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on October 4, 2003
Gentle Baby Care gives information on hundreds of topics. Each topic begins with a question, this is followed by general information in a "Learn About It" section, which is generally brief and concise. This is followed with more specific solutions, checklists, charts and such. And finishes with a list of websites and books as additional resources.
An example is the entry on "Colic". It begins, "My baby is very fussy and cries a lot, mostly at the end of the day. Does she have colic?" The Learn About It area defines colic and describes the known causes.
This is followed by "Can Colic Be Prevented?" which explains health issues that can cause crying, and also tells what is known about colic prevention.
The next part "Things That May Help Your Baby" gives a long bullet list of many ideas that may help your baby feel better and stop crying.
As is typical in the book, there is yet another section called, "Tips for Coping" which gives tips on how YOU can handle this difficult time.
Next comes, "When Should I Call the Doctor?" with a bullet list to guide you on when you should be concerned.
The last section, "For More Information" guides you to several books on the subject, if you want to get into more detail.
The layout of this book allows for a quick yet thorough examination on topics that may arise during the first two years such as Bathing, Burping, Car Seat Crying, Constipation, Diaper changing (tips, choosing diapers, and what to do when your baby doesn't want to be changed), Fever, Food allergies, Grandparents (both overzealous and reluctant), Immunizations, Massage, Milestones, Sleep (fabulous sections on this topic!), Travel, Visiting, Weaning. These are just a few examples.
I highly recommend this book as one to keep handy for the first two years.
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