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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2003 William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, James Sears (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Just what every expecting parent should read!

Absolutely adore this book. It is a little long and the narrator was a little slow for my taste so I listened to it at 1.25 speed and it was perfect. Hands down the best baby book I have read so far. It was the second book I read from them and I just bought a third, cant wait to start listening to it! Highly recomend it to any expecting parent!

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Best!

This is the best book I have listened to! Everything makes so much sense and it feels like the right way to approach parenting.
So much detail in all stages of your baby's development.
Highly recommend this book!

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  • Nicolep123
  • 2018-05-02

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This book is written by a pediatrician however the advice is just that advice. It is very repetitive, as a Foster parent I found the unrelenting and repetitive advice to breastfeed condescending and unhelpful. I would look at evidence based books which have been far more helpful for me. check out Brain rules for babies or caring for your newborn by Dennis Kuo

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  • fishingforstuff
  • 2016-07-02

tons of amazing information! Would highly suggest

I am a father of two. This book helped me a ton in giving me ideas on how and what to do. It was never forceful or told me that I had to do things just gave me great options and ideas.

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  • Brent
  • 2013-08-15

Informative and....LONG!!

What did you like best about The Baby Book? What did you like least?

The author has a lot of experience and some very good direction on raising a child.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

NO

What three words best describe Mel Foster and Sherry Adams Foster ’s performance?

Okay, Decent, Vocal ;)

Was The Baby Book worth the listening time?

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)

Any additional comments?

The advice is spot on but very repetitive.

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  • Chris
  • 2016-11-19

Great overview of everything you wondered about!

Wonderful book that touches on just about everything you need to know about having a baby and how to take care of your baby for the first couple years, especially from a physical health perspective. The book is really practical with many interesting and scientifically validated takeaways. Highly recommend for anyone!

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  • Schmimmels
  • 2013-12-17

Not for me.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Would you recommend The Baby Book to your friends? Why or why not?

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

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Foster and Sherry Adams Foster ?

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.

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-30

best baby book!!!

It's very detailed and covers various topics. I started listening at 5 mths pregnant during my work hours. It is lengthy but the most thorough baby book I've heard. I recommend starting early and taking your time with it. I enjoyed listening to the Dr. suggestions and his writing style. He is not pushy. He is very informative and shares what has worked for other parents and his family. I ended up buying a physical copy to review a second time and bookmark/highlight the pages most important to me.

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  • gordon
  • 2015-12-29

very thorough very helpful

this book gives you a detailed explanation of everything that you'll go through during pregnancy up to three years old including what's best for your family and not just for you baby

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-22

Too long and not informative

Struggled to finish. Despite being very long the book provides very little information.

for example chapter about breastfeeding. Is nearly 2 hours long and it contains just one simple idea. breastfeeding is good. that's it. and two hours talking about nothing.

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  • Boris Fomitchev
  • 2019-02-15

The narrator kills it

There is no way you can listen to this whole book narrated the way it is. My husband thought it was a robot!! Probably very good material but will be returning this book because I can not get through the weird sing song narration.

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  • Nhat
  • 2018-11-05

Lived up to the reputation of baby bible

This book is long and thank god it is. Parenting is so complex and subjective that it's hard to summarize it in a book. Of the many books I've read and listened to, I think this one does it the best. In many ways, the book was also a lifesaver. So I recommend it to all new parents.

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