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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 But as scientists are discovering much of the trusted advice that has been passed down through generations needs to be carefully reexaminedA thought provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis Our Babies Ourselves is the first book to explore why we. This is the book I like to give every pregnant friend When you have a child you inevitably receive a lot of well intentioned advice 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 and which are naturally aligned with babies basic biological design This crucial knowledge which most parents and even pediatricians do not possess will help make some aspects of babies behavior eating and sleeping patterns in particular less mystifying It will also fortify parents with the confidence to take the advice from grandma baby books doctors friends that works for them and their particular baby and to ignore what does not work It is comforting to be reminded that all around the world different cultures know how children should be raised and the resulting advice is often conflicting Reading this book helps one to be selectively and deliberately accepting of the constraints of one s own particular cultural milieu

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Our Babies Ourselves How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

Raise our children the way we do and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parentingIn this ground breaking book anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics 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. This was a fascinating read The author relates the parenting practices of different cultures around the world and talks about how certain parenting styles are due to the biology of human babies As a simple example babies were designed to be breastfed biologically speaking But in Western cultures we ve decided to diverge from those biologically based practices to gain convenience and independence from the traditionally intimate parent infant relationship I like how the author says that there s nothing wrong with that as long as we re aware of the trade offs of choosing that different path Babies will continue to be just fine as long as they re not completely neglected But for me the book reaffirmed certain parenting choices we ve already madeThis book does an excellent job of giving you a full picture of each parenting choice so that you can make an informed decision The book was a little slow going for me at first but once I got to the chapter comparing cultures it really picked up and was very interesting

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What is culturally dictated may not be what's best for babiesShould an infant be encouraged to sleep alone Is breast feeding better than bottle feeding or is that just a myth of the nineties How much time should pass before a mother picks up her crying infant And how important is it really to a baby's development to talk and sing to him or herThese are but a few of the important uestions Small addresses and the answers not only are surprising but may even change the way we raise our children. Well nothing to make you feel insecure about your own parenting than reading about cultures where the kids get held for 3x the amount of US kids and only cry for a few seconds at a time Gives you something to think about but I don t think I ll be very successful at this until I have a whole village to pass my kid along to or at least a back strong enough to wear a sling for than half an hour So far long on introduction as in I read the intro and am now 60 or so pages in and still feels like introAfter finishing plenty of interesting info but wish there was diversity of culturesinformation Mainly focuses on Gusii Kung San and USWestern cultures with a couple other tidbits thrown in Much of it still reads like an intro to antropology textbook and is repetitive enough that any college students assigned this may want to play a drinking game I d suggest every time she says that the Kung San breastfeed every 13 minutes


10 thoughts on “Our Babies Ourselves How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

  1. says:

    I'm not sure how many stars to give this book because I had very mixed reactions The earlier parts of this book are full of interesting biological and anthropological descriptions of 1 evolutionary and biological information

  2. says:

    This is the book I like to give every pregnant friend When you have a child you inevitably receive a lot of well intentioned advice 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 and which are naturally aligned with babies' basic biological design This crucial knowledge which most parents and even ped

  3. says:

    Written by an anthropologist this is an intriguing account of how humans care for infants from a cross cultural and evolutionary perspective I

  4. says:

    This was a really thought provoking read that overall I enjoyed uite a lot But I feel like she freuently repeated

  5. says:

    There is so much that I agree with in this book I loved reading about the anthropological support for the idea that attachment parenting is what is best for babies and I really enjoyed reading about how babies are

  6. says:

    This was a fascinating read The author relates the parenting practices of different cultures around the world and talks about how certain parenting styles are due to the biology of human babies As a simple example babies were designed to be breastfed biologically speaking But in Western cultures we've decided to diverge from those biologically based practices to gain convenience and independence from the tradit

  7. says:

    Well nothing to make you feel insecure about your own parenting than reading about cultures where the kids get held for 3x the amount of US kids and only cry for a few seconds at a time Gives you something to think about but I don't think I'll be very successful at this until I have a whole village to pass my kid along to or at least a back strong enough to wear a sling for than half an hour So far long on int

  8. says:

    Excellent A review of the way humans around the world parent including huntergatherer tribes and Western industrialized countries It is shocking how backwards many American traditions are Why are we concerned about facilitating a child's independence over their emotional security and well being? That is the path that we are on when we stop breastfeeding a few months after birth leave infants to sleep alone in separate

  9. says:

    Readable informative interesting fact based what's not to love?

  10. says:

    Great book even for us dads