The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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:
- 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 and 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 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.
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|Listening Length||41 hours and 9 minutes|
|Author||William Sears M.D., Martha Sears R.N., Robert W. Sears M.D., James Sears M.D.|
|Narrator||Mel Foster, Sherry Adams Foster|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 08, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #92,366 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#123 in Parenting Infants & Toddlers
#160 in Child Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
#260 in Children's Health (Audible Books & Originals)
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I have to say that the sleep problems that my baby has and therefore I have has caused me such unecessary heartache, depression, and exhaustion, and I feel it is my duty to warn other moms about this book. What a disservice it is to call your chapter on sleep “Nighttime Parenting”. Parents need to sleep too , and so do babies . We teach them that skill . Of course we shouldn’t lock our babies in a room and make them cry themselves to sleep all night for our convenience. But we also need to help our babies sleep because it’s a learned skill. This book fails to write that.
I never write bad reviews but this is the only one I will write because I can honestly say that following the advice of this book has caused so much heartache and pain in my life I just had to warn other moms about it .
But at the same time, be prepared for its oppressively narrow view of gender roles. For example, at one point, they suggest that fathers could use a "memory word"— "TIDY", which stands for "take inventory daily yourself" to remember to clean the house when mom and baby are recovering. (I think I just puked in my mouth.) There are frequent spots where the tone gets quite condescending like this. It's unfortunate, because they do a great job of acknowledging that things will be different based on the uniqueness of *the baby*, but they do a terrible job of acknowledging the uniqueness of *the parents.* I'm pretty sure this stems from a narrow Christian/Western/Evangelical view of gender roles.
The good makes up for the bad in most parts. But be ready to puke in your mouth.
Top reviews from other countries
Reading this book puts you in touch with your gut feelings such as: It is OK to respond to your babies cries by picking her/him up, by cuddling, carrying, and by breastfeeding a newborn as many times as you want. You do not need to keep to fixed rigid routines if that does not come naturally to you - or structure your life around on the dot 3 hourly feeds. You do not need to let your baby cry it out or 'Train' him/her to behave in a particular way at such a young age. You can sleep next to your baby if you want to and go about it safely. You do not need to listen to 'advice' that does not feel natural to you. Parenting is a personal choice and everyone is different.
This book does not rigidly tell you how to parent but instead has a very open-mind on many subjects. I highly recommend this to anyone about to have a baby or of course anyone already with a baby - especially those of you who are quite fed up of hearing advice that does not feel right.
The Sears family are the main advocates of 'Attachment Parenting' BUT they are also highly qualified doctors and medical practitioners with a lot of experience - And everything is backed up scientifically. The attachment parenting philosophy is a whole approach/concept to bringing up your child, not a list of things you absolutely must do. Please therefore do not be put off if you feel you do not fit into this philosophy simply because you don't want to carry your baby in a sling everywhere you go or perhaps you don't breastfeed - It doesn't matter - In fact the book has a section called 'Bottle Feeding with Love'.
Although I think it is worth every penny - If the price puts you off then buy an older version of this book (also on Amazon) which may not be so up do date in some areas of detail but the general content, philosophy & chapter headings appear to be pretty much the same!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2019
there are so many books out there to choose from when pregnant and i feel that this book has been the most honest and helpful
this will also serve well for after the birth when queries will arise