01/10/2012 05:15 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2012

'Trust Yourself': Did Dr. Spock Have A Clue?

Trust Yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Those are the opening words of "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care", which, at 65, is essentially a grandparent of a book. In fact, the first mothers to rely on it were the great-grandmothers of those who are having babies today.

To mark the anniversary, the 9th edition was released last week, all 1130 pages of it. While every parent has arguably heard of the book, it's a safe bet that not nearly as many have actually read it. Certainly not all of it.

Which is why I've chosen it as the newest selection of the You-Help-Choose-The-Name-Blog Book Club.