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The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance

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At Last! A Beginner’s Guide to Newborn Baby Technology

You’ve programmed your VCR, you’ve reinstalled Microsoft Windows, you can even check your e-mail on your Palm Pilot. But none of this experience will prepare you for the world’s biggest technological marvel: a newborn baby.

Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Baby Owner’s Manual expl
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Quirk Books (first published 2003)
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This seems like a silly joke book at first, but it's actually useful. I think most people who said it was 'awful' or 'unhelpful' either don't have a sense of humor or completely missed the point. I'm not sure what people are looking for in baby books, but this one has pretty much all the basics: how to hold, how to bathe, how to swaddle, feed, etc. If new parents are looking for something deeper like 'how to make baby a highly moral being' or 'how to teach my baby to read in five languages befor ...more
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This is so funny! It really does have useful information, but I'm a mom twice over, so nothing in it was news to me. If I were to gift this to someone, it would be the dad-to-be.

As funny as it is, the graphics catch your eye and the information is laid out in a logical manner. It literally is an instruction book about babies. I think it would take out some of the mystery that usually scares guy silly.

One of the first things covered is "The Baby: Diagram and Parts List" a
Fun, concise, and irreverent how-to book for new parents. Ex. "Frequent play time will benefit all models. It serves a trifold purpose: it makes the baby happy, can activate sleep mode, and teaches the baby about his relationship with the world." Perfect for the dad whose yack reflex is activated by the typical baby book.
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Jul 10, 2008 Petra X smokin' hot rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people buying baby-shower or new baby gifts
The set treats the baby as a computer unit fresh out of the box, complete with a big Quick Start guide. The book is full of good information and all the items are both funny and useful. Its the sort of gift that you will buy time and time again. (I've bought two, so far).
Mar 09, 2009 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fathers to be
Recommended to Eric by: Kevin Shult
Shelves: parenting
Short and funny, and written with the male mind in mind. Although not overly detailed, it was still comforting, as it breaks down the steps for taking care of a child into easy-to-follow instructions. It is definitely not a "baby bible", but a good starting point.
This is a terrible, terrible take on human development. It is only fit to be a joke and I therefore wouldn't recommend it to any new parent.
Angela Alcorn
This book was always going to be a slightly humourous way of explaining baby stuff, so even when the points made are really obvious, you can giggle a little at the wording and imagery.

The first half is straightforward dot point advice that most people would know or would have found out from any baby book. The last two chapters covered growth and development then emergency safety information. In those chapters they managed to dot-point their way through a lot more information than I've seen in a
This book was recommended to me by a friend with two little ones. I really enjoyed it. It provided good information regarding babycare in an entertaining fashion.

The book included information on basic tasks like changing a baby, swaddling, etc.

Parents who resent babies being referred to as if they were electronic devices probably wouldn't enjoy this book.

Those with a sense of humor about parenting may both enjoy this book and find it highly useful.
Sep 25, 2007 Lili rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone about to have a baby
Shelves: favorites
This is the only one of my many baby/pregnancy books that my husband read. He carried this thing with him everywhere. Great instructions on all the basic baby care stuff that you should know but don't and feel too dumb to ask a more experienced person. Great stuff to warn you on what to expect when the baby comes home all written in an electronics instructional manual style for humor.
Great "new-dad" book. Reads like a car instruction manual and adds humor. FAST and EASY.

Author: Louis and Joe Borgenicht
Publisher: Quirk Books
Copyright: 2003
Genre: Parenting/Childcare
Pages: 217
Date Read- 4/25/09
The book's conceit is a little gimmicky (and this is coming from someone with a serious science background). Is it really necessary to call parents "users"? C'mon.

That said, for someone with zero experience with babies, this book was actually helpful. How do you pick a baby up? How do you change a baby's diapers? How do you calm a baby at night? The book's coverage of a lot of topics (especially sleep time) are shallow, but the breadth makes up for the depth. You will probably need to read more
Very funny. Reads & looks like a car manual --perfect for dads to be ;)
At first glance, I thought this was another parody of parenting books, but it turned out to be the most concise, thorough and helpful parenting guide I have read.

