The Baby Book

  • by William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert W. Sears, M.D., James Sears, M.D.
  • Narrated by Mel Foster, Sherry Adams Foster
  • 41 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The million-copy best seller by "the man who remade motherhood" (Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date—with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development.
The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies—eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort—as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today’s parents. The topics covered include:

Preparing for a safe and healthy birth
Bonding with your baby
Feeding your baby right
Soothing your fussy baby
Getting your baby to sleep
Understanding your baby’s development
Treating common illnesses
Babyproofing your home
Understanding toddler behavior
Dealing with temper tantrums
Toilet training
Working and parenting
First-aid procedures
And much more!
Unrivaled in its scope and authority, The Baby Book presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. Their book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting - for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not for me.

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

This book was great to help me prepare for labor.... After that, it was FULL of opinions, which clashed what I learned from my own pediatrician... Which is surprising considering the authors are a pediatrician and a midwife. The book is BIG on co-sleeping but my pediatrician strongly discouraged it due to an increased SIDS risk for an infants first 6 months of life. They also strongly recommend not using pacifiers... again my pediatrician strongly recommending using a pacifier because it can reduce the risk of SIDS.

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

They warn you going into the book that you should do what feels right to you. And a good bit of the advice just seemed backwards to me. Most of the content of the book was very long winded.... it was almost easier to scan the chapter titles and search online to read about what the book was about because there was almost so much detail about one thing, it was boring and easily caused you to lose interest.... especially if you don't listen to the book in one sitting.

If you plan on a natural birth at home, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding, this book is for you. If you plan on using a bassinet and/or crib, pacifiers, or bottle feeding I wouldn't recommend. The tone of the book is almost condescending if you do decide not to do those things. This book did convince me to breastfeed my baby and we did very well with it. This book helped us

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

Sherry Adams Foster was pretty good. Mel Foster spoke with a monotone that quickly put me to sleep when I listened to this. If he spoke with some more enthusiasm it would be much better.

Any additional comments?

This was hands down the most painful audio book I have ever listened to. I have listened to many other baby books with no problem. In retrospect, I should have purchased this book as an e-book or hard copy to scan through rather than have listened to this.

As far as the content, it did convince me to breastfeed and taught me some additional benefits that I did not learn during searches online.

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- Schmimmels "Mom with an hour commute to work each way. I like books that keep me from falling asleep in the morning and to help me power through chores."

Informative and....LONG!!

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

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

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?


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

Okay, Decent, Vocal ;)

Was The Baby Book worth the listening time?

No, I bought this book when my wife was 8 months pregnant and finished it last week. Our daughter just graduated from high-school. (not true)

Any additional comments?

The advice is spot on but very repetitive.

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- Brent "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio