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Gentle Baby Care: No-cry, No-fuss,
No-worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby
by Elizabeth Pantley, Harvey Karp
A Wonderful Baby Encyclopedia
Reviewer: A reader
Gentle Baby Care gives information on
hundreds of topics. Each topic begins with a question, this is followed
by general information in a "Learn About It" section, which is generally
brief and concise. This is followed with more specific solutions,
checklists, charts and such. And finishes with a list of websites and
books as additional resources.
An example is the entry on "Colic". It begins, "My baby is very
fussy and cries a lot, mostly at the end of the day. Does she have
colic?" The Learn About It area defines colic and describes the known
This is followed by "Can Colic Be Prevented?" which explains health
issues that can cause crying, and also tells what is known about colic
The next part "Things That May Help Your Baby" gives a long bullet
list of many ideas that may help your baby feel better and stop crying.
As is typical in the book, there is yet another section called, "Tips
for Coping" which gives tips on how YOU can handle this difficult time.
Next comes, "When Should I Call the Doctor?" with a bullet list to guide
you on when you should be concerned.
The last section, "For More Information" guides you to several
books on the subject, if you want to get into more detail.
The layout of this book allows for a quick yet thorough examination
on topics that may arise during the first two years such as Bathing,
Burping, Car Seat Crying, Constipation, Diaper changing (tips, choosing
diapers, and what to do when your baby doesn't want to be changed),
Fever, Food allergies, Grandparents (both overzealous and reluctant),
Immunizations, Massage, Milestones, Sleep (fabulous sections on this
topic!), Travel, Visiting, Weaning. These are just a few examples.
I highly recommend this book as one to keep handy for the first two
The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to
Your Baby's First Year (U.S. edition)
by Ann Douglas
Handy Reference For The First Year Reviewer: A reader from Canada
What an enjoyable and informative book!!
After Reading "The Mother of all Pregnancy Books' and finding it both
humorous and informative, I rushed out to purchase "The Mother of All Baby
Books." I read it cover to cover within a week and have referred to it at
LEAST once a week since then. The chapter on breast-feeding is fantastic.
The information on baby's health has been consistently valuable to me, a
first time mom, who has been checking for every sign of illness. It helped
me quite a bit to have a realistic understanding of the physical
limitations of my post-pregnancy body and an idea of what a normal
recovery period was.
I could go on and on about the multitudes of useful information in this
book. However I feel that some of the most valuable portions of this book
are the (often humourous) anecdotes that helped me and my husband feel
validated in our concerns and less isolated in our experiences. Let's face
it, not many of us can call another parent of a feverish 6 month old at 3
am, but we can refer to Ann Douglas's book and find out not only when to
be concerned enough to head to the emergency room, but also be consoled
that other parents have been through the same thing.
Home with Your Newborn : From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana, Jennifer Shu, Jennifer Shu MD
An easy to read, MAKE SENSE book on having kids! Reviewer: Jen & Kevin M (Iowa)
My wife and I have read MANY books in
preparation for the birth of our child and most of them read more like a
clinical manual, but this book is full of common sense answers to the
"real life" things that can and WILL happen while raising a child. If
you plan to raise your child in a bubble, you can save your
money--otherwise this book is a MUST HAVE!!
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Baby's First Year (Second Edition) (Paperback) by Steven P. Shelov (Editor)
Excellence: Now Babies come with an Instruction Manual! Reviewer: Dr. M. Anderson FAAP "Dr. Mike" (Canton, GA USA)
This non-profit book, published by The Am. Academy of
Pediatrics, is essentially "Pediatric Excellence." The book is a
compilation of the best advice from the pediatrician members of the
Academy. The information covers the spectrum from unborn to one year.
"PART I, Preparing for a New Baby," starts with pages on
getting-it-right with your prenatal person. Topics include, choosing a
pediatrician, preparing your home and family for arrival, routine and
not so routine issues that can occur during delivery and immediate
In "PART II" these pediatrician experts address the many questions that
some parents may not have the time or courage to ask their pediatrician.
How many BM's and what color? Birth-marks, Colic, the umbilical chord,
traveling, going outside, baby's ability to smell, sitters, day care,
and pages and pages of more. The breast-feeding chapter is a recipe for
success, while not demeaning people who for one reason or another need
The books exhaustive index is a quick guide for re-checking or searching
down a certain problem. Unlike many other books, this one covers the
health from the baby's perspective, with the express focus of what is
best for your baby's care, directly from the Academy, the world's
foremost advocate and authority on children's medicine.
