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With our baby due in just a few weeks I was very happy to review Dr. Carey’s First Year Baby Care Guide- I can take all the help I can get! My first impression was that it was really short. I opened up the book to a random page and was a little shocked to see pictures of baby vaginal discharge and circumcision care– this might have been amplified by the fact that we were about to eat dinner. The truth is I was unfair to judge so quickly- when I sat down to read the book I realized the short length and detailed photographs are what make it such a great resource! When you are worried about your baby you don’t have time to read something that is long and drawn out- you just want the facts. There are also some things you just don’t want to Google pictures of (baby vaginal adhesions come to mind) but it’s so helpful to see pictures of what is “normal” and what needs medical attention. I confess that the idea of circumcising our little one is freaking me out and that section of the book really helped to put my mind at ease that I would know how to care for it and identify if there was a problem.
The book starts with an overview of developmental stages. As someone who has taught human development at the University level I really appreciated the information and the way it was presented- short and to the point and, of course, with lots of pictures.
The book also covers rashes, baby care that nobody talks about, messy diapers (again- the pictures are helpful to know what is normal and what is not!), minor medical problems, the sick baby, and common questions answered. There is also a chart to record your baby’s milestones.
I think what makes this book stand out over the others that I have read on baby care is the way it succinctly gets to the point and isn’t afraid to use pictures to help new parents understand and identify what is and is not normal for their baby. I really appreciate the sections on rashes and medical problems– it will probably save us from a few necessary visits to urgent care since I tend to be a worry wart.
The swaddle blankets are also cute- they are the same material as flannel receiving blankets but much larger. They are comparable in size to my Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets. I think they would also make great burp cloths.
You can learn more about Dr. Carey at his website http://www.drcareys.com/ You can buy the book on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback versions. If you go with the Kindle version I would make sure you have color screen device like an iPad or Kindle Fire to view it on so you get the full benefit of the pictures!
You can also register to win the book and a pair of swaddle blankets below!
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