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Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, 2nd Edition Paperback – July 13, 2010
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"The authors do an outstanding job of handling the basics, and this remains one of the best bringing-baby-home books in print." Library Journal-Book Smack
About the Author
Dr. Jana is a member of the AAP's Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care, part of Dr. Nancy Snyderman's BeWell/LLuminari Expert Network, an early literacy advocate for Reach Out and Read and co-founder of Amazing Me Books, a certified child passenger safety technician, and a consultant to several corporate, academic, and government organizations on a broad range of topics related to the health and well-being of children. She is also on the Advisory Board for American Baby magazine and the Walt Disney Internet Group, has appeared nationally on shows including NPR's The Parent's Journal, the Today show, CNN's Nancy Grace, ABC News, and Fox, and is well recognized as Omaha's parenting expert for her local NBC affiliate.
Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author and mother in Atlanta. As the medical editor for HealthyChildren.org, she serves as an expert on parenting issues and provides oversight and direction for site in conjunction with the Managing Editor and staff.
An enthusiastic and experienced writer and public speaker, Dr. Shu is frequently featured as a medical expert in numerous national and local television and radio shows, Internet articles, parenting magazines, newspapers and medical publications. Dr. Shu is editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baby & Child Health and co-author of the award-winning books Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights, both published by the AAP.
Dr. Shu received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Shu completed her pediatric training and chief residency at the University of California in San Francisco. She has worked in the private practice setting as well as in academics, as a former director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Shu has been a leader within the medical profession as a past national chairperson of the young physicians sections for both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
This book doesn't have to be used to just "look stuff up." It can actually be read comprehensively, which I really liked. It also doesn't take any super strong opinions (babywearing, co-sleeping, etc.). It's just nice and sensible with updated information regarding baby safety.
I highly recommend it to other first-time moms or a good refresher for grandparents, etc.
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