The About.Com Guide To Baby Care: A Complete Resource for Your Baby's Health, Development and Happiness

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Overview

How do I bathe my baby? How often?

Why won't my baby latch on?

Is this much crying normal?

Should babies sleep on their stomachs or on their backs?

If you're like most new parents, you have no shortage of questions on how to care for your baby. From feeding and nutrition to successful bedtime routines and solving sleep issues, The About.com Guide to Baby Care has the information and advice necessary to make sure baby (and Mom and Dad!) are as happy and healthy as possible. Certified postpartum educator and lactation counselor, and trusted expert to millions of About.com visitors, Robin Elise Weiss is your guide to all the thrills and challenges of parenting for the first time.

This comprehensive guide features reassuring advice on:

  • Bringing baby home from the hospital
  • Solving common breastfeeding issues
  • Getting sleep for baby and mom
  • Monitoring your baby's health and preventing illness
  • Bathing basics from cord care to finding great products

The About.com Guide to Baby Care also includes a month-by-month developmental milestone appendix to walk you through baby's first year of physical, mental, and emotional development.

Every step of the way, The About.com Guide to Baby Care will be by your side to inform, assure, and help you enjoy parenthood to the fullest!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598692747
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: About. com Guides
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Elise Weiss, CLC, CD (DONA), ICCE-CPE, LCCE, FACCE, is the About.com Guide to Pregnancy/Birth and the mother of seven children. Certified by Lamaze International, DONA International, and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Weiss is a certified childbirth and postpartum educator, doula and doula trainer, and lactation counselor. Among her many books is The About.com Guide to Having a Baby. She lives in Louisville, KY.
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Table of Contents


Introduction from Your Guide     ix
Bringing Your Baby Home     1
Your Time in the Birth Center or Hospital     1
Heading Home     2
If You're Already a Mom     6
Managing Visitors     10
Dealing with Family Members and Unwanted Advice     14
A Word about Pets and Your Baby     16
Getting to Know Your Baby     23
The Scoop on Bonding     23
Getting in Sync with Your Baby     25
Talking to Your Baby     27
Reading to Your Baby     29
Conveying Love Through Touch     30
What to Do When You Don't Feel Connected     32
Feeding Your Baby     37
Getting on Track with Breastfeeding     37
Choosing the Right Breast Pump     42
Milk Storage     45
Dealing with Feeding Problems     47
Bringing Your Baby to the Table     49
Diapering: The Dirty Deed     55
Preparing for Diapering     55
Cloth Diapers: Not Just for Environmentalists     58
Disposable Diapers     61
How to Change a Diaper     62
Stuff for Baby Bottoms: Wipes and Creams     64
Forget theDiapers: Infant Potty Training     65
Getting the Sleep You Both Need     69
Solving the Sleep Dilemma     69
Babies Sleep a Lot and Other Myths     73
Bedtime Routines     75
Practical Solutions for Sleep Issues     78
Surviving Sleep Deprivation     81
Your Relationship with Your Pediatrician     85
Choosing a Pediatrician     85
The Importance of Communication     89
Well-Baby Care     91
When to Find a New Pediatrician     92
Handling Medical Emergencies with Grace     95
Keeping Baby Healthy     101
Preventing Illness in Your Baby     101
Monitoring Your Baby's Health     105
How to Take Your Baby's Temperature     108
Signs of Illness     110
Medications to Have on Hand     116
Bath Time     121
Your Baby's First Bath     121
Bathing Basics     122
Tubs and Other Bath Products     125
Ten Cord-Care Tips     128
Bath Safety     130
The World of Baby Clothes     135
It's All about Comfort     135
Having Fun with Fashion      138
Dressing for Seasonal Success     139
Washing and Maintaining Baby Clothes     142
Keep Dressing Baby Simple and Safe     145
Baby Proofing Your Home     149
Different Approaches to Baby Safety     149
Ten Baby-Safety Products You Need     151
Rooms to Baby Proof     156
Baby-Proofing Services     158
Test It Out: Borrow a Baby or Toddler     160
From Slings to Car Seats: Stuff for Your Baby     165
All about Car Seats     165
Highchairs     170
Swings and Baby Bouncers     173
Take a Load Off: Slings and Carriers     175
Your Baby's Sleeping Needs     179
Other Baby Products and Tools     181
Baby Play and Entertainment     187
How Babies Play     187
Being Silly     189
Ten Must-Have Baby Toys     190
The TV Dilemma     195
Playgroups and Classes     197
Out and About with Your Baby     203
Important Travel Tips     203
What's in Your Diaper Bag?     209
Road Trips     211
Air Travel     213
Keeping Control on the Go      214
Child Care     219
Back to Work Versus Staying at Home     219
What to Look for in Child Care     222
Is Day Care the Right Choice?     228
Live-In Help     230
The Occasional Baby Sitter     232
Your Parenting Plan     237
Defining Yourself as a Parent     237
Scheduled or Parent-Led Parenting     240
Let the Baby Guide You     242
Meet Yourself in the Middle     244
Handling Parenting Differences     245
Glossary     249
Developmental Milestones     254
Additional Resources     259
Index     269
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