BABY AND CHILD CARE
“IT ISN'T ENOUGH TO BRING UP CHILDREN
HAPPY AND SECURE,
YOU NEED TO PROVIDE A DECENT WORLD FOR THEM”
QUOTE : BENJAMIN SPOCK, M.D
Many women now realize that choosing a good doctor for your baby is something important that should be done well before a baby is born to prevent any hiccups in baby's care after the birth. This person is going to be someone that you will be seeing quite frequently for baby care and in cases of illness and emergency.
All my kids are under the care of one Dr Lee from Subang Medical Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia and I have been so grateful to him, like forever. Both husband and wife are paediatricians and the wife operates her own clinic in Seksyen SS2, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
What I love most about Dr Lee - he would close his clinic for a few months, to personally to take care of his own newborn babies. Awesome? And the way he handles kids - simply magical! That inspired my husband to put into practice same; lured him to take two months paternity leave to help care for our newborn babies!
So what happens when you live far away from your mother, or from your kid’s paediatrician? We did not have internet facilities back then and were living in very remote secondary jungle areas of Borneo, Malaysia.
Just as I started learning how to cook using cookbooks, I started my early A to Z parenting years clinging to “Parenting and Child Care Books”! These are two of my favourite authors;
COMPLETE BABY AND CHILD CARE BOOKS
MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS
DR. MIRIAM STOPPARD
I have always aimed to give people the confidence to follow their instincts—whether planning for a healthy and happy pregnancy, understanding what’s best for their child or wanting to be better informed about a medical condition.
Dr. Miriam Stoppard has been at the forefront of the revolution in health information since she began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s. Since that time she has become well-known to millions all over the world as a leading authority on parenting, child care, women's health, and many other crucial health issues.
Miriam has published over 50 books and sold in excess of 20 million copies. She has a daily advice column in The Daily Mirror and regularly appears on TV. She is also a resident health expert on Channel Five’s ‘The Wright Stuff’.
Miriam is a medical doctor and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Go to her website here.
BENJAMIN MCLANE SPOCK
(MAY 2, 1903 – MARCH 15, 1998)
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His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals, telling parents: “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) first began learning about children as he grew up, helping take care of his five younger siblings. Spock earned his medical degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1924 and focused on paediatrics.
Dr. Spock was the first paediatrician to study psychoanalysis . Dr. Spock thought he could help children even more if he understood psychology so he spent six years studying at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
During his long and distinguished professional career, Dr. Spock taught at several of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning, including Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and Case Western Reserve University. His lifelong interest in, and love for, people made him develop into an astute observer of the human condition.
His interest in this field motivated him to author a dozen books and hundreds of articles on child care and the major social problems of our age. He was active in helping humanity in numerous organizations until he died in March of 1998, a few weeks before his 95th birthday.
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (often referred to simply as Baby and Child Care), written by Benjamin Spock, was first published on 14 July 1946 by Duell, Sloan and Pearce; it is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Dr. Spock is arguably the most influential paediatrician and child development thinker of the 20th century.
His writings and ideas have influenced so many millions of mothers that he has been called affectionately the nation's "baby doctor". His influence in the world has been so profound that Dr. Spock was named one of the hundred most important people in the twentieth century by Life magazine. He also is widely considered the most influential child care authority of the twentieth century (Britannica Year in Review, 1998).
By 1998, it had sold more than 50 million copies, and it has been translated into 42 languages. Another source places the book as the seventh best-selling book of all time.
Latest update: 23 August 2011
Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care at 65
By Louise Hidalgo BBC World Service;
Dr Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care is one of the best-selling books of all time, with overall sales of some 50 million. Sixty-five years since its first publication, what is Dr Spock's contribution to child-rearing today? More here.