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The Day-by-Day Baby Book: In-depth, Daily Advice on Your Baby's Growth, Care, and Development in the First Year Hardcover – 1 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Editor-in-chief Dr Ilona Bendefy has many years of both professional and practical experience in babies' and children's health. She now practises as a GP and community paediatrician in local schools and has written for many national newspapers and magazines on baby and child health.
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I think its the fact it doesn't seem to patronise you when it explains the progress of the baby through the first year. To me that is an instant draw as i don't like being talked to as if i'm a fool. I have gone back and forth through sections and not read it in one long run, i think out of curiosity i just read what looked good.
Its split into a ton of sections, covering each stage over the year, what to expect and so on. I like the fact it gives you a run down of what can happen but also why it happens and what to do when it does!. Also the specialist perspectives and real parents views are also a bonus. Also i like how the book refers to "him" or "her" when it explains things, instead of "it", makes it a bit more personal.
Its quite a big book and its filled with images to make you go "awww" and its organised and layed out so well its a pleasure to read.
So coming from a bloke who hasn't read anything like this before, its the business and it has made me open my eyes in a good way!
The book is very much a coffee-table volume. It's well-presented and colourful, with beautiful accompanying pictures. It would make a really nice-looking present and gives a good overview of what new parents can expect in their child's first year of life. It's not by any means a truly comprehensive, in-depth account - but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Instead this book gives a decent enough general account, divided up over the year (with some areas treated in greater detail), to help new parents and raise their awareness of particular issues. The book is written in accessible language and presented in a format that encourages repeated dipping in.
Much of the book is structured as week by week chapters covering you baby's first year. This could make finding information difficult in a poorer book, but Dorling Kindersley have done an excellent job of structuring and indexing this book, making it easy to find information.
Unfortunately, i'm too ugly and illiterate for either of those to be true and am writing it from the viewpoint of a first time father to a new 6 week old baby girl so I don't have any other books or experience of being a parent to compare it to.
This book isn't going to revolutionise or change your parenthood overnight... My vain hope that reading through this just once would suddenly result in a baby that sleeps for 10 hours without interruption and never cries proved rather ill founded!
Unrealistic expectations aside, this book has proved useful already. After reading through it I now realise that every time my daughter cries doesn't mean she has some incurable newborn illness or the fact she doesn't sleep without crying for more than 4 hours at a time doesn't mean she's possessed by the devil and I now realise all these things are a normal part of having a newborn baby.
The book is pretty large, well made, with plenty of photo's and plenty of information. It's done in a 'day by day' style so it's easy to find the information relevant to the particular age of your child and there's a comprehensive index to find specific information. While you can read the book in it's entirety you can also just use it as a reference book to find specific things.
What I did like about it was that, unlike 99% of other baby books, it isn't aimed solely at the mother and there was plenty of advice in there for a completely out of his depth first time father.
As well as the day to day information there are also useful tips scattered throughout the margins from other mums, GP's, fathers, etc.
Overall, even though I don't have other books to compare it to I feel that this book is worth every penny and would recommend it to any new parent.
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