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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 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.


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Product Details

  • Series: Pantley
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071398856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071398855
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you support the attachment parenting philosophies of Dr. Sears and Katie Allison Granju, you will love this book. If, however, you're after a book that is a little bit more mainstream, this may not be the book for you and you may wish to stick to a less AP-oriented baby book. This book assumes you will be opting for extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and that you will be using the night-time parenting strategies spelled out in the author's other book. If you're not making these particular parenting choices, this book may leave you feeling a bit guilty for the parenting choices you have made.
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This helpful resource has a lot of heart and a friendly tone. Though hefty, the book's appealing format, well-organized material, supportive writing style and clarity make it inviting and accessible. Readers need only look inside to appreciate the author's positive attitude and notice how practical and thorough the information is.
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.
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By A Customer on October 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Gentle Baby Care gives information on hundreds of topics. Each topic begins with a question, this is followed by general information in a "Learn About It" section, which is generally brief and concise. This is followed with more specific solutions, checklists, charts and such. And finishes with a list of websites and books as additional resources.
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.
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Elizabeth Pantley has done an outstanding job in creating a resource for parents that will be used again and again. I'm a mother to four children with number five on the way, and I can't tell you how many times I wished I had a book like this in my home library. I have a number of other parenting books, including Dr. Sears' Baby Book; like many of Pantley's readers, I'm a fan of his. I read through his book once when my first child was very young, and it helped me to develop a philosophy of parenting that I feel happy with and proud of. However, ever since that initial read through, I've only used the index in Sears' book, because I've had specific questions or concerns about what was happening to my baby right at that moment. That is where Elizabeth Pantley's Gentle Baby Care Book, with its A-Z format, comes in so handy. When I want to know how to brush my wriggling 9 month old baby's teeth, when it is time to decide which type of high chair to buy, or when I would like some advice about how a trip to a restaurant with my baby can be successful, then it would be Pantley's straightforward A-Z book that would be most helpful. All the information I need on these topics (and many more) is easily accesible in the one, alphabetically organized section. The result: I don't have to look for little bits of information on numerous different pages.
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.
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