Just as What to Expect When Expecting has become the bible for women who are pregnant, this book is destined to be the bible for caregivers. Babysitters, nannies, and even seasoned grandparents can benefit by reading in from cover to cover and then by keeping it within reach as a quick reference guide when needed. It is neatly organized into subjects such as feeding and first aid. The information with each chapters is broken up into age-appropriate categories, from newborns to six year olds. Sidebars throughout add relevant information, such as useful tips on how to encourage a toddler to get dressed. Many common caregiver questions are asked and answered in a friendly, magazine-column style. As convenient as this book will be for parents, it is specifically geared to the sitter and should become the book to have on hand. Parents who use sitters may want a copy of their own as well to leave at home while they are out. A personalized section in the back of the book provides space where parents can fill in information about their child's specific needs, routines, and house rules, along with emergency contact information. Those familiar with the "What to Expect..." books will not be disappointed with this must-haveno caregiver of younger children should be without this resource. 2003, What to Expect, Ages 13 up.
Cherie Ilg Haas