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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: 5 x 1.2 x 10 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: #734,483 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ann on June 21, 2005
I bought this book when I was pregnant after reading all the positive reviews here, but I wish I had also paid attention to some of the negative ones, because I actually tried some of the things from this book which the negative reviewers warn against. To start, I thought "sending dad home for the night after delivery" was a great idea, so my husband went home that night. According to Dr. B, newborns just sleep most of the time for the first couple of days after birth, so I sent the baby to the nursery at night as the book recommends, with instructions to the nurse to bring the baby back for breastfeeding if he woke up. Well, the baby was back in an hour and nursed almost continuously through the night!!! I had a very rough night dealing with the physical exhaustion of childbirth and the newness of caring for a baby. The second night my husband stayed and it made a huge difference. My baby fed constantly again, but it was wonderful to have someone to help with little things like bringing the baby over from the bassinet, getting me water, and so on. My suggestion to expectant parents would be to have someone, if not the dad, stay with the mother at night in the hospital to help her as unexpected needs may arise. The lactation nurse at the hospital later told me that it's quite normal for a newborn to cluster feed for the first few days after birth; it's nature's way to ensure that mom's milk comes in. The nurse also said that it's best for a nursing mother to room in with the baby to get used to and respond to her baby's feeding cues. I wish I had known this earlier. This book is not the best for mothers seriously planning to breastfeed. There are more informed books out there on this subject.Read more ›
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