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Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, 2nd Edition Paperback – July 13, 2010

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"This book packs the advice of a parenting class, a doctor’s visit, and a best friend into one indispensable package."  —Library Journal, on the first edition

"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

"In an era of one-size-fits-all parenting advice, this book truly stands out."  —Armin Brott, author, The Expectant Father series, on the first edition

"Its spirited, light, and conversational tone makes readers feel like they are talking to a trusted good friend who just happens to be a pediatrician."  —John C. Nelson, MD, MPH, obstetrician-gynecologist, past president, American Medical Association, on the first edition

"A family-friendly, easily read…guide to the unique experience of caring for a newborn that is both practical and medically sound."  —Lillian Blackmon, MD former chair, AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn

"The advice you’d get from your sister or best friend, if she had her baby only last year."  —Gil Fuld, MD AAP, News Editorial Advisory Board

"This book will lower your stress about raising your child. It is a wonderful narrative that reads as if it was a conversation among friends. You can have a shared learning experience with the authors who are moms, docs, and daughters and really do know."  —George A. Strait, former medical correspondent, ABC News

About the Author

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author, and national health communicator. Having co-founded The Dr. Spock Company in 1999, Dr. Jana has been actively involved in national parenting media for over a decade and is the co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn (AAP) and Food Fights (AAP). She now lives with her husband and 3 children in Omaha, Nebraska where she also owns and operates an educational child care center called Primrose School of Legacy.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; Second Edition edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581104448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581104448
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ellen Marks on August 18, 2006
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There are people who already have a great depth of infant care experience when they have their first child--have changed so many diapers they can do it with their teeth, can get a onesie over a newborn's head without waking her, can swaddle a baby into immobility with a flick of the wrist. We are not those people. We needed help, and we found a lot of it here.

My husband and I both read this book cover to cover before we brought our son home from the hospital, and referred to it often afterward. It has terrific practical advice for the new parent, with informative illustrations--such as demonstrating how to get those cute new outfits on your infant when they have clearly been designed by someone who has never actually dressed a baby-- and is written in a casual, clear style that makes it easily readable and memorable. We went back to it often: "What colors of poop did it say were okay?" "What did it say about the difference between projectile spit up and vomiting?" (Asked as something ran down a wall two feet away.) "Is it possible the baby really wants to eat every 45 minutes?" We suspect its discussion of growth spurts saved our sanity, if not our lives.

This book focuses on the nitty-gritty of the new obsessions you'll have with the bodily functions and sleep habits of your new arrival, and how to balance them with your own. It is a cheerful, engaging, sympathetic and nonjudgmental guidebook, and we appreciated it tremendously in our early weeks home. Highly recommended.
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I registered for this book after having read great reviews of it. My mom laughed at the name, "from birth to reality!?" but she was so wrong. This is my first child, and although I knew I didn't know everything there is to know, I did have the opportunity to watch my brother be born when I was 12 and help take care of him as a newborn. Now, of course, this book doesn't (and couldn't) cover every facet of raising a brand new baby, but it gets 5 stars because it is so enjoyable to read and it is a great reference book! I know I will bring it with me to the hospital and when at home it will always be nearby on the coffee table. I couldn't imagine not being able to easily figure out what to do in certain tricky situations when under loads of stress and suffering mind blanks from very little sleep!

The writers don't try to sell you on breastfeeding, which as far as I have seen is pretty rare; they just give you tips on either breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, and you quickly learn the pros and cons of each. They also do a very good job informing you about pacifiers.

They go into great detail about poop and pee, and whether your baby is doing enough etc. Also some pretty good info on gas, spitting up and vomiting.

The doctors who write the book help you understand what will really happen as you try to get enough sleep for you and your baby, bathe, and soothe crying. They even have great diagrams on how to wrap up your baby to sleep, change diapers, dress your newborn, and bathe her too.

The section on leaving the houseis invaluable! I would have never felt ok with staying in for weeks, even though I already knew I would probably have to. Most mothers go through this very dilemma. You even get great ideas on flying with your baby!
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Most infant care books fall into two groups: those written by doctors and those written by moms. The books by doctors are usually dry and boring but are packed with information - lots of which you'll never need. The books written by moms are easier to read but are usually one sided - if you don't do things their way, you're a bad mother.

This book is written by two doctors who are also moms. They know what is best for most babies but they also know that new parents live in the real world - a world that doesn't always work out just like the text book says it should and that not all babies fit into a mold. In fun, short chapters they quickly tell you what you need to know to care for your newborn (0 to 4 months).

The book is an easy read and a great reference during the first, chaotic, sleep-deprived months of a baby's life.
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The problem I found with most other books of this type was that they went into TOO MUCH detail about what could go wrong... and this book strikes a wonderful balance between delivering the most important information and not scaring a new mom, who's likely already hyperattuned to every little snort, cough, and cry, half to death! The tone is friendly but professional, like a doctor with a good bedside manner, and readable in short bursts (when you snatch the time between feedings and changings). I particularly like the arrangement of topics and the helpful hints embedded in each chapter.

I'd recommend reading this book BEFORE you deliver, to give yourself a leg up on the learning curve. The sections on feeding and diapering are indispensable... this is a great gift book for a mom-to-be, from a friend or from yourself!
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It is a good quick synopsis. A caring for your newborn cliff notes. They address all the major topics, deciphering cries, poop, bathing, diapering, sleeping, car safety, illnesses etc. If you are going to buy several books regarding your baby than you could do worse than to purchase this one. However, if you only want to purchase one book, get
what to Expect the 1st yr. They have an entire section devoted to newborn care. It basically gives all of the information that you could find in here. Plus, you are able to use it as a resource for more than just the first few weeks.
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