Baby Book, The: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two

Baby Book, The: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two

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The million-copy bestseller by “the man who remade motherhood” (Time) has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date—with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development.

The Searses draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. The Baby Book focuses on the essential needs of babies—eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort—as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to today’s parents. The topics covered include:

• preparing for a safe and healthy birth
• bonding with your baby
• feeding your baby right
• soothing your fussy baby
• getting your baby to sleep
• understanding your baby’s development
• treating common illnesses
• babyproofing your home
• understanding toddler behavior
• dealing with temper tantrums
• toilet training
• working and parenting
• first-aid procedures
• and much more

Unrivaled in its scope and authority, The Baby Book presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. Their book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting—for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491518236
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

William Sears, MD, has practiced pediatrics for more than four decades and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California–Irvine School of Medicine.

Martha Sears, RN, is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant.

Robert W. Sears, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice in Southern California.

James Sears, MD, is a pediatrician and co-host of the popular TV show The Doctors.

Table of Contents

A Word from Dr. Bill and Marthaxiii
Part IGetting Started: Baby-Care Basics1
Chapter 1Getting Attached: What It Means3
Parenting Your Baby3
The Seven Baby B's of Attachment Parenting4
Attachment Parenting Includes Fathers10
Some Questions You May Have11
Chapter 2Ten Tips for Having a Safe and Satisfying Birth21
Choose Dr. Right for Yourself21
Choose the Right Birthing Environment22
Use a Professional Labor Assistant22
Get Moving24
Get Off Your Back24
Experiment with Labor Positions25
Use Technology Wisely25
Use Medical Pain Relief Wisely25
Avoid an Episiotomy27
Formulate Your Birth Plan27
Chapter 3Preparing for Baby29
Choosing Dr. Right for Your Baby29
Choosing Other VIPs30
Choosing Whether to Breastfeed or Bottlefeed31
Circumcised or Intact?32
Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking35
Expanded Newborn Screening Blood Test36
Preparing Your Nest36
Chapter 4Getting the Right Start with Your Newborn41
Baby's First Minutes41
Bonding--What It Means, How to Do It43
Getting to Know Your Newborn47
Attachment-Promoting Behaviors48
Birthday "Pictures"49
Routine Hospital Procedures52
Newborn Jaundice55
Baby's First Checkup58
Chapter 5Postpartum Family Adjustments60
Role Adjustments61
Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression65
Now We Are Three69
Shaping Up After Childbirth73
Chapter 6Caring for Your Baby's Bodily Needs79
Diapering Your Baby79
Cord Care82
Care of the Circumcision Site83
Nail Care83
Bathing Baby84
Keeping Baby Comfortable88
Pacifiers: In or Out?90
The Right Touch: The Art of Infant Massage92
Chapter 7Common Concerns in the Early Weeks97
Early Newborn Changes97
Spitting Up104
Baby's Mouth106
Newborn Skin Marks and Rashes107
Diaper Rash: Prevention and Treatment110
Part IIInfant Feeding and Nutrition115
Chapter 8Breastfeeding: Why and How117
Why Breast Is Best117
Preparing for Breastfeeding124
Right-Start Techniques127
How Your Breasts Make Milk133
Common Breastfeeding Questions and Problems135
Chapter 9The Breastfeeding Mother: Choices, Challenges149
Eating Right During Breastfeeding149
Upsetting Foods in Breast Milk152
Medicines for Two: Taking Medicines Safely While Breastfeeding154
Breastfeeding Helpers158
Getting It Together: Working and Breastfeeding165
Expressing Milk168
"Nursing Nuisances," Challenges, and Funny Things That Happen on the Way to the Breast176
Breastfeeding Special Babies in Special Circumstances183
Weaning: When and How194
Chapter 10Bottlefeeding with Safety and Love200
Formula Facts200
How Much? How Often?208
Preparing Formula210
Bottlefeeding Tips213
Weaning Baby from the Bottle215
A Person at Both Ends of the Bottle216
Chapter 11Introducing Solid Foods: When, What, and How217
Why Wait?217
Feeding Solids: Six to Nine Months221
Feeding Strategies224
Feeding Solids: Nine to Twelve Months226
Making Your Own Baby Food231
Commercial Baby Food234
Bring Out the Cup234
Chapter 12Ten Tips for Becoming Your Family's Nutritionist238
Feed Your Baby Smart Fats238
Feed Your Baby the Best Carbs240
