Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year
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Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year

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Dr. Spock meets Judge Judy--finally a parenting book that separates fact from fiction. What if you could bottle the wisdom of all those parents who've come before you...and combine them with the sold medical advice from an award-winning pediatrician? Baby 411 is the answer.
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Natali
The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because it freaked me out a little. I'm not sure it is wise to read about every little disease, virus, and genetic abnormality that your baby could have before you give birth. Nevertheless, this is a GREAT reference for all things parenting in the first 2 years of a baby's life. I'm glad I read it so that in case anything should go wrong with my little one (heaven forbid!), I'll know where to start.

This book also has helpful guides to online...more
Laura
I've read enough of this now to mark it as "read". I really don't intend to read through the whole doom and gloom section on rare illnesses. Much like Baby Bargains, it was helpful, but a bit sloppy and repetitive. It was hard for me to trust the authority of the contributing pediatrician when she has bad reviews from local parents. (I live in the area where she works, so came across info on her practice when I was researching pediatricians.) Nonetheless, I did refer to it many times and did tak...more
Brian Rosenblat
super helpful the first time around. not so fluffy like some fo the other books in this genre. more like a FAQ for how to take care of a baby- which is exactly my speed.

this time around, didn't quite finish re-reading it. much more helpful the first time. 2nd time parent means fewer questions. more than advice i this time i could use sleep....

but would recommend to any first time parent!
Flora
I regularly fantasized about setting this book on fire. The organization was great, but it seemed every time I looked there was chastisement for something or other, and a fair amount of me-me-me, it worked for me and so it must for everyone. It was a necessary reference for about six months, and then I decided I didn't need to deal with this tone anymore.
Justarius
If you only read one baby book, make it this one. I've read almost ten baby books, and this one is head and shoulders above the rest--yes, including "What to Expect." The reason is that this book is clear and concise, presenting the key points in an accessible fashion. This is important, especially when you are at wit's end in the middle of the night and desperately need an answer--and any parent will tell you that it's only a matter of time before this happens!

There may be other books that hav...more
Kristen
Standard fair as every other "Baby's 1st year"-type book, so I would say skip--except for 1 chapter. The chapter on sleep has a great summary and ratings of the basic baby sleep theories out there. Definitely worth the read of that chapter to save you reading all the sleep books--or at least only reading the one for your favorite theory.
Leanna
This book makes me wish I hadn't spent so much time/money wading through all the *other* parenting how-tos. I want my time/money back!

Seriously amazing - comprehensive, an emphasis on the actual science, very well organized, helpful tone and it even manages to be funny on occasion. I feel like I stumbled on the holy grail of parenting.
Sonya
Could I give this no stars without it looking like I did not vote? Okay, I'll give it the one star but that's quite generous.
Jennifer
Pretty good but, there are better baby books.
Vanessa
I approached the birth of our daughter with a very relaxed attitude thinking being uptight and reading too much would just freak me out. I so wish I would have read this before she was born (mainly because there isn't much time to read once baby arrives and you need answers!). The book answers tons of questions every new parent has and is filled with details and advice based on recommendations from the AAP. The only part of the book I take issue with is the sleep chapter. I just can't go along w...more
Laura
This book served its exact purpose -- it was the 411 on all things baby related. I felt a little information overloaded after reading it from start to finish and I've probably forgotten most of what I've read already, but it was a good basic overview and I think it will be a good reference book in the future. I specifically liked that the authors (1) included a pediatrician (who is also a mom); (2) presented information in a (mostly) neutral fashion and (usually) indicated when they were express...more
Sandy
May 18, 2011 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first-time parents
I needed a book that would answer all of my first-time-parent questions, even the "obvious" ones, and Baby 411 was perfect! Dr. Ari Brown, a practicing pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote much of the book and *both* authors based their information and recommendations on solid, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence. They provide citations to back up their advice, lists of suggested books and websites, and appendices full of useful information. All of this is d...more
Patti
My pediatrician, that wonderful, wonderful woman, gave this to me on our first visit to her office. This is my go-to guide for information about pretty much everything. Chapter 7, for example, is all about sleep, and it summarizes every single published sleep method, saving you the trouble of tracking down multiple books to help you figure out which strategy works best for you and your baby. Care and feeding and developmental milestones are also well-covered. Information is clearly presented and...more
Mel
I appreciate the wealth of information in this book and the highly organized manner in which it is presented. It is definitely my go-to guide whenever I am questioning anything baby related. This is a great resource to have for all of those times when the pediatrician isn't available. I would recommend it to all new parents with the disclaimer that I find some of the advice a little too stringent. I cringe at the sight of 4-year-olds walking around the mall with pacifiers in their mouths as much...more
Diana Welmerink
This is a fantastic reference for first time parents! It was recommended to us by a good friend who is also a pediatrician. It is very complete with information on every topic that a parent of a newborn could need. It can be difficult to read straight through, as you would read a normal book, but is a great reference. If you choose to start reading it before baby arrives, I would recommend waiting to start until later in pregnancy because there is so much information in the book and it can be ov...more
Melissa
Someone gave me this book when I had my first baby and since I knew NOTHING about babies, this became my bible. Now with my 5th kid I am still using things I learned from this book, and they are still working (most especially the advice it gives about getting your babies to sleep). I would recommend it to any new parent.
Erin
I really enjoy this whole series. It's informative without the fearmongering of the What to Expect books. Told in mostly question/answer format, it's easy to flip through to what's relevant to your kid's needs and developmental stages. I needed a quick refresher on babies and this book was the perfect fit.
Theresa
very informative and helpful. a must read and i'll definitely keep it close during the first year.

