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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439117063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439117064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cohen, a Beverly Hills pediatrician on the Cedars Sinai Medical Center teaching staff, penned this guide during his daughter's first year of life. Neither starchy reference tome nor sentimental diary, the book weaves useful facts and information with Cohen's often comical, personal accounts of being a regular dad who is also a pediatrician (sidebars called Daddy vs. Doctor probe such topics as sleeping through the night, Apgar scores, and birthmarks). In keeping with the book's title, Cohen maintains that three mundane activities—eating, sleeping, and defecating—make up most of baby's agenda. He devotes a good portion of his text to these three subjects, but also delves into a flurry of other concerns, such as vaccinations, why babies cry, and what to do about colic (presenting a viable theory relating to stress). For each issue, Cohen concludes with common sense bottom line summaries, advising parents to stick to the essentials, whether planning a nursery or choosing a pediatrician. Doing what works for one's individual family is what counts—for instance, he counsels moms that breast is best but not to feel guilty if they choose to bottle-feed. Cohen's practical approach is sure to pacify and entertain first-time parents who can easily become overwhelmed by both the joys and challenges of baby's first year. (Apr.)
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Eat, Sleep, Poop should be every new parent’s bedside staple. I would have loved to have this book 3 years ago when my son was born, but I still find it very helpful now! Dr. Cohen has succeeded in bringing readers a comprehensive book of must-have baby information, tips, recommendations, and heartwarming personal stories to help parents and their babies flourish through the first year together. This is the book I will be buying for everyone I know who is about to have a baby.”
--Kim Barnouin, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

“Dr. Scott Cohen has managed to condense everything parents need to know for their baby’s first year into a fun and readable guide. Today’s parents have more questions than ever and Dr. Cohen answers them all in this handy, readable book. I will be recommending this one to parents for years to come.” -- Dr. Jenn Berman, author of SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids

More About the Author

Scott W. Cohen, M.D., FAAP, is the co-founder of Beverly Hills Pediatrics and an attending and active member of the teaching staff of Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he was awarded Pediatrician of the Year in 2006 and the Physician Recognition Award in Pediatrics in 2005 and 2008. He completed his pediatric training in 2003 at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where he was the recipient of the Victor E. Stork Award for continued excellence and future promise in the care of children. He was selected as one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Customer Reviews

The book is a very easy read, and isn't full of information you don't want or need.
C. Burlin
She has a few books from our first child still, but said this one has some new things that she was happy to read about.
Joseph Jenks
Everything most parents will ever need to know about baby's first year, right here at hand.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Fred VINE VOICE on June 16, 2010
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First, allow me: What a great title, no?

Dr. Cohen is a pediatrician who's written what, in my humble opinion, is one of the better books on the market for new parents. He's written it with humor and common sense, but above all, with a certain gentleness that comes from not only being a doctor, but also a new father.

My son is now turning six months old. The first time my wife left me alone with him, I was petrified: what, I screamed--in my head--should I do if he suddenly erupted in a torrent of crying? How do I tell what's wrong with him? Rachael joked that if only she had a flowchart, I could follow the prompts to find out what to do in each case: diaper? Check. Hungry? Check.

Imagine my most pleasant surprise to find that the good doctor--the good man!--has done this very thing for me. That alone is worth the price! Turn to page 147 and see the wonderful "Crying at Random Times" flowchart. There are others that are invaluable to a left-brain (or is that right-brain) engineer like me.

Even reading the table of contents speaks to a calmness, a kind of lessening that parental anxiety: Chapter 1 is titled Prepare--Save the Date. Chapter 2, Welcome--Your Baby Comes Home, further distilled into `The Apgar Score' (yeah, what the heck is that anyway?), Antibiotic Eye Ointment, Cord Care. Chapter 9: Hachooo!--Common First Year Health Concerns. And so on--the chapter on vaccinations is a must-read, it certainly helped me make what I think is the proper decision to not only vaccinate my son but to do so on the suggested schedule.

Each chapter is filled with exceptional, generalized information in clear, non-medical and easily digestible prose.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sitomer on April 1, 2010
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Dr. Scott Cohen has written one heck of a fantastic book. He's like the Dr. Spock for our generation. (The baby guy who wrote all those books 50 years ago; not Star Trek.) His common sense approach to pediatrics takes the hysteria and fear out of being a new parent. I found comfort, joy, humor and love in these pages. An absolutely informative, smart, well-written and easily understandable text that has helped me be a better, more well-informed and confident new parent. BIG THUMBS UP!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Klobas VINE VOICE on July 15, 2010
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For first-time parents, raising their new child can be a frightening experience, as is evidenced by the shelves groaning with how-to books on the subject. Scott Cohen's book is not just the latest addition, it is also one of the better ones thanks to his dual credentials: not only is he a pediatrician, but he also is the father of a baby daughter, which affords him with the opportunity to test longstanding medical advice against the realities of child-rearing. Aiding him in this process is a refreshing degree of humility; Cohen has no qualms about admitting that being a dad is very different from being a doctor, and that even with his training and experience he found it hard to take his own advice.

Cohen channels this knowledge and experience into eleven chapters that offer practical advice for the range of issues parents will face with their newborns. From preparing for the blessed day to dealing with the inevitable illnesses, Cohen explains to his readers what new parents can expect and how best to deal with it. To that end, he synthesizes much of his advice into handy bullet points, checklists, and charts that can aid parents as a quick reference when dealing with these issues. For the most pat he adopts a relaxed approach, explaining when concern is warranted and when a parent's worries can be overblown. All of this is conveyed in a friendly tone aided by a light touch of humor, usually offered at his expense. Such jokes convey what is perhaps the best point Cohen has to offer - that even the best-prepared of us can expect to make mistakes, yet babies are perfectly capable of surviving our occasional mistakes to grow into happy children. It is a lesson I expect I will be reminding myself of as I embark upon fatherhood, and which alone made this book worth reading.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By a2020 on March 24, 2011
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"Eat Sleep Poop" is a fairly concise, quick book. I liked that it's far more information-dense than other baby books I have read, which often seem as though the author needed to pad a pamphlet's worth of information into an entire book. This spans the gamut of child-related topics, and its advice is fairly mainstream, pro-medical establishment. I thought the chapter on the newborn's body, which could have been (but sadly wasn't) titled "why your newborn will be ugly like every other newborn," was full of great information.

Unfortunately, I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the philosophy. Letting babies "cry it out" is more controversial than the author hints; I found it helpful and interesting to see a pediatrician's perspective on it, but am hoping to avoid ever employing his advice. I've been trying to find a fairly unbiased discussion of circumcision and found myself let down here as well; the author immediately dismisses any concerns about sexuality and sensation as the last thing a parent cares about, but I know a fair number of adult men who consider these things fairly important to themselves! The author also cites reduced risks of STDs and other medical problems, but every study I've found done on this involves a very different environment (sub-Saharan Africa) and I would love to see a discussion that actually includes and considers studies done in the US or Europe, if these exist. So, I'll keep looking for that unbiased discussion of the issues. With his necessary equipment list, the author is going to immediately alienate a lot of parents out there I know who don't buy cribs. Having inherited a nice cradle, I am waffling on buying a crib right away and did not find his discussion helpful.
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