The only joke in the book is its central conceit of referring to infants as though they were appliances. The actual information easily matches that of other parenting guides, but avoids the elements that most annoy me among other books in this genre -- namely the insulting repetition of key information and the padded "anecdotes" from o
Abe Something
Written like an owner's manual for a new piece of equipment (if that turns you, move along), the book explains much of what you want/need to know about making sure your baby functions well. The book is presents in a fun, easy to digest format the pertinent information a soon-to-be parent is looking to learn about. How often, how-to wash your infant, and what safety measures when doing so; how to "program" your baby's sleep cycle; baby-proofing, what common ailments look like; how to pick up a ba ...more
The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht, MD, and Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D., can be used as a reference guide by all new parents and probably some who already have children. The main approach of the book is similar to how a manual would talk about your new stereo or other consumer product by first describing its parts and functions and then discussing care and maintenance. There are tips on how to perfectly swaddle the baby and how to deal with emergency situations. Included also is a section on ...more
Ryan Parker
Jan 23, 2014 Ryan Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: First time parents
There is a ton of great info in this book for first time parents, and it is quite easy to digest and very entertaining since the whole thing is written in the style of a user manual for a piece of tech. OK, when you put it that way it sounds boring, but I was chuckling throughout. I have read a few books already about preparing for birth, so it was super helpful to read one that covers all the stuff you need to know AFTER your new family member arrives. I have a feeling I'll be referring back to ...more
Likely more appealing to dads than moms. I thought it was cute/funny when still pregnant, but now that I have a baby, I actually find it kind of offensive to talk about the baby like a machine. Some good information, and well organized, but the schtick wears off.
This was a gift from a co-worker; apparently it's a gift that goes around to each expectant parent in our IT department, and I can see why. The book is formatted like a manual for a piece of technical equipment and it really appeals to the IT nerd in me. After reading this, I want to make about 10 different spreadsheets to track my baby's growth, development, and daily activities, and I'm excited about it. That may sound sick, but if you're an IT person, you totally understand what I'm talking a ...more
Jason Mirque
This book is designed to be very straight-forward and visual, which served me well. I had tried to read other baby info books and I found them to be like reading a textbook: a somewhat stuffy approach towards such a hands-on task. Rather, the owner's manual style of this book helped me recall the information better when I was in action. The approach of the infant being a gadget or product was cleverly impressionable, as well: troubleshooting steps were key. This book is great for an eager father ...more
As the time when I'll become a parent for the first time grows closer, this book hit the spot. It's a perfect mix of clever, informative, funny, clever, and informative. It really is written like a manual and, to my knowledge, covers all the bases of things I'd need to know as Daddy-day and Daddy-dom is thrust upon me. It's simple, written in a way that just about anyone could understand, and has super graphics and illustrations. I'm glad I ran across it and would recommend it to anyone that is ...more
Krista McCracken
An amusing approach to the onslaught of books on children.
This is the perfect book to get for just about any father!
very funny little book! very clevery done
Lots of great information in this book. My wife and I have done lots of research prior to the arrival of our first child, but there were still little tidbits in here that we were unaware of. For example, not using commercial wipes for the first month because most contain alcohol and could dry the baby's skin.

I did find the style of referring to the baby as "the unit" a bit disconcerting at first. I eventually acclimated. I understand it's part of the theme of the book, it was just a bit strange
Matt Blair
I was disappointed with this one. I'd grabbed it because I'd read and enjoyed other books in the "Owner's Manual" series, but in this case the gimmick was grating, difficult to get past, and frequently confusing.

There were some useful tips; the book is at its best when it gets out of its own way and gets to the point. I'd recommend it only as a supplement to some of the better, wittier and more useful parenting books out there ("Be Prepared" comes to mind).
Nathan Mckinney
Found this book to be very fun and informative. It is essentially a guide to taking care of babies, but it is written in the style and language of an owner's manual. A little kitschy, but I actually came to enjoy it's very straight to the point style of communication. It ended up being very informative and insightful. I definitely recommend it to anyone expecting their first. I wish I had read it right before ours was born instead of a few months after.
This Owner's Manual series of books is cute. It has great illustrations and provides good, basic info about the books' subject matter. That said, I don't think I learned anything new from this book, because I've already read a lot of other baby books. I'd recommend this to someone who has no experience whatsoever with babies and who will only be around them infrequently. If you need in-depth info, advice, or guidance, this book will likely be too basic for you.
Cute and fun with a lot of good information.
Praktičen priročnik (podnaslov je: navodila za uporabo, delovanje, odpravljanje napak in nasveti za vzdrževanje v prvbem letu) za bodoče roditelje, ki jim je bil do zdaj v življenju najbližje računalnik. Ali pa za tiste mamice, ki za hobi strašno rade berejo - navodila za uporabo kakršnih koli kuhinjskih, gospodinskih ali drugih aparatov. Ne priporočam staršem ali mamicam, ki ne razumejo humorja in stvar jemljejo malo preveč čustveno.
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