The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care written by Benjamin Spock, is a book on infant and child care first published in 1946. The book 'challenged the child-rearing orthodoxy of the early 20th centurythat babies should be fed according to a tight schedule, and that showing them too much affection made them weak and unprepared for the world. Instead, Dr. Spock encouraged a more gentle approach to bringing up children, and told parents to trust their own instincts and common sense.' For the book's fifth and sixth editions, Spock co-wrote the book with pediatrician Michael B. Rothenberg; for the 7th edition, his co-author was Steven Parker. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. Its message to mothers is that 'you know more than you think you do.' Baby and Child Care sold 500,000 copies in its first six months; within a decade it was selling a million copies a year.
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