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The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby's First Year Paperback – April 1, 2012

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A hip, readable, accurate and supportive book...filled with common, practical, everyday wisdom that unfortunately has become almost obsolete in our medically dominated birthing and pediatrics models. It is a fantastic resource for the new mom who wants to do things a bit out of the box. --Aviva Romm, MD, Certified Professional Midwife, and author of The Natural Pregnancy Book

Megan and Miriam are like your super-savvy BFFs who have pounded the pavement gathering the latest research and practical guidelines, and written it up in a chatty, humorous yet authoritative format that will speak to NPR and TMZ fans alike. --~Marcy Axness, PhD, author of Parenting for Peace



The non-judgmental way The Other Baby Book gently...educates, empowers, and informs parents about all aspects of infant care is remarkable. I am certain that many parents and babies will greatly benefit by the perspectives offered here. --~Dr. James McKenna, Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame and author of Sleeping With Your Baby


About the Author

Megan McGrory Massaro is a freelance writer, and mother to the beautiful Anabella Sofia. Megan earned a BA in English Literature at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She taught middle and high school English for seven years before transitioning to a full-time writing career. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband Mark and daughter.

Miriam J. Katz is a work at home mom and professional coach. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband Misha and daughter Dalia. Miriam was certified as a Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She received her BA in Psychology from Clark University, and an MBA with a Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Full Cup Press; First edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984906509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984906505
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maddy on November 30, 2012
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Let me start off by saying this book is fantastic. Now I'll address some issues.

1. I don't see a problem with editing. There were maybe three mistakes in the whole book. That's pretty good considering this is a self published book.

2. In no way is the tone rude or disrespectful. I think some women got their feelings hurt because of statements they didn't agree with. Like, "Breastfeeding is better than formula." Scientifically it is but they don't make formula feeding moms feel bad. It's just a fact.

3. This is not a fad. A fad is something that comes and goes. Mothers raised thier children like this for thousands of years and then a fad hit where sleepless nighta became an inconvenience. They explain it better.

Now back to the book. I love that this was written. It was as if the women were reading my mind.

I had my little guy on June 28, 2012. My mom, and every other family member tried to give me advice. I listened but it didn't feel right so I followed my instincts. Since it wasn't what society portrayed as normal I kept most of my parenting ideas a secret. I co-sleep, hold my baby while napping, baby wear, breastfeed, and will never practice cry it out. This book made me feel so much better about my parenting techniques.

This is not a book to make other people feel bad. I think all parents should read it so they understand an alternative point of view. Maybe one day this will be the norm again.
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As a birth doula, I have many books on my shelves about childbirth and related topics. However, none of them are like "The Other Baby Book."

This book touches on hot button topics with grace and well-founded research. Katz and Massaro do not try to convince you that their way of parenting is the only way. In fact, they have not always made the same choices for their individual families.

Of course some of the topics, such as the benefits of breastfeeding, came as no surprise. And, although I heard very little about it when my three were growing up, there is more and more talk about co-sleeping and baby-wearing. However, the book also covers topics I've never come across, topics such as elimination communication (recognizing pretty much from the start when your little one has to "go") and baby-led solids (what I consider a wonderful way to introduce solid food to your child).

You may think this is not for you. The ideas may sound too strange and unconventional. But before you disregard this book, I would encourage you to read it and check out the studies cited. You might be surprised and discover a thing or two you'd like to try. At the very least, it will give you some things to think about and perhaps new respect for parents who make different choices for their families.

"The Other Baby Book" truly is a beautiful tribute to family and how to make childrearing a wondrous time for parents and babies alike. The authors don't claim it will always be easy. Let's face it, any of us who have children know there will be challenges along the way. However, when you've finished reading this book, you may be more ready than ever for the grand adventure of raising children.
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I'm a SAHM of a 23 months old toddler girl and a 3 week old baby girl. I wish the book were available when I was pregnant with my first. Back then I had all kinds of time and read every single birthing and baby book I could get my hands on from the library, in addition to absorbing the abundant information one could get online. After all that reading and research, I still was not sure what kind of mom I wanted to be. This book will be especially helpful to first time parents who were like me- found all kinds of advice out there too confusing, too conflicting, too biased, and some just didn't seem quite right. The take home message from this book is to simply follow your heart! It supports a caring and warm baby-rearing approach that is natural and loving, and is not found in any other *single* baby book. It reinforces my instincts!

This book is broken down into chapters on different topics so you can easily read the chapter(s) that you are most interested in first. The research is thorough and science-backed. What I found most helpful is the 'bookshelf' at the end of the book for each chapter for furthering any research on topics that you would like more information and resources on. I also enjoyed the stories and voices from other moms; they made me feel that I was not alone in making my own instinctive parenting choices.

The authors have done extensive research and created an easy-to-read book that is informative, heartfelt, nonjudgmental, and honest. They are moms just like you and me; they don't claim to be experts; and their advice is their experiences plus well-researched valid information.
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I would definitely recommend this book for new mommies to be. Far too many baby books today ignore circumcision altogether or present myth-based garbage between their covers. "The Other Baby Book" is different - it includes research-based information and some of the realities of circumcision and the normal, intact male body. It's very refreshing to see a book actual share the truth about forced genital cutting.
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