The classic—beloved, trusted, best-selling—guide to baby and child care completely redesigned and revised for a new generation of parents • From Penelope Leach, "a luminary in the world of child development" (The Boston Globe)
Penelope Leach has helped millions of parents raise their children for more than forty years with her thoroughly researched, practical, baby-led advice, her wise, empathic, and sensible perspective, and her comforting voice.
This new edition has been completely redesigned for today’s parents. Leach has revised the text to reflect the latest research on child development and learning as well as societal changes and the realities of our current world.
Your Baby & Child is essential—a bible—for every new parent. In easy to follow stages from birth through age five (newborn, settled baby, older baby, toddler, young child), Your Baby & Child addresses parents’ every concern over the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of their baby. Areas covered: feeding; physical growth and everyday care; sleeping; excreting and toilet mastery; crying and comforting; muscle power; seeing and understanding; hearing and learning to speak; playing and learning and thinking; learning how to behave.
About the Author
PENELOPE LEACH is a research psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts in child development and upbringing. She has two children and six grandchildren and is a lifelong advocate for parents and children. Her books include Your Baby & Child; Babyhood; Children First; Childcare Today, When Parents Part and Transforming Infant Wellbeing. She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, a founding member and trustee of AiMH UK—the UK branch of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)—and has held honorary positions in professional organizations and charities working for families on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The Dr. Spock of our age.” —The Guardian
“The child-rearer’s bible.” —The Independent
“A luminary in the world of child development” —The Boston Globe
“The core of wisdom [in Your Baby & Child] is astounding—Leach’s deep scientific knowledge of child development is paired with an uncommon amount of heart and sympathy for the state of being a child. She also makes you examine your own ways with a clearer eye.” —The New York Times (one of eight books recommended for Harry & Meghan to read on the birth of their first child in 2019)
"Your Baby & Child is pre-eminently the thinking parent's guide, encouraging not just sensible reflexes but subtle reflection." —The New York Times Book Review
"A wonderful book. Well researched, well written, and sensitive to both parents' and children's needs in the task of growing up together." —T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
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