The Baby Rules: The Insider's Guide to Raising Your Parents [NOOK Book]

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Out of the mouths of babes (literally!) comes this indispensable bible of infant-tested, baby-approved tips for perplexed parents who find themselves wondering why their new bundle of joy came with less instructions than their remote control. Who better to provide the real skinny on your baby's first year than the "experts" themselves -- babies who've been there, drooled on that. Here, in simple language so sleep-deprived grown-ups can understand, they've assembled insiders' tips on the first-year essentials for ...
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The Baby Rules: The Insider's Guide to Raising Your Parents

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Overview

Out of the mouths of babes (literally!) comes this indispensable bible of infant-tested, baby-approved tips for perplexed parents who find themselves wondering why their new bundle of joy came with less instructions than their remote control. Who better to provide the real skinny on your baby's first year than the "experts" themselves -- babies who've been there, drooled on that. Here, in simple language so sleep-deprived grown-ups can understand, they've assembled insiders' tips on the first-year essentials for ensuring a safe and happy home: the do's and don'ts of diapering, feeding, nursing and bottle-feeding, bathing, sleeping (and not sleeping!), teething, baby-proofing and much more. Readers will find practical answers to the questions babies have overheard mystified parents utter, including: "Is he crying because he's hurt or he's hungry? How will we ever get her to sleep through the night? When will he start eating more food than he's wearing? Should I worry because she isn't talking yet?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757394515
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jamie Schaefer-Wilson is a former television producer and mother to one girl.

Jo Anne Germinario is a former television producer and the mother of a boy and two girls.

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I'M HERE: AT THE HOSPITAL

I hope you made a checklist to remind you what you'll need at the hospital. Daddy can't be running out to partake in some last minute shopping because who only knows what he'll bring back. Besides, you're going to need his help at the hospital. If you planned ahead you'll find it easier to relax and enjoy the moment. Remember that anything you've forgotten isn't nearly as important as just enjoying the miracle of my arrival.

Weary, weak, worn-out. Does that describe how you feel? It's OK to be tired, you've been through a lot. That's why you have to take every opportunity to get a few moments of shut-eye. You'll feel much better once you catch up on your sleep. I tend to get a little cranky myself when I'm tired—. I know it's hard to believe but it's true.

DIAPERING

Let's start with the basics. If you are using disposable diapers, remember that the tape goes in the back and the pattern goes in the front. (Could they make it any easier?)

I know it's convenient to have baby-oils and powders on the changing table. Did you know some of these items could be harmful to me if I swallow them? Don't tempt fate—keep these things out of my reach because they look like fun and interesting toys to me. Note to adults: Cornstarch can be very harmful if ingested as well as baby oil. Keep them out of my reach.

BREASTFEEDING

I'm glad you're going to breastfeed me because of the many immunities you're passing on. While commercials and movies may make it look like a piece of cake, sometimes it's not, so don't get discouraged: We have a long time to get it right and it's the best thing for me.

Don't wait too long between nursing times or pumping times because you can cause your milk supply to dwindle if you don't express your milk regularly—us babies usually need to eat every two to three hours in the beginning. Think of it this way, breastfeeding is a matter of supply and demand — the more you nurse the more milk you will make.

BOTTLE-FEEDING & EATING

When preparing formula with water, you should use cold water and let the tap run for two minutes. Old water pipes may contain lead and this will lessen the chance of lead contamination. Now I am not saying we have lead in our pipes; I am just saying to exercise caution. A little caution never hurt anyone—not that I know of anyway.

WAIT! Did you test that bottle before giving it to me? You need to shake out a few drops onto the inside of your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. It should be warm—. Not hot! Make sure you shake the bottle before giving it to me. Hey, I'm not asking you to prepare a seven-course dinner. This is a gourmet meal to me.

When I'm starting new foods you need to give me one food group at a time to make sure I'm not allergic. The doctor will guide you through this and tell you which foods and how long to do this but I think you should feed me my veggies first. If you start me off on those yummy fruits then I'll never eat those veggies. If you're going to raise me to enjoy all kinds of foods, you're going to have to outsmart me—if you can!

GAS AND BURPING

When feeding me, it's a good idea to try and burp me approximately every 1-2 ounces. You don't want to see how unhappy I'll be if you give me the entire bottle and then try to burp me. Note: As I get older I will be able to drink more before you burp me. Don't forget to burp me when I've finished the bottle as well.

Sometimes when I'm crying you might rush to feed me, when what I actually need is to burp. If you feed me when I'm gassy it'll only make me feel worse. Let me help you out: "Waaaah!" means I'm hungry. "Waaah!" means I'm gassy. See the difference?

DON'T PANIC

Don't panic if I have a temperature. I am going to get sick. Unfortunately, you are the one who will have to deal with me. If I have a fever, I'm fussy, can't sleep or if I'm too tired, (confusing huh?), call the doctor. The doctor will tell you whether or not to worry. Panicking doesn't help me, I'll recognize that look on your face and then were both done for. Note: You should always call the doctor if I have a fever or you are simply worried about me. Play it safe!

Never lock me in a running car— but if you do by accident— PANIC! (Although you've read this book and you know I should never be left in the car, accidents happen.) Give an extra set of keys to a few different friends or family members or hide a key in the house.

TAKING CARE OF MY PARENTS

Mommy, are you feeling a little strange? I bet you're thinking you should be feeling at ease now that I've entered the world. That's not always the case. You have something raging through you called hormones. These can cause mood swings and postpartum depression. If you are worried about how you are feeling call your doctor immediately.

