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Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Cohen, a Beverly Hills pediatrician on the Cedars Sinai Medical Center teaching staff, penned this guide during his daughter's first year of life. Neither starchy reference tome nor sentimental diary, the book weaves useful facts and information with Cohen's often comical, personal accounts of being a regular dad who is also a pediatrician (sidebars called Daddy vs. Doctor probe such topics as sleeping through the night, Apgar scores, and birthmarks). In keeping with the book's title, Cohen maintains that three mundane activities—eating, sleeping, and defecating—make up most of baby's agenda. He devotes a good portion of his text to these three subjects, but also delves into a flurry of other concerns, such as vaccinations, why babies cry, and what to do about colic (presenting a viable theory relating to stress). For each issue, Cohen concludes with common sense bottom line summaries, advising parents to stick to the essentials, whether planning a nursery or choosing a pediatrician. Doing what works for one's individual family is what counts—for instance, he counsels moms that breast is best but not to feel guilty if they choose to bottle-feed. Cohen's practical approach is sure to pacify and entertain first-time parents who can easily become overwhelmed by both the joys and challenges of baby's first year. (Apr.)
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“Eat, Sleep, Poop should be every new parent’s bedside staple. I would have loved to have this book 3 years ago when my son was born, but I still find it very helpful now! Dr. Cohen has succeeded in bringing readers a comprehensive book of must-have baby information, tips, recommendations, and heartwarming personal stories to help parents and their babies flourish through the first year together. This is the book I will be buying for everyone I know who is about to have a baby.”
--Kim Barnouin, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
“Dr. Scott Cohen has managed to condense everything parents need to know for their baby’s first year into a fun and readable guide. Today’s parents have more questions than ever and Dr. Cohen answers them all in this handy, readable book. I will be recommending this one to parents for years to come.” -- Dr. Jenn Berman, author of SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids
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1) Clear explanations: Cohen is great at describing what will happen, why it will happen, and should you let it happen. For example, his description of all the things that will be done to your newborn right after the baby is born (eyedrops, vitamin K etc) and why this will happen, was clear and let me know exactly what was going on.
2) Evidenced based explanations: He doesn't simply tell you what should be done to your child, or why you should make a certain choice (vaccine or not, tummy or back (BACK!!!) he gives clear, evidence based explanations, mentioning (although not citing which I wish he did) relevant studies and research.
He even goes so far as to do this when it counteracts both his recommendation and the american pediatrics society (or whatever the title is) such as when he discusses a study comparing peanut allergies in Europe vs. Israel (result earlier exposure fewer allergies).
3) Daddy vs. Doctor: This is probably one of the best thing about the book. Ever wondered what the doctor actually does at home, does he follow all his advice, does he sleep train on the first try. When did he start solid food? etc. Well this answers questions like that. Moreover it highlights areas where his emotions conflicted and explains why he let one side win (he doesn't always go with the doctor), which helps you understand how to make your own decisions.
4) Common Sense Bottom Line: Hands down the best part, this little paragraph at the end of every section tells you what to be neurotic about and what to let go.
More importantly, especially as a reference, it tells you when to panic and call the doctor / head to the ER and when to relax, take a deep breath, maybe a drink, and go back to sleep. Little things like knowing that if a rash blanches and isn't bothering the baby its a viral rash and not a problem, save long hours waiting for the doctor to call you back while you worry your baby. This section also has advice like what type of bottle to get (just about any type) etc.
5) Hilarious anecdotes: Right off the bat Cohen brings on the funny stories: shopping for a mattress for his daughter Aubrey he asks the clerk what they recommend the clerk tells him they recommend asking a pediatrician... hmmm. Or my favorite the story that starts out with a father calling because his child's poop "tastes funny." Youll have to read the book to find out how that one goes.
6) Great reference tool: Cohen put lists in the back of the book for photocopying like a pre-child checklist, and a dosage list. But the clear answers to questions, accurate descriptions of ailments, and common sense bottom line sections mean that the entire book really functions as an easy to check and very thorough reference for, "what the heck is going on?" moments. And as a new parent I have a couple of those every day.
Oh yeah, my one con, the book didn't adequately prepare me for the sheer amount of laundry that my child would generate. Between spit up, poop escaping his diaper and copious amounts of drool my son goes through several outfits a day, and (so do I). Make laundry should definitely be in the title. But seriously...
Common Sense Bottom Line:
If your pregnant, or have a newborn (even if its your second), you should have this book on you shelf. Honestly I cannot recommend this book enough, my wife and I are giving a copy to just about everyone we know who's giving birth, so if you know me and are pregnant, you can push off buying this. Otherwise get it... NOW.