The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

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At Last! A Beginner's Guide to Newborn Baby Technology

You've programmed your DVR, you’ve installed a wireless Internet connection, you can even check Facebook on your cell phone. But none of this experience will prepare you for the world's biggest technological marvel: a newborn baby.
 
Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Baby Owner's Manual explores hundreds of ...

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Overview

At Last! A Beginner's Guide to Newborn Baby Technology

You've programmed your DVR, you’ve installed a wireless Internet connection, you can even check Facebook on your cell phone. But none of this experience will prepare you for the world's biggest technological marvel: a newborn baby.
 
Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Baby Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: What's the best way to swaddle a baby? How can I make my newborn sleep through the night? When should I bring the baby to a doctor for servicing? Whatever your concerns, you'll find the answers here—courtesy of celebrated pediatrician Dr. Louis Borgenicht and his son, Joe Borgenicht. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for anyone who wants to learn the basics of childcare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594745973
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 70,269
  • Product dimensions: 4.82 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A board-certified pediatrician with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Louis Borgenicht has run his own practice in Salt Lake City for the last 16 years. He is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Utah School of Medicine, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2002, Ladies’ Home Journal named him the Best Pediatrician in Utah. Dr. Borgenicht lives with his wife, Jody, who has finally learned how to sleep through the night while her husband goes out on calls.
 
Joe Borgenicht is a D.A.D. who frequently telephones his father for advice. He is also a writer, entrepreneur (www.rulegolf.com), and the co-author of The Action Hero’s Handbook, The Action Heroine’s Handbook, and Undercover Golf. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Melanie, and their sons, Jonah and Eli (who still operate at peak efficiency after nearly a decade).
 
Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design, whose work has been featured in many design publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. When Jude was an infant, his owners would often program him for extended periods of sleep mode. Paul’s owners, on the other hand, tried numerous times to return their model, believing his inability to grow hair was a manufacturer’s defect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    what a great idea

    This book for a new mom like me found it very useful and entertaining 'even if you are not electronic savvy'. i use it all the time on questions such as changing from a day sleeper to a night sleeper, now he sleeps thru most of the night. I bought one for a friend that was expecting and also for my sister in law. i recommend it to anyone who has kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review This is so funny! It really does

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    This is so funny! It really does have useful information, but I'm a mom twice over, so nothing in it was news to me. If I were to gift this to someone, it would be the dad-to-be.

    As funny as it is, the graphics catch your eye and the information is laid out in a logical manner. It literally is an instruction book about babies. I think it would take out some of the mystery that usually scares guy silly.

    One of the first things covered is "The Baby: Diagram and Parts List" and it goes on to talk about the head, hair, fontanels, eyes, etc. Just a quick description, but enough to let someone know what's coming. The only thing missing is the fact that they may lactate. Both my boys lactated a few days after birth. Totally weirded me out, thank GOD for Google! lol

    But there are pictures, information, and lots of to-dos to prepare for the baby, how to hold the baby, how to feed the baby. You get the idea. I love that they call the pediatricians "service providers" and parents "users."

    Best advice "Trust your own instincts and intuition." Yes, I really do think this is a good baby book...I mean Owner's Manual.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Fast, easy and helpful

    Bought this for some extra help and insight for my husband with the pending arrival of our first son, but found myself interested in the information too. The book includes several pictures and diagrams that make the information very clear and easy to understand in a quick amount of time. Even now that we have our baby, I've found myself referencing the book a few times just to get another perspective or some ideas on things to be looking for on how to care for our son. Obviously, no book is really an explain-all mystery-dispelling guide to parenting but this gives the basics in a fun, easy to understand way. Probably best for a first-time dad or someone who will appreciate the "mechanical" references to babies.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Well written and illustrated.

    Great book for young couple expecting twin boys.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Bought as gift

    I bought this book for my sister, who is having her first child. She is finding it an entertaining and informative read. The book is laid out so you can read it before giving birth, then you can just look at the table of contents or index to easily find what you're looking for in the future. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    well done and helpful

    this is a great book for first time parents. It is especially good for dads. it is humorous and informative. it also is written in a way that is very easy to understand.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    who says babies don't come with an owner's manual?

