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1. The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
by James Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, William Sears
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Asin: 0316778001
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 370
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Brought thoroughly up-to-date-with the latest information on everything from diapering to daycare, from midwifery to hospital "birthing rooms," from postpartum nutrition to infant development-THE BABY BOOK remains the one must-have resource for today's new parents.

In this perennially bestselling and encyclopedic guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide authoritative, 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 parents today. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Attachment parenting isn't for everyone
I have this book and read and referred to it many times. Much of the information is sound advice from medical professionals. BUT--the promotion of the family bed and attachment parenting will not work for everyone. Ultimately the family bed and co-sleeping were NOT for me. I am a light sleeper. Our first child was in and out of our bed, making the entire family sleep deprived. At 14 months we decided co-sleeping wasn't working for us; we put her in a crib and she was confused and angry. At 5 she is still inordinately attached to me. With our second child I was determined not to follow Sears advice. After nursing, I put him right into the cradle and patted him to sleep. He is now 2 and 1/2. People are still amazed at his ability to self-soothe and fall right to sleep at naps and bedtime. Sleep has never been an issue with him, and I feel he is just as loving as our first child - and much more secure! Instead of Sears, I recommend Your Baby and Child by Penelope Leach.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only book you need!
No need to buy the pregnancy book or the others in the Sears collection. This book has enough information on most of the topics you need to be knowledgable of. Easy reading and a great consultation book after your baby is born.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one!
If you read only one book, this is it! As a parent and a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have read most books on this subject. Dr. Sear's books are the only ones that I have found that are consistent with a baby's developmental needs. I have been stunned to read some of the incredibly bad advice out there in other books. I give this book to every new parent I know!

5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful and interesting
Buy this book! It has been the most helpful book I've read on childcare, and I've read a lot. It has validated me on the style of parenting that fits me the best and has been an excellent guide on how to be more effective in this style of parenting. It has helped me foster security in my kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!!!
This is my baby bible! It covered everything that my husband and I had questions/ concerns about! They leave no stone unturned! It is very "instinct friendly" :O) The milestones are very realistic as well. ... Read more

2. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-28)
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Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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A breakthrough approach for a good night's sleep--with no tears

There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.

Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep--all with no crying.

Tips from The No-Cry Sleep Solution:

  • Uncover the stumbling blocks that prevent baby from sleeping through the night
  • Determine--and work with--baby's biological sleep rhythms
  • Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night
  • Use the Persistent Gentle Removal System to teach baby to fall asleep without breast-feeding, bottlefeeding, or using a pacifier
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5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the no-crying approach!
FINALLY, a book that makes sense to sleep-deprived people! I always thought there were only three options when it came to sleeping with a baby in the house: 1) You just get lucky and have a natural-born sleeper; 2) You can let them cry it out; or 3) You can just deal with the constant night waking.

Thanks to Elizabeth Pantley, I realized there is a gentle, loving way to teach my daughter to sleep without a single tear! After a few nights of following our sleep plan, my daughter started sleeping through the night. This was accomplished without ONE single tear!!!!

Unlike in other books, there is no strict format to follow. You can adapt the ideas to fit your child and at your own pace. No more feeling guilty for not just letting her cry it out and being tired all the time. No more guilt about not following the very rigid programs in some other "sleep books."

Thanks for all the sweet dreams, Elizabeth!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic solution for any parent with TWINS!!!!
I have 21-month-old twin girls. One of my daughters had never slept through the night (nursing 5-10 times a night!!!), and my other daughter had only occasionally slept through the night. Until I read Elizabeth Pantley's book.

First of all the book gave me hope. I had had visions of nursing my daughters through the night and then getting them ready for school. I thought it would never end. This continuous lack of a full night's sleep was really starting to wear on me.

I was never very comfortable with the cry-it-out method, so I felt like my only other option was to wait it out. That surely sometime, they would start sleeping through the night. However, after many months of patience and sleepless nights, that time never seemed to come.

I found Elizabeth Pantley's book while desperately searching for a solution. Finally, an alternative to the cry-it-out method that is gentle, sympathetic, and in line with an attachment parenting style. I started using Elizabeth's ideas. A few weeks later, my daughter who used to nurse all night now amazingly can put herself back to sleep when she wakes up. Both of my daughters have actually slept through the night, never waking once, for the last two weeks. Our naptime and bedtime is no longer a struggle. When I tell the kids it is time for a nap or time for bed, my daughters and my 3 1/2 year old son no longer object or balk. What used to be a 10-11pm bedtime is now an 8:00 bedtime.

Thank you Elizabeth for showing me that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Book EVER!!!
I have read SOOOO many sleep books and have surfed hundreds of web sites looking for information on helping my baby sleep then finally found No Cry Sleep Solution. I am not kidding when I tell you my son (now 8mths) has never slept well. He was waking every single hour and the only way I could get him back to sleep was by b/feeding him. Every Single Hour!
NCSS has changed my life! After a few really consistent days of following NCSS and not one tear, My son slept very well last night and woke up so happy! Instead of going to him and feeding him 9 or 10 times, He called for me TWICE!!!! Yes, I wrote Twice!!!! I cannot tell you how good this is - you just have to read it! If your consistent, it WILL change your life too! Thank You so much Elizabeth Pantley!

Edited to add, one month on ... Henry is sleeping through the night without waking! I still breastfeed him to sleep and there hasnt been any tears. Just a few months ago, I was so terribly desperate for sleep, now I feel alive! Dont feel the 'Controlled Crying' to be the only answer - this DOES work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Your baby does NOT need to cry it out
After receiving much unwanted advice about letting my 5-month-old baby cry herself to sleep, I was delighted to discover The No Cry Sleep Solution. When I did the first sleep log, my baby woke up 12 times during the night and had only one and a half hours of naptime. Now, three weeks later, she naps for three or four hours and only wakes up once or twice (I think this is due to genuine hunger and will probably stop when she starts solids). We are very grateful to Mrs Pantley for showing us a way to teach baby better sleeping habits - without being cruel!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, supportive and encouraging!
Hello, sleep-deprived moms and dads! I SO understand where you are right now. I was there, and sometimes still am, but things have gotten a lot better. We have been using the techniques in this book for a few months now and our daughter slept through the night twice this week. It's been a gradual process, but we have seen a lot of steps forward - and she never once cried alone in her crib. If you are looking for an alternative to the cry-it-out method, this book offers a lot of practical and useful advice and tips. It is easy to follow and Elizabeth shows respect for whichever sleeping arrangement you choose - crib, co-sleeping, a little of both. I recommend this book to all new parents (along with the NoJo sling!!) ... Read more

3. The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
by Martha, William Sears
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Asin: 0316779032
Catlog: Book (1995-02-15)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 3535
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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From the bestselling authors of The Baby Book and The Birth Book comes The Discipline Book, the definitive guide to raising happy, well-adjusted, well-behaved children. Seasoned parents of eight, Bill and Martha Sears draw on personal experience and their professional knowledge as childcare experts to provide an authoritative approach to a broad range of disciplinary issues and practices.

With focus on preventing behavior problems as well as managing them when they arise, the Searses offer clear, practical advice on everything parents need to know about disciplining young children. Believing that discipline starts at birth, the Searses discuss baby discipline, disciplining the toddler, mother-father roles in modern parenting, saying no, self-esteem as the foundation of good behavior, helping a child to express feelings, the constructive use of anger, good nutrition for good behavior, and sleep discipline.

On handling problem behavior, the Searses cover sibling rivalry, spanking and alternatives to spanking, breaking annoying habits, and eliminating bothersome behaviors like whining and talking back. The Searses strongly advocate teaching children values like apologizing and sharing, and explain how to deal with such issues as lying, stealing, and cheating. In addition, the Searses address building healthy sexuality and discipline in special situations such as after divorce and in the single-parent household. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of wisdom, little science
Here is a great book to own for Dr. Sears fans and "attachment parenting" families. It gives balanced advice, emphasizing the importance of respecting and understanding the child as a person without falling into the "parent as powerless mentor-friend" trap. The Searses were in the process of raising eight children when this book was written, so it contains a great deal of wisdom gained from vast experience.

Probably the biggest drawback in this book is the tendency to use the term "attachment parenting" interchangeably with the more general psychological term "attachment" (which is basically the same as love, according to my understanding). I will not deny that many families find that Dr. Sears's famous attachment parenting methods (such as the family bed and infant wearing) actually do promote good attachment, but they are means to an end and not mandatory for all.

Another weak area concerns the issue of spanking. The Searses are known for holding to the respectable view that spanking is not the best way to discipline, and that other methods are preferable. I have no problem with their view, but the so-called "science" that is used to support the view is very poor. No effort is made in any of these studies to look at responsible spanking; rather, all physical discipline is lumped together, including angry spanking, inappropriate spanking, and outright child abuse. Sorry, but these "studies" either have little to do with the issue at hand (loving discipline) or are simply worthless wastes of time that do not belong in this book or any other! The Searses themselves probably made the decision to not spank based on personal experience; they should cite this and leave the junk science alone. As an aside, the parent who does choose to spank will find a section in this book regarding how to do it lovingly, which I endorse, and which, ironically, is similar to advice offered by pro-spanking writers like Dr. James Dobson.

To sum up, I recommend this book. However, if its gentle methods aren't working, by all means look for more assertive (but still loving) methods. Children thrive best where discipline is effective, as well as loving and fair.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book in a detachment oriented culture.
I wish all of Dr. Sears books would be prenatal prerequisites and parting gifts at the hospitals! There is scientific evidence,personal experience, and genuine caring. Indeed,in an ideal world we would all be parented this way- people would value people over things.We have attachment parented our daughter by responding to her cues from day one in terms of nursing,crying,sharing sleep,holding and simply doing what feels humane. Zoe is almost three and this approach has truly helped me to know my child and has served as the foundation for effective discipline which is simply guidance, whether firm or gentle,it is setting limits,and correctng and redirecting. When you have done this from the beginning, "discipline" isn't something that you do all of a sudden now that they are a toddler. Talking to her early on and explaining things and having age appropriate expectations builds trust- this makes for a more harmonious relationship overall and quite an asset for there are days and weeks that are just hard- there are certainly challenges to being an "at home" parent-even with a great natured toddler,I believe that all of the Sears' books have affirmed the value that I have on the attachment process in the first three years of life.Attachment parenting is an investment.Our society wants independence and quick fixes where children our concerned: let someone else parent them,leave them to cry,spank,scream,ignore.These methodst have grave long term consequences-a good reason to buy this book! Read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars I really disliked this book . . .
I have to agree with the negative views posted here. I wanted to add my review to help balance out the numerous positive reviews.

