Gentle Baby Care: No-Cry, No-Fuss, No-Worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby

Gentle Baby Care: No-Cry, No-Fuss, No-Worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby

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by Elizabeth Pantley, Harvey Karp

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From the bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution--everything parents need to know during their baby's first year

Gentle Baby Care provides immediate answers to the daily questions that arise when caring for a baby. Written by bestselling author and parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, this valuable guide includes information and


From the bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution--everything parents need to know during their baby's first year

Gentle Baby Care provides immediate answers to the daily questions that arise when caring for a baby. Written by bestselling author and parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, this valuable guide includes information and practical tips to allow readers to choose the gentle, loving solutions that best suit their parenting style and their baby. Gentle Baby Care provides more than 1,000 practical tips and solutions to the everyday issues that arise during a child's first year, including:

  • Colic

  • Teething

  • Colds

  • Sleep

  • Diaper rash

  • Independent play

  • Traveling with baby

  • Developmental milestones

“As a new mother, there were many times when I wished my babies came with an instruction manual. Now they do--in the form of Elizabeth Pantley's Gentle Baby Care, the best "baby instruction manual" I've read. Elizabeth guides the new parent through the ups and downs of baby parenthood with her usual nonjudgmental gentleness and warmth. Its easy-to-read format is great for those emergencies when you need information in a hurry. I'll be recommending this book to all of our new parents.”

--Maribeth Doerr, Editor-in-Chief,

“A trusted handbook for parents. It offers practical, well researched advice on health, safety and developmental issues as well as lots of gentle support and guidance for parents on the many choices they must make during the first year with a new baby.”

--Joan K. Comeau, PhD,Director & Editor, Family Information Services

"Elizabeth Pantley has done it again...provide parents with a valuable tool to help overcome the challenges that accompany the joys of being a mom or dad. Gentle Baby Care puts everything a parent needs to know at their fingertips in an easy to use reference system. The book is organized in a way that takes you to the answers you need and refers you to additional topics related to the subject, eliminating the need for busy parents to flip back and forth from index to chapters. Every mother should have two copies of Gentle Baby Care--one for herself and one for her caregiver, mother-in-law or spouse."

-- Maria Bailey, CEO, BSM Media, Founder,, Smart Mom Solutions, and Host of Mom Talk Radio

"An encyclopedia of childrearing advice and information with practical tips on crying, sleep, discipline, baby milestones and much, much more. Elizabeth's soothing advice will help both new and seasoned parents relate to the newest member of the household! "

-- Betsy Gartrell-Judd, Editor,

"At last, the perfect resource guide for new parents. Gentle Baby Care is informative, easy to follow, and well organized. Parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley has gathered a wealth of information and valuable resources."

-- Lori Lee Helman, mother of two and owner of Mommas Baby (

"Gentle Baby Care is an impressive resource guide for every parent new and old! It contains in-depth information that covers baby-care basics plus unique yet equally important topics, such as handling overzealous grandparents, dealing with your baby's crying in a car seat, and keeping your baby quiet during worship services. The added tips from experienced parents are great--tried-and-true ideas from the trenches! Spread the work about this helpful and supportive new resource manual that will benefit every parent and caregiver."

-- Andrea Grace, president, Mommy and Baby Fitness, Inc.,

“The first year of life is filled with worry for many parents, and Elizabeth Pantley offers expert advice for them in a nonjudgmental and, most important, supportive way. This book’s format also enables a new parent to quickly access vital childrearing information in their most anxious times. I highly recommend this book to new parents, and am envious that I did not have my hands on a copy during my son’s first year.”

-- Gloria Perez-Walker, Founder, Latina Mami

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McGraw-Hill Companies, The
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Pantley Series
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First Edition
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7.40(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.69(d)

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Pantley is a parent educator and president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She is frequently quoted as a parenting expert in such magazines as Parents, Parenting, Working Mother, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook.

