ABOUT DR. SPOCK …
Dr. Benjamin Spock is the most trusted name in child care today, as well as being the most famous pediatrician worldwide. His reassuring and commonsense advice has shaped parenting practices for over half a century. The author of eleven books, he was a political activist for causes that vitally affect children: disarmament, day care, schooling, housing, and free, good quality medical care for all. Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care has been translated into thirty-nine different languages and has sold more than fifty million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1946. Life magazine listed Dr. Spock as one of the most influential figures of our time, by changing the way the world raises their children. Ms. Magazine calls him one of the great heroes for women’s causes. Dr. Spock still remains the trusted guide in parenting worldwide. His gentle, caring wisdom has helped shape the way parents raise their children in this modern world by teaching kindness, respect, and love.
You know more than you think you do. You want to be the best parent you can be, but it’s not always clear what’s best. There’s so much information out there, it’s hard to know what to listen to. Everyone has an opinion. What made sense a generation ago may not work anymore. Don’t take too seriously what your friends and family tell you. Don’t be awed by the experts. Trust your own common sense. Bringing up your child doesn’t have to be complicated if you take it easy and rely on your instincts. The natural loving care that parents give their children is a hundred times more important than knowing how to make a diaper fit tightly or just when to start solid foods. Every time you pick your baby up and feed her, change her, smile at her, she’s getting the feeling that she belongs to you and that you belong to her.