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Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year Paperback – August 17, 2015
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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
About the Author
Dr. Ari Brown is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and trusted source on children's health care. She's been featured on NBC's Today Show and is a medical advisor to Parents Magazine. In her spare time, she also is a pediatrician in Austin, TX.
Denise Fields is the best-selling author of Baby Bargains and has been featured as a parenting expert on Oprah and in the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times declared Fields' Baby Bargains book to be the "bible for new parents."
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More problematic, though, is the format. This was clearly designed to look impressive on a shelf, without a thought for the fact that people would actually have to READ it for it to do them any good. The biggest problem here is that the dimensions of the book make it really hard to hold open. It's tall but skinny, and really thick, making it very hard to hold open. Forget trying a leisurely read in bed. Second of all, to set off sections, some are printed in black over a darkish gray, extremely hard on the eyes. I got about half-way through, then gave up.
This may all sound nit-picky, but when trying to wade through all of the info thrown at new parents, having a book actively fight allowing you to extract that information is more than you should have to put up with.
I would give this 'money-making piece of trash' ZERO stars if possible! This is such a biased book not based on research at all and certainly not accurate!
I grabbed the book to further educate myself and gain more knowledge to make sure I'm the best parent I can be. However after starting the book right away I got the sense of the author being very pushy, it's 'her way, and no other way'. She didn't write things in a matter of 'what's best for your child' at all,. Just assumed one size fits all. For example: the author is pushing for shots/vaccines and a schedule that not every parent is ok with or can comply with based on child's health, etc. In her opinion- get your vaccines- no ifs or buts about it and if you dont you are a bad parent! No matter your circumstance or reasoning. The research behind her theory is...well put it this way... ALL CRAP and it's been proven/disputed otherwise by more accurate research. Oh, and if baby is sick? - according to the author it's still ok to do vaccines while kid is sick!
The moment when i tossed this 'garbage' in the garbage? When I read that high fructose corn syrup is NOT unhealthy and ok to give to your children!
I don't know what this author is smoking, but if this crap is in there, what other stuff is she feeding to her readers that is going unnoticed and readers are following???
This book wasn't even worth passing it to someone else for fear of spreading her uneducated word! What a joke!
Under the heading "reality check" (really? I need a section called "reality check," as though I'm not aware of reality? how presumptuous!): "Have a media management plan for everyone in your family - that includes YOU....Just turn it off and watch your shows later. And don't get us started on parents who check email, latest stock quotes, or Facebook posts on smartphones while their little ones play on the playground, or worse, in the pool. Turn it off!"
Okay, I agree with the overall point, but only somewhat because of the way it's stated, as though this is a pet-peeve instead of a legitimate developmental or safety issue. I don't much like the "Entertainment Generation," either, and my university students laugh at what a Luddite I can be. I don't have Facebook, I don't own a smartphone, I, too, get annoyed and disgusted when I'm at a restaurant and see a mother ignoring her child in favor of texting on her phone, and I'm not all that interested in television; however, it's the way these ladies lecture at the reader that I find infuriating, throwing in the demanding "Turn it off!" in an attempt to add credibility and authority to their statements. If it had been stated as "it's a good idea not to be distracted when...because...." or "studies have shown that it's important to spend one-on-one talk-time with your child because...., so we suggest distractions be put away," or whatever, then it wouldn't have been so bad. Much of this is common sense and based on etiquette - there's no need to get self-righteous and bossy in your advice-giving. ladies. Here's my demand of YOU: don't make demands of my family, and don't presume I'm an idiot who is looking forward to neglecting her child in favor of a television show during her first year on this planet.
This is only one example out of MANY. With faulty rhetorical strategies such as using "Crazy, eh?" at the end of a statement, the sarcasm and downright lack of respect for the reader undercuts any of the useful information I could find in this book. Furthermore, the organization is all over the place. Under the category of discipline you'll find questions about colic. I never would have thought to look under "discipline" for something that can't be...well...disciplined. Wouldn't it go under "health" or "baby's well-being" or something of that nature? Good luck "disciplining" your colicky baby!
I'm giving one extra star and considering keeping this in my home only because some of the information is useful. But I stand by my 2 stars: I really don't like this book, I feel like I'd hate these authors if I ever met them, and I think there could be better options out there that I have yet to find. If anyone has any suggestions, please let everyone know! For now, I'm finding the Mayo Clinic guide helpful, and once baby is born, I'll look elsewhere for actual (and factual) "clear answers & smart advice" for baby's first year.