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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439117063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439117064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, allow me: What a great title, no?

Dr. Cohen is a pediatrician who's written what, in my humble opinion, is one of the better books on the market for new parents. He's written it with humor and common sense, but above all, with a certain gentleness that comes from not only being a doctor, but also a new father.

My son is now turning six months old. The first time my wife left me alone with him, I was petrified: what, I screamed--in my head--should I do if he suddenly erupted in a torrent of crying? How do I tell what's wrong with him? Rachael joked that if only she had a flowchart, I could follow the prompts to find out what to do in each case: diaper? Check. Hungry? Check.

Imagine my most pleasant surprise to find that the good doctor--the good man!--has done this very thing for me. That alone is worth the price! Turn to page 147 and see the wonderful "Crying at Random Times" flowchart. There are others that are invaluable to a left-brain (or is that right-brain) engineer like me.

Even reading the table of contents speaks to a calmness, a kind of lessening that parental anxiety: Chapter 1 is titled Prepare--Save the Date. Chapter 2, Welcome--Your Baby Comes Home, further distilled into `The Apgar Score' (yeah, what the heck is that anyway?), Antibiotic Eye Ointment, Cord Care. Chapter 9: Hachooo!--Common First Year Health Concerns. And so on--the chapter on vaccinations is a must-read, it certainly helped me make what I think is the proper decision to not only vaccinate my son but to do so on the suggested schedule.

Each chapter is filled with exceptional, generalized information in clear, non-medical and easily digestible prose.
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Dr. Scott Cohen has written one heck of a fantastic book. He's like the Dr. Spock for our generation. (The baby guy who wrote all those books 50 years ago; not Star Trek.) His common sense approach to pediatrics takes the hysteria and fear out of being a new parent. I found comfort, joy, humor and love in these pages. An absolutely informative, smart, well-written and easily understandable text that has helped me be a better, more well-informed and confident new parent. BIG THUMBS UP!!
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I rented 15 different highly reviewed baby books from the library before purchasing this book from Amazon. Out of all of the books that I looked at this one was by far the best! It is organized well with clear and concise information with a great perspective. It certainly doesn't make light of any serious situations but it does put things into perspective. I highly recommend this book to any new Mom.
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For first-time parents, raising their new child can be a frightening experience, as is evidenced by the shelves groaning with how-to books on the subject. Scott Cohen's book is not just the latest addition, it is also one of the better ones thanks to his dual credentials: not only is he a pediatrician, but he also is the father of a baby daughter, which affords him with the opportunity to test longstanding medical advice against the realities of child-rearing. Aiding him in this process is a refreshing degree of humility; Cohen has no qualms about admitting that being a dad is very different from being a doctor, and that even with his training and experience he found it hard to take his own advice.

Cohen channels this knowledge and experience into eleven chapters that offer practical advice for the range of issues parents will face with their newborns. From preparing for the blessed day to dealing with the inevitable illnesses, Cohen explains to his readers what new parents can expect and how best to deal with it. To that end, he synthesizes much of his advice into handy bullet points, checklists, and charts that can aid parents as a quick reference when dealing with these issues. For the most pat he adopts a relaxed approach, explaining when concern is warranted and when a parent's worries can be overblown. All of this is conveyed in a friendly tone aided by a light touch of humor, usually offered at his expense. Such jokes convey what is perhaps the best point Cohen has to offer - that even the best-prepared of us can expect to make mistakes, yet babies are perfectly capable of surviving our occasional mistakes to grow into happy children. It is a lesson I expect I will be reminding myself of as I embark upon fatherhood, and which alone made this book worth reading.
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What a fantastic book. I bought this a few months before our son was born. It is very very informative but also very light hearted, and along with all the medical advice the author gives plenty of first hand dad advice. Since we bought it we are constantly looking through it when we have a quick question about our son's first year of life. He takes what can be a very nerve racking time for first time parents and simplifies it and makes all the ins and outs of a baby easy to understand. You must have this book as a reference guide if you are going to be first time parents. I am just so happy I found this.
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To keep this review short and sweet, I think this book is great for mainstream parents. If you just want the current, mainstream, physcian/pharmaceutical company approach, buy it. But,

If you are looking for a more crunchy/granola/hippie/alternative/follow-your-gut style of parenting book, try the Dr. Sears' books.

(And because a reviewer I came across previously did this, I am including some other favorites I have found:)
~~If you want an intro to Attachment Parenting and why people choose it, try Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik.

~~If you are breastfeeding, go to kellymom.com.

~~If you are wondering why you and your partner are all of a sudden arguing, try The Transition to Parenthood by Jay Belsky and John Kelly.

~~If you are trying to come to terms with the chaos your life has become, try Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye
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