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Baby Girls: An Owner's Manual

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An expert dose of good common sense for parents embarking on the exciting, exhausting, enriching, and endlessly fun experience of raising a baby girl. Complete with practical advice, suggestions, checklists, and more, it covers:

- Selecting a daughter's doctor
- Girls' hygiene and common health questions
- Social, cognitive, and emotional development
- Great toys for girls and other tools for fun and learning
- Shepherding a daughter's developing sense of identity
- And more

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Overview

An expert dose of good common sense for parents embarking on the exciting, exhausting, enriching, and endlessly fun experience of raising a baby girl. Complete with practical advice, suggestions, checklists, and more, it covers:

- Selecting a daughter's doctor
- Girls' hygiene and common health questions
- Social, cognitive, and emotional development
- Great toys for girls and other tools for fun and learning
- Shepherding a daughter's developing sense of identity
- And more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399532115
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, M.Ed., is a parenting expert and the author or co-author of 37 nonfiction books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and Raising a Thinking Child. Her articles about parenting and childcare have appeared in Parents, Child, and Sesame Parents magazines, among others.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 5
1 It's a Baby Girl!
A Rose by Any Other Name ... Naming Your Daughter 9
Quick Checklist for Choosing Your Daughter's Name 12
Your Baby Girl's Doctor 13
Things to Think About 13
Pediatrician or Family Practitioner 14
Solo or Group Practice 14
Insurance Considerations 15
Location 15
Male or Female 15
Ask Around 16
Time for an Interview 17
Stocking Up for Your Baby Girl 19
Diapers 19
Baby Clothes 20
Health and Grooming Aids 21
Baby Monitor 22
Baby Bathtub 23
Safety First 23
Changing Table 24
Baby Bed 24
Insider Decorating Ideas for Girls Only 29
Baby Girl Toys 32
Indoor Swing 34
For Girls on the Go 34
Diaper Bag 35
Front Carrier 35
Strollers 36
Car Seat 38
Carrier Seat 39
The End of B.B. 41
2 Your Infant Daughter: From Birth Through Three Months
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! 44
Baby's First Medical Exam 45
The Apgar Evaluation 45
Routine Newborn Care 46
Newborn Screening Test (NBU) 47
Mealtime: Bottle or Breast? 48
Bottle-Feeding 49
Breast-Feeding 51
Feeding and Burping Tips 56
Getting Your Daughter to Sleep 59
A Baby Girl's Sleep Schedule 59
Sharing the Family Bed 61
Crying Babies 63
Soothing Techniques for Your Crying Baby Girl 64
Postpartum Disorders 67
Postpartum Baby Blues 67
Postpartum Depression 68
Postpartum Psychosis 68
Caring for Symptoms of Postpartum Mood Disorder 69
Caring for Your Daughter in the Early Weeks 71
Care of the Umbilical Cord 71
Diapering 101 72
Bathtime! 76
Medical Care 79
Routine At-Home Health Care 79
Routine Medical Checkups 80
Phone Calls to the Doctor 86
Common Infant Health Concerns 87
Jaundice 87
Hemangiomas 88
Colic 89
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 92
Physical Growth 94
Growth Chart 94
Your Girl's Developing Senses 95
Emotional Development 95
Bonding with Your Baby Girl 96
Daddy's Little Girl 98
Cognitive Development 100
Games Baby Girls Love 100
Early Language Development 102
Stages of Infant Language Development 103
Social Development 104
Steps Toward Separation 105
Social Stimulation 107
Choosing Childcare 108
Choosing a Caregiver 109
Childcare Criteria Checklist 110
Moving Through Girlhood 113
3 Watch Her Grow: Your Daughter from Four to Seven Months
Feeding a Growing Appetite 116
First Foods 117
Baby Food: Store-bought or Homemade? 118
How to Feed Your Daughter 121
Foods to Avoid 122
A Note on Neatness 123
Fashion for Little Girls 124
Grandparents, Dolls, and Pink Dresses 126
Sweet Dreams 130
How to Help Your Daughter Fall Asleep 131
Child-proofing Your Home 134
Check for Lead Paint 136
Medical Care 137
Routine At-Home Health Care 137
Routine Medical Checkup 141
When to Call the Doctor 144
Common Health Concerns 146
Physical Growth 147
Premature Baby Girls 148
Fine Motor Skill Development 148
Emotional Development 149
Exploring Who I Am 149
Dealing with Fear and Frustration 150
Cognitive Development 151
What Your Baby Girl Knows 152
Language Development: Mama! 153
Enjoying a Good Book 155
Baby Games 156
Social Development 157
Get Ready to Run 158
4 On the Move: Your Daughter From Eight to Eleven Months
Feeding Basics 162
Weaning from Bottle or Breast 162
A Totally Solid Food Diet 164
Drinking from a Cup 164
Disciplining with Love 165
Goodnight My Baby 168
Medical Care 169
Routine At-Home Care 170
Poison Control 170
Tooth Care 172
Routine Checkups 173
Common Health Concerns 175
Physical Growth 181
Righty or Lefty? 181
Creeping, Crawling, and Walking 182
Emotional Development 184
Separation Anxiety 185
Stranger Anxiety 186
Cognitive Development 188
Advantage Girls: Strong Language Skills 188
Playtime and Learning 190
Now You See It, Now You Don't 191
Another Reason to Turn Off the TV 192
Social Development 193
All Girls Are Not the Same 193
"Easy," "Difficult," and "Slow-to-Warm-Up" Babies 196
Full Speed Ahead 199
5 Toddler Time: Your Daughter From Twelve to Eighteen Months ... and Beyond
Calm Little Girls 202
Toilet Training 204
Learning to Wipe 207
Teaching a Little Girl to Behave 208
Distract and Conquer 208
Set Limits 209
Divorce and Discipline 210
Praise and Penalties 210
Tantrum Time 212
Water Safety 214
The Problem with "Swimming" Lessons 215
Play It Safe 216
Water Play 217
Medical Care 218
Routine At-Home Care 218
Routine Medical Checkups 222
Common Health Concerns 223
Food Allergies 223
Physical Growth 226
Kicking Motor Skills into Gear 226
Toys for Active Girls 227
Emotional Development 228
Cognitive Development 229
The Gift of Gab 230
At Her Own Pace 232
Overcoming a Disadvantage 233
Learning to Pretend 234
In the Toy Box 236
Social Development 237
First Friendships 237
Imaginary Friends 240
Learning How to Be a Girl 241
Why Girls Act Like Girls 244
Teaching Girls to be Dependent 247
Busting the Stereotype 249
Growing Up Fast 251
Epilogue 253
Acknowledgments 255
Appendix A Growth Charts 257
Sources 259
Index 263
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