The Continuum Concept, Paperback
5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


"The Continuum Concept" introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives.

It is a true 'back to basics' approach to parenting.

Author Jean Liedloff spent two and-a-half years in the jungle deep in the heart of South America living with indigenous tribes and was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world.

She came to the realisation that essential child-rearing techniques such as touch, trust and community have been undermined in modern times, and in this book suggests practical ways to regain our natural well-being, for our children and ourselves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, index
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780140192452



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It makes me think people are becoming, or similar to, or meant to be, marsupials. I think the strangeness of the modern world and the challenge of guiding the younger generation really calls for this book and its simple power. How good if society can accept women carrying their babies on their backs in all kind of contexts... work, outings, meetings etc. I really believe it! Children must be really empowered by this!

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I love this book. It will make you stop and think about the types of parenting techniques that we accept as gospel. I think this is a great 'first' parenting book, and will lead the reader into some other great practical books.On a negative, the author does draw too many conclusions from her observations that really can not be backed up by proper research. She also ignores some interesting questions. For example, she focuses twice on the story of the man who built a playpen for his child. The child screamed when placed in the playpen and the man, very in tune with his child, immediately removed the child and smashed the playpen. What the story fails to address is what caused the man to create the playpen in the first place. Why did he feel a need for it.

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I recommend this book to anyone planning to have a baby. It makes a good case for holding a child (or keeping it close to a person's body) during the first six to nine months of its life. If everyone took Liedloff's advice, the world would be a much happier place. A must read for prospective parents! Supports the theory that if you don't get that sense of security at birth, you tend to spend the rest of your life searching for semblance of it.

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