This book arrived on the scene at just the right time: when my wife and I were already expecting. If we'd read it before conception, we might have decided against procreating--it's just too damned dangerous. Instead, now we'll just forge ahead with BABY as our primary reference volume. (I will expect Jacob Sager Weinstein to write a second manual--one to guide children through taking care of parents in their dotage. I figure he's got a good ten years before we'll need it.)
Yes, there are other parenting manuals. This one isn't the first, and it won't be the last, but it might just be the most colorful, and the least likely to be a choking hazard. Babies do like to put things in their mouths, after all. We've coated our copy of BABY with a foul-tasting industrial pesticide for just that reason. There was nothing in the book telling us not to coat it with an industrial pesticide. And BABY is comprehensive... so I think we're safe. Oh, and our baby will be, as well. Now.