Baby and Child Care


Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock

(Original title: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care)

Synopsis: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care written by Benjamin Spock, is a manual on infant and child care first published in 1946. The book, along with Dr. Spock, attained fame almost instantly, selling 500,000 copies in its first six months.

First Published: July 1946 | ISBN-13: 978-4871879699

Mini-bio: Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the best-sellers of all time. Its message to mothers is that “you know more than you think you do.” Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children’s needs and family dynamics. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals. However, they were also widely criticized by colleagues for relying too heavily on anecdotal evidence rather than serious academic research. – Wikipedia

Book’s Wiki Entry

Author’s Website:

Interview with Author (1989)

BBC News Book Review
New York Times (1946)
Chicago Tribune Book Review
Kirkus Reviews Book Review



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