I loved this book and found it validated what I intuitivly knew as true.
some really good stuff about carrying your baby, including them in your day to day stuff, etc.
This book is quite interesting, and very applicable to reasoning behind attachment parenting. I found the author's observations regarding the tribe fascinating, as I did her speculation about the underlying continuum concept. However, I found her speculating that homosexuality, drug addictions, etc., are caused by not being held as a baby offensive. Putting it in perspective though, this is an older book that was extremely ahead of its time in terms of attachment parenting. At the time it was written though, many things regarding the nature of the brain were not as well known, and many things we now consider either inborn or genetic were then considered diseases or attributable to "poor parenting." Excepting those parts of the book, I found her general ideas plausible and a refreshing change from more conventional ideas regarding child rearing.
I read this book while pregnant with my daughter, because my brother's girlfriend loved it. while it was interesting, it filled me with guilt about the way I would have to raise my daughter. My husband and I did "attachment parenting," but after reading this book, I felt guilty for not doing things as described in this book. This is attachment parenting (and community attachment parenting) to the extreme. It is not possible in our culture, unless you live with many other people under one roof, to never put your baby down until he or she is 2 years old.
It's definitely worth a read, but don't let it fill you with guilt about your own parenting style.
This is hardback edition.