I too consider myself an "attached" parent - I nursed both my girls for at least one year each (while working full time) and work very hard to be an effective parent even though I'm not home with them every day. As other reviewers have said, this book does the attached parenting thing to death. It more than implies that if you're an attached parent, you'll simply know what it is your child wants or needs and if you don't know, you must not really be an "attached" parent. In my experience, that isn't reasonable - no matter how good a parent you are, there are times when you simply aren't going to understand what your child wants. That's ok! The real world does not revolve around our little darlings, no matter how much we'd like it to.

The advice to simply and gently "redirect" a toddler from something he or she wants is totally laughable if you have a toddler like I did who does not understand the subtlety of a gentle redirection! In the real world, children need both negative and positive reinforcement to learn right from wrong and safe from unsafe. This book misses the mark by a mile in that respect.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for children under 1
Our child's under one, and just getting to the discipline stage. There's nothing for a child under age one, unless you want to be told the value of attachment parenting (which I do not believe in). I've got a successful "Baby Whisperer" child so far. I'm keeping the book (I got it as a gift), but only because when I skipped around, it seemed to have some advice we might find useful when our child's older. If I hadn't have gotten it as a gift, I wouldn't have bought it because of the attachment philosophy, but I'm new to the world of discipline techniques so I'll keep it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what an 'attached parent" needed...
I loved the "Baby bBook", but was quite dissapointed with this one. It has little advise to balance excessive attention and control our sun was getting as a result of this approach. At this point I beleive that most "attachement" parenting families with one child spoil their children rotten and deprive them of independance they crave by age 2. Unless they have 8 of them like Sears. For balance I would highly recommend all books by Magda Gerber, particularly "Your Self-Confident Baby". She is a recognised authority on early childhood by both Montessori and Waldorf movements. They changed my life. By the way, i did not need a huge chapter on benefits of not spanking my children. i doubt many Sears followers do. ... Read more

4. The Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library)
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Asin: 0316779075
Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 4535
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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In The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, William and Martha Sears, authors of The Baby Book and creators of the concept of "attachment parenting," here turn their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. The Birth Book is divided into three parts: "Preparing for Birth," "Easing Pain in Labor," and "Experiencing Birth." You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about "going drug-free"?
If you are considering having a drug-free delivery (and even if you're not), this book is for you. It will help you understand the reasons why having a baby is painful and things you can do to make it easier. I found myself remembering what this book said WHILE IN LABOR. One of the best tips in the book was to prepare a birth plan and the knowledge you will gain by reading this will enable you to write a birth plan that suits you and will use the medical jargon enough that the doctors and nurses will respect you. It is also very realistic, yet encouraging, about pain relief during labor. I managed without drugs and it was an awesome experience. I took no childbirth classes and had "one of the most beautiful deliveries" the L&D nurse had ever seen. The information in this book was a huge help. Out of all the books I read to prepare for labor, this one was far and away the best. This is a must read for pregnant women!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Informative Advocacy for Natural Birth
This book is SO much more accessible than the Bradley book which we used for our childbirth class. I wish I had had it before having two babies! I really enjoy the personal stories that the Sears use in all their books to illustrate their points... at the beginning of this book they describe the births of all 8 of their children. I found the section on prenatal tests particularly illuminating. Most books talk about amnios and such, but few talk about the consequences of fetal monitoring or ultrasounds in much detail. After reading this book I feel much more equipped to attempt a second natural birth... I have even had thoughts about home birth, but fear we are too far from the hospital.

The Sears' make a strong point that fear and tension during labor greatly contributes to pain. They see pain as a natural barometer and suggest that severe pain indicates a change is needed. This change could be as simple as changing positions and moving about, or it might indicate that some intervention is needed. Although they strongly advocate natural birth, the Sears' view medication during birth as one tool (not without possible complications) to help achieve a satisfying birth experience. Much emphasis is put on upright laboring and birthing positions, to increase mobility and to utilize gravity. Having found it a great help myself, I enjoyed reading about using the tub during labor and wished they had spent more time talking about birthing in water. I am strongly considering this possibility in my next birth. The final section of the book contains references and suggestions for further reading on particular topics. Overall a very useful book which does a wonderful job of balancing their advocacy for natural unmedciated birth with respect for what medicine has to offer!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but glossed over some complications
with the interventions. I preferred the "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" which highlighted many of the risks involved with each intervention. But this book went over many of the regular treatments found in a hospital birth. Overall, well written & excellent information.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is very one-sided.....
I am the type of person who enjoys information that shows both sides. I have grown up going to doctors and I trust them when it comes to medicine. I got this book hoping that it would help me with some pain strategies for giving birth. However, it was much the opposite. Instead Dr. Sears and his wife start with the history of midwives being bumped out and go on and on about how doctors have ruined birthing for every woman because they brought in pain medications, and so forth. Instead of being satisfied with what I read, I was actually turned off, and don't even want to buy another book from these people! Sure it is empowering for those of you who want to go completely natural and feel that doctors should stay away from you during your birthing experience. But for me, I am totally middle of road. I want to know my options, I want to know the good and the bad in ever situation. Instead, the Sears only focus on the bad with doctors and hospitals and make you feel that because you choose to go the medical route that you are a failure at giving birth. Sure it would be great to go natural at birth, but if I am in enough pain that I want an epidural, then PLEASE give me one. It is also reassuring for me to know that I will deliver in a hospital in case anything goes wrong with either me or the baby. I think this book had some good advice (but not much), and the rest of it is all based on 2 people's opinions of how THEY THINK birth should be. I thought the book was VERY ONE SIDED!

5-0 out of 5 stars I changed my birth plans 6 months into my pregnancy!
If you are pregnant for the first time and don't know much about childbirth, READ THIS BOOK ... and don't be afraid to make changes to your birth plan (birth plan?!?) if some aspect of your care doesn't sit well with you. Do whatever you can to have a wonderful birth experience - it will live in your emotions and memory forever and may even affect how you bond with your child.

I was six months pregnant with our first child when I did the craziest thing ever. I changed my caregivers and I changed my hospital. Here's how it went: During my pregnancy, our kitchen was being remodeled. Attempting to escape the paint and glue fumes, I spent long days at our local library, reading books about pregnancy and childbirth. I stumbled upon "The Birth Book" and of course, in my swollen condition, I devoured it.


It opened my eyes to how insane birth really is in this country - how over-medicalized it is. It really put the fear of God into me, so to speak, with regard to "routine" procedures such as episiotomy, forceps/vacuum use, epidurals, C-sections, etc. I was set on a path for the typical "hospital-epidural-medical" birth, without much thought that it could be any other (better, more satifying) way, until I read this astounding book.

Thanks to this book, I scrupulously questioned my OB and ultimately switched from my OB to a Certified Nurse Midwife, I switched to a hospital with a very low C-section rate and a very pro-natural birth attitude and appropriate facilities, I hired a doula, and my husband & I took a Bradley class and cancelled our Lamaze class. BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK, I had a glorious, natural (drug- and intervention-free), waterbirth in the "Alternative Birthing Center" of a hospital. (Read our birth story in the upcoming book, Beautiful Births, due out in 2005! =)

Of course, my husband initially thought I was stark raving mad for wanting to make so many drastic changes so far into my pregnancy, but after reading this eye-opening book, it seemed even MORE stark raving mad not to! Even if you have no intention of making any changes (some women like having fetal monitors and epidurals, and that is their prerogative!), read it. Whether you desire to birth naturally or more "medically," or if you're not sure, it is very empowering to be well informed about everything that happens within the birthing community. ... Read more

5. The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts
by Martha Sears, William, Linda Hughey Holt
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
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Sales Rank: 5867
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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The Pregnancy Book is an excellent all-in-one guide to pregnancy from William and Martha Sears, creators of the concept of "attachment parenting." Each of the book's chapters represents a month, and deals with physical and emotional changes, describes the growth of the fetus, and discusses common concerns. The authors also focus on nutrition, exercise, information and support for home births and birthing centers, traveling while pregnant, how to avoid episiotomy, and so on. The approach is gentle, thorough, and includes more information than some month-by-month guides, which makes The Pregnancy Book an excellent choice for pregnant couples. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource; great information!
I found The Pregnancy Book when I was six months pregnant for the fourth time. Having been through the experience three times already, I had read many books on the subject and had a pretty good idea of what to expect. The Pregnancy Book was by far the best book on the subject that I read. It is full of useful information that can be used on a day to day basis during your pregnancy. I was able to find an answer to every question I could think of - Why do I have headaches? What causes my ankles to swell? What does the baby look like and do at three months? six months? eight? What I found to be the most useful was the detailed description of what happens inside of me during the delivery of the baby. After reading the section on labor and delivery, I had a much better understanding of how my body works with the baby during the delivery process. I was able to use some of the techniques described in the book during my own delivery and it made the delivery of my nine and a half pound son much easier. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the whole process - whether this is your first time or fourth. I also recommend We're Pregnant! for a couple's viewpoint on the whole pregnancy and delivery proces, and A Child Is Born for great pictures of the developing baby.

5-0 out of 5 stars A positive approach to pregnancy!
Throw away or return "What to Expect When You're Expecting!" "What to Expect When You're Expecting", provides information on what to expect during your appointment and then goes on to tell you all the NEGATIVE things that can happen during your pregnancy. It really doesn't provide much information on what is happening (or what to expect for that matter) with your body during each month and what is happening with baby. Leg cramps in the 7th month and what to do about them? Buy The Pregnancy book and you'll find the answer!

