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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 13, 2008
It covers all the important bases, but this book doesn't have the authoritative tone and depth of the classic childcare books such as Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care or Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach. As an additional volume though, it's just fine.

The book has a whiff of cheap about it. The unsophisticated design incorporates no color photographs (the Leach book above has over 350) and less than a dozen black and white images.

The advice, however, is sound. Throughout the book are boxed "Need to Know" items on topics such as the steps to administering medicine to a baby and when to call the doctor.

Here's the chapter list:

Part 1: Before Baby's Born
* Becoming confident parents
* Making confident first choices
* Essential equipment for provisioning your baby

Part 2: Baby's Here!
* Zero to three months
* Three to six months
* Six to nine months
* Nine to twelve months

Part 3: Exceptional Circumstances
* Multiple births
* Preemies and other special needs
* The adopted baby

Part 4: Tidying Up: Resource Guides
* Growth charts
* Immunization schedule
* Common illnesses and ailments in babies
* Meningitis
* Emergency first aid for children under one
* First aid kit
* Toys for the first year
* Useful resources
* Baby log
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2008
I just got this book a couple of weeks ago. Already I have implemented a feeding routine for my 3 month old. He is taking to it wonderfully. I have also read great advice on different issues, such as crying, nap times, etc. What is wonderful is that Jo breaks the age groups up so that you can tailor your parenting to that age group. I was so glad to recieve the book while he is still young, so that I may implement the different routines (feeding, sleep, play time) as he grows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2008
Jo Frost does it again......she is great at what she does. She gives you all the info you need and writes it in ways that makes you feel like she is talking to you in person. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I recommended it to family members and friends that are expecting and those who are not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
Another great book from the super nanny! If you are having a baby, you should buy it, since it covers all the important matters regarding the subject from newborns to toodlers. It provides detailed instructions and useful tips for making your home a safety and healthy place for the baby, how to create and follow a daily routine for the baby and the family, how to set up your expectations about what's gonna come with the baby's arrival, how to feed them, bath them, taking care of them (and you) and so on. She shares expert advice on the subject that I think every new parent should know about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
I'm a first timer; and she tells you before you even get into when baby arrives, what you need, what you really don't. Painting the baby's room, what to look for, so far I've found this invaluable. I was a SuperNanny fan before true, but this book answers questions that I have before my happy arrival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
Jo Frost breaks everything down by month and is very organized and clear. Her advice is reassuring and takes a lot of guess work out of why recommendations are what they are. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a clear and authoritative book on infant care.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2008
I gifted this book to my sister, Aimee' (first time mom), and not only did it arrive the next day when I only paid for regular shipping, but it made all of baby's sleeping problems go away. Aimee' can now sleep through the night EVERY night. Using techniques in this book is like taking a sleeping pill... definitely a good thing for any mom out there!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
I love that it gives answers to questions a new mom with little baby experience has. It talks a lot about the feelings and emotions you will go through and how to overcome them. She truly describes the desires of a mothers heart.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2008
I liked the way this book was organized, and found the illustrations useful. Joe Frost's no-nonsense approach to child care makes her a favorite in this family, and I gave her book to my daughter who is expecting her first child in December.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2012
Firstly, I have enjoyed Jo Frost's TV show for some time. I agree with her on every level when it comes to child care and behavior. When I found out we were expecting, I became even more interested in her parenting advice. This book contains far more information than I initially thought it would. There is a chapter on EVERYTHING that you will need to know for your baby's first year. From preparing for the hospital to feeding to sleeping arrangements to immunizations to routines to care to socialization to health concerns, even multiples and babies with special needs. I know this will be my go-to book for the months to come. Thank you Jo Frost for putting so much wonderful information into a book for us (soon-to-be) new moms!
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