COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE by Dr. Benjamin Spock
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COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE

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This is the book to bring parents up to date on the bringing up of children. Here, for the first time, is a book of infant and child care which combines basic physical and medical information with psychological interpretation, which makes available -- and easily accessible -- the evidence of the specialists (Gesell, Levy, etc.) and translates modern theory into the actually of handling your child. Throughout there is a consideration of emotional factors -- ignored by the standard texts, Bartlett and Holt, and more recently Bundesen. From the everyday practicalities -- the right equipment -- the right clothes, on to feeding, breast and bottle, growth and development, first ailments and first habits, play activities, sleeping patterns, diet, etc. The one year old, the two year old, and on up with their specific age trends and needs. Disease and illnesses and what to do -- or to let your doctor decide to do. Special problems in the premature, the adopted or the handicapped child; the working mother; the nursery school; etc. And throughout, whether in relation to weaning, toilet training, feeding, sex, the second child, schooling -- the psychological and emotional implications are coordinated with the physical. Dr. Spock is never pedantic, never regimented, but reassuring, flexible and interpretative -- approaching childhood and parenthood in terms of the maximum ease and enjoyment.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1945
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce