Two: Condition Your Baby to Sleep319
Step Three: Lessen Conditions That Cause Night Waking325
Sleeping with Your Baby--Yes? No? Sometimes?329
Handling Worries and Criticisms of Sleeping with Your Baby334
Sleep Safety339
Troubleshooting: Solving Your Baby's Sleep Problems340
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Problems351
Chapter 16Parenting the Fussy or Colicky Baby367
Fussy Babies367
Why Babies Fuss372
Matching Babies and Parents374
Soothing the Fussy Baby378
The Colicky Baby, Alias the Hurting Baby382
Tracking Down Hidden Causes of Colic386
Comforting Colic400
Is Colic Preventable?406
Entering the Promised Time409
Chapter 17Working and Parenting410
The Real Issue: Attachment410
Keys to Working and Attaching414
Choosing Substitute Caregivers418
The Commercial Day-Care Option423
Chapter 18Special Situations429
Parenting the Adopted Baby429
Parenting Twins431
Single Parenting433
The Down Syndrome Baby--A Special Kind of Parenting434
Mixing Babies and Pets438
Part IVInfant Development and Behavior441
Chapter 19Growing Together: Enjoying Your Baby's Developmental Stages443
Growing Together443
Attachment Parenting: How It Builds Better Babies--And Parents444
How Babies Grow446
The Five Features of Infant Development448
Seven Ways to Build a Brighter Baby449
Chapter 20The First Six Months: Big Changes458
The First Month: Big Needs458
Newborn Reflexes464
The Second Month: Big Smiles467
The Third Month: Big Hands474
A Three-Month Review478
The Fourth Month: Big Looks480
Language Development, Four to Six Months484
The Fifth Month: Big Reaches488
The Sixth Month: Sitting Big492
Raising Healthy Teeth495
Chapter 21The Second Six Months: Moving Up503
Six to Nine Months: Exploring Big503
New Fears and Concerns in the Second Six Months514
Nine to Twelve Months: Big Moves517
Caring for Your Baby's Feet530
Chapter 22The Second Year: From Babyhood to Toddlerhood532
Twelve to Fifteen Months: Big Steps533
Fifteen to Eighteen Months: Big Words541
Enriching Your Toddler's Language547
Does Your Child Walk Funny?548
Eighteen to Twenty-four Months: Big Thoughts552
Chapter 23Bothersome but Normal Toddler Behaviors563
The Real Meaning of Discipline563
Headstrong Mind-set564
Toy Squabbles566
Temper Tantrums567
Biting and Hitting572
Baby Won't Mind574
Screeching and Whining574
Thumb-sucking575
Chapter 24Toilet Training577
Facts You Should Know577
Better Late Than Early578
A Step-by-Step Approach to Toilet Training578
The Child Who Won't Go585
Toilet Training Quickly: The Weekend-Training-Camp Method587
Part VKeeping Your Baby Safe and Healthy591
Chapter 25Babyproofing Your Home593
Profile of an Accident-Prone Child593
The Accident-Prone Home594
Home Babyproofing Checklists594
Choosing and Using Safe Baby Equipment600
Safe and Sane Car Travel604
Cycling with Infants611
Plantproofing Your Home611
Environmental Pollutants: Getting the Lead Out614
Chapter 26Keeping Your Baby Healthy618
Health Maintenance Begins at Home618
Well-Baby Checkups620
Immunizations: Why, What, and When622
Treating Little People630
Giving Medicines633
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome637
Chapter 27The Most Common Medical Problems: Self-help Home Care647
Parenting the Baby with Fever647
Colds662
Coughs671
Ear Infections674
Sinus Infections682
Croup683
Diarrhea685
Vomiting691
Constipation695
Tracking and Treating Inhalant Allergies698
Eczema703
Questions Parents Have About AIDS704
Childhood Illnesses at a Glance706
Chapter 28Lifesaving Procedures and First Aid for Common Emergencies718
The Three P's718
Choking719
When Your Baby Isn't Breathing: A Step-by-Step Approach to CPR723
Bleeding725
Head Injuries728
Convulsions731
Burns732
Poisoning734
Eye Injuries736
Nose Injuries737
Insect Stings and Bites739
Tooth Trauma740
Strains, Sprains, and Fractures741
AppendixGrowth Charts743
Resources745
Index749

Customer Reviews

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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