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Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
This comprehensive guide for new parents finding themselves overwhelmed dealing with the reality of parenting provides "parent-tested, pediatrician-approved" advice to allay their fears. Written in a compassionate yet authoritative tone by two moms who are also pediatricians, this guide covers a wealth of topics that often prove daunting in the first eight weeks of a child
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Published (first published June 1st 2005)
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Chad Warner
Mar 10, 2013 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Kelly Warner
The authors give useful advice based on medical research and their own experience as pediatricians and mothers. The book covers feeding, digestion, daily living, traveling, and health. It’s published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

• Wait until baby gets gist of breastfeeding before introducing artificial nipples (bottles or pacifiers). This may take 2-6 weeks.
• Give Vitamin D drops (200 IU/day) to exclusively breastfed babies starting at 2 months. Babies getting 16 oz formula
Sep 25, 2013 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Updated: changed my rating to 5 stars (previously 4). It was incredibly helpful for the first two months of my son's life.

I can't quite give this 5 stars since I'm not a practicing parent yet (oh will this baby ever arrive?) but I really liked this book.

My husband and I were both the youngest children in our families and I have no other experience with babies (despite desperately wanting a child for years and liking babies in general, they also kind of scare me and I'm definitely not a natural w
Mar 21, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family
This book was quite good! I was looking for a basic "here's the basics of what you need to know once you get home that first time" and this book fit the bill exactly. It focused on newborn care, but had a few tips for later one. It's clearly written for those around the third trimester, but earlier or later would work just as well. I believe it's written to be read cover-to-cover, but now that I am familiar with the content, I'm going to feel good about using it as a reference as well. There are ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite childcare/child development books are generally those that provide practical information with an undertone assuring parents to trust their instincts. "Heading Home..." does exactly that. While preparing new parents for what to expect during the first weeks after birthday, the authors give good advice while also encouraging readers to set realistic expectations, always consult a pediatrician when in doubt and basically listen to that little voice inside. The information is accessible, ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Shannon
Shelves: parenting
This was priceless to me when bringing home the newborn. They don't come with manuals, but this book was so informative. I appreciated how the author gave info about ALL situations without judgement - breastfeeding got a section, but so did formula feeding, and there was no judgement about those who choose the second. That's RARE in these types of books. Another example was about flying with a baby. She just addressed the fact that ideally, the kid would be in a car seat in their own plane seat, ...more
Aug 21, 2014 JBF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only pregnancy and/or baby book I've read all the way through so far. Informative and written in an easy to read but not cutesy style. My only complaint was that the info about cloth diapering was outdated and thus seemed unfairly negative.

Read a second time in 2014
Nov 19, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
A concise and helpful guide, although much I had already learned from my midwife or the internet. I believe there is an updated edition to this book out there now. Got this via the library.
Apr 09, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously my reading list has changed a bit since my first child is on the way. This book was one of the easier baby books to get through, it was a short easy read and the authors (both doctors and parents,) were more concerned with telling you facts than selling anything or trying to prescribe a specific way to handle things. The book was more of a tour through various expectations you should be aware of when bringing home a newborn and dealing with the baby for the first few months. Most of th ...more
Jul 03, 2013 carrietracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Seeing as I don't actually have a newborn, I feel a bit guilty rating this, but it was clear, easy to understand and seemed really helpful. I'm considering purchasing it.
Sep 10, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by two pediatrician-parents, Heading Home with Your Newborn covers everything parents need to know about caring for their baby the first couple of months after birth.

Covering topics such as vaccines, choosing a child care provider,baby brain basics, baby sign language, car seats, safe sleep, cord blood, what to keep in your medicine cabinet, postpartum depression, vitamin D, organic formulas, disposable vs. cloth diapers, newborn hearing screening, and more, this book helps to alleviate
B. Rule
This book is a pretty exhaustive account of issues related to new parenthood. Sometimes too exhaustive (I'm looking at you, endless chapter about what would happen if, heaven forfend, you should decide to fly with a young child.) The book manages to hit pretty much every subject you could think of and to provide at least a framework for thinking about it. That said, the takeaway on almost every subject is "every baby/parent is different, so you decide for yourself what you think is best for you ...more
Karen Hanson
Jul 02, 2012 Karen Hanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books-read
So I'm giving this book 4 stars based on the amount of info it had, not necessarily on how entertained I was. This had a lot of the basic info I was looking for... how often to feed your baby, safe sleeping arrangements, breast feeding tips, etc. This was good for a person like me who really doesn't know anything about babies. The more knowledgable may not get as much out of it.

