The Mother of All Baby Books

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Just had a baby? Relax, lie down and breathe a sigh of relief. The Mother of All Baby Books has arrived! From the author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, comes the guide that all new parents have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. The Mother of All Baby Books is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with your new bundle of joy. Packed with important advice and insider tips to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby, this comprehensive, refreshing ...
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Overview

Just had a baby? Relax, lie down and breathe a sigh of relief. The Mother of All Baby Books has arrived! From the author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, comes the guide that all new parents have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. The Mother of All Baby Books is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with your new bundle of joy. Packed with important advice and insider tips to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby, this comprehensive, refreshing guide is an excellent resource for first time or even experienced moms and dads. Warm and delightful, The Mother of All Baby Books offers a wide range of topics including basic childcare, nutrition, health, and physical, emotional, and social development. Inside you'll find the facts about sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, circumcision, and immunization issues, as well as charts and tables to bring you up to date on the latest information, a handy glossary of baby-related terms, and insider secrets on shopping for baby. Get the inside scoop on how to handle colic, diaper rash and all those pressing questions that have you pacing the floor at 3 a.m.! With an extra-added dose of reassurance, discover what it's really like to become a parent in this bible to babyhood and beyond!
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* "Babies don't come with instruction manuals.' Well, Ann Douglas'The Mother of All Baby Books is the next best thing! Coveringeverything imaginable — from newborn care and bathing basics tobabyproofing your home and coping with sleepless nights — thisvaluable resource gives you lots of ways to nurture this amazing newperson in your life while still keeping your sanity. Ann's wiseideas, researched information, and real-life tips will help you makethis time even more magical and memorable." - ePregnancy magazine — July 2002
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641766534
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Mother of All Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Douglas is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby and Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. She is also the author The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, Americanized edition publishing in January 2002. In addition, she is the author Before You Were Born: The Inside Story and Baby Science: How Babies Really Work, a recent Book of the Month Club selection for both Canada and the U.S.A. She is a regular contributor to Canadian Living and CANOE.ca. Ann is the mother of four young children, and has been through a variety of pregnancy-related experiences, including infertility, miscarriage, and stillbirth.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Your Pre-Game Plan 7
Planning Your "Babymoon" 9
Decisions, Decisions 16
Chapter 2 The Final Countdown 35
What You Can Do Ahead of Time to Make the First Few Weeks Less Crazy 36
The Last Hurrah 54
Chapter 3 Baby Gear 101 59
Decorating Your Baby's Room 59
Getting the Best Deals on Baby Equipment 63
The Necessities Versus the Frills: What Your Baby Really Needs 70
The Diaper Dilemma 91
Clothes Call 93
Other Bits and Pieces 97
To Thine Own Self Be True 97
Chapter 4 A Star Is Born 101
Meeting Your Baby 101
Getting to Know Your Baby 104
What Newborns Look Like 108
What to Expect If Your Baby Is Premature 120
Baby Geniuses 123
The APGAR Test 126
The Newborn Exam 128
How Long to Stay in the Hospital 145
Leaving the Hospital Without Your Baby 148
Chapter 5 Your Postpartum Body 151
After the Birth 152
Your Postpartum Body: What to Expect 155
More Than the Baby Blues? 170
Getting Back into Shape 174
(Is There) Sex After Baby? 179
Chapter 6 The Truth About Newborns 203
What Babies Know 204
The Sleep Department 208
The Crying Game 220
Could It Be Colic? 223
Chapter 7 Bosom Buddies 231
The Joys and Challenges of Breastfeeding 233
Trends in Breastfeeding 237
The Science of Breastfeeding 238
Getting Breastfeeding Off to the Best Possible Start 241
Your Biggest Breastfeeding Questions Answered 247
Troubleshooting Common Problems 280
Breastfeeding Under Special Circumstances 294
Formula-Feeding 301
Pacifiers: Friend or Foe? 309
Chapter 8 The Owner's Manual 313
The Care and Handling of Babies 314
The Dirt on Diapers 314
Caring for a Circumcised Baby 322
Umbilical Cord Care 323
A Baby for All Seasons 324
Nail Care 327
Dental Care 328
Dressing the Part 332
Bath Time Basics 334
Infant Massage 340
Chapter 9 Baby Boot Camp 343
The Top 10 Reasons Why the Early Weeks of Parenthood Are Such a Challenge 344
Chapter 10 What's Up, Doc? 363
How Often Should Your Baby See the Doctor? 364
The Facts on Immunizations 365
About the Chickenpox Vaccine 372
How Will I Know if My Child Is Sick? 374
More about Fever 378
Coping with Common Childhood Illnesses and Infections 390
Caring for a Sick Baby 427
Reducing the Risk of SIDS 432
Babyproofing 101 435
Safety on the Road 448
When Plan A Fails 450
When a Baby Dies 451
Grieving the Loss of Your Baby 459
Chapter 11 Food for Thought 465
On Solid Ground 466
Health and Safety Concerns 474
Making Your Own Baby Food 476
Tricks of the Trade 479
Chapter 12 The Working Parent's Survival Guide 481
Deciding Whether or Not to Work Outside the Home 482
Choosing Child Care 487
Breastfeeding and Working 493
The First Week Survival Guide 499
Chapter 13 The Incredible Growing Baby 505
Baby Geniuses 507
Feeding Your Baby's Brain 524
Growing with Your Baby 528
Appendixes
Appendix A Glossary 531
Appendix B Directory of Organizations 541
Appendix C Web Site Directory 563
Appendix D Statistics at a Glance 571
Appendix E Recommended Reading 581
Index 585
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