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Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby's First Year Paperback – September 1, 2011

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"Without a doubt, Baby 411 is definitely among the best books ever written for parents and caregivers regarding the appropriate and very logical approach to infant and child care. It is cleverly written, easy to understand, well organized, and often extremely humorous. Parents, grandparents, and anyone responsible for the rearing and day-to-day care of children should have this book available as a ready resource. I do!"

-Jan Drutz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

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You are having a baby! Congratulations! Now, the reality hits you—what the heck am I doing? What if you could bottle the wisdom of all those parents who've come before you . . . and mix it with the solid medical advice from an nationally-renowned pediatrician? Baby 411 is the answer! Think of it as the ultimate FAQ for new parents. Inside you'll learn:

  • How to pick a pediatrician with savvy questions to ask and insider tips.
  • Sleep. The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night.
  • First aid—when to worry, when not . . . and what to do when baby gets sick. No-nonsense, down-to-earth advice you can trust.
  • Fussy baby 411. Is it colic? Acid reflux? Or something else? Discover the secrets to soothing a fussy baby.
  • Detailed nutrition info with a step-by-step guide for successful breastfeeding, introducing solid food and the ‘‘new and improved'' formulas. Plus: simple steps to avoid food allergies!
  • Is my baby normal? Learn how your baby will grow and develop!

New in this revised 5th edition:

  • Does your baby need extra vitamins? We'll give the low-down on the new Vitamin D recommendations and more
  • Sleep safety: what you need to know about the drop-side crib ban, sleep positioners, crib bumpers and more
  • Does formula lead to obesity? We'll look at the latest research
  • The vaccine-autism hoax: what you need to know about this controversy
  • How to protect your baby from whooping cough

All that and more in the new, updated and revised BABY 411!

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Product Details

  • Series: Baby:411
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 5 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889392413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889392417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I generally like this book and find it to be a great reference whenever I had questions about a topic related to raising my infant son, I was disturbed to find incorrect advice given in the "Chocking Emergencies: 4 Tips" section on page 412. While they are correct that you do not need to do anything as long as your child is making noises, they are incorrect on their advice once your child's airway is completely blocked and they cannot make a sound. While conscious, they recommend looking for the item in your child's mouth and attempting to remove it if you can see it. Only when your child goes unconscious do they recommend doing back blows. And they only recommend calling 911 if the back blows do not work. These pieces of advice are just plain WRONG! If your child is silent but conscious, you should alternate infant back blows and chest thrusts. The blows and thrusts force air up from their lungs in an attempt to dislodge the object blocking their airway. If successful, the object will come out and they will start crying. Their is no need to look in their mouths at this point as it is unlikely that you will be able to see or remove an object that is completely blocking the airway without first doing the back blows and chest thrusts to dislodge it. If that does not work and your child goes unconscious, you should lay him down, call 911 and then perform infant CPR, looking in the mouth each time you attempt to give breaths to see if the object has come loose and can be picked out. If you wait until after they have gone unconscious and you have failed to dislodge the object with your back blows, your child will have gone without oxygen for several minutes before you even called for help and it usually takes several minutes for an ambulance to arrive.Read more ›
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As a pediatrician and parent of 2 children, I think this is the single best resource for new parents. I recommend it to all my friends and patients. Unlike most books, it doesn't hold back or provide generic advice and gives you "real" advice unlike most stuff from the AAP. The advice is not only evidence-based and clinically correct, it is also couched in hilarious anecdotes and a terrifically fluid writing style. Simply the best single resource out there.
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By JTM on September 2, 2011
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By far the most informative, organized and down-to-earth book I have read in terms of planning for baby's first year. I will be a first time mom in about 6 months (admittedly a little bit of a planning freak). Thinking about all of the choices and decisions I will be making in terms of parenting styles and techniques, pediatricians, breastfeeding, nutrition, sleep habits etc., it's incredibly daunting! This book plays to everything I was looking for: information backed by the latest science, excellent organization (can be read cover to cover and/or used as a reference book)and variety of options in terms of schools of thought. Written by a pediatrician and best selling baby author, both mothers, this book is a well-rounded read. This book assists new parents with the what and why behind each subject it covers. After reading this book I feel prepared and confident that I have the tools I need for baby's first year. The tone of the book in my opinion is unbiased, slightly humorous and approachable. The writers do not talk down to their readers, they provide gentle guidance. Also, they do not plug specific products. A++!
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I am a Grandmother and friend to babies. I have purchased this twice because I think all new mothers can use a supplemental source of information at times with a newborn and infant (although it should never take the place of having a physician evaluate illnesses). Information is well written and easy to look up.
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By Aga on December 18, 2013
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This book is a great supplement to What to expect the first year. WTETFY has it all lined up by month, this one however does it by issue. It's very easy and funny read. I'm not a big reader but the way it's organized it it makes you go back to it all the time without worrying you have to get to the end of the chapter.
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I am a pediatrician and found this book to be extremely helpful and easy to read whilst keeping in line with medical research and recommendations from the AAP. This book was recommended to me while I was in residency and found his advice spot on! Logically organized and comprehensive. Answers many frequently asked questions and dispels common myths. Gives clear guidelines regarding normal newborn/infant care as well as "when to call" type of information. Would recommend to any new parent OR pediatrician in-training.
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Super reference for first time parents, grandparents, or any caregiver. It's very easy to look up your question without having to read through multiple paragraphs to find the answer. Especially helpful when you're wondering if you should call the doctor or not.
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I'm an "almost" new mom (due in June 2012) and this book was recommended to me by several people, a few of whom were recommended this book by their pediatricians. I started reading Baby 411 in order to feel better prepared for my first few months of parenthood. This book has been very helpful in teaching me what to expect in terms of feeding (breast and bottle) and diapering newborns, and also their sleeping habits. The breastfeeding advice/tips were excellent and very similar to what I learned in the class I took at the hospital. I also enjoy how in-depth they are with providing information about routine newborn testing and what to expect at pediatrician visits. I've only read maybe half of this book (I stopped reading information about babies 6 months and older), but I feel like this book still has so much to offer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering purchasing it! I know for a fact that my husband and I will probably be referencing this book several times over the next year!
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