If there is one thing that there is no shortage of when it comes to maternity and baby products that is books! There are books from every angle and on just about every topic you can imagine but there aren’t a lot of books that give a comprehensive yet concise overview of common medical issues related to baby. Dr. Carey’s Baby Care: First Year Baby Care Guide, written by Dad and Pediatrician Dr. Carey Chronis, may not totally hit the mark but there are some great pictures that will ease of lot of parents minds before they dial the pediatrician. Things new parents will really appreciate in this book:
- An overall calm approach to baby care and related medical issues.
- Comprehensive but easily comprehendible (there isn’t too much medical speak) sections on rashes, development by age, minor medical problems and diapers (the dirty ones).
- More than 120 real pictures that show examples of newborn reflexes, umbilical cord care, skin conditions (including every rash and red spot you can think of), diaper rashes, diapers and more.
- The book starts with a reminder to parents that newborns “go at their own pace” and to enjoy that special time.
- A section for notes at the end of each chapter that makes for a great spot for questions to ask their own pediatrician
Things that parents should keep in mind or skip all together in this book:
- Because of the overall calm approach there isn’t enough of a high-light of serious dangers like ensuring nothing loose or soft is in a crib with baby or that a newborn with any fever should be seen by a doctor. They are mentioned but with the same priority as much less important points.
- While this book is written by an experienced physician, this book should not replace any advice by their own pediatrician.
- I would suggest parents stop reading at page 60 to avoid the sections on feeding and sleeping. Here are the highlights of why…. It is suggested that parents don’t need to worry about food allergies so there is no need to space out foods but this can’t be true for all families (especially those with an allergy history). It is recommended that rice cereal is the first food that a baby should be fed when they start solids but thanks to worrisome levels of arsenic found in rice cereals many believe there are much better options. It is suggested that at 4 months solids can be started instead of when a baby is developmentally ready which can be as late as 6 months. It is stated that at 4 months feeding is not necessary “between eight at night and sunrise” and while this is true for some babies it is NOT true for all babies and that statement could make some parents really go unnecessarily crazy over their babies sleep schedule.
This is a book to grab and put in a drawer in the nursery next to the 20 bottles of creams you received at your baby shower. Use this for its great pictures to reference especially in the first few months when baby gets a funny red patch but keep it in the drawer when you have questions about how baby should be eating or sleeping.
You can buy your own copy here or enter below for a chance to win a copy of Dr. Carey’s First Year Baby Guide along with two soft flannel swaddle blankets.
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