The Pregnancy Book provides comprehensive information on questions to ask a potential OB/GYN, GP, and/or Midwife. The detailed descriptions of what is happening with your body during each month and potential "side affects" are invaluable, as well as the information on baby's development. The detailed birthing options are comprehensive and I believe, unbiased. The ninth month covers quite a bit of information on labor and delivery, but I do recommend The Birth Book as a detailed companion to The Pregnancy Book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good, general guide to pregnancy
I thought this was a great book to start off with. Dr. Sears and his wife lay out the general information in an easy to read format. While this is not the only book in my prego-library, I do find myself going back to it over and again. I don't think there's one be all end all book. Yes, there is a lot of repetition in the various Sears' books but each seems to build upon the others.

3-0 out of 5 stars great for an uneventful pregnancy, but...
As long as your pregnancy is progresses "normally," and you are able to birth "naturally," this book probably provides adequate information for you. However, it does not deal very extensively with the many complications that come up during pregnancy, and does not deal much with birth defects and fetal problems, other than to assure you that such things are very uncommon and therefore you shouldn't worry. I have had a very difficult pregnancy, and more than a few times the condition or complication I was experiencing wasn't even mentioned in the book, not even in the appendix.

Also, Dr. Sears insists on using gestational age dates, which is not how most doctors date pregnancies, and I was always reading about something that was supposed to happen at, say, 19 weeks, and having to add and subtract weeks to figure out how it pertained to me. That was irritating.

I liked the reassuring tone of the book, and I liked the flexible, commonsense approach to nutrition and weigh gain, which was a pleasant change from What To Expect (Yikes! That Best-Odds Diet is for superwomen.)

All in all, it is an okay book, and probably fine for women with uneventful pregnancies, but there are better and more comprehensive books out there if you want more detailed and objective information on tests and problems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great if you go natural
I bought this book because "What to Expect" was out of stock. This book takes you through your pregnancy in an easy to follow month by month format. The authors of the book also include some stories of their pregnancy's as well as those of others. There is also a glossary that explains briefly some complications and conditions of pregnancy. I, however, feel that this book pushes the message that birth should be unmedicated unless medically necessary. They feel that pain relief should only be given in extreme cases like c-sections and to help a slow labor progress.

There is a section covering cesareans but it isn't too detailed on what to expect and they really only give medical reasons for needing one. They even feel that if a breech baby can be delivered naturally that it should be done. It seems that they don't really consider the health and well-being of the unborn baby. Inductions aren't really talked about either. The only spot I remember them being discussed is if your labor is progressing very slowly or if it has been over 24 hrs since the water has been broken.

This book also covers the overlooked issues such as environmental factors that affect pregnancy, pregnancy at an older age, special tests that may be needed, and whether or not to go through genetic counseling. They also cover miscarriages and how to cope and how to decide when to start trying again.

All in all if you have a normal healthy pregnancy that is progressing well and you plan to have an unmedicated birth this book will guide you along nicely. However, if you are facing a cesarean, have a high risk pregnancy, or carrying multiples I would recommend you find another book. Also if you are looking for a book to cover both pregnancy and child birth either buy, "The Birth Book", or get another book altogether. ... Read more

6. The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-07)
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Is it OK to sleep with your newborn baby? How old is too old for breastfeeding? These questions and more are answered in this latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. Attachment Parenting encourages early, strong, and sustained attention to the new baby's needs and this book outlines the steps that will create the most lasting bonds between parents and their children. Practical and inspirational, this book, the heart of the Sears' parenting creed, is a necessity for every new parents' bookshelf. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great general guide to attachment parenting
This book is perfect for those interested in learning more about the wonderful philosophy of attachment parenting. While other books by Dr. Sears are more comprehensive, this is a great way to become familiar with his ideals. I recommend all of his books to new parents above any other author on the subjects of babies and parenting, and believe me, I have read them all!

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay book -- repeats everything else he's written
Dr. Sears' first couple of books were interesting to me, but he has now churned out something like twenty-five parenting books in the past five years, and frankly, it's all a rehash now.

"The Baby Book" is really the only Sears book you will need. All the rest of his single-issue titles ("Nighttime Parenting," "The Family Nutrition Book") are basically expanded chapters from The Baby Book. And he is billed as a "parent of eight" and a practicing physician, but I don't see how any one man (even with his wife's assistance) could turn out book after book after book --several new ones per year -- and still have time to work a job *AND* parent in the way he claims we should all parent our kids.

I don't like corporate parenting franchises and thats what "The Sears Parenting Library" is. I prefer a more personal, thoughtful approach to the topic of attachment parenting. I much prefered the book "Attachment Parenting" by Katie Granju. Although Sears may have come up with the phrase attachment parenting, Granju wrote a better book on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attachement Parenting = Parenting with love - unselfishly!
I have not read this book but by reviewing it see that there is a description of my parenting method - about to have my second child, I am registering for this and many other books. I have had to battle with other parents against my methods - dropping my child off at Sunday School, I would not leave him to cry - I sat off in the corner of the class for a few weeks so he knew I was there, I would show up the next week and other parents again would say just leave him to cry, "Baby Wise" parents, I would not and had some parents mad at me for my insistance to stay with my child - now, he can't wait to get out of my arms to play and go to Sunday School or anywhere I leave him - he is very confident and happy and when I pick him up I now get remarks that he is the happiest, friendliest, most loving child... he is very emotionally stable, secure, confident, outgoing and extremely independent at 20 months old - I am an absolute advocate for Attachment Parenting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Attachment Parenting - its only natural
Found this book just before my baby was due and I already had ideas about how I wanted to be with my baby and could never understand how people could put their babies in cots in another room from them it never seemed natural and this was further confirmed when my baby was born. This book gave a name to something I think should be natural for most parents and the book helped reinforce that what I was doing was the best for my baby as I had suspected. It also helped me realise that peoples unhelpful comments should be ignored. The book covers various aspects of attachment parenting from co-sleeping to baby wearing. It recognises the needs of a new born baby to be with its parents but the book never preaches and contains sections which help with problem solving. Best of all the book recognises that at the end of the day, parents should do what feels right for them and that they should never make themselves unhappy if certain aspects arent right for them and recommends other solutions.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview for those about to become parents
I am the attachment parent of two children, ages 2 and 5 weeks old! I actually learned most about attachment pareting from the book "How Breastfeeding spaces babies" by sheila Kippley, and from the Le Leche Leage breastfeeding handbook. I have given copies of The Attachment parenting book to many friends who are about to have children because it is an excellent explanation of AP and gives some good guidelines without being pushy. I would recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with AP or who is about to have a new baby! Some reviewers have complained that it is too repetitive. I would contend that it is repetitive because it is trying to debunk the myths about child rearing that are so pervasive in our self-centered society. ... Read more

7. Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate
by Elizabeth Pantley
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5-0 out of 5 stars ATTN Parents: This book is a MUST HAVE!!
Thank God for Elizabeth and her wonderful book Kid Cooperation!!
This is a great book with lots of excellent advice on how to achieve cooperation from your children in a way that makes everyone a winner! Elizabeth is clear, straightforward and down to earth, making her book a joy to read.

This book is packed with real-life examples, and also takes into consideration that every family is different, and every child is different. Her advice is simple, and I have found it easy to apply. I loved this book so much not just for it's common sense, but also because the author is, again, down to earth! Her advice is geared to situations that all parents can relate to. I felt as though I was reading about myself!

I recommend this book to anyone who has, or works around children. The fact that it's easy to read makes it so I could get it finished even with an extremely tight schedule. Like I said before, it was an absolute joy to read. I found it enlightening, and I want every parent to know how wonderful this book is in helping with the day-to-day adventures of raising children. My only regret is that I didn't get it even sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only parenting book you'll need!
The minute I saw this book on the shelf I had to have it. I wanted to stop yelling, nagging, pleading and get my kids to cooperate. Who wouldn't? I have three children and have been using the many ideas in this book since I purchased it a year and a half ago. Each time I read it - either cover to cover or just glancing over the great reminder pages - I gain more useful ideas to help me be a successful parent. As my children enter new stages in their life and new parenting challenges are faced, I have the confidence to tackle them head-on by using the techniques that I have learned in this book. I have recommended Kid Cooperation to all my friends and I highly recommend it to you as well. I can't imagine what my family life would be like if it wasn't for this first rate parenting book. It is a must have for every parent.

5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best parenting book that I have read
By far the best parenting book that I have read

When I read a book I usualy write comments, underlines important stuff and put reminders. Well this book is full of underlines & comments that I've made.

You need to read this book every year.

I have made the mistake of lending this book to my sister in law last year... I have to remind her to give it to me back, I think that she want to old on it until I forget that I lend it to her.

I may have to buy her the book as a present, so I can get my annoted version.

Jean Boucher is an international comedy magician


5-0 out of 5 stars this book is great!
I loved this book! Lots of helpful hints and best of all lots of great ideas of what to do in specific situations. It really got me back on track with my kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom : When What You're Doing Isn't Working
Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever have. But, it is the most fulfilling. Children don't come with Operating Manuals. So, often we find ourselves "winging it" when instructing and guiding our children. We are then reminded by outcomes that this is NOT the best approach.
Elizabeth Pantley's book KID COOPERATION... is the best OPERATING Manual we have read. And the ideas are real experiences of Elizabeth and others. If one approach to a child rearing event doesn't work well there are usually others you can employ that will.
Our journey with our two boys was at a point where we were so frustrated! What we were doing was NOT working. Now, with the advice and experience of Elizabeth we feel alot more confident in our decisions of discipline and guidance.
We liked the book so much we plan to look into other books she has written. ... Read more

8. The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children - From Birth through Adolescence
by William Sears
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream?Parents often wonder how best to feed their families, but the wondering is over with The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children--From Birth Through Adolescence. The beloved William Sears and his wife, Martha (a nurse), teach you how to become your own family nutritionist. Parents of eight children and well-known authors of more than a dozen childcare books, the Searses offer the solid advice on breastfeeding, beginning solids, and feeding picky eaters you'd expect. But more than that, they provide a crash course in overall nutrition. You'll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the "food pyramid"), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more. The Searses also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. You'll even get favorite Sears family recipes to help you get started on the road to healthy eating. It's all here, and it's all mixed with a healthy dose of passion for eating well. So you can show your children--by example--how to stay healthy and feel great. --Kelley Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's a very useful and complete book
Again written in a very easy-to-read way, this book is a very complete nutrition guide. It gives you the why's and how's of the differnet food groups and its very eye opening about comercial products and the way so called "healthy products" are marketed. After reading the book I have found myself in a better position to make informed decisions about what I'm buying and the way I'm cooking. The Sears give you a complete perspective without getting in the controversy of whether you should be a vegeterian or not, which I found very important so people of different believes and eating philosophies can enjoy the book equally. I particularly enjoy the sections of feeding your baby and toddler. They very complete and helpful. The book doesn't have recipes or anything but it has some cool ideas. I keep refering back to it everytime need to check in the nutritional information of different foods, or just when I need to give a boost to my health-awareness. It's very well documented (research references wise) and I particularly recommend it for people interested in cancer preventive styles of living.

