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Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! Paperback – May 1, 2012
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My big problem with the AAP books was that there were just too many of them. A book on "taking your baby home." A book on his first month. A book on his first year. A book on his first five years. A book on his third Tuesday through his ninth winter solstice. All very fine books, judging by reviews, but the whole collected seemed a bit too incoherent to me. And did I really need an encyclopedia's worth of literature to get this kid through his first year?
Then there's this book. A measly handful of reviews, which is odd, considering it's the follow up to the well-reviewed Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. That was our pregnancy book of choice, and we thought it was great. So we went for it, and I'm happy to say that this book is just as great.
To me, the most important thing about this book is that it's got balance. It's readable, with enough humor to keep you interested, but not so much as to be cloying and false. It's not a roller coaster of hilarity written in the style of a home appliance manual or a midcentury scouting guidebook, but there's a good joke here and there. And it steers you in the right direction, laying out the pros and cons of each decision you need to make, but it doesn't get preachy. There's no agenda other than what's best for mother and child. Maybe best of all, though, is that it's concise without being cursory. It's got almost everything we've needed to know so far -- we haven't really been surprised by a recommendation from the pediatrician yet -- but doesn't ramble.
All in all, a fantastic book. I can't imagine how they'd improve it.
Just a couple of weird things I noticed:
1. It doesn't mention swaddling at all. Doesn't even mention that word anywhere in the book, let alone what it is, how to do it, whether you should or how long you should, or anything at all. Seems a really obvious thing to mention when talking about newborns, but this book just doesn't talk about it at all, as if it's from an alternate universe where swaddling doesn't exist.
2. It is annoyingly persistent about using "his or her", "him or her", and "he or she". Practically every sentence includes this awkward phrasing, even when it isn't even correct for the sentence (I found one that started with "most babies" and still had "his or her" in it when "their" would have actually been the correct third person plural). It feels like this was written by someone who is okay with using "their" as a third person singular pronoun, and it got attacked by an overzealous editor's find-replace function.
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Book itself is not a proper ebook. Doesn't work properly on kindle or kindle apps. Can't resize text, etc.Read more