Katina Z. Jones (Akron, OH) is a freelance writer and author of several Everything books, including The Everything Get Ready for Baby Book and The Everything Feng Shui Book.
Vincent Iannelli, M.D. (Dallas, TX), is a boardcertified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has been in private practice for eleven years. Dr. Iannelli is also the author of The Everything Father's First Year Book and he has worked on The Everything Get Your Baby to Sleep Book and The Everything Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book.
Katina Z. Jones is the award-winning author of books on a variety of business and lifestyle topics, including Small Business Savvy: A Woman's Guide to Building A Business (co-written with Norma Rist); The Everything Feng Shui Decluttering Book; The Everything Get Ready For Baby Book (now in its second edition); and I Do: Achieving Your Dream Wedding (co-written with singer Jessica Simpson). Katina collaborated on The Total Cancer Wellness Guide: Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis with Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, which won USABookNews' National Best Book of 2007 award in the Health category. A lifelong student of metaphysics, ordained metaphysical minister and former hospice volunteer, Katina lives near Atlanta with her family and a menagerie of dogs and cats, and is currently working on her first novel. She is a member of the Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild (SWAG), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Atlanta Writers Club and is Communications Officer for The Artifice Club, a nonprofit Steampunk and retro-enthusiast arts organization. Katina has been represented by Frank Weimann of The Literary Group International (now part of Folio Literary Management) since 1991.
This book is written in Q&A format with the question being asked or statement being made and then a short 2-3 sentence reply/explaination. It's pretty basic. There are definitely better books out there with more detail like Dr. Sears Baby Book. This book does a good job at promoting breastfeeding, but there are definitely better books with pictures and better explainations like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.
Also this book suggests co-sleeping is dangerous pg. 103. It also tells parents that using controlled crying "cry it out" is ok for up to 10 minutes. They also discuss using the Ferber Method of sleep training. pgs. 108-109 On the flip side they do give a short blurb about Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution".
All in all its really just a collection of short blurbs in reference to all things babies. Not really that much information, no science/research is presented to back-up any claims, no pictures to help new mothers. Not really that good of a book for a new parent.
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I would recommend this book to first-time parents, as well as parents of two or more children. It does have some good information on baby and toddler care. I would not recommend this book if you are looking to create a financial plan or budget for baby, as this book does not provide information on the estimated cost of supporting a baby. A good price, good information, and an overall good buy!
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