Even if your hormones aren't affecting you, you might feel like you're having an identity crisis. You've gone from driving a sporty car to a minivan and you've traded your designer bag for a diaper bag. It will take a while for you to adjust to "mommyhood," but you will—and you'll be great.

BATH TIME

NEVER take your eyes off me when I'm in the water. Not unless you see The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, Peter Pan, and Mother Goose all on the same day—and not on or including October 31! Use a lot of caution and always hold me with at least one hand.

Always check the temperature of the bath water with your wrist before putting me in. If you still aren't sure, try your elbow. The water may seem okay when you are filling the tub but, as you know from hot water surges in the shower, anything can happen.

I'M ON THE MOVE

Crawling is a wonderful thing! I get faster every day. It's a whole new world for me and I want to see it. I'm quite the explorer and I'll follow you into every room. It's time to baby proof our home before I get into trouble.

Stabilize all furniture on wheels. I'll use furniture to try and pull myself up, and I hate it when my legs go flying out from under me. It's really hard to recover after that.

Keep me away from tablecloths so I can't pull hot food or liquids onto myself. Once I learn to pull, I will pull everything. A tablecloth looks like a blankie to me and it's simple - I'm going to keep pulling on it until I get it.

PEDIATRICIAN VISITS & VACCINES

The "D" in DTaP is for diphtheria. Diphtheria is a very serious disease. A thick coating forms on the back of the throat, making it difficult to swallow and breathe. A harmful toxin can invade my heart, kidneys and nervous system. The toxin invading these organs can lead to suffocation, heart failure or paralysis. You should know that diphtheria is something called very contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing.

Although diphtheria is a very scary disease you can feel better knowing that only 2-5 children in the United States get diphtheria every year. As there are two sides to every story, you need to know that 50,000 cases of diphtheria recently occurred in Russia. As the world is a very small place, unfortunately in only takes one person to bring this disease a little closer to home. The side effects of the diphtheria vaccine are localized pain, redness or tenderness.

PSYCHOLOGICAL RULES

"You're going to spoil that baby!" Why does every family we know including ours have a relative who thinks a newborn like me can be spoiled? I'm too young to be spoiled. When I cry, it's because I need something like a bottle, a diaper change, a burp or you— I'm not crying for a toy. Newborns can't fool you so don't let anyone think I'm playing games—I don't even know what a game is.

Music maestro—I mean Mother. Some music would be nice as well. If you play some soft soothing music to me then I will appreciate it and it may calm me down when I'm crying. Sing some songs to me as well. I am comfortable with familiarity. When I'm in a new environment or I feel overwhelmed, you might be able to calm me down with a familiar song, saying or toy.

PLAYGROUND SAFETY

Now it's time for me to practice my letters and give you some playground safety tips all at the same time (not bad for a newborn). Let me give you the ABC's of playground safety.

A is for AGE.
Did you know that as of this publishing, there are no playground equipment standards for children under two years old? That means the swings, slides and climbing equipment weren't built for me. They were built for my older friends and siblings. But, for the first time, a standard for play equipment for children ages 4 months to 2 years old will be published in 2004, by the American Society for Testing Materials

(ASTM). For now, I'll share some advice for my older friends and siblings and for you to remember when you take me to the playground when I'm a big kid.

B is for BAY.
Did you know that a park or school should only have two swings for each bay/structure supporting the swing? Old playground equipment will have four swings on a structure. Most kids I know like to walk between the swings or behind them. Make sure that the area is safe. Two swings to an area please!

F is for FALLS.
Falls to surfaces are responsible for more than 70 percent of the injuries in playgrounds. Just remember, when I'm a preschooler, I'll need twelve inches of loose fill for equipment up to six feet in height. Do you know what loose fill is? I didn't either. It's wood fiber, pea gravel, sand or shredded rubber. Don't you remember how painful it was to fall off a swing? If you are thinking of getting me a swing-set when I'm older, please put it over a foot of loose fill.

I is for INJURY.
Did you know that 40 percent of playground injuries are related to inadequate supervision? There's that percent word again. You grown-ups are awfully preoccupied with that word. You should always have your eyes on me when I'm at the playground. Not only do you need to watch for potential hazards such as damaged equipment; you need to watch for speeding targets. Hint: I'm referring to the other children at the playground. The children who loaded up on complex carbohydrates (SUGAR!) just before coming to the playground! You know the kids I'm talking about—the one's who think the playground is the Indianapolis 500.

¬2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Baby Rules by Jamie Schaefer-Wilson and Jo Anne Germinario. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
1. I'm Here: At the Hospital 1
2. Diapering 19
3. Breastfeeding 29
4. Bottle-Feeding and Eating 43
5. Gas and Burping 63
6. Don't Panic 71
7. Taking Care of My Parents 79
8. Bath Time 87
9. Bedtime 97
10. Getting Dressed and Undressed 113
11. I'm on the Move 121
12. Car Safety/Car Seat Safety 131
13. Learning and Playing 143
14. Pediatrician Visits and Vaccines 155
15. Teething 171
16. General Safety 177
17. Kitchen Safety 197
18. Psychological Rules 205
19. Playground Safety 215
Resources/References 233
About the Authors 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Clever and Insightful

    Loved this book as a parenting book. It really is a must read for first time parents as it gives lots of wonderful tips and advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Hard to read

    While the books means well, it is a hard to read collection of informational snipits with little substance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Practical, Fun, Demands Broad Distribution

    I found this excellent book easy to read, succinct and fun while offering sound, practical advice directly from the baby! While it is great that we are able to purchase this book independently, it would be wonderful to have state and federal agencies dealing with parenting education distribute The Baby Rules to the broadest audience as a teaching tool.

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