5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting and eye opening nutrition book
This book was interesting to read (and I am NOT a nutrition nut). I especially like the way it is divided into managable chapters that tackle a particular concept (fish, oils, brain foods, anti-cancer foods, vegetables, milk, yogurt, etc.)

It takes potentially daunting concepts and makes them understandable to the layman. For example, the chapter on fats finally helped me understand all the jargon out there about saturated and unsaturated fats, hydrogenated oils, etc. This information has made me a better consumer and I know what to look for on labels.

It is also very readable because it incorporates many lists and side bars that highlight key concepts and insights. These items make it easy to skim through and glean a bit of information about many things without feeling overwhelmed by a bunch of dry and boring facts.

I also liked the way that Sears explains how certain foods impact our body. He uses many analogies to help the reader understand what occurs during the digestion process and why particular foods lead to optimum health.

Although I could never incorporate all of their suggestions, the book does a great job of giving me some goals to shoot for. It has helped me understand why some foods are bad and others better. The book has inspired me to look at eating in an entirely different way and to make efforts to improve my family's health.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
This book is great, even if you didn't have kids and just wanted to learn about how to eat right! The stuff nobody ever tells you and food manufacturers don't want you to know! It's a very helpful, complete book.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Family Nutrition Bible
By page 7, I was diving into my cupboards and discarding all the foods with hydrogenated oil. I devoured this book, and found this to be the easiest book on nutrition that I have ever read. Cut into bite-size sections, this book was a delight to read. I was able to make consise, informed decisions without feeling pressured into one lifestyle over another. I purschased this book for my Mother-In-Law, who is as far apart from me on the eating spectrum as possible, but who will still be able to glean wonderful and relevant information from this book.
My favorite section was the top twelve food list, honorable mention food list, and top-ten foods for each vitmin, mineral, and food classification. By implementing these foods into my family's lifestyle, I have increased the diversity of our meals, while feeling confident that my family of six is getting all the nutritional requirements that they need. I used the food circle as a guide to create a weekly nutrition plan for my family, and using that, I prepare weekly meal plans using the tops foods for each category. This also helps when it is time to do the shopping, as I only need to get the items on the mealplan, minus what I already have in the pantry. It sure helps for me in the kitchen! As a Mom who doesn't relish her time spent in the kitchen, this book helps me to maximize the nutritional efficiency of the time that I do spend in there!
This book helped me to take the final step into vegetarianism, and introduced me to the world of whole foods. Thanks, Dr. and Martha Sears!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get your nutrition info straightened up
The Searses have really outdone themselves this time. Knowlege is power, YOUR power to be healthy and raise healthy kids with sound eating habits. A definite MUST for all who are concerned and confused about what and how we eat and feed to our kids. The "Family Nutrition Book" opens all these little drawers in your brain full of jumbled-up bits and peices of incomplete information of dubious quality - and makes order. The book is superbly organised and easy to read, which doesn't make it any less scientific. No more mumbling a vague "it's good for you" when your kid asks why he should "eat this stuff", for now you actually KNOW why. Enjoy. ... Read more

9. The Complete Book of Christian Parenting & Child Care: A Medical & Moral Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Children
by William Sears, Martha Sears, William, M.D. Sears
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a real blessing!
I am so thankful I discovered this book! After being given the "Babywise" books before I had my first child, I quickly realized, especially after he was born, that there must be another way, something that was right for our family and for my child. So often as I've read this book, I find myself saying "That is so true," as the Sears' statements echo my own heart in raising my children., i.e., that we have a responsibility to be "God with skin on" to our children so that eventually they will seek the God that we reflect to them. I think what I appreciate most about this book, aside from the Sears' obvious love for God and for children, is that they are not dogmatic about their advice. Yes, they advocate certain parenting practices, but they never claim that theirs is the only way, or even "God's way." They acknowledge that others may be led to do things differently and that while they may not agree (e.g. about spanking), that leading can be valid. They continually reaffirm parents' abilities to discover what's right for their own children by learning their children and by following the leading the Lord gives them, regardless of what "everyone else" seems to be doing. Reading this book will remind you of why you became a parent -- I recommend it before your children are even born, if possible!

5-0 out of 5 stars Biblically Based, Excellent Book on Christian Parenting
This book is simply fantastic! The authors provide a very Bible-based and scripturally backed method of childrearing. We found this book absolutely indispensible as Christian parents.

The authors encourage parents to work with the nature of the baby/child God gave them [which only makes sense - God created babies the way they are for very good reasons!]. I felt very comfortable using their parenting and child care recommendations and I truly found their ideas in harmony with my faith. We feel that using the suggestions in this book has helped us to become the parents that God wants us to be [well, on our good days at least! :) ]. We are also very pleased with the way our children are turning out.

This book provides a very interesting counterpoint to another "Christian" system of child rearing that was recommended to us - Gary Ezzo's "Growing Kids God's Way" [and the secular version "Baby Wise"]. For us, the Sears book was clearly more in line with our Christian faith and our beliefs about our divine calling as parents to God's own precious children. I would recommend any Christian family read this book as a balance to the Ezzo books - regardless of which method you choose, you will benefit from understanding both sides of the issue!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I am a big fan of the Sears' books and am feeling a bit guilty for giving this book a low rating! I own The Baby Book and The Breastfeeding Book and cannot write enough good things about both publications.

I purchased this book recently and was disappointed. I was hoping for a book that would help guide my husband and I in raising our son in a Christian manner. However, the majority of this book is dedicated to pregnancy and childbirth. Since my son is already 5 months old, I didn't really need this information. Very little of the book is dedicated to infancy, toddlerhood and the issues that come about during these stages.

The book is well written, but much of the information regarding nutrition, health, discipline, as well as many other questions/concerns/issues is better covered in The Baby Book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A voice of dissention
I received this book as a gift from someone whose parenting style I don't agree with, and will try to return it for something that is more suitable for my instinctual parenting style. After reading the first 2 chapters, I am convinced that attachment parenting is not for me, nor my husband. I don't agree with the opinion it states that the mother is more responsible for the baby's care than the father in the first few years, and that the father's instincts can't be relied on as much as the mother's. This method of child-rearing takes control out of the father's hands and rests it solely on the mother's shoulders. Apparently, if two parents have differing opinions on something, the mother's opinion, accordng to this book, is always right!

The story of Barry and Susan in the beginning was especially troubling to me. It gave the impression that anyone who doesn't follow the advice of the book is a drone looking for the easy way out of parenting. It tells the story of an expectant couple, trying to discern the best child-rearing method. In the story, anyone who does not follow the attachment parenting method is painted as cold and DETACHED from their child. They discuss everything with their obstetrician/pediatrician, "Dr. Joan" (I don't refer to either of my doctors by first name.) This is definitely not the style for me, and I'm a little resentful of the implication that if I don't follow this method, I am detached from my child.

I would not reccommend this book for anyone who is not a proponent of attachment parenting. Do some more research, and buy a book more suited to your instincts.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW, WOW, WOW!
This book is awesome. The Sears share how AP is a Christian approach to child rearing. It debunks the myths that the Ezzo's and Pearl's twist into "facts".

This book is one I give to all my friends who are expecting. ... Read more

10. Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (La Leche League International Book)
by William Sears, William, MD Sears
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Why do some families have fewer sleep problems than others? What works for most parents most of the time and why?

Parenting is a full-time, twenty-four-hour-a-day job. Nighttime Parenting was written to make that job easier and to help the whole family--mother, father, baby--sleep better. It helps parents understand why babies sleep differently than adults, offers solutions to nighttime problems, and even describes how certain styles of nighttime parenting can aid in child spacing and lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears helps you find a solution to your baby's sleepless nights and offers comprehensive, caring advice on issues such as:

* Where babies should sleep
* What foods help children sleep
* Tips for single parents
* Getting children to bed without a struggle

This newly-revised edition incorporates the latest research on SIDS and its prevention, and is truly a must-have volume for all parents.

"This book belongs on the shelf right next to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It will help all new parents raise happier and more secure children."--Mary White, founding mother, La Leche League (r) International
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Sears
The second night after my baby was born, the nurses in the hospital brought him to me sometime after midnight because "they couldn't make him stop crying." They lay him next to me and he nursed and promptly fell sound asleep. The first night I got home, baby did the same thing -- he would scream if left in his basinet -- but would snuggle down and sleep quietly if lying next to me. Lying next to him and nursing him to sleep thus seemed the natural thing to do -- and it helped all of us get as much sleep as possible -- but I felt guilty and uncertain aoubt it until I read Dr. Sears' advice. Thank you, Dr. Sears, for recommending this approach to "nighttime parenting," and letting me know that this is how mothers around the world care for their babies during the night. I'm pleased to report that after three months, I naturally began transitioning baby to his basinet for longer and longer stretches. Now, he sleeps there all night, and joins my husband and me in bed in the morning when we wake up and it's time to nurse.

