New Basics: A-to-Z Baby and Child Care Guide for the Modern Parent

New Basics: A-to-Z Baby and Child Care Guide for the Modern Parent

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New Basics: A-to-Z Baby and Child Care Guide for the Modern Parent 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me sane in the first few weeks of my daughter's life. It's full of calm and easy to digest advice about all of the things that I was so unsure about. Everything from brastfeeding advice to the proper color of poop is easy to access and even easier to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had terrible advice on breastfeeding. Stick with a book from Dr. Sears, Dr. Jay Gordon or Dr. Jack Newman
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a three-time dad, and I didn't think I'd learn much in another book about baby care, but that Dr. Cohen surprised me. Sure, we already know a lot of this stuff, but I could have used this book when we had our oldest, Jason. It's so clear and concise. Definitely written by a man -- it wastes no time getting to the facts. Is that sexist? Too bad! The New Basics is to the point and on target. This works, this doesn't, here's why, now do it. And don't freak out. My kind of book. Can we have a guide to office politics next? What about care and feeding of wives? Jason's almost 11. What about teenagers? How about it, Doc?
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are lots of unusual opinions in this book. Here¿s a good example: Page 315 says ¿No matter what you may have heard or read, toilet training is unnecessary.¿ He says it¿s a normal part of development and ¿does not require training.¿ Huh? My toddler¿s going to do it all on his own??? He says to let him run around naked at 18 months, buy a potty chair, and when he has to go he¿ll ¿remember this new piece of furniture¿. (Oh, so that¿s where the book cover idea came from.) He thinks dentists and dental care are unnecessary for a baby, advising on p. 320 ¿don¿t bother with toothbrushing until 12 to 18 months¿ while the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to brush at the first sign of a tooth - mine get teeth at 4-5 months old. Under sleep he answers the question ¿When is my baby going to sleep through the night?¿ with ¿Never.¿ That¿s reassuring. Colic ¿ Page 73: ¿As far as I¿m concerned, colic does not really exist.¿ (One of mine had colic, and yes, it does exist!) He says they cry because they ¿never get the opportunity to cry¿ so they ¿cry all the time.¿ I¿m confused... And how to deal with excessive crying? Let her cry herself to sleep. Gas doesn¿t exist either, according to the author ¿Gas is not a sign of discomfort¿ ¿do not give in to the temptation to help Lucy get rid of gas my massaging her belly or pumping her legs or burping her.¿ As a woman who has breastfed my children, and overcome many obstacles I cannot believe the erroneous information this author writes on the topic. He makes plenty of assumptions based on ignorance. He refers to breastfeeding as ¿popular¿ and says that the ideal breastfeeding consultant is ¿your mother or an older sister¿ and says of lactation consultants ¿beyond the expert hand-holding, however, I take a dim view of their professional equipment and theories.¿ (p.48) and the first choice for help is a female family member, but if you don¿t have one ¿hire a lactation specialist to come help out at your house, as long as she leaves her equipment at hers.¿ (Whatever that means, my LCs never had any strange equipment!) He goes on to say that breastfeeding is easy and gives odd advice, for example, if your baby has difficult latching on ¿let her work harder for her meal.¿ (Oh that oughta work!) Under the family bed he says that ¿it¿s a challenge to create a larger family when your family is in your bed.¿ Lots of co-sleeping families have more than one child! William Sears, the most vocal proponent of the family bed has eight children. There¿s an odd disrespectful tone throughout, such as when talking about crooked teeth ¿If Lucy¿s fangs initially erupt crookedly don¿t be concerned.¿ I¿m afraid to read any further. Definitely look for an alternative to this questionable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book covers lots of topics many are simple definitions. Under Flu you'll read about what it is but not what to do if your baby has the flu. The milestone sections are very skimpy and cover information in 3 month age spreads, so there's not a lot of detail. Also, the cover is very strange and got my older boys going with potty jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Cohen is THE pediatrician of choice in Manhattan. And wow, I wish I had this book when I was expecting! Of course, he is now my baby's doctor. It is so simple to read, without insane medical jargon and,aesthetically, a joy to behold. In simple A-Z format, Dr. Michel guides you through with a relaxing and humorous tone. 'Don't worry so much!', he exorts. And this is precisely what a new parent needs. He supercedes all of the other books out there, many of which are so very alarmist and preachy. It's the only book any parent of a baby or toddler needs. Bravo, Dr. Michel! You help keep my family calm and my baby well.