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The Portable Pediatrician: A Practicing Pediatrician's Guide to Your Child's Growth, Development, Health, and Behavior from Birth to Age Five
The Portable Pediatrician: A Practicing Pediatrician's Guide to Your Child's Growth, Development, Health and Behavior, from Birth to Age Five
Paperback, Second Edition, 688 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published 1994)
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I skimmed some of the section that pertained to my 19 month old and a few others before and after. I don't think I'm fond of her decisive parenting advice. I expected more about health and less about "your child should not have a pacifier anymore" type blanket statements that I encountered. Also, she makes the blanket statement that no two year old will open his mouth willingly for a tongue depressor at a dr. visit. Mine does and has consistently at the last several visits. There's nothing to be ...more
Fantastic book. Very good descriptions of what children are like at a given age, what to expect now and next, how to handle doctor's visits, what to do if your child is ill, etc. They copy i have has horrible drawings of kids, though. I think they've changed this in the newer editions. I referred this constantly when my 4 kids were little, and now use her The Portable Pediatrician's Guide to Kids: Your Child's Physical and Behavioral Development from Age 5 to Age 12.
This one has eased my mind during some sick nights/days...I know that some folks have a problem with her...what pediatrician or child psychologist doesn't have their nay-sayers??...BUT ...this book is not supposed to be the end all be all...no book is..it provide a basic guideline that helps ..and it did.
This booked helped a panicking young single mother through the mysteries of her first child and has helped my husband and myself through our second child. This is the only book of this nature that I was able to read while being sleep deprived so I would definitely suggest this book to first time or even experienced parents. It has lots of "need to know" and "wish I would have known" facts in it.
I'm "re-reading" this book now with Danica - although I don't read every page. I have found it to be very valuable and a great "go to" book when I have a question or just want to read up on a few things. =) I enjoyed it MUCH more than the "What to Expect" books.
Sep 17, 2007 Emily Peery rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
I love this reference book--a great crash course on child development. Very approachable, it gives great examples with stories and descriptions. A much better alternative to the "what to expect" series, in my opinion.
This book came highly recommended to me by a pediatrician almost 5 years ago and I found it to be the most reliable go-to guide of those I bought or were given to me. Well written, easy to search format, and far superior to the highly over-rated "What to Expect" series.