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Gentle Baby Care: No-Cry, No-Fuss, No-Worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gentle Baby Care gives information on hundreds of topics. Each topic begins with a question, this is followed by general information in a ¿Learn About It¿ section, which is generally brief and concise. This is followed with more specific solutions, checklists, charts and such. And finishes with a list of websites and books as additional resources. An example is the entry on ¿Colic¿. It begins, ¿My baby is very fussy and cries a lot, mostly at the end of the day. Does she have colic?¿ The Learn About It area defines colic and describes the known causes. This is followed by ¿Can Colic Be Prevented?¿ which explains health issues that can cause crying, and also tells what is known about colic prevention. The next part ¿Things That May Help Your Baby¿ gives a long bullet list of many ideas that may help your baby feel better and stop crying. As is typical in the book, there is yet another section called, ¿Tips for Coping¿ which gives tips on how YOU can handle this difficult time. Next comes, ¿When Should I Call the Doctor?¿ with a bullet list to guide you on when you should be concerned. The last section, ¿For More Information¿ guides you to several books on the subject, if you want to get into more detail. The layout of this book allows for a quick yet thorough examination on topics that may arise during the first two years such as Bathing, Burping, Car Seat Crying, Constipation, Diaper changing (tips, choosing diapers, and what to do when your baby doesn¿t want to be changed), Fever, Food allergies, Grandparents (both overzealous and reluctant), Immunizations, Massage, Milestones, Sleep (fabulous sections on this topic!), Travel, Visiting, Weaning. These are just a few examples. I highly recommend this book as one to keep handy for the first two years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The advice is practical and seems to speak to 'real' parents of 'real' babies -- and has about it a gentleness and true regard for both. As far as the a-z format, it works for me much better than one based on chronological development, because so many of the topics covered span different time periods with different babies. If you've read any of Dr. Sears' books, they complement each other very well. In another recent book of hers I read ('No Cry Sleep Solution'), Pantley writes, 'Dr. Sears is my parenting hero.' A parent who's interested in informing her- or himself would do well to buy books by both authors. Each author serves to illuminate the message of the other...i.e., different words, similarly great approach. This book is chock full of helpful tidbits. You won't regret reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very informatable. Every topic is situated in the index, very simple to look up a certain bit of info and advise if needed. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to find solutions to your babys needs, but it can get overwhelming at times. It's good to have a reference such as this book to get you through the first years. I would consider it to be the encyclopedia of baby books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading through 'Gentle Baby Care' and found myself wishing that I had had it during the early days of caring for my son (he's 2 now.) This book covers similiar ground to Dr. Sears' 'Baby Book' but the format is more user friendly especially if you are sleep deprived and frazzled. All the topics are listed alphabetically in the table of contents making it a breeze to find the information you need without wading through other topics. Each topic itself is laid out so clearly and concisely that even in the earliest, dizziest days of mothering I could have followed along. Finally, Ms. Pantley's attitude towards both babies and parents is so warm and loving, it makes for a soothing and reassuring read. This is a great shower gift for a new mom or dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a busy mother of three and I love the ease of use in this book. Typical and unusual topics are covered with quick, complete information. I've looked up Fever, Vomiting, Unwanted advice, Pets and baby, Talking, Ear piercing, Attending worship service with your baby, Homemade babyfood, and Eye Color. Other interesting sections include a quiz to help you decide whether to use cloth diapers or disposables, and a nifty chart on determining the case of a rash, and another chart on helping you choose the right car seat. Very handy to have on the counter for everyday tips.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful reference book is easy to read. I have to say that when I am reading baby care books, I get bored, and tend to push the books at the back of my bookshelf. Not this book though! I kept reading! Even though I don¿t have to worry about my daughter in a ¿Circumcision Decision¿, I still read it that section because I found the book interesting and full of information. I highly recommend this book to any parent-to-be. It¿s best to get this as one of your pregnancy books just to see what¿s ahead and be prepared from when things do happen. I also found that if you don¿t know your baby is suffering from Separation Anxiety, you¿d look at the back of the book in the index under crying, which is a big part of separation anxiety, you¿ll find that the crying index points to separation anxiety as well as other reasons for your baby to cry. (Just thought I¿d point that out.) I have to say Elizabeth Pantley has done it again! Having a mother write a book let¿s you know that she knows what she¿s talking about because she¿s been there, done that. Thanks for the great read Elizabeth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just like any other baby book, except it is organized in a very annoying way. You have to really hunt around to find the information you want. Not a good choice for busy moms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers all the standard topics in most baby books, (standard milestones and health issues) and it also adds information on more hard to find but important topics like: -how to deal with a mother-in-law or friend who criticises you or gives you too much unwanted advice -how to stop your baby from crying in the car seat -how to handle an overnight visit when you take your baby -how to introduce the family pet to the new baby -how to enjoy a restaurant meal with your baby there -how to pick the right car seat, stroller and swing -how to figure out what your baby's rash is - there's a chart -how to raise a vegetarian baby These are just some of the things that are covered. There's so much in this big, fat book I can't believe they sell it for such a low price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally!! A user-friendly 'I need help right NOW' book! This wonderful gem is chock full of expert advice. When my baby is teething and inconsolable, a quick flip through the book to 'teething' gives me the concise, immediate answers I need and the expert advice that I'm looking for. When your crying baby refuses a bottle while you¿re weaning him from the breast, and your toddler is tugging at your sleeve¿you¿ll thank your lucky stars for having the quick help at hand, rather than having to read volumes to get to your answer. A book no busy parent today should be without. Wonderful!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers absolutely, positively everything you'll deal with the in first year or two of raising your baby. Every topic is covered clearly and quickly without a lot of extra filler. The alphabetical arrangement makes it quick and easy to find what your looking for, and the index is very complete. The author deals with all the topics with an underlying message of love and connection. Fabulous!