The million-copy best seller by "the man who remade motherhood" (Time) 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.
The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies—eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort—as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today’s parents. The topics covered include:
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 best suits you and your child. Their 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.
©2003 William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, James Sears (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book was great to help me prepare for labor.... After that, it was FULL of opinions, which clashed what I learned from my own pediatrician... Which is surprising considering the authors are a pediatrician and a midwife. The book is BIG on co-sleeping but my pediatrician strongly discouraged it due to an increased SIDS risk for an infants first 6 months of life. They also strongly recommend not using pacifiers... again my pediatrician strongly recommending using a pacifier because it can reduce the risk of SIDS.
They warn you going into the book that you should do what feels right to you. And a good bit of the advice just seemed backwards to me. Most of the content of the book was very long winded.... it was almost easier to scan the chapter titles and search online to read about what the book was about because there was almost so much detail about one thing, it was boring and easily caused you to lose interest.... especially if you don't listen to the book in one sitting.
If you plan on a natural birth at home, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding, this book is for you. If you plan on using a bassinet and/or crib, pacifiers, or bottle feeding I wouldn't recommend. The tone of the book is almost condescending if you do decide not to do those things. This book did convince me to breastfeed my baby and we did very well with it. This book helped us
Sherry Adams Foster was pretty good. Mel Foster spoke with a monotone that quickly put me to sleep when I listened to this. If he spoke with some more enthusiasm it would be much better.
This was hands down the most painful audio book I have ever listened to. I have listened to many other baby books with no problem. In retrospect, I should have purchased this book as an e-book or hard copy to scan through rather than have listened to this.
As far as the content, it did convince me to breastfeed and taught me some additional benefits that I did not learn during searches online.
Say something about yourself!
The author has a lot of experience and some very good direction on raising a child.
Okay, Decent, Vocal ;)
No, I bought this book when my wife was 8 months pregnant and finished it last week. Our daughter just graduated from high-school. (not true)
The advice is spot on but very repetitive.
That is an approximate quote in a couple parts of this book. Even if he was telling the truth, I wouldn't believe him in the weird join my cult like way he forces his opinions on you.
"Sure, you can circumcise, but most people don't do that anymore, and you will find yourself trying to explain to your kid why he looks different from the others."
I'm a little bit on the attachment theory, but not near to the extreme degree this family is. I could not finish this book, which was the fifth and by far the worse book I've read so far. The facts were just misleading or not true in parts, which made it difficult to believe anything he had to say. It's apparent he is wishing his will on others and will say anything to prove his theories are correct. Stick with a more factual book and draw your own opinions.
Not to mention it repeats over and over and over again.
I have deleted and downloaded this book about 5 times. It just will not play. I have gottend through. 40 minutes of it and then it stops. Playing it on a GS4.
"Worth it for the factual stuff alone."
I don't know.
There aren't any characters.
They could have used a narrator that didn't sound like he was doing the voice-over for a romantic comedy trailer.
Nobody would make a film of this book.
This book is worth it just for the factual information - on maladies for example - and also the more tried and tested gems that no-one would really argue about.
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