For many, this book is considered the only one you will ever need when your baby is still an infant. Of course, there will always be those that disagree. Dr. Sears is a pediatrician but also a dad to 8, and it is with both those ‘hats’ on, that this book is drawn. Whilst there is discussion about different parenting techniques and acknowledgement that every family is different, Dr. Sears parenting guidance does come from what could be considered relatively old fashioned in this day and age…. To paraphrase (in a nutshell), it is less about joint responsibility and role sharing, and more about men supporting their partners.
The section of the book which relies more heavily on the pediatric qualification, to me is worth its weight in gold. When to take a screaming child to the doctor, when to stay at home. Can and should be used as a great place to start before you leap into your car and drive in a demented fashion towards the surgery.
The developmental sections of the book are also really good and are written in such a way that, perhaps for the first time as a nervous and questioning parent, you appreciate that the life of your infant is not a race but a journey. For each milestone reached your little one will be a little after, or a little before its peers/siblings etc. and it really doesn’t matter. What matters is enjoying and celebrating each one.