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From First Kicks to First Steps : Nurturing Your Baby's Development from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Life Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071427864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071427869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Dr. Greene bridges the gap between pregnancy and baby's first year by introducing you to your baby long before your little one arrives in your arms

"I think my late husband, Dr. Spock, would be proud of Dr. Greene's work and his contribution to parenting. And especially he would honor Dr. Greene's relationships with his readers both online and in print."
--Mary Morgan, founder, Dr. Spock Company, and coproducer of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Spock

"This book should be in the hands of all parents. Dr. Greene, a practicing pediatrician, provides lucid, helpful information which answers the questions parents have about their new babies. I am delighted with the contributions Dr. Greene is making to the education of parents."
--Julius B. Richmond, M.D., John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus, Harvard Medical School and former U.S. Surgeon-General

"From First Kicks to First Steps is the "operating manual" that parents have been waiting for, with authoritative, easy, and practical advice for all parents and parents-to-be."
--Linda Neuhauser, DrPH, Clinical Professor of Community Health and Human Development, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

"I wish I could write a prescription for this book for each new parent!"
--Donnica L. Moore, M.D., president, DrDonnica.com and president, Sapphire Women's Health Group

Already a trusted source of advice for millions of parents through his popular childcare website, Dr. Greene answers all your questions from your pregnancy through your baby's first birthday, including:

  • Does a fetus dream? Yes, as early as 26 weeks after conception.
  • How can I get my child to like vegetables? You can start teaching your child to enjoy vegetables with what you eat during pregnancy and while breastfeeding!
  • How soon can I get my baby to sleep through the night? You can start to get your baby accustomed to nighttime sleep while still in the womb.

About the Author

Alan Greene, M.D., is a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Stanford University and the creator of the popular website, DrGreene.com, for which Intel honored him as "The Children's Health Hero of the Internet." His work is regularly featured in national print and he has appeared on national television. He lives in Northern California and has four children of his own.


More About the Author

Alan Greene, MD is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, the President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, on the board of directors of Healthy Child Healthy World and the Organic Center. He is the author of many popular health and parenting books including Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green. He has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America - NOW, and NBC Evening News. Dr. Greene was honored as one of "the 100 most creative and influential innovators working in health care today" and was named the Children's Health Hero of the Internet by Intel. He is the Founder of the pioneering consumer health Web site DrGreene.com that has touched millions of lives since its inception in 1995.

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I loved Dr. Greene's approach to his subject.
H. Trezevant
Although I read this book late in my pregnancy, I would recommend it to any expecting parents!
MorganMom
As I was reading this book, I was amazed how much information this book is packed with!
Jean L.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jean L. on September 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
We're expecting our third child and I picked up this book because I liked the title. I figured almost two years worth of information in one book would be nice since we already kind of know about preganacy and the baby's first year. I wouldn't have to read too much with my busy schedule and maybe get one or two good tips I didn't get before. Was I wrong!

This book is not thin, total 317 pages. And yet, it reads so easy and fast (even considering my first language is not English). As I was reading this book, I was amazed how much information this book is packed with! This book covers not only the generic facts on how your baby grows, but also suggests what you can do as parent(s). It also has many wonderful photos.

Dr. Greene covers physical stuff such as nutrition, but also covers how you act and think may affect your baby. He also covers in detail how the baby develops - very informative and I had to read several passages to my husband. His respect and love for the life also can be felt throughout the book which also increased my own respect, awe, wonder, and love for our third baby.

I love to read and I've skimmed through many books on pregnancy, but this one is the best one and I am reading this thoroughly. This is like an all the best books on pregnancy and first year combined in one!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dana L. Weintraub on August 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
First Kicks to First Steps is a fabulous read and resource for all parents. Dr. Greene not only shares his expertise on "what" to do to give our children the best start, but shares the "why." As a mother and pediatrician, I appreciated Dr. Greene's eloquent writing, thoughtful insights, and humorous stories. I enjoyed every page and look forward to sharing it with family and friends.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Teriena L. Smith on January 21, 2005
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Once I got into Dr.Greene's Book I quickly realized this was a really special book, I was most of the way thru it before i remembered it was susposed to be a dry parenting book. From First Kicks To First Steps was an easy read with many of relevent up to date ideas.

I loved the fact that it is apparent the good doctor really knows what he is talking about, everything from the pro's and con's of disposable vs. cloth diapers to vitamin care for healthy moms to be.

The photo's scattered throughout were beautiful and thought provoking.

In Conclusion, I am really impressed that Dr.Greene's book really seemed to be written for the real mother, this book is indeed my story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Swagel on September 29, 2004
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This book is absolutely essential to any and all new parents, or parents to be. It explains just about everything having to do with pregnancy and the first year of life, without instilling fear in parents. I only wish that the book was published prior to having my two children.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2005
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My husband and I loved reading this book. Usually these books are a little sterile. This one was great fun to read. You can read this book cover to cover, or do as we did and sit at the dining room table flipping to various pages at whim. The book is well written, easy to read, and presents you with the highest science and best thinking from one of today's most prominent pediatricians. We loved it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Trezevant on October 31, 2004
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I found a lot of pregnancy/infant development books to have too much of an agenda in terms of what the author thinks pregnant women and moms should be and do. I loved Dr. Greene's approach to his subject. His obvious love of children and joy in sharing information with expecting and new parents was very comforting. I really enjoyed his explanation of the journey a growing child goes through, beginning with conception. I wish he had been my biology teacher in high school- maybe I would have paid more attention! My husband appreciated the fact that dads aren't left out - there's lots of interesting info that relates to them and lets them know how important their role is. Thanks, Dr. Greene!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Longhurst on January 2, 2005
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As a practicing pediatrician, both patients and friends frequently ask me for book recommendations. Until this book, I had to suggest two or three different titles to cover both pregnancy and the first year of life. Dr. Greene has written an authoritative reference that celebrates your developing baby in a comprehensive but easy-to-understand way, and it is now the sole book I recommend for parents-to-be!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Tallman on December 2, 2004
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I have given this book as a gift to two of my friends who are pregnant. Overall, this book is extremely well written, and I believe every new parent should have a copy. Dr Greene offers practical and loving advice that is not over the top. Most importantly, he makes you feel special to be a new parent and he boosts your confidence in assuming the responsibilities that come with this new role.
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