I did appreciate that this book wasn't filled with lists and lists of all the maladies and horrible things that could
Sep 09, 2013 Marni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2013
There were some very helpful hints in this book that I really appreciated. However, overall, I didn't feel that it had any more to offer than a lot of other baby books. If you are more mainstream, you will probably find this book matches you view points than I did. I really disliked that they spent pretty much no time on cloth diapers, except to mention them, and their information regarding them was inaccurate. I also thought that it was completely ridiculous to state that parents' biggest appre ...more
Nov 15, 2007 Angineeki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First-time parents who haven't a clue
Some books written for new parents try to cover too much info at one time and have a definite bias when it comes to parenting styles. You think you're getting some quick tips when what you're really getting is an encyclopedia full of advice with a tinge of propaganda. Not this one! The topics were relevant, the authors entertaining, and the explanations, succinct. The chatty tone of the book made it read more like a magazine and less like a clinical reference book. I liked that they presented bo ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby, owned
An excellent book! It answered many questions that cropped up when we brought our newborn home. There's even an entire chapter on poo! At first I took it out of the library to see what it was like. It ended up being so good I bought my own copy. I'm not looking forward to our baby having a fever, even though I know it has to happen sometime. Luckily this book also has a chapter answering many questions about fever and illness. I would buy this for a friend if they were expecting their first chil ...more
Jul 03, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more from this book. The chapters were relatively short reviews on everything from diaper changing to detecting a fever. The majority of the book was common sense so I don't understand why it took 2 board certified pediatricians to write it. Chapters 18-20 discuss common health concerns parents may have. This was the best part of the book, although it primarily covered things that parents tend to over-react to and need not worry about. The remaining chapters were entirely useless ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an informative and well-written book by two pediatrician moms. The information and advice is practical, detail-oriented and explained in a conversational tone. I would recommend reading this one during the last trimester of your pregnancy--after you're feel comfortable with all the labor and delivery information given in whatever prenatal texts you've selected.

One thing I've discovered about pre- and postnatal literature, it is easy to become overwhelmed with information overload. This
Mary Hickman
Aug 22, 2015 Mary Hickman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a first time mom, I found this book very informative. The authors have been mothers and pediatricians for years so I trusted their advise. They explain everything in a simple, but interesting way. I would definitely recommend this book for new moms who are as clueless as I am.
Oct 10, 2015 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It turns out you don't get an instruction manual when you have a kid, but this seems the closest thing to it. It seems to give about the same advice as my pediatrician, and saves me from needing to consult Google in the middle of the night when I'm holding a crying baby.
Apr 13, 2012 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, the subtitle (from birth to reality) doesn't make sense. That aside, this provides a good overview of the various issues related to the first months of parenthood. However, the issues that the authors chose to focus on were sometimes questionable - for example, there is a 17-page chapter on capturing memories (photographing the birth, keeping a baby journal, making a shadow box), and 20 pages on sleep issues, and 5 pages on crying. As the mother of a 5-week-old, my son's sleeping and cryi ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The rare combination of down-to-earth and medically authoritative, this book tells both what actually happens and what is supposed to happen. And it also reassures that everything is okay, and all the things that you don't have to worry about.
Douglas Greiner
Mar 31, 2015 Douglas Greiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful and an easy/fun read!

I feel so much better prepared and have the answers to questions I hadn't even thought about! Will definitely be referring to this book often in the next months!
Mia Elizardi
Feb 09, 2016 Mia Elizardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, straightforward overview of lots of important stuff for new parents. It doesn't go into great depth, but gives you enough info to inform you of a wide breadth of information about newborns.
Mike Campbell
Mar 30, 2015 Mike Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will always be by my side. I'm a stereotypical scared parent. This is a great read for new parents who have questions. I wish they would give more concrete answers to somethings but they give you facts and have you decide.
May 13, 2013 Áine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book I've read at this point for suggestions specifically related to newborns-- a must read for any first-time Mom who has little to no experience with babies. I liked the straightforward approach by the authors into every topic that might come up, from the hospital to the first trip out with baby. Knowing they are pediatricians was certainly a comfort, and it lent weight to their explanations and suggestions. They seemed relatively unbiased, covering several angles for each to ...more
Bonnie Tesch
I probably won't be able to rate this until after the baby comes, given that at this point I don't really know how useful the information actually is. We'll see.
Feb 17, 2015 Knick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't really comment on the information contained in this book, but it was well-presented and cheerfully delivered, which I hope is a trend.
Mar 28, 2011 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down the best book for new parents I have found so far. It's full of useful and wonderfully PRACTICAL advice on how to deal with the first two weeks of your baby's life. I loved that they answered everything from the typical feeding/sleeping questions to plane flights with a new born, right down to what you should do to preserve memories. The best part of the book was that none of the advice cost a lot to implement, seemed impossible for a working parent, or scared me excessively a ...more
Jan 03, 2016 martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive, useful basic info on handling babies when they're still extra small. The tone is great: light and matter-of-fact at once.
Nov 03, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: Andrea Means
Shelves: onmyshelf, 2011books
So, I haven't brought home my newborn JUUUSST yet, but I feel like this book has been pretty helpful so far! The authors answered a lot of general questions I had and helped me come up with some good ones to ask. They walk you through a lot of the basics of newborn care such as dressing, bathing, feeding, diapering etc. The overall tone is very light and enjoyable and helps you feel at ease when you may not know exactly how to handle a situation. They reassure you that everyone is or has been in ...more
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