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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 [Paperback]

by Steven P. Shelov, Robert E. Hannemann
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

June 1, 1998 0553379623 978-0553379624 Revised
The organization that represents the nation's finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child care answers all your medical and parenting questions.  Here is sound, reassuring advice on child rearing that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child's self-esteem.  

Here, too, is an indispensable guide to recognizing and solving common childhood health problems, plus detailed instructions for coping with emergency medical situations.

Comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child includes:

Basic care from infancy through age five
Guidelines and milestones for physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth
A complete health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses, congenital diseases, and other disabilities
Safety checks for home, outdoors, and car
A guide for choosing child-care programs
A discussion of family issues from sibling rivalry and adoption to stepfamilies and working mothers
And much more

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child is an essential child-care resource for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their children--and the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust.

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State-of-the-art advice for mothers, fathers, and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics

More than one million copies in print--completely revised and updated

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State-of-the-art advice for mothers, fathers, and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics

More than one million copies in print--completely revised and updated

Product Details

  • Series: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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255 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reassuring, well-written book for all parents August 24, 2000
By gr6120
During the months that my wife and I were eagerly anticipating our first child, I set out to find a few informative books to educate and prepare myself for fatherhood. Although the task was daunting given the huge variety of available titles, I was finally able to narrow it down to three books, including "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5."
From the start, this reassuring, warmly-written book proved an excellent choice. The tone is conversational but intelligent, and the book informs without being pushy, patronizing or condescending. The information contained is up-to-date and presented neutrally. Also contained are supplementary "Where We Stand" sections, which outline the opinions of the American Academy of Pediatrics (the organization that compiled the book) for further reader consideration. In addition, a helpful 225-page section at the back of the book deals with a variety of important topics including emergencies, behaviour, family issues, immunizations, and assorted developmental concerns.
As a new parent with endless questions and apprehensions, I welcomed the detailed month-by-month explanations of what to expect developmentally after birth (the book covers up to age five). Further, I was delighted to discover from the first chapter that the authors clearly love children and working in the pediatric field. This is quickly apparent from the way that children and parenting are discussed.
My son is now three months old, and I enjoy browsing ahead through the book for a sense of what to expect in the days and years ahead. Overall, this title is to be highly recommended for its good humour, clarity, informative content, and celebration of the very reason it was written--our children.
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The index is what sets it apart December 7, 2000
We have a lovely six-month old daughter, and have been using this book constantly since she was born. The other books that we liked were the "Girlfriend's guides" but this has a lot more detail, and I feel that it covers a lot more basics. My wife relies heavily on her mother, and a Russian version of Dr Spock, but we tend to leave the final decision to the American Academy.
What I really like about this book is that the index is large, and easy to use. So if I look up "rash" there are cross-references to all the various sorts of rash that might appear. Someone has put in a lot of time to make sure that a panicked parent can go straight to this index, and find the key part of the text.
The content is very much aimed at the "average" child. This is good in a way, as it does not worry you with rare ailments, and tells you to go see a doctor if there is anything out of the ordinary. So you get advice on dealing with the more common, middle of the road stuff by yourself, but if, God forbid, something more rare comes up, they send you to the doctor. Fair enough - no one wants a lawsuit for giving advice on a patient that they haven't seen, and every child is unique.
The other thing that is surprising is that the milestones seem to be late - our daughter seems very early compared to the guidelines in this book, as do other children her age. So it may be that they consciously say that you should expect your child to do something later than they actually do, to avoid people panicking if their child develops some skill later in life. This looks like it would be unavoidable in a book that is trying to be applicable to a group that is as diverse as small children.
Anyway, this book has been very helpful to me as the father of a young child, and I hope that your mileage is the same as mine.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a useful book from such a stodgy source! :) December 16, 1999
By A Customer
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This book is just full of useful information and it's presented in a clear and helpful way. First, a month by month guide to infant development and psychology. Then some helpful sections on child proofing your home and finally a large and valuable section on health issues and emergency care. I didn't expect the AAP to write such a handy and easy to read volume.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound, Gentle Guidance for the first five years June 24, 2003
By A Customer
This comprehensive guide is a parent-friendly reference book that I highly recommend to new moms and dads. Anxious parents welcome kind support and easy to understand facts so that they can become more confident in making the many necessary decisions regarding their children. "Caring For Your Baby and Young Child; Birth to Age Five" is conveniently formatted and offers an abundance of helpful, sound information addressing the many questions and concerns that arise during the early years. It is especially helpful in explaining common health issues thereby often relieving a worried parent on the spot about those many wonders and fears that occasionally come to mind. Although this book covers a wide spectrum of information, I noticed that the advice relating to discipline strategies and child development insights for the 2-to-5-year-old isn't as extensive as the medical information or the specific infant behavior suggestions. I would like to also recommend another helpful reference book to fill that need. "The Pocket Parent" is a troubleshooting A-Z guide focusing on challenging preschool behavior and is written in the same friendly, non-judgmental style as "Caring For Your Baby..." Parenting, especially in the early years can feel scary, lonely, and quite frustrating. These two books are very compatible, having the same underlying positive perspective and philosophy for raising healthy, happy children. Keep them handy whenever you need some fast answers, strategies, or just a little 'verbal hug' to reassure you that you are not losing your mind and that everything is going to be OK.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be more user friendly
I like the idea but, it's difficult to find what I'm looking for when I need it. I would recommend it, it has great information for any parent.
Published 9 months ago by Crystal A Yoakum
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Published 16 months ago by steven c trollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for Wifey
Actually bought this book for my wife. She loves the information that is in it. Other than that, I know nothing about the book. If the wife is happy, I'm happy. :)
Published on June 21, 2011 by Vaxene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to have at home.
This book is a lifesaver for new parents. So many times, before calling the pediatrician, I'd go to this book first, and it would ease my worries. Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by B.V.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disorganized and Inconclusive
I received this book free from 'Publix Baby Club' and was disappointed by its layout and language. I love to read and wanted to be sure I knew all that I could about infant care... Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by Sandra Solstice
4.0 out of 5 stars good info
I received this book as a free gift when I signed up to publix kids program since then I have boought copies and gave them away. It is a great refernce and is easy to use. Read more
Published on August 2, 2007 by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
This is a MUST HAVE REFERENCE for parents, babysitters, daycare people, etc. The first part is organized by newborn care, 2-3 months old, etc. Read more
Published on March 31, 2007 by O. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars good how to
I really liked this book. It goes through stage by stage for babies (birth -3 months then 3-4 months and so on) and then year by year. Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by Wendy Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference!
This book is a great reference tool. I'm definitely glad I purchased it. However it addresses a number of months at a time (ie, one chapter is dedicated to children ages 4-7... Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by P. C. Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! Especially for new parents.
I originally bought this book over eight years ago and I still have it. Then bought one for my sister for her little one. Read more
Published on November 8, 2005 by JB
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