update on review
My son is now 3 months old and I am constantly looking up something in this book. I had issues breastfeeding early on and this was my first resource. I use it now more to see what I can look forward to developmentally and if there's anything I need to be working on with him. Right now bedtime and naptime routines are what we are focusing on. I find a lot of consistency with this book...more
jacky
Apr 05, 2010 jacky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first time parents
Shelves: baby-parenting, 2010
I found this better as an overall baby info book than what to Expect the First Year. The format of having all the information about a topic together would have been helpful at the beginning of my parenting career. Lots of great information that felt very reliable because the authors were very clear about being doctors. I found some good stuff in the sleep and discipline sections. However, I thought the authors were very strict on their ideas, which made me feel guilty when I was doing things dif...more
Melissa
Such a great reference book to have! This is not a book you need to read from start to finish, it's a book I purchase as gifts for all my expecting friends. It helps with all topics as you go through the first year with baby-but beware...as soon as your little one turns 1, the book almost becomes irrelavant as your child is no longer considered an infant. About a month after my daughters first birthday I found the topics I was looking up were not answering my questions, but the authors have gone...more
Shannon
This book is a total must-have for new parents. We have referred to it so many times in the past 10 days since our baby was born. It covers every topic, in a good amount of detail. There are not a lot of pictures - it's just thick with information and references. It covers many different parenting theories and points you to other books as needed - for example, it reviews all the major "sleep theories". The section on when to call your pediatrician is soooo helpful as we have one parent (me) who...more
Jules
A great guide to the basics of your baby, presented in easy-to-digest Q&A format. Although it doesn't get into the details on many topics, it provides a good broad overview in a friendly tone and answers to common new-parent questions and concerns. It's well organized by topic and acts as a good reference for quick, straightforward questions like "how much does a typical two-month-old eat" or "when do babies start teething."

I'd recommend it to anyone just getting started with the essentials...more
Abbey
As a first time parent I could not of survived without this book! Extremely helpful resource.
Mandy Todd
Out of all the baby books that people have either bought or lent us, this is hands down the best book for getting the down and dirty quick info you need. Truly a crash course in how to not kill your child...and possibly even succeed in raising a decent, healthy human being, until the kid turns 2!

The book's overall design as a true reference book (much like a FAQ online) is intuitive, well-documented in the index and the authors don't waste your time with a lot of unnecessary prose. The fact that...more
Rachel
Jun 13, 2012 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazied baby people
Recommended to Rachel by: Cheri
Shelves: baby
Great reference book. Easy to locate information when you have a specific question. I actually enjoyed the book so much I read it straight through. Best part: We used the progressive waiting method for establishing a bedtime when our daughter turned 4 months. Worked like a charm! Night one, she cried for about an hour. Night two, 45 mins. Night three, 30 mins. Night four, 15 mins. Night five, less than one minute of fussing before she went to sleep. Now, we can put her to bed awake after our bed...more
Whitney
I am on the last chapter of this book so I will go ahead and review it now. A very good and easy to understand book about the child's first year. Our kid isn't here yet, but I think this book will be very helpful as a resource. The authors take a layman's approach to explaining everything so it's not too technical or overly medical (though they do use medical terms where necessary and they do a good job explaining them). I did have many moments reading this book in which I felt incredibly overwh...more
Karen
This is my go-to book for everything baby. It's got humor, tons of information, and walks you step-by-step through those things you never really think about until you have to do it for the first time... How do I give my baby a sponge bath? How do you feed a baby solid food for the first time? What's the best way to take a baby's temperature (hint: by sticking the thermometer in a place you really don't want to stick it)? I've read many sections of this book multiple times and love the clarity of...more
Alison
Very helpful for all those little first baby questions :)
CuriousSusan D
As a new mother, this book was great in helping me get past the stressful, unsure first 6 months. It was great at listing the various different beliefs and methods in an unbiased way so that I could make educated choices on what I preferred. Even though I strongly disagree with some of the listed methods (cry it out in the infant months, for example), I appreciate the baby ammunition that the book pumps out. I felt well prepared for almost anything that was thrown my way.

If I ever have another...more
Jessica
Great resource. Straight-forward, giving parents (and soon to be parents) information, leaving them to mostly make their own decisions. In that way, it is refreshingly non-judgmental.
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