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Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: The Safety Mom's Guide to Childproofing Your Life Paperback – April 20, 2011
Inside the Book: "Myth Buster!"
The Safety Mom sets the record straight in her Myth Buster! feature.
Tummy vs. Back Sleeping
Myth: It's dangerous to have babies sleep on their backs because they could die if they spit up or vomit while they're asleep.
For healthy, full-term babies there is no greater risk for choking while lying on their backs than there is when lying on their stomachs. The United States Department of Health and Human Services states: "Healthy babies automatically swallow or cough up fluids. There has been no increase in choking or other problems for babies who sleep on their backs." The American Academy of Pediatrics also states that there is no evidence that choking is more frequent among infants lying on their backs.
You Don't Get a Cold from the Cold
Myth: Going outside without a hat, coat, gloves, or with wet hair and getting chilled or overheated causes a baby or child to get sick.
Cold germs are caused by viruses. The reason more colds happen in the winter months is because people are generally inside more and in closer proximity to one another. Cold viruses survive longer when the humidity is low, which is the case in the colder months.
What will make your baby sick is contact with someone who is carrying germs. So, most importantly, keep strangers from touching your baby. Be sure that your older children and all other family members frequently wash their hands.
Benefits of Day Care
Myth: Children who attend day care will have problems bonding with their parents.
In a study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) entitled "The Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development," researchers found that children in day care settings demonstrated a greater ability to form relationships with peers and adults than children who did not attend day care. And, in fact, children in day care exhibited more positive interaction with their mothers than did children in other settings.
Removing a Bee Sting
Myth: If you are stung, never pull the stinger out with your fingers because this can send more venom into your body.
It is more important to get the stinger out of your child as soon as possible to reduce the risk of secondary infection. If additional venom is pumped in inadvertently, it will not increase the reaction.
Top Customer Reviews
This is not to say that there isn't helpful advice to be found in this book. The author even says at the beginning that as a parent, you pick and choose which advice to follow and which to let go. It's just that it's all presented as though it's all the most important thing to do. Also, Rhodes recommends very specific items, specific brands. Evenflo seems to be a big beneficiary of this, or maybe they helped sponsor the book. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about this. Either the stuff Rhodes recommends really is great and warrants being checked out, or she got promotional consideration for recommending specific products, which renders them just advertisements.Read more ›
- It tries to be WAY too comprehensive. I bought this because we're having a baby. I'm not really looking for safe trick-or-treating tips for a 5 year old yet, nor will I be keeping this book around that long to refer to it then. Baby tips, please.
- A lot of the stuff is just totally obvious. So obvious she only even dedicates 2 short paragraphs to much of it. I want to know things I may not have known - I already know to not leave the baby in an obviously dangerous situation. Some of the other stuff also seemed like a huge overkill.
- Author lost a child to SIDS (which she, on one hand says is totally unpreventable, but on the other hand gives you tips for helping prevent...?) and also has a son with Autism. That's totally fine, but I felt like a lot of her writing was centered on ME, ME, ME. As in, "hey look at my totally unique situation and sad sob story but hey, we're so happy now!". I just found that annoying.
- Can she stop bringing up the SIDS thing? I get that it's an issue that deserves a mention, but way to make me crazy paranoid.
- As others have pointed out, there are a lot of specific brands/models of things mentioned. I'm not worried so much with questioning her integrity there (though probably she did at least get permission from the companies to mention them, if not props and goodies). But what is annoying is that if you do have this book for any length of time (like until your kid's first trick or treating experience, as noted above), a lot of those products will no longer be available.
- I really didn't find any humor in the book. The name is all that's funny.
- The "what to pack in a diaper bag" etc checklists WERE helpful...but also very readily available online or by asking any random recent mother you may know.
It has all the basics. She starts with things to think about during pregnancy and works her way through the house, day care, traveling, how to deal with holidays, and more.
She is a little overzealous with her recommendations (and remember they are her recommendations and not a professional). She recommends a baby bathtub that I think is completely unnecessary (my opinion as well as that of some friends). She also is heavy handed with Evenflo products.
She actually goes through how to install items...meaning actual instructions that seem like they should be included with the item. I don't know, it just seems like a little too much added unnecessary detail to me.
Overall, I think this book is not worth it. Most of it is common sense or things you can figure out on your own. I don't need her to tell me that I shouldn't have breakable items at baby's level or to give her approval to use a baby leash. There isn't anything new in this book. I've read quite a few baby books as well (hello...paranoid mommy), so I have seen this all before.
Her mission is an admirable one, but this book made me feel like kids need to live in a bubble. There must be a happy medium and I didn't feel this book was able to strike that balance. I did find the myth busters section interesting. However, I think most of the information here could be found online for free, just by googling something like "safety tips for new parents" or something similar.
Overall, I did learn a couple of tidbits but would have been fine skipping this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband has made a career in the safety field, so we are pretty safety-conscious. But I'm pretty sure that the information in this book is common sense for most parents. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by kdea473
I bought this book for my daughter. She has two children age 3 and 20 months. I gave it to her as a welcome to California
present. Her family moved here in July 2011. Read more
Though the title is catching, it is a book about child safety. It divides all the possible scenarios/occasions into separate chapters. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Pete Chen
I suppose if you've been living on some foreign planet for your entire life and were suddenly dropped down into modern-day society with a baby in tow, then this book would be an... Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
When I was pregnant, I read lots (LOTS and lots) of stuff about child-proofing, having a baby, buying baby things cheap, etc. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Suzanne Fisher
My baby was just starting to crawl when I got this book. I was excited to get this book so I could child proof things I didn't even think about needing to do. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Renee O Pruitt
Most of the things discussed in this book are pretty basic and I would hazard a guess that most mom's already know most of the information. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Bearcat
This book is so comprehensive! From the initial surprise of being pregnant to registering for your shower, to you going back in the working world, this book has you covered. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Stephanie Manley
I loved the information in this book. It gives real world advice and product recommendations about every aspect of childprooofing, and generally keeping your baby alive! Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Holly Lee