Perk Up the Proteins241
Shape Young Tastes242
Fill Up with Fiber243
Value Your Vitamins244
Mind Your Minerals245
Pump Up Baby's Iron245
Make Every Calorie Count247
Raise a Lean Baby247
Chapter 13Feeding the Toddler: One to Two Years252
Nourishing the Picky Eater252
Getting Your Toddler to Eat253
Choosing the Right Milk for Your Toddler261
Is Your Child Eating Enough?264
Food Allergies267
Pesticides: How to Keep Them Out of the Mouths of Babies273
Part IIIContemporary Parenting279
Chapter 14Babywearing: The Art and Science of Carrying Your Baby281
New Support for an Old Idea281
Choosing the Right Baby Carrier284
How to Wear Your Baby: A Personal Course285
The Babywearing Father--Becoming a Shareholder291
Other Babywearers294
Wearing Down to Sleep295
Babywearing in Real-Life Situations296
Babywearing in Special Situations300
How Babywearing Benefits Infants and Parents301
Babywearing May Change Your Life-style for the Better310
Chapter 15Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby to Sleep312
Facts of Infant Sleep313
Step One: Give Your Baby the Best Sleep Start316
Step Two: Condition Your Baby to Sleep319
Step Three: Lessen Conditions That Cause Night Waking325
Sleeping with Your Baby--Yes? No? Sometimes?329
Handling Worries and Criticisms of Sleeping with Your Baby334
Sleep Safety339
Troubleshooting: Solving Your Baby's Sleep Problems340
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Problems351
Chapter 16Parenting the Fussy or Colicky Baby367
Fussy Babies367
Why Babies Fuss372
Matching Babies and Parents374
Soothing the Fussy Baby378
The Colicky Baby, Alias the Hurting Baby382
Tracking Down Hidden Causes of Colic386
Comforting Colic400
Is Colic Preventable?406
Entering the Promised Time409
Chapter 17Working and Parenting410
The Real Issue: Attachment410
Keys to Working and Attaching414
Choosing Substitute Caregivers418
The Commercial Day-Care Option423
Chapter 18Special Situations429
Parenting the Adopted Baby429
Parenting Twins431
Single Parenting433
The Down Syndrome Baby--A Special Kind of Parenting434
Mixing Babies and Pets438
Part IVInfant Development and Behavior441
Chapter 19Growing Together: Enjoying Your Baby's Developmental Stages443
Growing Together443
Attachment Parenting: How It Builds Better Babies--And Parents444
How Babies Grow446
The Five Features of Infant Development448
Seven Ways to Build a Brighter Baby449
Chapter 20The First Six Months: Big Changes458
The First Month: Big Needs458
Newborn Reflexes464
The Second Month: Big Smiles467
The Third Month: Big Hands474
A Three-Month Review478
The Fourth Month: Big Looks480
Language Development, Four to Six Months484
The Fifth Month: Big Reaches488
The Sixth Month: Sitting Big492
Raising Healthy Teeth495
Chapter 21The Second Six Months: Moving Up503
Six to Nine Months: Exploring Big503
New Fears and Concerns in the Second Six Months514
Nine to Twelve Months: Big Moves517
Caring for Your Baby's Feet530
Chapter 22The Second Year: From Babyhood to Toddlerhood532
Twelve to Fifteen Months: Big Steps533
Fifteen to Eighteen Months: Big Words541
Enriching Your Toddler's Language547
Does Your Child Walk Funny?548
Eighteen to Twenty-four Months: Big Thoughts552
Chapter 23Bothersome but Normal Toddler Behaviors563
The Real Meaning of Discipline563
Headstrong Mind-set564
Toy Squabbles566
Temper Tantrums567
Biting and Hitting572
Baby Won't Mind574
Screeching and Whining574
Chapter 24Toilet Training577
Facts You Should Know577
Better Late Than Early578
A Step-by-Step Approach to Toilet Training578
The Child Who Won't Go585
Toilet Training Quickly: The Weekend-Training-Camp Method587
Part VKeeping Your Baby Safe and Healthy591
Chapter 25Babyproofing Your Home593
Profile of an Accident-Prone Child593
The Accident-Prone Home594
Home Babyproofing Checklists594
Choosing and Using Safe Baby Equipment600
Safe and Sane Car Travel604
Cycling with Infants611
Plantproofing Your Home611
Environmental Pollutants: Getting the Lead Out614
Chapter 26Keeping Your Baby Healthy618
Health Maintenance Begins at Home618
Well-Baby Checkups620
Immunizations: Why, What, and When622
Treating Little People630
Giving Medicines633
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome637
Chapter 27The Most Common Medical Problems: Self-help Home Care647
Parenting the Baby with Fever647
Ear Infections674
Sinus Infections682
Tracking and Treating Inhalant Allergies698
Questions Parents Have About AIDS704
Childhood Illnesses at a Glance706
Chapter 28Lifesaving Procedures and First Aid for Common Emergencies718
The Three P's718
When Your Baby Isn't Breathing: A Step-by-Step Approach to CPR723
Head Injuries728
Eye Injuries736
Nose Injuries737
Insect Stings and Bites739
Tooth Trauma740
Strains, Sprains, and Fractures741
AppendixGrowth Charts743

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