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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care , by Benjamin Spock

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Dr. Benjamin Spock , Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (Paperback, 939 pages)

Baby and Child Care , by Dr. Benjamin Spock (Hardcover, 804 pages)

Dr. Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care (Audio Cassette, abridged -- Simon & Schuster audio books on tape

            Since the first edition, Baby and Child Care has been recognized as the most authoritative reference covering everything from feeding schedules to first aid, from pacifiers to puberty, from measles to manners -- everything that comes between diapering and dating. Dr. Spock has spent more time on the nonfiction bestsellers lists than any other book since bestsellers lists first began in the year 1895.

            In addition to "raising three generations", Dr. Benjamin Spock continuously improved his book. He was frank about the fact that he had been raising his own consciousness, and saw the need to change with the times.

            When Spock wrote the 1976 revision (by which time 28 million copies had already been sold), he wrote in his preface: "The main reason for this 3rd revision of Baby and Child Care is to eliminate the sexist biases of the sort that help to create and perpetuate discrimination against girls and women ... in discussing the clothes and playthings parents buy their children and the chores they assign them...." Spock also explained, "I always assumed that the parent taking the greater share of the care of young children (and of the home) would be the mother, whether or not she wanted an outside career. Now I recognize that the father's responsibility is as great as the mother's."

            With the 6th edition, Dr. Spock began collaborating with Dr. Steven J. Parker as a co-author and Sharon Scotland as the illustrator.

            Between rewriting and adding new sections, the book kept growing. By the time the 7th revision came out in 1998, Dr. Benjamin Spock had expanded upon the parenting issues that have been increasing discussed in our society : care in selecting daycare centers and nursery schools, steps for preventing drug abuse and AIDS, special considerations for single parents, information useful to gay parents and parents of gay children, caring for children with disabilities, further improvements in the discussion of stereotypes, the concept of quality time, etc.

            In addition to having a very complete index, every edition of Baby and Child Care also has an index of emergency responses. In the event of choking, poisoning, etc., this listing directs the parent to the page that explains the proper response. This information is repeated in the regular alphabetical index, to reduce your response time.

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Table of Contents

Dr. Benjamin Spock , Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care
Table of contents based on the 7th edition

Acknowledgments
A Letter to the Reader
About This Seventh Edition

THE PARENTS' PART

    Trust Yourself
    Parents Are Human
    What Are Your Aims in Raising a Child?
    Why Feelings Are Different for Different
    Children
    Are Parents Meant to Love All Their
    Children Equally?
    The Father as Parent
    Quality Time
    Special Time
    The Temptation to Spoil
    Parental Sexual Relations After Delivery
    Parents as Companions

THE CHILD'S PART

    The Development of Children
    A Fascinating Process
    The Development of the Brain
    The What of Development
    The How and Why of Development
    Temperament: The How of Development
    Language Development
    Cognitive Development: Piaget's Theory
    Emotional Development
    Motivation Theory : The Why of Development
    Nature or Nurture?
    A Transactional Model of Child Development
    Gender Differences
    How Human Beings Get Their Aspirations

BEFORE THE CHILD IS BORN

    Pregnancy and Delivery
    Planning the Homecoming
    Equipment and Clothing
    Outside the Home
    Nursery Equipment
    Other Equipment
    Bedding
    Clothing
    Diapers
    Bathing
    Toiletries
    Feeding Equipment
    Outings

CARE OF YOUR NEWBORN

    Enjoy Your Baby
    Early Feelings
    Bodily Contact and Other Bonds
    Caring for Your Baby
    Diapers
    Bowel Movements
    The Bath
    The Fontanel
    The Navel
    The Penis
    Clothing, Fresh Air, and Sunshine
    Sleep

BREASTFEEDING AND BOTTLE-FEEDING

    Tips for Breast-Feeding and Bottle-Feeding
    Breast-Feeding
    The Value of Breast-Feeding
    Feelings About Breast-Feeding
    How to Give Breast-Feeding a Fair Trial
    The Nursing Mother's Physical Condition
    The Working Mother
    Getting Started at Breast-Feeding
    How the Nursing Pattern Gets Established
    How You Know the Baby Is Getting Enough
    Special Problems During Breast-Feeding
    Engorged Breasts
    Manual Expression and Breast Pumps
    Breast and Bottle Combinations
    Bottle-Feeding
    Choosing and Preparing Formula
    Sterilization or Washing?
    Sterilization
    Mixing the Formula
    Bottling the Formula
    Formula Refrigeration
    Giving the Bottle

FEEDING IN THE FIRST YEAR

    What Feeding Means to the Baby
    Schedules
    Getting Enough and Gaining Weight
    Vitamins in Infancy
    Drinking Water for a Baby
    Weaning from the Breast
    Weaning from Bottle to Cup
    Wean the Baby Gradually
    Adding Solid Foods
    Changes in Schedule
    Changes in Appetite and Habits

CARE DURING THE FIRST YEAR

    Crying in the Early Weeks
    Can You Spoil a Baby?
    Letting Babies Cry
    Stranger Anxiety
    Developmental Gains
    Play Is the Work of Babies
    Clothes and Equipment
    Common Physical Issues in the First Year
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Rashes
    Birthmarks and Other Skin Conditions
    Birthmarks
    Jaundice
    Other Common Newborn Conditions
    Mouth Troubles
    Eye Troubles
    Breathing Troubles
    Other Common Issues in the First Year
    Physical Development and Motor Skills

