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The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby's First Year Paperback – April 9, 2013
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The baby's first-year guide for women who long to experience God's fullness and presence throughout their journey. They don't have to walk through their first days of motherhood alone. The Creator of Life is their ultimate Baby Companion.
The Baby Companion offers every new mom a guide that includes both information and encouragement for her journey through baby's first year. Equipping women with practical advice and resources including scheduling, child development, budgeting, and practical parenting, this book guides the reader on a faith-filled journey paved with truth, reflection, and Scripture.
Some of the elements include baby stats, development checker, baby care, common questions, mommy care, truth for the journey, and more. Organized into chapters that follow baby's monthly progress, the reader will have everything she needs to be informed and peaceful during her baby's first year.
About the Author
After working 13+ years in marketing, JESSICA WOLSTENHOLM is now a stay-at-home mom to her two small children. Although the transition from the corporate world to the playground has been an adjustment, she is learning more every day about accessing the grace available to us through Christ as she navigates the full time job of motherhood. Jessica lives on the edge of the Tennessee countryside with her husband, Dave, and two children.
ANDREA JOHNSTON is Board Certified with the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her pediatrics residency from Indiana University at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Dr. Johnston has a passion for primary care and after completing her medical training moved back to her hometown to practice. She is a partner at Owensboro Pediatrics. She lives with her husband, Mark, and son, Cooper.
HEATHER RUPE, DO is Board Certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been an OB/GYN for 6 years and has delivered over 1000 babies. Dr. Rupe is a partner at Women's Group of Franklin located in Franklin, TN where she resides with her husband and two sons.
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Sounds great, right? The last thing I need is another book giving me opinionated advice that may or may not be backed up by logic or evidence. I was excited to find a book that wasn’t like that. But I was dismayed to find the plethora of bad advice in this book. Here are some examples:
“…in many parts of the world, co-sleeping is not controversial at all. It is very much the norm.” That is true and I was glad to read that. Yet just a paragraph later, I found this: “Co-sleeping a newborn baby directly in the same bed as a parent is not recommended…even if there were no possible risk factors, I would still caution parents about the practical consequences of this nightly ritual.” It goes on to say that you will not want a five-year-old in bed kicking you in the ribs. Well, thank you, authors, for telling me what I will or will not want and what my five-year-old will or will not do. After all, you are the authority on my family. Oh wait a minute, no, you’re not! The fact is, co-sleeping is considered safe by most of the world, and the author’s personal opinion about the annoyances of having a family bed are not relevant to my decision to co-sleep. She later tries to soften her criticism of co-sleeping by admitting it may be a great way to bond as a family, but that one sentence really doesn’t erase her obvious aversion to the practice.
Then, on bathing:
“Babies may be bathed every day or less often, depending on a parent’s preference. Commonly, moms will choose to bathe their baby every other day.” What in the world? Who bathes their baby every day, or even every other day? Young babies aren’t generally dirty creatures! If that’s what you want to do, then fine, it’s your baby. But I really don’t think that it’s the norm, and it certainly isn’t necessary. I wish the book would have stated that some people bathe their babies frequently, such as daily or every other day, while others bathe their babies once a week or less, and it simply depends on the specific family’s needs and preferences. Instead, it doesn’t even suggest the possibility of bathing your baby less than every other day.
Later, I read this:
“I always recommend that parents wait at least three or four weeks before taking their baby out into a public place for the first time.” Wow! Pair that with this statement from the next chapter: “Sun exposure should be avoided altogether for infants less than six months of age.” It paints quite an image, doesn’t it? Apparently I should be hiding in a batcave for the first month, and then after that I can take my baby out in public but only when he’s fully covered from head to toe. God forbid a ray of sunlight touches his skin! It certainly explains why she also states that “Babies who are exclusively breastfed should receive vitamin D supplements daily to prevent vitamin D deficiency.” Well yeah, if you never let your child see the sun then he most definitely will need supplements.
Those are just a few of the examples that irked me. On top of that, I noticed that there was very little information about the difficulties of breastfeeding, which has been one of the most challenging parts of becoming a parent for me. I thought that a good baby book should offer encouragement for struggling breastfeeding mothers. Yet this is mostly all the book says about pain with nursing:
“You may experience minor pain when first latching on and sore nipples from extended nursing.” Ha! Minor pain, and sore nipples from extended nursing. Try excruciating pain and sore nipples from any length of nursing. Yes, I have heard and even believed that “breastfeeding should not hurt.” Yet despite seeing three lactation consultants and giving it plenty of time, it still hurts. Why don’t any baby books seem to mention this?
Anyway, this review is obviously long, but I felt obligated to share why I found it to be terrible. Honestly, The Baby Book by Dr. Sears is better at being objective and non-pushy, and even that book annoys me from time to time. If a book is going to advertise itself as being objective, it should be. Sadly, this one is full of bad advice, and ideas that are just plain weird. I do not recommend it at all.