1-0 out of 5 stars If all else fails, DRUG your baby!!!
My gosh! ANY Dr. that tells his readers to drug their baby if all "natural methods of nighttime parenting" fails is a complete QUACK. I know some drs suggest the use of Benadryl, an over-the-counter drug. What does Dr. Sears suggest? The strong hypnotic prescription drug chloral hydrate to knock your child out!! Since he repeatedly states that CIO is not an option, I am under the assumption that he considers that unnatural. Why would a dr recommend drugging your child over trying other methods?
As for the family bed, most cultures do practice this, but did you know that studies in the US suggest that the family bed may encourage a variety of emotional stresses within a child? I suppose with anything, you find what works for you and you choose to believe the studies that support what you are doing. Sad that parents need this sort of information in order to "feel good" about how they parent. I just hope no one takes the extreme and drugs their child in order to get some sleep.

1-0 out of 5 stars Supportive of one parenting style ONLY
This book is focused on breast feeding and co-sleeping. It starts out by advising parents to experiment to find the sleeping arrangement that works best for their family - an idea I agree with. However, it becomes increasingly narrow-mided and judgmental and refers to putting a baby in a crib as putting a baby in a lonely cage in the dark. It also suggests that if you were a GOOD mother, you wouldn't mind staying up all night with your baby. As you will see from the positive reviews, if you are already committed to the parenting style recommended by the book, you will find it supportive,but if you have a different style, it will seem critical and judgmental. It has little value for non-breastfeeding or non-co-sleeping parents or dads. As a pediatrician and a mom, I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone other than a strict breast-feeding and co-sleeping stay-at-home mom, but for that person it would be great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think about it...
Those that rate this book poorly, have issue with sleeping with thier children. Mostly due to the lack of knowledge they have for this type of parenting. Or some sad intolerance or selfishness-either trained or advised by others "It is astounding how thousands of generations of knowledge and expereince can be wiped out by one generation of ignorance." I heard this quote resently, and it definaelty applies to anti-cosleepers!
CO-sleeping is natural and comfortable, fuss free, and overall a wonderful expereince. My first son, we stopped too soon, guilted by public opinion, and guilt over this simple pleasure. I have since gotten reinforcement for my attachment parenting habits, and I embrace my co-sleeping, and know now from expereince that it is the way to go. My first son would have slept about anywhere, so little was lost, but my second son, welll, I am glad I embrace this method. We sleep soundly, and share an intamacy. I am better rested, because I rarely wake fully to care for my infant. We come togther naturally to breastfeed, and continue to co-exist naturally in sleep. There is a wonderfully fulfilling feeling of contentment, parenting this way. I watch others who "container" parent. They are generally fussier babies, and in the end, as the children get older, the conections are rarely the same. Sometimes the differnces are subtle. Most times not. The benefits are there. If you bother to be a parent, bother to do what is right and comfortable. Dr. Sears, you are a champ!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book!! Needed it sooner!!
I think a lot of the negative reviews came from parents who are unwilling to change their daily schedules to include their new additions into their families. Making a family shouldn't be just about scheduling time to have sex, then setting aside time 9 months later to have a baby, and going back to work once you're feeling *up-to-it* So what if you're tired? I stay at home and i'm tired too! Why wouldn't you want to cosleep if you're away from your baby all day? If you're so sick of your child you don't want to be around it at all why'd you have children in the first place??

RE: cosleeping having negative results i'll give you one, my 2 yr old couldn't fall asleep without my husband or I laying down with him. We moved him into his own bed (w/o ANY problems, no crying to sleep, no fussing about being in his room) and he falls asleep now w/o issues, we found out he started having a hard time falling asleep while we were there, but if we weren't there he'd get up and play. Now that he has his own room it's ok if he's awake for a little while reading or such, he can't make a mess. Other than that my now almost 3 yr old does everything by himself, he plays well alone, and he plays well with other children. He doesn't cling, he doesn't have troubles sleeping by himself, and he's just as emotionally stable (if not more so) than his crib slept friends. What I taught him from birth was that his needs and feelings were just as important to me as mine.

I learned to schedule time for myself around his nap and bedtimes, and with help from my husband (or friend) I found joy in knowing my son was safe because I could always see him, hear him, and feel him. And my husband loved it because working outside the home it was the only true cuddle/solo time he got with our son.

We're using it again with our newborn and it's the ONLY thing that gets us both sleep at night. I'd recommend this to anyone. ... Read more

11. The Breastfeeding Book : Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (2000-03-02)
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"How would you like to give your baby a gift that could raise his IQ by 10 points; cut medical bills; make your baby's eyes, heart, intestines, and nearly every other organ work better; reduce the risk of life-shortening, debilitating diseases, such as diabetes; and help your baby avoid many of the common complaints of infancy, such as ear infections, tummy upsets, even diaper rash? Whats the magic gift that can do all these things? Your milk!.... Breastfeeding will make it easier to care for your baby, and it will make it easier for you to know and understand your baby. It will affect the way you listen to your child, the way you communicate, the way you respond for many years to come....In the early days of learning to breastfeed, there may be times when you feel like tossing in the nursing bra and reaching for a bottle. You may be tempted to believe those advisers who suggest that formula feeding is easier, or just as good. Or, you may worry that you're "not the type" of mother who succeeds at breastfeeding. Yet, when you remember how breastfeeding benefits your baby, your family, and yourself, you will find the determination you need to overcome any obstacles and master the womanly art of breastfeeding. From America's foremost baby and childcare experts--the new breastfeeding biblefor nursing mothers. In recent years there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in breastfeeding as American women have discovered its unparalleled benefits to both mother and child. Yet first-time mothers often lack the support and the knowledge they need to breastfeed successfully. And books on breastfeeding frequently fail to address the practical challenges that confront many women (especially women who work outside the home)when they choose to breastfeed. For today's nursing mothers, The Breastfeeding Book is a godsend--with comprehensive, reassuring, authoritative information on: how to get started, with illustrated tips for getting your baby latched on properly
increasing your milk supply
making nurturing more comfortable
breastfeeding in absentia
pumps and the new technology associated with breastfeeding
making sure your nursing baby gets the proper nutrition
breast milk vs. formula
breastfeeding and fertility
nutrition and fitness while breastfeeding
nighttime breastfeeding
the father's role in breastfeeding
and much more

Taking a realistic, contemporary approach, the Searses bring an age-old practice completely up to date. Their encyclopedic guide to the art and science of breastfeeding enables all women to experience and enjoy one of natures most rewarding relationships." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars love-hate relationship with this book
Breastfeeding went horribly for my first child, so I approached it with some trepidation with number two. Luckily, it has gone pretty smoothly (he's now 6 weeks old). This book is loaded with useful information and re-reading it this time was helpful (Dr. Sears said I could have caffeine! Hooray! Fire up the Starbucks!) and answered a lot of questions I was having. someone who bottle fed her first child after giving breastfeeding my all (even the lactation consultant said I'd done my best, go to formula) I did find Dr. Sears's attitude toward bottle feeding and bottle feeding mothers really appalling. He has a sidebar on page 48 where he refers to "Mothers of the bottle-feeding set" and makes them sound completely neurotic with sterilizing and preparing formula and counting ounces. On pages 7-8 he refers to the "stinky stools" of the formula fed baby and how the parent changing the child will have a look on their face of "mild aversion to downright disgust" and how the breastfed child will see "happiness rather than disgust...perhaps a perk for building self-esteem." Give me a break. His AP philosophy has some very good points to it, but making a child's self esteem dependent on a parent's cheerful demeanor during diaper changes is ridiculous.

So I'd say this book is helpful if you just look up what you need in the detailed index, go right to that page and read what you need. It's fine to have the opinion that breastfeeding is best and everyone should at least try it, but I think his obvious disdain for bottle-feeding mothers (who may have no other choice, who may be giving breastfeeding another try)is unfortunate. I feel sorry for any mothers of children in his practice who, like me, were unable to breastfeed a child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for every pregnant woman
I purchased this book because "What To Expect" didn't answer alot of my questions regarding breastfeeding and my own OB/GYN, while supportive of the idea, simply didn't know. Dr. Sears and his wife have nursed eight children, so their book comes not only from medical knowledge but also from personal experience. The book discusses nutritional information (both what to eat and what your baby is getting from your breastmilk), 'how-to's (..latch baby on, ..continue working and nursing, ..get daddy involved), pros and cons of nursing, weaning, and formula, tips on just about everything, and most of all, offers information so that you and your partner can make intelligent, loving choices for your child. I recommend this book for every woman who is pregnant, whether you're planning to nurse or not.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not completely won over
This book has great tips for breastfeeding. However, I am not so sure I like the Sears' attitude. I am not a fan of co-sleeping and think they hit it a little hard. I agree with some other reviewers that they are too negative regarding bottle-feeding. I have been lucky with breastfeeding my baby girl, but have many friends that have had problems and the rigid outlook of the Sears is not very helpful. Take their advice with a grain of salt - you are the mother, do what you think is best.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Can't live without" book for every breastfeeding mother..
I purchased this book during my pregnancy so that I could research the option of breastfeeding. It not only helped me make my decision but I continue to use it for a reference. Any woman who is breastfeeding must have a copy on hand to answer the many questions they will have throughout their breastfeeding months. It teaches you how to recognize problems before they need medical attention. It truly helps you appreciate the wonderful bonding period you will have with your baby.

5-0 out of 5 stars I made it thanks to this book!
Breastfeeding was very very challenging for me and this book gave me all the information I needed to thrive, now my baby is 2 months old and I can say I am enjoying nursing, what I doubted the first 5 weeks. I highly recommend this to everyone, but try to read it before you have your baby so you get all the valuable information in advance. ... Read more

12. The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well
by Martha Sears, William Sears, Elizabeth Pantley
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Just what does it take to raise a responsible, compassionate child in asociety whose overbearing media celebrates and encourages violence, promiscuity,and gluttonous materialism? Dr. William Sears and his wife, Martha, a nurse,understand that instilling a moral code in one's children is among the mostdaunting, yet vital, of all parenting tasks. In The Successful Child,they've marvelously distilled 34 years' experience parenting their eightchildren and treating thousands of kids in their pediatric office--along withfacts from recent scientific studies--into this collection of constructive,reassuring guidelines for nurturing children into healthy, well-adjusted youngadults.