ONE-YEAR-OLDS

    What Makes Them Tick?
    Avoiding Injuries
    Fears Around One Year
    Independence and Outgoingness
    Handle Them Matter-of-Factly
    Nap Hours Are Changing

TWO-YEAR-OLDS

    What They're Like
    Negativism
    Worries Around Two

THREE- TO SIX-YEAR-OLDS

    Devotion to the Parents
    Curiosity and Imagination
    Fears Around Three, Four, and Five

SIX- TO ELEVEN-YEAR-OLDS

    Fitting into the Outside World
    Self-Control
    Posture
    Stealing
    Lying

ADOLESCENCE

    Puberty
    Other Changes in Adolescence
    Psychological Changes
    The Three Stages of Adolescence
    Anticipatory Guidance for Parents
    Gay and Lesbian Sexuality and Bisexuality
    Diet in Adolescence

RAISING PHYSICALLY HEALTHY CHILDREN

    Nutrition
    The Importance of Good Nutrition
    Plant-Based Diets
    Feeding Young Children
    Foods for a Sensible Diet
    Meals
    Feeding Between Meals
    Feeding Problems
    Thin Children
    Fat Children
    Preventing Injuries
    Principles of Prevention
    Traffic Injuries
    Pedestrian Injuries
    Bicycle Injuries
    Fire, Smoke, and Burns
    Drowning and Water Safety
    Poisons
    Lead Poisoning
    Choking
    Suffocation
    Guns in the Home
    Falls
    Infant Equipment
    Playground Injuries
    Sports and Recreation Safety
    Cold Weather-Related Illnesses
    Heat-Related Illness
    Bug Bites
    Dog Bite Prevention
    Holiday Safety
    Home Alone: Children in Self-Care
    Childproofing Your Home
    Dental Development and Oral Health of
    Children
    Tooth Development
    Teething
    What Makes Good Teeth?
    Tooth Decay
    Tooth Brushing and Flossing
    Sealants
    Dental Injuries from Trauma
    Preventing Traumatic Injuries to the Mouth
    Dental Office Visits
    Immunizations
    Children and Tobacco
    Parental Smoking
    Sun Care

RAISING MENTALLY HEALTHY CHILDREN

    Introduction
    Self-Esteem
    Discipline
    The Facts of Life
    The Development of Sexuality
    Music
    Manners
    Duties and Chores
    Reading
    Play and Outgoingness

COMMON BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS

    Sibling Rivalry
    Stranger Anxiety
    Separation Anxiety
    Temper Tantrums
    Swearing and Naughty Words
    Messiness
    Dawdling
    Whining
    Biting
    Aggression
    Hyperactivity

COMMON DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES

    Toilet Training
    Bowel Control
    Bladder Control
    Sleep
    Common Sleep Problems
    Temper Tantrums
    Death
    Comforters
    Thumb-Sucking
    The Pacifier
    Nail-Biting
    Soiling
    Bed-Wetting
    Stuttering
    Rhythmic Habits
    The Premature Baby

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Children with Disabilities
    Mental Retardation

SCHOOL AND LEARNING PROBLEMS

    School Difficulties
    What School Is For
    Learning Disabilities
    The Gifted Child
    The Unpopular Child
    School Avoidance
    The Child Who Can't Eat Breakfast Before Going to
    School
    Helping Children with Their Lessons
    Relations Between Parent and Teacher

DAY CARE, BABY-SITTERS, AND OUT-OF-HOME ISSUES

    Children and Caregivers
    Baby-Sitters
    Managing Family and Career
    Day Care and Preschool
    Types of Day Care
    Choosing a Day-Care or Preschool
    Traveling with Children
    Relations with Grandparents

NEW ISSUES : PREPARING FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

    Our Children Are Our Future
    Superkids
    Computer Literacy
    Computer Games
    Cruising the Internet
    Alcohol and Other Drugs
    Raising Nonviolent Children
    Media Exposure
    Television
    Movies
    Rock and Roll
    The Changing Roles of Women and Men

DIFFERENT FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS

    The Single Parent
    Divorce
    Custody and Visitation
    Stepfamilies
    Multiple Births: Twins, Triplets, and More
    Gay and Lesbian Parents
    Birth Order
    Adoption

FAMILY STRESSES AND CRISES

    Child Abuse and Neglect
    Missing Children
    Using Child Mental Health Professionals

MEDICAL ISSUES

    Communicating with Your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner
    Regular Checkups
    Office Visits for Illness
    Telephone Calls to Your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner
    Alternative Therapies
    Handling a Child with an Illness
    Fever
    Diet During Illness
    Giving Medicine
    Isolation for Contagious Diseases
    Going to the Hospital
    How to Help Your Child
    First Aid and Emergencies
    Cuts
    Splinters
    Bites
    Bleeding
    Nosebleeds
    Burns
    Skin Infections
    Foreign Objects
    Sprains
    Fractures
    Neck and Back Injuries

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