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Gentle Baby Care : No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby Paperback – September 15, 2003
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From the Back Cover
From the bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution comes a complete reference filled with loving solutions for caring for your new baby
It's often been said that babies should come with an owner's manual. Now, Gentle Baby Care fills that need for the millions of parents immersed in the most hands-on experience of their lives: caring for their newborn babies.
Organized alphabetically to help you find much-needed information within seconds, Gentle Baby Care provides immediate answers to the questions that arise daily when caring for a baby during the first year, from soothing a fussy baby to handling well-meaning yet unwanted advice with grace. Written by bestselling author and parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, Gently Baby Care will help you become a confident, caring parent. Here you'll find hundreds of practical tips and solutions that allow you to choose the gentle, loving approach that best suits your parenting style and your baby.Gentle Baby Care includes:
- Tips to help get your reluctant napper to sleep
- Ways to make your baby more comfortable during illness
- Guidelines to help you choose diapers, bags, strollers, and car seats
- The golden rules of babyproofing
- Advice on how to handle breastfeeding in public
- And so much more!
Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, Gentle Baby Care provides confidence-building advice to help you get through the many firsts in this tiring yet wonderfully exhilarating first year.
About the Author
Elizabeth Pantley is a parent educator and president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She is frequently quoted as a parenting expert in such magazines as Parents, Parenting, Working Mother, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook.
Top Customer Reviews
Each of about 125 brief chapters uses a similar pattern designed to provide quick factual direction and encouragement for its intended audience of parents of normal infants. A wide selection of topics, from health issues to overzealous grandparents, swimming, test driving strollers, developing a read-aloud family culture, and teething, is arranged alphabetically with labels that, for the most part, make sense. The table of contents and extensive index are well-conceived. Lots of white space, attractive type, and logical layout make skimming for specific advice easy. Reading the book straight through is pleasant and informative too.
Comparative parenting philosophies are not covered. Pantley is forthright about concentrating on attachment parenting. She supports her preferences well and discusses many approaches in a broad context. Breastfeeding, for example, is assumed, yet she doesn't belittle readers who opt for formula. Curiously though, homeopathic medicine is suggested a few times with no further explanation about it. In general, Pantley speaks sensibly to hands-on, involved parents interested in natural ways to rear secure, strongly attached children safely.
Development itself is covered here only as a minor topic with lists of normal milestones. Helping parents understand particular issues and evaluate their best options is Pantley's focus, so her sound advice includes tips with developmentally appropriate variations throughout the book.Read more ›
An example is the entry on "Colic". It begins, "My baby is very fussy and cries a lot, mostly at the end of the day. Does she have colic?" The Learn About It area defines colic and describes the known causes.
This is followed by "Can Colic Be Prevented?" which explains health issues that can cause crying, and also tells what is known about colic prevention.
The next part "Things That May Help Your Baby" gives a long bullet list of many ideas that may help your baby feel better and stop crying.
As is typical in the book, there is yet another section called, "Tips for Coping" which gives tips on how YOU can handle this difficult time.
Next comes, "When Should I Call the Doctor?" with a bullet list to guide you on when you should be concerned.
The last section, "For More Information" guides you to several books on the subject, if you want to get into more detail.
The layout of this book allows for a quick yet thorough examination on topics that may arise during the first two years such as Bathing, Burping, Car Seat Crying, Constipation, Diaper changing (tips, choosing diapers, and what to do when your baby doesn't want to be changed), Fever, Food allergies, Grandparents (both overzealous and reluctant), Immunizations, Massage, Milestones, Sleep (fabulous sections on this topic!), Travel, Visiting, Weaning. These are just a few examples.
I highly recommend this book as one to keep handy for the first two years.
Also, Pantley covers topics that are hardly discussed in the Sears book, like what to do about "overzealous" grandparents, how to read aloud to babies, how to handle a move with a baby, what role music can play in a baby's life, how I can preserve memories of the precious baby period, what to do while visiting other people's homes - and much more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book can get a bit boring if you just read through it alphabetically, but it is probably not the idea. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Celine Derudder
This book was extremely easy to read, well organized to find the specific topic that was desired. I recommend this book to all new mothersPublished on May 31, 2013 by HappyCustomer
Well written easy read. Nice resource book to have in your library when it comes to baby carePublished on April 11, 2008 by Havasu Pre-School
This is a great book for new parents--especially when you need to learn quickly. My husband and I got the call that we had been picked by the birth mom of a little boy who was... Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by Kristine
I've purchased two of these books...for two of my granddaughters...both first-time parents. They love the book and have used it a lot. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Linda Chase
This book covers a lot of topics, but usually just gives general info that I could've found by typing the topic into any search engine. Read morePublished on December 29, 2006 by tiffanylynn
I can't imagine any topic in the first year that isn't covered in this big, fat book. I love that it is direct and to the point. Read morePublished on September 21, 2005 by Mama
I enjoyed reading through this book and it has some good reference information that I will probably use, but overall I would not give it a high rating because for an "A-Z" type... Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by Amazon Customer