Each chapter contains information that is easy to read, yet avoids being
simplistic. All parents, no matter their experience or education will
find the information in these pages essential and valuable. For best
results, buy the book early in mother's last trimester. If you wait
until the baby arrives you will miss one-third of the book. However, if
you wait until after the birth, you need to also go out and buy it for
the rest of your baby's first year. It is still worth it. As a
practicing pediatrician and a professor of pediatrics I give the book to
each every new parent and each and every new pediatrician in training.
At the Northside Children's Pediatric Center this book is required
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Things I Wish I Knew In My Baby's First Year: Keys To Making Parenting
Easier And Your Baby Happier (Paperback) by Randy Dean, Lorri Gorno
A Wonderful Gift for New Parents Reviewer: Michelle (Columbus, OH)
As a mother of a 2 year old who read all
the "latest" baby books on the market, I put this one at the top of my
list. I feel it consolidates all of the great information you read from
the "must have" books into one comprehensive and easy to read book.
Looking back, the most important tools I learned during those first 12
months were good sleep habits, a schedule for your baby, and how to make
the most of their developmental stages. And the authors of this book
incorporate each of these tools and help make it easier for you and your
baby adapt to these stages. I've already given several away as gifts,
knowing that this book will be a "lifesaver" for many parents of
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to Survive Your Baby's First Year: By Hundreds of Happy Moms and Dads
Who Did and Some Things to Avoid, From a Few Who Barely Made It
(Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides)
by Hundreds of Heads (Editor), Lori Banov Kaufmann (Editor), Yadin
to Read When You are Reading the "so called" experts Reviewer: Sophie's Dad "John" (Bismark, ND)
What a pleasant surprise. I was given this
book and figured it would be like all the other baby books...i.e. they
make you crazy. In the other books some expert tells you how exactly
your child will develop and how you should respond. That's not real
Every child is different (as is every parent) and that is the strength
of this book. The editors have interviewed hundreds of parents who have
been through the same new born child experience. They share great and
different advice. It is quite frankly a relief to know that there isn't
just one way and that other parents share the doubts and experiences
that the rest of us do. I highly recommend adding How to Survive Your
Baby's First Year to your library.
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Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood by Vicki Iovine
MY Girlfriend Reviewer: K. K. Barre (Chatsworth, CA)
OK, she can be funny--so two stars for a
cutting sense of humor. She's funny as she mocks everyone who disagrees
with her style of child rearing. She's funny as she explains how VERY
unhappy you will be after giving birth. She's funny as she reminds you
time and again that men are only useless sperm donors(as the back cover
of her book says so clearly, "Husband, what husband?"), so don't expect
the father to get off the couch for you. Basically, she's funny as she
describes how very miserable your child will make you.
My son is five months old, and I love being a Mom. I did natural
childbirth--hey, it's not for everyone, but Ms. McCarty thinks that
means I'm some kind of freak. I love spending time with my son. Some
people get the baby blues, but according to her if you don't hate life
within three hours of labor, you aren't really a "Girlfriend". My
husband is a fantastic father, who not only changes more diapers than I
do (*gasp*) but actually takes fathering seriously, and was an
invaluable support for me during the postpartum recovery period. Since
he's not a jerk, I can't be a "Girlfriend".
If you are having a very difficult time adjusting to motherhood, if
your partner is an unsupportive clod... it should make you feel better.
If you are struggling and overwhelmed and ready to take most of what she
says with a large grain of salt, it might cheer you up. It is NOT a good
read if you want to remain positive about your first child entering your
Vicki Iovine is an expert, has a monthly column in Child magazine,
makes the rounds of the talk shows. But I have to question her
qualifications. Since when did being a Playboy centerfold make you a
"Girlfriend"? What makes a snide high-powered media insider a
"Girlfriend"? Life in the fast lane living with rock stars makes you a
"Girlfriend"? Sorry, but out here in the real world, we work full time
at home or at a job, don't live in Malibu, don't live in your world,
Vicki. And we seem to enjoy motherhood a lot more than you do.
Mom: A Guide to Baby and Child Care by Marianne Egeland, M.D. Neifert
a book every parent should have to turn to for answers. Reviewer: scgiese
I received this book when I had my first
child and any time we have had a question or problem with health or
accidents this is the first thing I turn to when in doubt. With the
definitions of illnesses and disorders in the book you can go directly
to the symptoms and treatment and further prevention listed in the back
of the book. It goes step by step with the new parent from the delivery
of the baby, breast feeding and circumcision with illustrations to name
a few. The first months of a baby's life to starting them potty training
and discipline. Dosages of medication. Understanding there behaviors.
These are only a very small portion of the content in this book. We have
owned a copy for eight years that is worn out literally. We are now
ordering a copy for a family member and a new copy for ourselves.
The only regret is that we have not located a hard cover version of this