Completely rewritten and updated, this classic guide to child care and development will become the bible for a new generation of parents. Illustrated with over 350 specially commissioned full-colour photographs, it encompasses the latest research and thinking on child development and learning, and reflects changing lifestyles and new approaches to parenting. Penelope Leach's authoritative and practical style will reassure, inform and inspire every parent-to-be and new parent; every care-giver or grandparent. Written from the baby and child's perspective, information is organised in easy-to-follow age bands, from before birth to starting school. At each stage there is illuminating advice on every problematic or exciting aspect of child care, from feeding and sleeping to thinking and talking. The recent findings on issues such as family beds, food safety and cot death are examined and explained, and new feature pages highlight parents' points of view and tackle the questions they most often ask.