What Babies and Children Really Need

Sally Goddard Blythe



This book represents a milestone in our understanding of child development and what parents can do to give their children the best start in life. The author uses the latest scientific research to demonstrate how a baby’s relationship with the mother has a lasting and fundamental impact. She emphasizes ways that changes in society over the past fifty years—such as delayed motherhood, the limited practice of breastfeeding, and mothers’ early return to work—interfere with important developmental milestones that are essential to success and well being in later life.

“We need a state,” says Sally Goddard Blythe, “that gives children their parents and, most of all, gives babies their mothers back.”

What Babies and Children Really Need is an important book for parents of young children.


  • Conception and Society: The Politics of Fertility
  • Does Early Development Matter?
  • Events Surrounding Birth
  • Events Following Birth: Risk Factors
  • Breastfeeding
  • Movement Instinct
  • Language Instinct
  • Building on the First Year: The Neuroscience of Developing Emotions
  • Factors Parents Can Control
  • What Needs to Be Done?

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