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Reviews for Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5:

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Mar 26, 2008

This is one of the best books for new parents. It is full of all sorts of helpful info about everything. I reference this book quite often. A great gift for a new mom. This is one of the best books for new parents.  It is full of all sorts of helpful info about everything.  I reference this book quite often.  A great gift for a new mom. ...more
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Apr 06, 2009

Forget What To Expect the First Year, this book is way better. It's based on statistical evidence, has a user-friendly format, and clearly explains the developmental stages of your child. Plus, it has a huge topical index at the end covering everything from rashes and fevers to behavioral issues. It's the exact same advise your pediatrician would give you.

I've used this book again and again, whether to see if my child is reaching appropriate milestones or to check if a spot on their skin is Forget What To Expect the First Year, this book is way better. It's based on statistical evidence, has a user-friendly format, and clearly explains the developmental stages of your child. Plus, it has a huge topical index at the end covering everything from rashes and fevers to behavioral issues. It's the exact same advise your pediatrician would give you.

I've used this book again and again, whether to see if my child is reaching appropriate milestones or to check if a spot on their skin is eczema. If I had to choose one book for new parents, this would be it. ...more
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Sep 22, 2018

If you think you need a manual for your new baby, this is it. The book is pragmatic and down-to-business. It covers a broad range of topics related to parenthood: basic care of a baby, health issues, cognitive development, sleep, discipline, etc. It structures the advice by age brackets and gives the concise background on those issues for the specific age. The book grows with your child: you can read 30 pages every few months (or, later, every year) to stay up-to-date with their developmental If you think you need a manual for your new baby, this is it. The book is pragmatic and down-to-business. It covers a broad range of topics related to parenthood: basic care of a baby, health issues, cognitive development, sleep, discipline, etc. It structures the advice by age brackets and gives the concise background on those issues for the specific age. The book grows with your child: you can read 30 pages every few months (or, later, every year) to stay up-to-date with their developmental stage. The second part is a reference list of common health conditions which you can quickly look up before calling a doctor.

The author list is long and the book is approved by the American Association of Pediatrics, so it contains only absolutely uncontroversial advice; the book is thus free of philosophical musings or arguable statements, for example it does not cover the lifestyle choices like using a sling or co-sleeping. You may still thus it bland; if you are looking to study more bold or cutting-edge viewpoints, pick up the relevant books using this one as a baseline. ...more
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May 02, 2018

This is a great resource for new parents. Suggested by our pediatrician. Includes age related development milestones to look for, nutrition and eating plans, and neutral parenting advice on just about everything.

Definitely recommend this for parents.
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May 23, 2013

It is an indispensable reference book for parents. It is not not a medicine book where you can find anything and with great detail. It is a book for parents that want to check or get a quick advice about behaviour and healthy concerns of their kids.

It is great specially for the first years as it gives a nice details of milestones that we have to look for. It is not as month specific as other books (such as what to expect during your baby first year)buy I like it a lot. I like the way the topics It is an indispensable reference book for parents. It is not not a medicine book where you can find anything and with great detail. It is a book for parents that want to check or get a quick advice about behaviour and healthy concerns of their kids.

It is great specially for the first years as it gives a nice details of milestones that we have to look for. It is not as month specific as other books (such as what to expect during your baby first year)buy I like it a lot. I like the way the topics are presented and content and the amount of info provided. ...more
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Feb 07, 2015

There have been times when I worried about my daughter. This is very normal. Not because anything was wrong but because she was my first child and I wasn't quite sure what to expect at each age. For example at 5 I was not aware of how much children forget and lose their train of thought. It helped me understand my daughter better and be more patient. Each year is so different an this book gives great insight.
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Nov 17, 2011

This is my "Baby Bible" as Taylor calls it--my go to book for a quick answer or a quick chapter read of the months my baby's in. Best of all it was free for joining the Publix Baby Club. Basic, untrendy, up-to-date answers without too many opinions. Just bare bone facts. I've yet to see a baby book that is as basic yet comprehensive that doesn't have what this one has in it. Did I mention it was free?
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Feb 19, 2014