As Dr. Sears told his children, "Your success in life ... will not be measuredby the money you make or the degrees you earn, but rather by the number ofpersons whose lives are better because of what you did." To that end, Searsadvocates what he has coined "attachment parenting," or AP, the practice oflistening to your parenting instincts and being sensitive to your baby's needs(such as by quickly responding to cries; by breastfeeding on cue, notbottle-feeding on a schedule; and by co-sleeping). By having his needs metimmediately, Sears says the child learns to trust adults, and he in turn mirrorsthis behavior by acting sensitively to the needs of others later on.

Sears says, "It's never too late to try the AP approach with a child," butThe Successful Child definitely will be most useful to parents who'veraised their child according to AP guidelines through infancy and toddlerhood.Those who haven't may shudder when Sears writes that the developmental stagefrom birth to one year most influences a child's future success "because that'swhen caregivers leave the most lasting impressions on a child's brain."Nevertheless, the Searses have packed in a plethora of sensible tips here forall parents, including 16 ways to teach children how to make wise choices, 12strategies for guiding spiritual development, seven questions to ponder when ateen wants to start working part-time, and a dozen ways to boost your child'sintellectual abilities, such as by offering a diet high in brain-buildingomega-3 fatty acids. But the most important thing parents can do for their kids,the Searses say, is to hold high expectations: "Let her know that you expect herto do her best, no less and no more, and that you will love her no matter what."--Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Sears does it again! (m)
This is another really well done book by Dr. and Mrs. Sears. Maybe much of this information is available in his other books, but if you haven't read "The Discipline Book", "The Baby Book" or "The Attachment Parenting Book", I could see this as being a really exciting and thought provoking work.

I just had to comment on the negative reviewer's obnoxious remark to the effect that simply having children does not make you an expert. Dr. Sears raised his children to adulthood, and they are now successful and happy people. Two or three of his children actually are physicians who practice pediatrics with him. One of them is even starting to take over some of the media responsibilities by appearing on shows such as Good Morning America.

In a world where so many kids are estranged from their parents, this is really really nice to see. Anyone that can raise kids to be adults like that has some good advice to offer the rest of us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Advice for Parents and Child Care Pros
I bought this book and "The Child Whisperer" by Matt Pasquinilli on the advice of a professional. I was having difficulty getting my child to listen and follow through with simple tasks. It was affecting her school too. She is such a wonderful child, so kind and caring.

The problem was that she gets distracted easily, and daydreams too much. "The Child Whisperer" was so profound in its simplicity. It created a foundation of basic skills that changed my relationship with my child.

The man who recommended these two books suggested I read and reread "The Child Whisperer" first, then after trying the techniques within it for a few weeks, I was supposed to start reading "The Successful Child:What Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids Turn Out Well." Fantastic advice!!! "The Successful Child" is chock full of easy to use advice and insights that will build your child's confidence and esteem.

All children are wonderful and start out completely innocent. As parents, we can use all the help we can get to raise happy and healthy kids. This book helps!

2-0 out of 5 stars If You've Read One, You've Read Them All
This book contains a lot of practical advice on how to foster desirable, pleasant behaviors and attitudes in children, which naturally contribute to their success in life. However, it has several fundamental flaws in its execution. The first and biggest is that, as many other reviewers have noted, the entire book is little more than a propaganda piece for attachment parenting. Because of this, there is never a moment in the book where he addresses ANY of the challenges his theories have faced. It is also filled with endless gross generalizations such as "The connected child will do what's right because doing what's wrong makes him FEEL wrong." ["Connected child" is his term for children who are raised according to his dictates. If you disagree with any of his tactics, you're in danger of raising a "disconnected" i.e. sociopathic failure of a child.) And "Children who are on the receiving end of sensitive parenting become sensitive themselves." Ad nauseum. Literally.

The book is filled with obsequious overgeneralizations. There are dozens of little "interviews" from, I guess we're supposed to believe, patients (although the speakers are NEVER identified, making it very confusing when the sidebar refer to "our son Matthew" while knowing Dr. Sears has a son Matthew too). These "interviews" produce hysterically unbelievable and melodramatic accounts of miraculously empathic (and boy howdy, ARTICULATE!) 2 year olds, shrewd psychological insight imparted by kindergarteners, etc. Oh, and of course, the book is riddled with obliquely validating comments such as "Research has shown," yet the book fails to have a bibliography or reference section. One eventually has to question why the book ends up seeming more like a sales pitch for attachment parenting than any real compilation of advice.

As the parent of a 6yo child with high-functioning autism who DID/does practice many of the things the Sears deem as "attachment parenting" to the letter, I can tell you that while I don't disagree that his child-sensitive approach to parenting does engender trust and emotional intimacy between parent and child, it is in NO way a blueprint for raising "successful" children, nor is it a recipe for producing any kinds of desirable traits in your children. There is little room for variables in Dr. Sears' tract, if any. I don't think following these practices would hurt any child, but I think that the claims Dr. Sears makes are, at best, spurious, and should be questioned and challenged a lot more than they currently are.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - The Science Behind Well Rounded Children!
I've read quite a lot of Dr. & Martha Sears' books and agree with some previous reviewers who have said that some of their most recent releases are just rehashes of old stuff [something I began to find very frustrating!]. However, this book was well worth my money!

I was pleasantly surprised to find a well organized book taking a "bird's eye view" of childrearing - not getting so bogged down in babyhood, but looking at the long term goals and results. I found the research quoted throughout fascinating and really enjoyed their synthesis of scientific study. I liked seeing their logic on how their suggestions for raising babies, preschoolers, and elementary age kids on up are likely to result in the attributes I want for my own children.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Siblings [something they are obviously experts at after 8 children!], Raising Moral and Responsible Children, and Sexuality; as well as the numerous suggestions and ideas for raising older children. This book is an excellent follow up to "The Baby Book" - what to do when the baby isn't a baby any more!

Even if you are not the least bit inclined towards Attachment Parenting, this book would be an interesting read just as a counterpoint to your own philosophy. I'm very excited to have found such a useful book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't be a Dr. Sears Clone!!
The first Dr. Sears book I read was "The Baby Book", which I found helpful and somewhat insightful as many other parents that are gentle in raising their children. But I became very turned off by this book and the entire Dr. Sears following that has thousands of parents looking to him as the guru of child care. This book, like all the others in the "Sears library" of books is a carbon copy of his other books and reiterates the same beliefs. He uses this book as a medium to promote his attachment parenting beliefs and uses the title "the successful child" to make parents believe that his parenting beliefs are the rule rather than the exception. Yes, I know that Dr. Sears has eight kids and is a well renowned pediatrician, but that doesn't make him the authority on parenting and child development and other issues that he has written books on including family nutrition, pregnancy, and childbirth, and to suggest so would make his books utterly self-congratulatory other than proven techniques that work across the board. I hope the parents of his patients don't feel that they have to conform to his beliefs in terms of how they choose to raise their children. It is good to take what is useful to you as a parent from various sources such as this book; but I refuse to see Dr. Sears as an authority on my child's development and on my role as a parent just because he has written dozens of books that are regurgitations of each other. As a parent, you must learn to think for yourself as well as seek out information from other sources. ... Read more

13. The Premature Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One (Sears, William, Sears Parenting Library.)
by James Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, William Sears
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14. The Preemie Parents' Companion: The Essential Guide to Caring for Your Premature Baby in the Hospital, at Home, and Through the First Years
by Susan L. Madden M.S., William Sears MD, Jane E. Stewart MD
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For parents of the nearly 300,000 babies born prematurely each year, Susan L. Madden has written The Preemie Parents Companion . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Guide through preemie parenthood
I am both a physician and a mother of a son who arrived 11 weeks early. This book has helped in every facet of my premature parenthood from breastfeeding (or, in my case, my ongoing attempts) to just feeling I was not the only preemie parent out there. In addition, the explanations of the various medical problems premature babies may face are excellent. Truly, a book that every premature parent would benefit from having.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Keep Your Sanity During an Especially Tough Situation
Our son was born at 26 weeks (3 months early) and was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) until one day past his due date. We were given this book after he'd been there one month. Let me tell you what a life-saver it was! We had been given a "crash course" in the care delivered to a premature infant... very scary stuff. Wires, machines, noise, drugs -- and in the middle of it all this unbelievably tiny human being who is your child. This book took much of the fear away and instead educated us. Preemies don't stop being preemies when they come home! This book gives the technical data in an easy to understand format that is not condescending and also focuses on the emotional as well as physical needs of the baby. Additionally, it gives contacts and information on potential problems, how to spot them early, and how to handle them. There is also a good referal list in the back. I would recommend this book not only to preemie parents, but to anyone in contact with a preemie and their family. PS. As of this writing, our son is one year old and doing great!

3-0 out of 5 stars Better books out there
I haven't used this book much at all. Books by Joseph Garcia-Prats and Dana Wechsler Linden were much more helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you have a premature child this is the book for you.
My son was born seven weeks early and although we knew there was a possibility of this we were not prepared for some of the unique situations that we experienced. This book could be our story for how accurately it describes what happens from birth to the NICU. Five months later I still reference it. If you think you might have your baby early buy this now!

5-0 out of 5 stars A well-written and useful resource
After our daughter's premature birth at 26 gestational weeks I purchased three books on the subject and read the materials available in the parents' room at the NICU. I found this to be the handiest reference for a number of reasons. First, it provides general information on common preemie conditions and care without delving into too much detail. There is enough information to give you a foundation to discuss your child's condition with care providers. Second, it offers useful information for the transition to caring for your premature child at home. Specifically, the book includes sample questions, checklists and diaries, which I used as a template for my own checklists and care/medicine logs. Finally, the tone and style of this book help parents keep things in perspective without adding anxiety to an already challenging experience.

