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Paperback Your Baby and Child : From Birth to Age Five Book

ISBN: 0375700005

ISBN13: 9780375700002

Your Baby and Child : From Birth to Age Five

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Penelope Leach'sYour Baby & Childis the most loved, trusted and comprehensive book in its field--with almost two million copies sold in America alone.Newsweeksays that it is not only one of the best parenting books, but also "by far the most pleasurable to read." ?? This new version, completely rewritten for a new generation, encompasses the latest research and thinking on child development and learning, and reflects the realities of today's changing...

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Excellent book all around

Of the several books on parenting/childcare I've read in preparation for becoming a first-time parent, this is my favorite, the one I come back to time and time again.The content is amazing. Some have described it as "wordy," but I can only say that if you want bullet points, you should look elsewhere. This is well-written, thoughtful communication. Most of the advice is quite balanced and thorough, including large, non-judgmental sections on bottle feeding even though Leach, like all conscientious professionals, is clearly pro-breastfeeding. On some issues she shows a clearer bias, for example circumcision (she disagrees with performing circumcision for other than religious reasons); however, on these issues after further research I have not found her information to be inaccurate.The book is organized into sections based on time periods in the baby's/child's life, and further by various topics of concern within each time period, for example dental care, excretion/toilet training, social development, etc. This is not, however, a book for comprehensive lists of developmental milestones.In addition to the content, the book is very attractive, with full-color photographs, some of them stunningly beautiful, throughout - not the tiny, crude illustrations or fuzzy black-and-white photographs offered in other books.

The bible in our house

Her common sense approach really appeals to us. We're first-time parents and feel that we know how to be good parents if we listen to our baby's cues. Dr. Leach just reinforces this.

beautifully written and very reassuring

Every parent needs to take the time to read this book. The practical advice and reassuring descriptions of child development have made my parenting job easier. The book comes off the shelf with every new phase and each unusual situation. When my newborn was waking up five times a night to nurse, I got better advice from this book than from my pediatrician. And the beautifully-written introductions to the different stages of development gave me a real sense of who my baby was and who my child is. I still cry when I read them.

Excellent resource for parents of young children

I wish I'd had this book when when my daughter was born - I would have been a better and more confident parent. Penelope Leach writes a straightforward, easy-to-understand book that no parent should be without. She helps us understand why the child does the things he does, and once we understand why he's doing it, it's much easier to handle. Whether you're coping with a baby who won't eat or a toddler who throws tantrums, Leach gives you simple, easy solutions to try. Hers is a kinder, gentler form of parenting, in which we try to understand the child rather than simply trying to force him into some mold. I recommend this book highly.


When I had my daughter I had no clue what to do. My mother had passed away, I was living in a foreign country and a friend had suggested this book who had raised 3 terrific daughters. I thought hmmm maybe she knows what she is doing, so I bought the book. It was the best advice anyone had given me! Penelope Leach's book answers all the questions you might have as a first time, 2nd time, etc. mother in need of any solid, sound information regarding the formative yrs of your child's health and well being. I followed this book to a tee and lo and behold...Now everyone says what a lovely daughter I have! You are so lucky! But I KNOW the secret lies in this book as I had nowhere else to turn-instincts are one thing, but unanswered questions is another. My daughter is now 11 yrs old and I swear this book gives a positive, informative and most valuable way to bring up a child! Thank you for this true contribution for a better world-I wish I could personally thank you Ms. Leach as I continue to thank the friend who suggested it! It's a must read for any new mom! And it's the Best Baby Shower Gift you can give!
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