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Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Winner of the:
2006 Benjamin Franklin Award (parenting category)
2006 Midwest Book Award (health category)
2005 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (health category)
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This is a very useful book for a new parent, and I wanted to give it 4 stars but it seems like it wasn't quite reviewed/edited up to the standards you would expect from something that goes to print. For example, a quote from the book:
"Newborns are expected to lose 7% to 10% of their birth weight in the week or two after birth (mostly in the form of water weight). A useful rough rule of thumb is that they should gain it back and at least return to their birth weight by 2 weeks of age."
So if they lose it in the first two weeks [first sentence], how are they supposed to simultaneously gain it back by the time they're 2 weeks old? [second sentence]!? In the breastfeeding section, there is also a note titled "A Breast a Pay Keeps the Doctor Away", but they mean "A Breast a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" if you read on. There are a few typos and poorly worded sections sprinkled throughout the book that could have been caught and fixed if they only had enlisted the help of some careful proofreaders one last time before sending this to print. That being said, they are 'sprinkled' throughout the book, and I would have given it 4 stars had they only enlisted the support of a few more careful proof readers before publishing it. Again, this refers to the Kindle Ed. that should be identical, but I don't know how they convert the print/e-manuscript to Kindle format and if it could introduce errors.
The book is divided into 6 parts:
- Into the Mouth of Babes: on breastfeeding, formula, bottles and nipples, feeding itself
- What Goes In Must Come Out: you guess it! pee, poop, burping, gas, spit up, vomit
- Activities of Daily Living: sleep, crying, diapering, bath basics, clothing, taking care of yourself
- Thinking Outside the House: going outside, car safety, flying
- Just for the Health of It: finding the right baby doctor, head to toe basics, fever, jaundice
- Thanks for the Memories: memories and moments
At first when I had read up on the formula part in the book I thought I would NEVER be doing that, but I had to supplement because I had a preemie. The information in this book really helped me understand and be okay with supplementation in the beginning. I also spent lots of time referring the book to check out the information on diaper contents and all the spit up (and found out it's okay and normal!) Buy this book around your 2nd or 3rd trimester and keep handy when the baby comes home for the first time!
We continue to refer to various chapters as our new baby starts doing things that are new to us and the guidance is very helpful. There is no substitute for 'on the job' learning when it comes to babies, but reading this book in advance did help both of us to feel a little more prepared and having it as a reference provides some level of comfort.
We read a little of this book before baby arrived, but used it more as a reference once baby was home. There is some good information about baby behavior, taking care of a newborn, baby health, etc.
Overall, it was a good reference book, and I would recommend you buy it. We gave our copy to a friend who is expecting, because there are some useful resources, well laid out, and not all the doom-and-gloom some of the books have.
I wanted to be current on the newest standards for baby care. I might have, God forbid, put our treasure to
sleep on his/her stomach (we don't know which it is yet.) The book is very informative and an easy read; the two female pediatricians make it feel as though you're just having an informative conversation, not reading a text book. They
add a lot of practical information for new parents to assess; cloth vs. disposable; how many of these new
gadgets do you really need, i.e., baby will get used to non-warmed wipes, etc. I'm enjoying it and looking forward
to helping our children in their new roles.
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