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100 Things I Wish I Knew in My Baby's First Year: Keys to Making Parenting Easier and Baby Happier (100 Ideas for the Early Years) Paperback – August 18, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: 100 Ideas for the Early Years
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1 edition (August 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155778843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557788436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This collection of notes from two experienced parents (Dean and Gorno have three children together) does not have an expert’s stamp of approval, but that doesn’t mean that its advice isn’t valuable. The book might be best used as a supplement to the numerous—and important—guides on parenting from physicians and other credible sources. Dean and Gorno (who work in sales/marketing and healthcare, respectively) cover everything from the joys of jogging with your baby, to letting your baby cry her or himself to sleep, to teething, to eliminating pacifiers. Most topics get one page, and Dean and Gorno employ the "we" perspective quite often. A considerable amount of their advice addresses partner relationship issues, such as what to do when parents have conflicting views on childrearing. Although this should by no means serve as a parent’s only guide to raising a child—lines like "recent research shows" mingle with more credible sourcing—it’s a personable book that could quell new parent anxiety.
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“This book is not only informative, but fun!” —Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., author of Baby Signs and Baby Minds

“If there was a handbook out there that I would give parents at the first visit, this might be it, except that I would want my name on the cover!” —David Geller, M.D., Practicing Pediatrician, Patriot Pediatrics, Bedford, MA

“An absolute must for all new parents-to-be!” —Patricia W. Stevens, Ph.D. Chair, Counseling and Educational Leadership, Eastern Kentucky University

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Most of the rest of the advice in this book you could get by talking with your friends that have kids.
K. Badham
I've already given several away as gifts, knowing that this book will be a "lifesaver" for many parents of newborns.
Michelle
The topics range from a diaper rash treatment that actually worked for my baby to introducing solid foods.
TC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TC on October 12, 2004
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It is easy to read and contains a lot of really useful information. As a new Dad, I especially liked that it was conversational and not preachy. The topics range from a diaper rash treatment that actually worked for my baby to introducing solid foods. The back of the book contains an appendix with sample schedules for feeding, an awesome babysitter guide that can be easily adapted and some great drawings of sign language signs that you can teach your baby. I highly recommend this book for any parent. This book has made me and my wife's life easier!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Iler on April 15, 2005
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We got this book after reading a review about it in a magazine and it's probably the easiest read of all the parenting books we've tackled so far. Each of the 100 Things are separated into one or two pages of suggestions about how to deal with these issues, so it's easy to pick up for five minutes here and there to read.

The most amazing part to us was that all of the 100 Things were things we had heard our friends struggle with during their children's first year. So even though many of these Things weren't new revelations to us, the suggestions the authors provide at least give some guidance about how to avoid, or correct, these issues. We haven't tested out most of these suggestions, so we can't comment on how well they will work, but it's been comforting to at least have some guidance.

The authors do have a distinct parenting style that I might imagine some people may not agree with, but we liked most of what they had to say. They spend a fair amount of time talking about sleep issues, and do not advocate the family bed technique, so if you plan to do this, you might not find their advice quite as helpful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 13, 2004
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As a mother of a 2 year old who read all the "latest" baby books on the market, I put this one at the top of my list. I feel it consolidates all of the great information you read from the "must have" books into one comprehensive and easy to read book. Looking back, the most important tools I learned during those first 12 months were good sleep habits, a schedule for your baby, and how to make the most of their developmental stages. And the authors of this book incorporate each of these tools and help make it easier for you and your baby adapt to these stages. I've already given several away as gifts, knowing that this book will be a "lifesaver" for many parents of newborns.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Jones on September 22, 2004
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I just received this book as a baby shower present and it is really good. 100 Things I Wish I Knew in My Baby's First Year covers a lot of information. Just their advice on baby quilts and bumpers pays for this book many times over. The book's advice is easy to understand and I was impressed that a pediatrician that teaches at Harvard Medical School so strongly endorses this book. The book doesn't cover every possible medical condition like What to Expect the First Year, but this book is a great book to buy in addition to the thick baby guides like What to Expect. 100 Things I Wish I Knew in My Baby's First Year is enjoyable to read and packs a lot of good information into a book that can be read in a couple of days. The index is also pretty thorough and I've learned some important things that I haven't read in any other baby books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jasoncocobolo on December 25, 2009
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We agree with the "know it all comment" We bought this book thinking it would be cute and offer some advice for things we as first time parents didnt think of. We found the opposite, a know-it-all, arrogant author(s). Some advice I found to be inhumane, uncaring and flat out authoritative which contradicted our parenting beliefs to the core. For instance in one part it said that if you are first feeding the baby and they play with the food or make a mess, end the meal take the food away and "discipline" the child with no more food to teach them a lesson. They will get hungry again. What kind of advice is this??? The kid is SIX MONTHS OLD, and they are suggesting corporal punishment for exploratory behavior and on top of that making food a conditional tool for punishment creating an unhealthy relationship with food already? And there were many more insensitive, uncaring entries along those lines. In fact there were parts that were so over the top that we simply had to laugh them off to keep us from crying with the thought of implementing the advice on our Baby Angel. If you want to be a strict-military-crime-and-punishment-callous parent, this book is perfect for you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on May 18, 2005
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I ordered five books on a babies first year of life, and this is by far my favorite! In fact, my husband is even willing to read this one. Some of the others are more technical, but this one gets right to the point and makes it enjoyable, not taxing, to read. New parents should definatley get this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Badham on July 29, 2007
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This book contains a great deal of commense sense information that repeats what you have probably already read in numerous other baby care books. Some of their advice also directly contradicts advice from our pediatrician. The tone of the book comes across as very "know it all" and I found that frustrating and condescending. Their advice is based on their experience as parents of 3 children and as parents, we all know that we all do things differently. Buy with caution, and follow the advice from your pediatrician first and foremost. Most of the rest of the advice in this book you could get by talking with your friends that have kids.
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