While I haven't read this cover to cover, it certainly has helped me a ton with caring for my 3 kiddos, especially the first. With another on the way I will have to break it out again for sure. My sister-in-law gave it to me with my first telling me it was the "baby bible". She was definitely right.
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Jul 10, 2015

The one and only book you need on baby care. It contains all the facts in a clear personable tone. There's no fads, hype, or excessive focus on rare maladies. I reference this book of the night to answer those small parenting fears: Does my child talk less than other kids? How do you swaddle an infant? What is the asprin doesage per weight again?
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Oct 27, 2015

Excellent resource for BABIES ... or rather, those that have babies.
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Aug 20, 2015

I will obviously need to keep referring to this book in the future.
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Oct 01, 2018

This is a great resource, especially for first-time moms. Part 1 of the book provides detailed information on what to expect from your child at each stage of development, while Part 2 provides a list of illnesses and medical conditions and basic information on how to respond.

This book is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which means it is authoritative, thorough, and follows current guidelines. However, that also makes it very western-specific. For example, in much of the world This is a great resource, especially for first-time moms. Part 1 of the book provides detailed information on what to expect from your child at each stage of development, while Part 2 provides a list of illnesses and medical conditions and basic information on how to respond.

This book is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which means it is authoritative, thorough, and follows current guidelines. However, that also makes it very western-specific. For example, in much of the world (and throughout history), women have co-slept with their babies. The AAP would have you believe this is the primary cause of SIDS. This is a personal decision every mother must make, and information is certainly key. However, the tone of this book often sounds more like Leviticus ("Though shalt not...") than a source of information for all moms.

That being said, it is still a great resource to have on hand, especially Part 2. You'll just need to decide which parts you want to follow and which ones you don't. ...more
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Oct 02, 2019

Finally finished this book. This book was recommended to me by the first wellness checkup that Isaac had with a doctor in Philly when he was only a couple of days old. I read a chapter a year to coincide with his age (each chapter was a year except 4 & 5 were combined) The last couple of chapters are about sickness, injuries etc. I thought it was a helpful book - though a bit dated in some thing lol But I was a new mom and I bought this as soon as I was done with his app.
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May 27, 2019

This book is a great resource, especially for first-time parents. It contains very detailed descriptions of your child's development from birth to 5 years old, including extensive chapters on various problems, issues, sicknesses, and developmental challenges. I recommend this for all parents to keep handy!
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Nov 15, 2017

This book is strictly looking at the development of a child and great for consulting when you want advice on skills and health, it does not cover lefestyle choices like sleeping or wearing your baby, etc.
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Mar 08, 2018

As a non-native speaker, I find this book very valuable as a reference. It helps us tremendously in building our vocabularies so that we can communicate with paediatricians and/or google information more effectively.
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Jan 03, 2017

This is an excellent book to reference. As a new parent, this book answers questions and alleviates fears.
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Jan 28, 2008

I really like this book. The information is presented in a very straightforward manner; no frills or gimmicks. It's a bit more academic than some childcare/parenting books, which appeals to me. I enjoy knowing why certain things happen (or don't), and this book shares more technical/medical info than some other texts I've read. That said, it's still a very easy read and handy reference.

side note:
My husband and I interviewed several pediatricians before E was born. We asked all for new parent I really like this book. The information is presented in a very straightforward manner; no frills or gimmicks. It's a bit more academic than some childcare/parenting books, which appeals to me. I enjoy knowing why certain things happen (or don't), and this book shares more technical/medical info than some other texts I've read. That said, it's still a very easy read and handy reference.

side note:
My husband and I interviewed several pediatricians before E was born. We asked all for new parent reading recommendations. The one we picked suggested this book. We love Dr. Stewart and Oberlin Road Peds!

