The Babytalk Insider’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Stephanie Wood, Editor, Kitty O'Callaghan, Editor magazine. Grand Central/Wellness Central $15.99 (478p) ISBN 978-0-446-69804-7

Well-organized, comprehensive and written with humor, this book covers all the bases. Each chapter is informative, with useful illustrations, and helpful lists such as “The Real Life Layette,” essential clothing and items needed for newborns; “Tricks of the Tired,” suggestions for getting through the day when sleep isn’t an option (soaking up sun, eating enough protein); and exactly what to pack in your diaper bag. “Baby Boot Camp” focuses on surviving the first six weeks with advice on how to clean and dress your baby and when to call the doctor. “The Growing Year” explains your baby’s development (senses, reflexes) and discusses “milestone madness”: parents’ tendency to panic when their children aren’t the first to accomplish things. “The Stuff of Motherhood” helps keep your shopping list under control, with advice on gear that’s great and gear you just don’t need. Also included are chapters on premature babies, multiples and adoption. Personal accounts from mothers across the country help ease common anxieties and give the reader different perspectives on topics such as bottle feeding, sleep deprivation and being a working mom. The authors manage to give a wide range of practical advice without preaching or passing judgment, making this book a must read for new parents. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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