Small's thorough and fascinating book Our Babies, Ourselves. Feeding Parents from cultures oriented toward interdependence may spoon-feed children through toddlerhood and beyond. The author makes a strong argument for immediate contact with the infant after birth, co-sleeping, continuous feeding or as close as possible to it , and responding quickly to cries, and uses case studies from! I've always leaned towards attachment parenting and felt a little disjointed from much of common American parenting philosophy, but this book pushed me even further into that camp. A book that has been read but is in good condition. I just want him to be a happy child. It makes me look at milestones and all of our other expectations of our babies in a completely different light. How much time should pass before a mother picks up her crying infant? That being said, I really found this book enlightening.
Each of these chapters was packed with interesting information from historical, evolutionary, cultural, and scientific perspectives. He rides the range on his most faithful companion — his horse. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in. The E-mail message field is required. Human milk is 88 percent water and 4. Is breast-feeding better than bottle-feeding, or is that just a myth of the nineties? I really enjoyed everything in this book.
In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics. New parents are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care for their baby, and, naturally, they often turn for guidance to friends and family members who have already raised children. Yes - we let our baby cry alone in his crib until he fell asleep - usually 5-10 min for a few days before he accepted sleeping alone. To buy this book at the lowest price,. In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics.
She writes frequently for Natural History Magazine, Discover, Scientific American, and is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. That is the path that we are on when we stop breastfeeding a few months after birth, leave infants to sleep alone in separate rooms, and spend just twenty percent of the time in physical conta Excellent! Writing from a biological anthropologist's point of view, Small helps you pick apart which bits of wisdom are cultural which is not to say that they should be discarded! It is shocking how backwards many American traditions are. This is the most important book for every parent to read. To this end I have avoided mumsnet and current best sellers and started in a place I feel more comfortable; anthropological research. But I feel like she frequently repeated herself; by the end I was pretty tired of hearing about the! Children are not just miniature versions of adults. It begins by providing a fascinating summary of infant care in several diverse cultures including three hunter-gatherer societies and the modern industrial societies of Japan and the U. A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do--and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting.
Professor Small joins pediatricians, child-development researchers, and anthropologists across the country who are studying to what extent the way we parent our infants is based on biological needs and to what extent it is based on culture--and how sometimes what is culturally dictated may not be what's best for babies. There are sound evolutionary reasons why infants and children look and behave the way they do; childhood is a specifically evolved stage in the life course. Really fascinating to read, and a variety of different approaches can still lead to healthy, happy, well-adjusted children! It was, Dart was convinced, the first evidence of the ape-human split. As a simple example, babies were designed to be breastfed, biologically speaking. This is an anthropological overview of infants and it does the job well.
. Equally weird: I feel almost ashamed to tell people that my babies sleep with me. That said, I think it really challenged me, was full of very stimulating meaty research and kind of changed my perspective as a parent. It is shocking how backwards many American traditions are. As a mother, I find myself now looking at my relationship with my daughter through a cultural lens. Kung San people in Africa, Japanese parents, and American parents to demonstrate how extremely different pa An ethnopediatric argument for reevaluating the ways we in the West have been taught to care for babies, combining evidence from anthropology, evolutionary biology, and pediatrics. Americans focus on bedtime rituals to reinforce infant sleeping schedules — lullabies, stories, special clothing, bathing, and toys encourage sleep-time, but in many cultures parents simply let babies fall asleep when they naturally do so.
And rather suprisingly, given that the author is a female anthropologist, some of the discussions about co-sleeping etc. Much of it was repetitive with minimal breakthrough concepts. Two million years later, quarry workers chucked this hunk of rock into a box of possible fossils that they routinely passed on to Raymond Dart, a British anatomist working at a South African university. This relationship between culture and biology is the theme that guides the rest of the book. The Politics of Childcare Childcare—who gets it, and at what quality—is incredibly political.
I got this book when my baby was 3 months old and for me it confirmed every instinct I had as a first-time mother who knew nothing of raising a child prior to having one. It is objective and actually rather academic in nature, yet intriguing and easy-to-understand. Humans have had to accommodate bipedal walking and a big brain; bearing a large-headed, wide shouldered infant is difficult for a biped. And so far, they aren't really sure. A major tenet of Small's argument is that the biology of babies has evolved at a pace much slower than our culture's technology and lifestyle. Is it our westernized, independence-focused society that makes our babies cry? Eventually the colic passed, and the next struggle was sleep - our baby hated to sleep.
I felt like this book tried to be both academic and parent-friendly and missed the mark on both. Writing from a biological anthropologist's point of view, Small helps you pick apart which bits of wisdom are cultural which is not to say that they should be discarded! Small's new book on the study of parents and infants across cultures and the way different caretaking styles affect the health, well-being, and survival of infants. That there is not—as at least some people want—a universal prescription or universal baseline of babycare. As a result, we have accepted as the norm many parenting practices that simply do not jive with what our babies really need from us. I've really enjoyed this book - its extremely interesting and thought provoking and well written.
As a result, I wish I had read this book before I had babies, but I'm definitely glad I'm reading it when they're still little. This book has helped shift my perspective so that I feel better able to recognize when I'm doing something contrary to the best interests of my family because of cultural influences, and I feel more free to make choices that contradict those paths deemed right by my culture. Using a human anatomy book, one can dissect a chimpanzee or a gorilla and find everything in the right place. American pediatricians sometimes need to coach American parents not punish or shame a child for potty-training mistakes. Accessible, yet based on sound science, Small outlines just how far Western culture has deviated from providing for the biological needs of babies.