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Sep 11, 2009

Hands down the best book on baby care. Is a bit thick, but the organization makes it easy to skip to the pages that are relevant to you. The book describes month by month the growth and development, basic care, and health and immunization alerts for your child. It also has a little section about what kinds of toys and activities are good for your child, which is something most other books do not provide. There is a detailed "encyclopedia" in the back about what to do in case an emergency or Hands down the best book on baby care. Is a bit thick, but the organization makes it easy to skip to the pages that are relevant to you. The book describes month by month the growth and development, basic care, and health and immunization alerts for your child. It also has a little section about what kinds of toys and activities are good for your child, which is something most other books do not provide. There is a detailed "encyclopedia" in the back about what to do in case an emergency or illness befalls your child. There are tons of descriptive illustrations that are very helpful as well. ...more
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Oct 08, 2008

With a toddler and a newborn in the house, I find myself consulting this book pretty regularly to check on potential ailments and developmental expectations. Along with websites like Baby Center and What to Expect and several friends in the medical profession, I think it cuts down on the number of crazed calls to the base clinic/Tricare triage line, which I generally find frustrating anyway...

It's over 600 pages long so it's pretty exhaustive in terms of illnesses and milestones that it covers. With a toddler and a newborn in the house, I find myself consulting this book pretty regularly to check on potential ailments and developmental expectations. Along with websites like Baby Center and What to Expect and several friends in the medical profession, I think it cuts down on the number of crazed calls to the base clinic/Tricare triage line, which I generally find frustrating anyway...

It's over 600 pages long so it's pretty exhaustive in terms of illnesses and milestones that it covers. We got it as a gift when Elisa was born and it's great! ...more
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Jul 28, 2009

This well-thumbed book our household go-to guide for all things baby. It saved us dozens of phone calls, internet searches, and moments of utter panic.

Though it may sound stupid, I didn't know how to bathe or dress an infant when we came home with our son. I had only changed 1 diaper before he was born. This book helped me learn how to dress a squirmy child, taught me about common childhood illnesses, feeding, and developmental milestones. It's a smart book and a must own for total noobs.
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Jan 21, 2009

A friend said she is afraid reading parenting books will just stress her out. Books that give TONS of advice that doesn't seem feasible do this to me, so I could relate. However, this book is more informative than bossy. It was helpful to know what my baby was seeing or around when my child would be walking, etc. My child is only a year old, but my sense is that the most useful part of the book is the first year. That's more because there's so much change during this time than anything else. A friend said she is afraid reading parenting books will just stress her out. Books that give TONS of advice that doesn't seem feasible do this to me, so I could relate. However, this book is more informative than bossy. It was helpful to know what my baby was seeing or around when my child would be walking, etc. My child is only a year old, but my sense is that the most useful part of the book is the first year. That's more because there's so much change during this time than anything else. Plus, that was a stage of childhood I was pretty unfamiliar with, so the information was very useful. ...more
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Mar 24, 2008

Another indispensible part of my parenting library...it's not a book you sit down and read, rather it's more of a reference book (to look up your specific issue or read about your child's development at a particular age/stage).

This book was recommended by my pediatrician's office, and it's definitely been helpful for a lot of those "hmmm...I wonder if this is normal?" moments when I really didn't want to call the after-hours nurse.
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Apr 07, 2008

I didn't read this whole book, mostly browsed it, but it's not the type of book you'd actually sit down and read cover-to-cover anyway. I checked it out from the library and will probably buy a copy of it soon so that I can have it on-hand for when questions come up. One thing that was bizarre was the illustration for how to swaddle a baby. I don't think the person who made the illustration read the text explaining how to do it. It seems like a dry book but a necessary reference.
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May 22, 2012

Well like Baby 411, this was informative (a lot of the same info actually, except that I finally know what a layette is now) and it did seperate fact and opinion. It also had the added bonus of explaining things up to five years of age. However, it is less recent than Baby 411, so it's info is less up to date and the authors are not quite so humorous or engaging. Also, the entire final third of the book is pure textbook reference on physical, social and emotional health.

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