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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889392154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889392158
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

Customer Reviews

Baby 411 is a terrific book.
R. Williams
I would highly recommend this book to new parents.
Melissa K. Patten
The information is very clear and easy to read.
A. Weisler

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on February 24, 2004
I picked up a copy of Baby 411 after one of our patients told me about it. I always try to read what our families are reading so I know what information is out there-which often leads to more phonecalls.
This is one of the funniest, most accurate sources of information on the first year of life that I have read. It also lets the reader walk in the shoes of their health care professional. The section on "why your doctor is always late" was hilarious and so true. I also found the sections on good times to book an appointment and information to have on hand when you call the afterhours line just priceless- No one ever tells you this type of stuff when you have a baby and make frequent trips and phonecalls to the pediatrician.
But that is just the beginning. The book manages to cover virtually all of the medical topics that parents encounter in the first year of life. It takes fairly difficult concepts and makes them easy to understand.
I have no doubt that families who buy this book will have fewer phonecalls and trips to the doctor's office. For instance, parents almost always call in about their newborn's acne that crops up at about 4 weeks of age. Baby 411 prepares parents for this so they don't have to worry when it occurs. It also has great pictures on their website like newborn acne, diaper rashes, roseola, etc. I always hoped a book would come with color pictures.
I also found the breastfeeding section very informative. It includes a day to day guide for the first week with a newborn with many practical tips.
I will definitely recommend this book to parents in our practice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristi on February 23, 2004
Okay, I need to write a review of this book because I want everyone else out there to know there IS a baby book that covers everything parents want to know about. As a new parent, I have bought books about health, sleep, development, nutrition, etc because I could not find a book that covered these topics in any significant way, with the detailed info I was looking for. The books that I bought that were supposed to 'cover it all' like What to Expect didn't give enough info on any one topic. I also found it hard to find what I was looking for because of the way the book is arranged.
I loved Baby 411. It really covered all the bases. The chapters are organized by topics and they cover the biggies: sleep, nutrition, development, vaccines, common illnesses, infections (and when it's okay for my child to go back to daycare). And each topic is really thorough and takes you through the entire first year-explaining how your baby adapts and changes-and how parents need to adapt with their baby. I particularly liked the nutrition section which was divided by liquid nutrition, solid nutrition, and general issues. No other book gave me the details like how much volume of formula/breast milk a baby takes in (it's based on weight). It also gave me the info I was looking for regarding introduction of solid food-how much, how often, when to offer the more risky allergy foods.
I thought this book was terrific and will recommend it to all my friends.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sidney B. Seidman, M.D. on September 17, 2003
During my 35 years of Pediatric practice, I have not read a more practical and user friendly reference. The format enables the parent of young children to quickly find answers to the questions that they might be too embarrassed to ask their pediatrician. It will be the book you will go to first when questions arise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2004
I am a pediatrician and this is one of the most unique baby books I have ever read. I applaud the authors for making extraordinary efforts to take current trends in pediatric healthcare and explain them to parents. A great deal of medicine and science is not black and white. It's gray. This book tackles those gray zones and allows interested parents to understand what goes into the decision making process for their infant's medical care. Despite the depth and complexity of information, the book engages the reader with its conversational style making it very easy and enjoyable to read.
The authors express their opinions on various medical issues and I would agree with a majority of their advice. It adheres to what I would consider standard of care in pediatric medicine.
The book's website is also informative. It provides an avenue to keep parents updated on children's healthcare news.
I have been recommending Baby 411 to families in my practice and it has been well-received.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2004
This is the perfect baby book. It has really helped me figure out what is going on with my baby. She had really bad reflux and I felt so helpless about what the problem was and what to do about it. Baby 411 walked me right through it and gave me lots of practical tips. My doctor's advice was very similar, but the book gave me more info and made me feel better that this was another thing that would get better with time and it did. I also like that I can find answers to what I am looking for very easily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2004
Baby 411 is the ultimate owner's manual for babies. As a mother of infant twins, I have read MANY parenting books. None holds a candle to this one. Most books, like the What to Expect series, are wishy washy and don't really give you the answers you need at 2 am when you are afraid or embarrassed to call the doctor and too worried about your baby to go to sleep. I honestly have yet to find a question that has not been answered in this book. It's like the authors have read my mind! I buy this book for all of my expectant friends.
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