If you buy this book at the beginning of your child's stay in the NIC, you will be able to make full use of the information it contains. ... Read more

15. The Fussy Baby Book : Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's my son in print!
During the first few weeks of my son's life, I would have gone utterly out of my mind without this book! Before he was born, I thought fussy babies happened only to other people -- those who didn't see a midwife, have a homebirth, live simply, plan to attachment parent... you get the idea :) I have been humbled completely by his personality... and this book sooo helped me to realize that his fussiness wan't anyone's fault; he was just born wired that way. And it has been an excellent reference for us to work with his needs instead of against them, and realize that his traits, so annoying at times when he was littler (he's now four months old), will help him out as an adult. [It's funny now, watching video of us when he was a newborn; we speak as though we're in the midst of a hostage crisis, counting the days since his birth. We didn't think we'd have another, but are now already considering it in a couple of years. It started out tough, but he's now a very energetic, serious, hyper-interested baby, and we love him dearly.]

3-0 out of 5 stars amending my earlier 5 star review
In September I gave this book 5 stars. At that time, it WAS a big help - our son cried basically all the time, and reading this made me feel better. time went on, things did not get much better. The colic, or whatever it was, didn't go away. "Parenting" our baby to sleep was becoming more and more difficult - an hour of rocking, only to have him wake up screaming 10 minutes later. Co-sleeping was a complete joke with this kid. But Dr. Sears puts the fear of God into you about sleep training, warning that it will ruin your baby. DON'T LISTEN TO HIM. Finally at about five months, we did Ferber because our son was waking up all night and would never nap.

And you know what? I don't have a fussy, high-need baby at all. I had a TIRED baby, tired from three months of colic where he probably only slept about 9 or 10 hours a day, instead of 15 or 16. If I had not decided to ignore Dr. Sears's sleeping "advice," I would still have a high-need baby. Our son still trusts us and is about a million times happier now that he can play and be interested in things, instead of just sitting there and crying because he's so tired.

So get what you can from this book, but I would be willing to guess that for many kids, being a fussy baby is a self-fulfilling prophecy if the parent follows Dr. Sears to the letter. Also, his advice is very breastfeeding-centered, so if you're not nursing you may get less out of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Sears, for your help with our colicky baby!
The Sears' have written a lovely book. If you're baby has colic and you don't know what to do, this book can help you! I bought this book when my daughter was 4 months, and her colic was already subsiding. I really wished that I had seen this book during the first 3 months of my daughter's life. I had discovered a lot of the techniques that the Sears' discuss by trial and error. It would have been nice to have this book in the beginning of our troubles, when our baby was a newborn.

The Sears' book gives a lot of good, practical advice for dealing with colic. There are countless tips to help ease the pain of gas and colic, which are essential to know when you have an uncomfortable, screaming baby.

(A note of caution: If you are nursing, this book will give you lots of reasons to continue. However, if you are not breastfeeding, this book may not be for you because breastfeeding is mentioned and encouraged often and it may make you feel badly about your decision to stop.)

This book is for you if you're at the end of rope comforting a baby who cries inconsolably because of colic and not getting any positive results. If anything, the book gives you a little pat on the back for following your instincts and comforting your baby, even when meddling passerbys suggest that you are spoiling your baby and need to put him or her down for hours to cry so that s/he can learn self-soothing techniques.

I no longer need the Sears' book, thank goodness. My baby is now 9 months and the colic has subsided. THE FUSSY BABY BOOK served me well. Now I have a different set of problems, though, and I've had to move onto other books, like Elizabeth's Pantly's NO CRY SLEEP METHOD.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not terribly impressed
This book should have been called "The Attachment Parenting Book for Parents Who Would Not Have Read a Book On Attachment Parenting If They Knew That's What It Was Before They Started."

On a more practical note, most of the suggestions they had were not successful with my little one. He has mellowed out as he has gotten past the newborn stage, and we have figured out through simple trial and error what he wants. Your mileage may vary, however. Take the advice for what it's worth.

3-0 out of 5 stars If in need of expert validation, this is for you...
I bought this book thinking it would be nice to be able to relate to parents who had experienced these 'types' of babies (I am very wary of the term 'high need') - that perhaps they would offer some new insights or approaches I hadn't thought of. What I didn't buy it for was outside or expert validation from being criticised by family and friends for not letting my baby cry it out... I am not the type to need outside validation. Additionally, there are one too many references to God which put me off, advice like 'let go, let God' just isn't my cup of tea, but to each his own. While this book is good for mothers who doubt themselves and their own instincts as it provides the necessary 'expert,' outside validation some new mothers may desire, it is a shame we need expert validation in the first place. It doesn't take an obsessive number of kids and a PHD to be an expert parent, you only need your own baby. Rather than spending money on such advice (ie validation), perhaps you might consider just telling yourself what this book is saying at much greater length, only in four simple words: 'your instincts are right.' but you probably already knew that anyway. ... Read more

16. You Can Go to the Potty (Sears Children Library)
by Martha Sears, William Sears, Christie Watts Kelly
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heads Above the Rest
Everything you need to know about potty training (oops! I mean potty LEARNING as per Dr. Sears) is contained in this 32-page picture book. The first three pages have helpful notes to parents and caregivers. The story itself includes sidebars, or blocks of supplemental material, designed to answer the persistent questions (Why? Why? Why?) of curious children. The last page provides details about attachment parenting, a responsive style of raising children, and a list of various Internet, textbook, and organizational resources. The special bonus? A pull-out poster with seven simple steps to hang in the bathroom.

Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears and his R.N. wife Martha team up with writer Christie Watts Kelly to produce a book that stands heads above the rest. Impressive credentials, comprehensive content...but does it pass the read-aloud test?

I didn't discover this book until late in the game. My girls had already graduated to big-girl underwear and pull-ups. But I read it to them anyway. The cartoon illustrations rendered by Renee Andriani captured their attention - for awhile. Then they lost interest. Too wordy? Or just too late? My third child is due next year. When the time comes, I'll try this book again to teach the fundamentals. When s/he understands what to do, but needs extra time to do it, we'll read potty books I find more entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really good!
My son (2 1/2) loves this book. I found that it really helps with explaining the process and motivating him to use the potty. The poster is nice too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great parenting book by Dr. Sears!
This book is excellent for parents who practice Attachment Parenting. It starts by explaining that when the child was a baby, their parents did everything for them. This shows a mother breastfeeding, parents and baby co-sleeping, and a father "wearing" the baby in a sling. It then talks about diapers and how as children get older, they use the potty like their parents. There are lots of parent tips that appear in the margins, encouraging further discussion and customizing things to suit your family's needs and preferences. As always, Dr. Sears encourages you to follow your instincts.

The story itself isn't much different from the one you'd find in The Potty Book or other training books. It follows a child through potty training, buying underwear, etc. The narrative uses language a child can understand, but sometimes it seemed a bit too babyish for me. ("poo-poo goes bye-bye"). I don't think you have to talk down to kids to get them to understand. But, that small complaint aside, the book is informative and positive. It's a wonderful teaching tool, and perfectly suited for Attachment families.

5-0 out of 5 stars best potty learning book out there
We have purchased many books in this genre :-) and are delighted with this book by childcare experts William and Martha Sears. The book starts with a three-page introduction for parents, discussing readiness and approach. The text for children is comforting and informative -- letting kids know that there was a time that parents did everything for them but now they are growing up, and using the toilet is another aspect of their growth, like dressing or feeding themselves. Cartoon pictures show a little boy using a potty seat and his older siblings using the adult toilet seat. An older boy urinates standing up, and handwashing is shown. Sidebars on most pages address questions that children might ask with suggested answers. The process is emphatically positive though constipation and accidents are also mentioned. The book concludes with a page about attachment parenting.

The only thing I didn't like was the use of the terms "pee-pee" and "poo-poo" but that's easy enough to change as you read. The message is comforting at the same time the text is informative for kids, discussing the mechanics of the process as well as the benefits.

There is also a pull-out poster that shows the steps involved, and this can be placed on the bathroom wall or maybe in a spot your youngster tends to seek out when s/he feels the need to go potty.


5-0 out of 5 stars great philo
The philosophy of all of the work that CWK and the Sears' have done together really embraces the attachment parenting, and this book is no exception. The provision of parent guide is really a nice touch. I highly recommend. ... Read more

17. Eat Healthy, Feel Great
by Martha Sears, William Sears, Christie Watts Kelly
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The authors of the acclaimed Sears Parenting Libraryintroduce two new books for young children to read with caregivers.Eat Healthy, Feel Great gives kids the tools to make their own wise food choices.Quick and easy recipes that kids can make with adult supervision are also included.You Can Go to the Potty clearly introduces the basic steps of toilet learning in a natural, non-pressured way.The text encourages a child's motivation in using the toilet, while offering tips to parents on developmental readiness.With concise and reassuring text and lively illustrations, these two books by the foremost authorities on attachment parenting are must haves.Both books include detachable posters as learning aids. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Building Good Nutritional Habits
What a wonderful resource for parents who are trying to "do the right thing" -- to teach their children healthy eating habits in the midst of a society that promotes the fast, processed, and packaged. Dr. Sears categorizes food into green light/yellow light/red light groups, and it's a concept my children (ages 2, 4) readily understand. The text is simple and clear, and the message is presented in a fun way. This book would be a big help to any parents interested in changing their families' eating habits for the better. There are parts in the book that are just for parents: they explain nutrition, as well as make suggestions on how to incorporate more "green light" foods in the family's meals. My children enjoy this book. They ask for it by name -- we've read it dozens of times. ... Read more

18. Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health
by Aviva Jill Romm, William, M. D. Sears
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Yearning for natural ways to care for their children, many parents seek techniques that do not require the invasive procedures and medications often associated with Western medicine. In NATURALLY HEALTHY BABIES AND CHILDREN, midwife and herbalist Aviva Romm offers an A-to-Z handbook that addresses common health issues of children, from newborns to preadolescents. Aviva’s whole-child approach integrates herbal remedies, nutrition, hygiene, and alternative health techniques with supportive, informed parenting. From anemia to whooping cough, each entry includes herbal, dietary, and general recommendations, including tips on when to pursue professional medical care. Indispensable reading for families seeking safe, effective ways to practice healing techniques at home. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!
This book was given to me as a gift and it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. I have referenced this book often and used many of the herbal remedies on myself with much success. This book is easy to read and is packed with information on safe use of healing plants.

