Crib Notes: A Random Reference for the Modern Parent

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Will the baby grow up to be the Dalai Lama? How do you twist balloons into dogs? Which countries offer the best maternity benefits? What are the most common baby names? What does a human face look like to a newborn? Crib Notes is the delightful, illustrated compendium of factsuseful and useless, and always fascinatingabout pregnancy and early childhood. This enchanting volume offers page after page of compelling trivia and practical information, made all the more playful by the juxtaposition of subjects. Growth ...

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Overview

Will the baby grow up to be the Dalai Lama? How do you twist balloons into dogs? Which countries offer the best maternity benefits? What are the most common baby names? What does a human face look like to a newborn? Crib Notes is the delightful, illustrated compendium of factsuseful and useless, and always fascinatingabout pregnancy and early childhood. This enchanting volume offers page after page of compelling trivia and practical information, made all the more playful by the juxtaposition of subjects. Growth charts, nanny salaries by region, ancient and modern gender predictors, bedtime story generators, and information and advice on scores of other topics make this whimsical book completely necessarya shower gift that will bring endless pleasure and the perfect cribside companion.

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Editorial Reviews

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You're holding your baby son in your arms. And like any new parent, you have a question. Could he be the next Dalai Lama?

"Crib Notes: A Random Reference for the Modern Parent" has the answer (he might be, if he has large ears, long eyes or the mark of a conch shell on one palm) and other facts in an enjoyably quirky new book. How do the gestational periods of women compare to other mammals'? We beat rabbits by a wide margin, 226 days to 31, but the Indian elephant trumps every other creature on the list, with 624 days of pregnancy. There are stage directions for "Itsy-Bitsy Spider," a list of Dr. Seuss characters, tips for making a dog-shape balloon and a list of morals taught in Aesop's Fables. ("The Fox and the Goat" teaches kids to "look before they leap.")

"There was no book out there that spoke to the sort of urban and hopefully hip people we were before we got pregnant," says Elizabeth Weil, who compiled the book with Amy Maniatis. "We wanted to put together a list of everything you wanted to know but probably wouldn't look up yourself, from economics and things that were useful to things esoteric and whimsical." The whimsical includes old wives' tales to predict a baby's sex (if a pregnant woman picks up a key by the round end, she'll have a boy; pick up the long end and it's a girl). The esoteric is for the mom who'd like to make her baby multilingual, giving the word for "mother" in 82 languages. And dads-to-be aren't forgotten: they can find out if a girl or a boy is more expensive to raise. -Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811844055
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Maniatis is a creative director of marketing at Gap, Inc., and the mother of Lucy, 4, and Chloe, 2. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Elizabeth Weil is the mother of one-year-old Hannah. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine, among other places. She lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
How to Tell If Your Child Is the Dalai Lama 13
Percentage of Children Born by Day of the Week 14
What's a Second Cousin Twice Removed? 15
What Kids Want to Be When They Grow Up, According to the Junior Achievement Enterprise Poll 16
Old Wives' Tales for Predicting the Sex of an Unborn Baby 17
How to Make a Dog Balloon 18
Projected College Tuitions 20
Formulae for Compound Interest 21
Anatomy of Lactation 22
The Many Careers of Barbie 23
Females, as Males See Them 24
Males, as Females See Them 25
Mean Duration of Coitus in Various Species 26
Directions for "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," 27
Average Number of Sperm Per Ejaculate in Various Animals 28
Average Travel Time of Sperm to Egg in Various Animals 29
Top 10 Baby Names for the Past 10 Decades 30
Fertile Life of Sperm in Various Animals 32
Morals in Aesop's Fables 33
Average Nanny Salaries by Metro Area 34
Days of Gestation for Various Animals 35
Estimated Annual Child Expenses, the First 18 Years 36
Breakdown of Expenses, the First 18 Years 37
Ancient Chinese Birth Gender Predictor 38
Solomon's Wisdom in Judgment 39
How to Tell If You're Having a Boy or a Girl from a Sonogram 40
Child Rulers 41
Basic Genetics 42
Some First Edition Children's Stories and Their Values 43
Names of Young in Various Species 44
A Very Brief Guide to In Utero Development 46
Basic Fertilization 48
Age of Paternity, According to the New Revised Standard Version Bible 49
Some Famous Voices in Animated Films 50
How to Predict Ovulation Without a Kit 52
Economics of Diapering 53
Maternity Benefits Around the World 54
The Fetal Heart 56
Blood Types 58
Grim Fates in Grimm's Fairy Tales 59
The Human Placenta 60
The Finest Stripes a Newborn Can See from One Foot Away 61
Major Newborn Reflexes 62
Top Toys of the Twentieth Century, According to the Toy Industry Association 64
Child Shoe Sizes 67
Yoga Pose to Relieve Shoulder Pain from Carrying an Infant 68
Slang Terms for Pregnancy 69
Ingredients in Powdered Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron 70
Approximate Composition of Human Colostrum, Human Milk, and Cow's Milk (per DL) 71
Names of Dr. Seuss Characters 72
U. S. Birth Rates by Age of Mother 76
Chances of Having a Multiple Birth Using Assisted Reproductive Technology 77
Primer for a Good Bedtime Story 78
Growth Chart (Boys) 80
Growth Chart (Girls) 81
Famous Adoptive Parents 82
Famous Adopted People 83
The Human Family Tree 84
The Male Experience of Pregnancy: Symptoms of the Couvade 85
Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy 86
Fertility and Childbirth Dictionary 87
Greek Gods: The Family Tree 88
Classic TV Show Families 89
Number of Children According to Your Palm 90
Nonpharmaceutical Ways to Induce Labor 91
Anatomy of a Disposable Diaper 92
Word for "Mother" in Various Languages 94
How Labor Progresses: Three Studies 96
APGAR Deciphered 97
Birthing Positions 98
U.S. Patent #405, 600: The Baby Carriage 100
Basic Montessori Principles 101
Birthmarks 102
Waveform of a Baby's Cry 104
Wong/Baker Faces Pain Scale 105
Classic Lullaby Lyrics 106
Diagram of a Skinner Box 110
First Words for a Bowel Movement 111
Carol Burnett on Childbirth 112
Scientific Terms to Describe Crying 113
Diaper Folding Methods 114
First-Year Milestones: A Human Infant vs. a Captive-Born Chimpanzee 118
Caffeine-Induced Organic Mental Disorder 119
Coping Mechanisms: The Four Noble Truths, According to Buddha 120
Methods of Sterilization 121
Some Milestones in the First 18 Months 122
Dr. Arnold Gesell on Infancy 123
How to Analyze Your Infant's Skull: Basic Phrenology 124
Developmental Psychology 101 125
Transition to Parenthood: Total Adjustment Difficulty 126
24-Hour Newborn Day 127
Clinical Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation 128
Profiles of the Breast: Pre- and Post-Lactation 129
Days to Double Birth Weight for Various Species 130
Age Under Which a Child Must Travel in a Car Seat, by State 131
Sample Nanny Contract 132
Sleep Advice 134
The Primary Teeth 136
The Effects of a Boy Child on Marriage and Money 137
Some Child Stars and the Age at Which They Played Their First Major Role 138
Top 99 Words: Percentage of Children Reported Understanding or Producing at One Year 140
One-Month-Olds See No Difference Among These Faces 142
Speech Elements Dictionary 143
Acknowledgments 144
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