    This book gets a laugh every time I've gifted it. As it's written like a car manual, guys love it - it's in their language. Cheeky humor throughout, fun illustrations in instruction manual style, and lots of valuable info. Once in a while the illustrations are a bit too "technical" for us to understand what they are showing, but it makes for good conversation. Highly recommend for any new parent - especially good in a "new dad's survival kit" gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Must Have

    I bought this for my sister-in law and fell in love with it. I had to buy myself a copy. For me it is much easier than any of the other baby books I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thought the information in this book was extremely helpful-I am pregnant with my first, and have not had much exposure to infants in my adult life. The 'owner's manual' approach is somewhat cute, and means that my husband can also use it if need be. I will definitely refer to this book once my baby is born-I don't have any family nearby to rely on for help!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Very Simple Book

    This book seems geared to parents who have never even seen a baby before. It reads like an owners manual to a DVD player and offers only very simplistic, common sense guides for caring for your baby.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Easy to Read and Funny

    I really liked this book. It was given to me when I had my first daughter. Being first time parents my husband and I really like the way the book explained everything. This book was really easy to read and understand. Not to mention that the author took a cute and funny approch to the book. I recommend it to everyone, especially first time parents, it really helped us out to not freak out when we didn't know what to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Factually accurate! Why read 'What to Expect The First Year'?

    Read several books all relating to babies and facts about care. Had read 'What to Expect When Your Expecting,' and 'What to Expect the First Year.' This small book had all the same key facts to it, and didn't contain a lot of stories behind it. We carry it in our diaper bag as a reference. Very funny for those with a sense of humor, and especially great as a gift for engineer types.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Great Book for Dads

    This book is targeted at males, and does a great job of relaying information in terms we can understand. The illustrations are great. Lots of good information here. If you know nothing, this book is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Wonderful for 1st time Parents!

    This book is a quick lookup guide for any new parent. You'll have all of the answers right at your finger tips. It's nice and compact. You can have your little one in one arm and be looking up your answer in the other! What a time & life saver! A wonderful shower gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Great guide for guys

    This book is truly written in a language I can understand,it's like my Electronics manual or the manual to my 240sx. It's filled with information without dragging on and on. The illustrations are hilarious, especially the one of junior feeding himself. My wife and I read this book together. Of all the pregnant and or parent books she's brought home, this is the only one I looked forward to reading or hearing her quote from. I think the book was extremely helpful because it was written for a technical guy like me. Plus my wife laughed her way through it. We both enjoyed it and feel more prepared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    If you like 'The Simpsons' you'll probably find this book funny!

    I saw the size and shape of the book, and thought, 'Hey, that's pretty funny.' I'm a reader, not a 'tinkerer', but the whole book was cute (particularly when explaining why and how to swaddled your baby like a 'burrito'). It was also easy to read during my morning and afternoon bus commutes, and I could just stick it in my backpack when done. I'm recommending it to my buddy, who's wife is due two months before mine. He's a computer and electronics guy, digs 'The Simpsons', and I think he find this book pretty funny as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Gimmick Wears Thin After a Couple of Chapters

    I gave this book to my husband for our baby shower (second baby). I thought he would like it because he loves to tinker with cars and electronics. He did like it at first. Then after a while he said, ¿The idea of treating my baby like a machine really started turning me off.¿ The truth is, he never finished the book. A few months later he got Keeping the Baby Alive till Your Wife Gets Home as a gift from his mom. My husband has now read it twice. He said as far as humorous dad books go, the second book was funny from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    Humorous, entertaining and very useful.

    The book is written as if your baby is a product (therefore the need for this 'manual'). I skimmed through it in the bookstore and found it to be hilariously entertaining. I laughed at the verbage used and the 50s or 60s style pictures and diagrams. I bought it immediately and have enjoyed it very much. Example on writing: 'Before beginning this manual, please inspect your model carefully and check for all of the standard parts described on pages 16-19.' Example of drawings: A circle with an adult holding a baby by the top of the head while the baby dangles with a line through (as if to say 'Do not hold a baby by the top of the head). I found it to by quite humorous. I've laughed out loud reading it. But I must say that this book has very good information on how to raise your 'model' (baby). If you are a new parent or know someone who is a new or soon-to-be parent who has a sense of humor, they will appreciate this book. Louis Borgenicht, M.D., and his son Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D. (more humor) have written a master piece in my opinion. I would enjoy reading this book if my kid was 25 or didn't have any. It's just plain entertaining (but, again, very well organized useful information is found within).

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    Posted December 27, 2009

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