When my friends ask me what book I recommend for wholistic health, herbalism or naturally healthy children THIS book is at the top of my list. ... Read more

19. The Fussy Baby How to Bring Out the Best in Your High-Need Child
by William, Md Sears, Martha, Rn Sears, William Sears, Martha Sears
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"Let him cry it out!"
"Are you feeding that baby again?"
"Don’t you ever put her down?"

Parents of fussy babies hear these kinds of remarks all the time.In fact, they may even ask themselves these questions.Faced with a baby who demands to be held, nursed, and comforted much of the time, new mothers may begin to doubt their own intuition, even as they long for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

The first edition of THE FUSSY BABY, published in 1985, helped parents think about their demanding babies in a new light.These are children with high needs; children who are smart enough to ask for the high–quality caregiving that will help them develop their full potential.

In this revised edition, attachment-parenting experts William and Martha Sears bring new insight to the tried-and-true advice that has worked for so many families over the last two decades.

Respond to baby’s needs and will build up your own sensitivity.Trust baby to tell you what he needs, and he will learn to trust himself and eventually grow to be confident and independent.

Look for new information on colic (the "hurting baby"), gastroesophageal reflux, and the challenges of breastfeeding a fussy a baby, along with updated references, reorganized chapters, and lots and lots of mothering tips.

THE FUSSY BABY has carried many families through times with a high-need infant.This new edition brings that tradition of sensitive, intuitive parenting to a new generation of caring mothers and fathers. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Book of Hope!
I am a new mother of now a 3 month old daughter. From the beginning people would always remark how alert she was being that she is so young. Ava was a very restless sleeper, so I started to sleep with her on my stomach. Now she sleeps 8-9 hours a night. Everyone tells me that I am spoiling her and that is why she always needs to be held and I should put her in her crib to sleep. YOu start to doubt what is best for your child. This book really helped to reassure that I am doing what I FEEL is best for my daughter. Never doubt your instincts is a good message this book delievers. I suggest this book to anyone, regardless if they have a high needs baby or not!

5-0 out of 5 stars supportive, a must read for the parent of a colicky baby
My daughter was colicky for about 4-5 months. I was really glad to have found this book when she was 4 months old. (Wish I had read this when she was a newborn.) I almost cried when I read it. All those months I had struggled with this screaming little baby and wondered if I was doing the right thing. Other people told me I was spoiling my baby and I should change the way I was dealing with her crying, but I couldn't bear to let her suffer alone in her crib.

This book is very supportive for parents who want to nurture and calm their fussy, colicky babies. I thought that the Sears' provided nice tips for handling baby and I also found there advice on breastfeeding helpful.

My baby is now 10 months. She is trusting, good humored, smiley, and very sociable. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. I don't think that I would have been able to do it without this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surviving the first year of baby's life
Even though my child was past six months by the time I had the energy to read this book, it validated the various strategies that I had attempted in order to have some relief from the screaming. My child screamed 95% of the time when we first brought her home and slept less than 8 hours a day. Many of these strategies provided me with at least temporary relief. Therefore I highly recommend the book, especially for the chapter on creative ways to soothe a fussy baby. Also, validation of the feelings of shared by parents of similar babies helps one feel understood at a time when perfect strangers constantly offer useless advice. The chapter on hidden causes of fussiness in infants is one that is still of interest to me as we as parents continue our search for answers to our struggle. I read other reviews that were not as complementary, however as a parent of one of the most difficult children that I have ever met (professionally, I deal with parents and children) this book was especially helpful to me in looking at our struggle from many different angles and feel encouraged that we will survive. Some are opposed to the idea of the "family bed" however if a child is truly difficult, parents are willing to try "ANYTHING". The "ANYTHING" is what I believe the Sears have willing explored and shared. The only thing that would have been better for me was if this book would have been on videotape or audiotape so that my arms would not have been free to consume the information contained.

1-0 out of 5 stars I need REAL solutions!
I am tired of buying books which don't give any sort of clear solutions to the problems they are addressing. This book basically tells me what every mother and father already know. We don't need to know it will go away with TIME. To write a book like this and basically tell us what we already know should be a crime. I should have looked at it's ranking number before I bought it, I think that says enough.

I did take one more chance and also bought Dr. Marc Weissbluths, "Sweet Babies", now that's a book that is worth buying and really what all parent's of colicky infant can use. Thank God someone knows what he is talking about!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful & Supportive
I found this book very useful - as the mother of a very fussy baby (now a very high need 2 and a half year old) I was at wit's end trying to figure out how to calm my baby and why she just didn't sleep like my friends' babies. The book reinforced the fact that my daughter was born very sensitive and I would have to work on bonding with her, creating security and consistency in her environment, and most of all to understand her and myself. ... Read more

20. Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family
by William Sears, William, M. D. Sears, Gwen Gotsch
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Asin: 0912500964
Catlog: Book (2003-06-02)
Publisher: La Leche League International
Sales Rank: 98454
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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This book, written especially for the often-neglected male half of the parenting team, is a father's guide to making wise investments in his children and family.

In BECOMING A FATHER, author Dr. William Sears shares his own story of maturing into fatherhood, discovering the joys of being an involved dad, and weathering the changes that children bring to a marriage.

This book discusses the father's role during childbirth, different ways a father can interact and bond with his child, discipline, balancing the demads of a job with the needs of a family, and more!

New information in this revised edition includes additional information for families where both parents work along with updated information on support during childbirth, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding.

Dr. Sears understands the concerns and conflicts of both fathers and mothers. Reading this book will help both partners understand each other better as they share the important work of raising children. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A practical "what to do" manual
Now in a newly revised edition, Becoming A Father: How To Nurture And Enjoy Your Family by physician and author William Sears is an informational guide and a practical "what to do" manual written especially for fathers, and concerns everything from what a man should do during his wife's labor and childbirth; to proper discipline of young ones ranging from toddler through teens; coping with the demands children place on upon a marriage; balancing family and career needs; being a role model, and more. Becoming A Father is enthusiastically recommended reading for new and "about to be" fathers, and has much to recommended it to veteran fathers (and even grandfathers!).

4-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Book My Husband Read
Yes indeed. Why? I do not know. But, my husband read this book cover to cover. It was the ONLY book he read to prepare for the birth of our daughter.

His issue, and mine, has a lot to do with Dr. Sears' consistently characterizing Dad as "helper", someone secondary in importance to Mom and incapable of being motherly.

His writing style is kind of folksy if you like that.

If you are really liberal and politically correct,you will not appreciate this book or this man for that reason and for the way
you may perceive his views on gender identity and development in children.

If words like conservative, traditional are anathema to you, leave the book on the shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Common Sense For a New Father
I enjoyed reading the book. I have used many of the ideas from Dr. Sears book to raise my two children. I own five other fathering books but this is by far the best and most practical one.

Lets face it, there is little support or literature for fathering. I think society expects men to raise their children just like our dads did. Most of the available fathering literature is written by men with one or two children and psychology degrees. Dr. Sears has six kids and is a busy pediatrician.

Especially if you are a first time father, do your child a favor. Buy and read this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dated and demeaning assumptions
Dr. Sears is the acknowledged leader in the attachment parenting movement, with many well-received books to his name. Like his other titles, _Becoming a Father_ emphasizes early bonding, positive discipline, and respect for the child's physical and emotional needs. To the extent that all fathers need to hear this message, this is an excellent book. So why the low rating? Because despite his child-positive message, Dr. Sears is caught in a time warp when it comes to models of masculinity. Underlying his arguments for an active role for fathers are assumptions that this reader found frustratingly rigid and occasionally downright offensive. An example:

"The growing child should see that important family matters require a mutual decision-making process that involves both mom and dad, but I believe that dad is primarily responsible for making decisions." (p. 194)

Even more troubling is the author's attitude toward homosexuality, which seems to be informed more by conservative religious values than by current medical knowledge:

"'I don't want my son to grow up to be a pansy,' exclaimed John, a new father. His sentiments are shared by most men." (p. 200)

For those readers who aren't already aware of the meaning--or should I say "demeaning"?--of this slur, Dr. Sears goes on to define a "pansy" as "an effeminate boy." Given the author's 1950s-style ideas of masculinity, I'd hate to think how he would judge a boy who, after watching his father wearing a younger sibling in a sling, asked for a doll to play with. He concludes:

"I am personally concerned that our society tends to approve of lifestyles [sic!] such as homosexuality. Society sees this as an 'acceptable alternative.' I can accept a person as a homosexual without having to approve of the morality of homosexuality." (p. 208)

If this "love the sinner, hate the sin" attitude reflects your own beliefs, you will probably get a lot out of this book. But if you take a more egalitarian view of male-female relationships and don't believe--and most mainstream doctors do not--that weak paternal role models "cause" homosexuality, you may want to look elsewhere for advice on fathering. To be fair, there is much of value in this book, but the truly helpful ideas can be gleaned from Sears's array of other works (such as _The Baby Book_) or from other attachment parenting guides, like Katie Granju's _Attachment Parenting_.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the anxious first-time father.
This book provides a non-nonsense look at what a man can expect (and how he can contribute most effectively) during pregnancy and as a father. There is a particular focus on the first few months of fatherhood - which are frankly the months that worry me the most as my wife enters month nine!

Sears' presents a straightforward philosophy based on nurturing the child (often by taking care of the mother). He presents nurture as fundamental to (1) providing a structured, trusting environment so that the child may develop and learn, (2) building a solid foundation for a well-disciplined child, and (3) establishing a relationship that allows your child to assume values that the parents want rather than those from other role models.

As I reflect on the book, most of it seems to be common sense, but it certainly was not obvious before my reading. I would recommend this book to all men about to have a child. ... Read more

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