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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  109 reviews

From the most respected organization on child health comes this essential resource for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their children. Here is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering
Paperback, Revised, 784 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Bantam (first published 1991)
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Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New parents
This is one of the best books for new parents.  It is full of all sorts of helpful info about everything.  I reference this book quite often.  A great gift for a new mom.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Forget What To Expect the First Year, this book is way better. It's based on statistical evidence, has a user-friendly format, and clearly explains the developmental stages of your child. Plus, it has a huge topical index at the end covering everything from rashes and fevers to behavioral issues. It's the exact same advise your pediatrician would give you.

I've used this book again and again, whether to see if my child is reaching appropriate milestones or to check if a spot on their skin is ecz
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
If you think you need a manual for your new baby, this is it. The book is pragmatic and down-to-business. It covers a broad range of topics related to parenthood: basic care of a baby, health issues, cognitive development, sleep, discipline, etc. It structures the advice by age brackets and gives the concise background on those issues for the specific age. The book grows with your child: you can read 30 pages every few months (or, later, every year) to stay up-to-date with their developmental st ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for new parents. Suggested by our pediatrician. Includes age related development milestones to look for, nutrition and eating plans, and neutral parenting advice on just about everything.

Definitely recommend this for parents.
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is an indispensable reference book for parents. It is not not a medicine book where you can find anything and with great detail. It is a book for parents that want to check or get a quick advice about behaviour and healthy concerns of their kids.

It is great specially for the first years as it gives a nice details of milestones that we have to look for. It is not as month specific as other books (such as what to expect during your baby first year)buy I like it a lot. I like the way the topics
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is my "Baby Bible" as Taylor calls it--my go to book for a quick answer or a quick chapter read of the months my baby's in. Best of all it was free for joining the Publix Baby Club. Basic, untrendy, up-to-date answers without too many opinions. Just bare bone facts. I've yet to see a baby book that is as basic yet comprehensive that doesn't have what this one has in it. Did I mention it was free? ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Adriana by: I found and searched this book out on my own, prior to getting it.
There have been times when I worried about my daughter. This is very normal. Not because anything was wrong but because she was my first child and I wasn't quite sure what to expect at each age. For example at 5 I was not aware of how much children forget and lose their train of thought. It helped me understand my daughter better and be more patient. Each year is so different an this book gives great insight. ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While I haven't read this cover to cover, it certainly has helped me a ton with caring for my 3 kiddos, especially the first. With another on the way I will have to break it out again for sure. My sister-in-law gave it to me with my first telling me it was the "baby bible". She was definitely right. ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The one and only book you need on baby care. It contains all the facts in a clear personable tone. There's no fads, hype, or excessive focus on rare maladies. I reference this book of the night to answer those small parenting fears: Does my child talk less than other kids? How do you swaddle an infant? What is the asprin doesage per weight again? ...more
Heather Kelly
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will obviously need to keep referring to this book in the future.
David Mckee
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for BABIES ... or rather, those that have babies.
Ashley Jones
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great resource, especially for first-time moms. Part 1 of the book provides detailed information on what to expect from your child at each stage of development, while Part 2 provides a list of illnesses and medical conditions and basic information on how to respond.

This book is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which means it is authoritative, thorough, and follows current guidelines. However, that also makes it very western-specific. For example, in much of the world (a
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Finally finished this book. This book was recommended to me by the first wellness checkup that Isaac had with a doctor in Philly when he was only a couple of days old. I read a chapter a year to coincide with his age (each chapter was a year except 4 & 5 were combined) The last couple of chapters are about sickness, injuries etc. I thought it was a helpful book - though a bit dated in some thing lol But I was a new mom and I bought this as soon as I was done with his app.
Dion Dixon
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great resource, especially for first-time parents. It contains very detailed descriptions of your child's development from birth to 5 years old, including extensive chapters on various problems, issues, sicknesses, and developmental challenges. I recommend this for all parents to keep handy! ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is strictly looking at the development of a child and great for consulting when you want advice on skills and health, it does not cover lefestyle choices like sleeping or wearing your baby, etc.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a non-native speaker, I find this book very valuable as a reference. It helps us tremendously in building our vocabularies so that we can communicate with paediatricians and/or google information more effectively.
Rachel Willis
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to reference. As a new parent, this book answers questions and alleviates fears.
Cynthia Machata
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must have for parents with young children. Best gift we got!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long time ago but yes, good book!
Kirsten Gullickson
It’s a good reference book.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Basic info and looked pictures, better information is available online via searches of reputable sites.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good reference book to have about raising kids.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: expectant parents & new parents
I really like this book. The information is presented in a very straightforward manner; no frills or gimmicks. It's a bit more academic than some childcare/parenting books, which appeals to me. I enjoy knowing why certain things happen (or don't), and this book shares more technical/medical info than some other texts I've read. That said, it's still a very easy read and handy reference.

side note:
My husband and I interviewed several pediatricians before E was born. We asked all for new parent r
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
With a toddler and a newborn in the house, I find myself consulting this book pretty regularly to check on potential ailments and developmental expectations. Along with websites like Baby Center and What to Expect and several friends in the medical profession, I think it cuts down on the number of crazed calls to the base clinic/Tricare triage line, which I generally find frustrating anyway...

It's over 600 pages long so it's pretty exhaustive in terms of illnesses and milestones that it covers.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
A friend said she is afraid reading parenting books will just stress her out. Books that give TONS of advice that doesn't seem feasible do this to me, so I could relate. However, this book is more informative than bossy. It was helpful to know what my baby was seeing or around when my child would be walking, etc. My child is only a year old, but my sense is that the most useful part of the book is the first year. That's more because there's so much change during this time than anything else. Plu ...more
Adrienne Jones
This well-thumbed book our household go-to guide for all things baby. It saved us dozens of phone calls, internet searches, and moments of utter panic.

Though it may sound stupid, I didn't know how to bathe or dress an infant when we came home with our son. I had only changed 1 diaper before he was born. This book helped me learn how to dress a squirmy child, taught me about common childhood illnesses, feeding, and developmental milestones. It's a smart book and a must own for total noobs.
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best book on baby care. Is a bit thick, but the organization makes it easy to skip to the pages that are relevant to you. The book describes month by month the growth and development, basic care, and health and immunization alerts for your child. It also has a little section about what kinds of toys and activities are good for your child, which is something most other books do not provide. There is a detailed "encyclopedia" in the back about what to do in case an emergency or illn ...more
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new parents
This is a great book for new parents. I received mine as a hand-me-down from a neighbor but if I were to buy it on my own I'd get an updated version. It is not month-to-month like some other baby reference books I've seen (stages covered are longer periods) but I think this makes it more useful in actually watching your baby during those stages and anticipating milestones. Definitely dated advice in some areas but a fun, useful book in learning and watching your baby grow up. ...more
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-parenting
We first saw this book on the bookshelf of our pediatrician's office. It can be very scary when your kid is sick, but this book totally demystifies illness and makes it normal and not quite so frightening. Also, it has very well-written sections on child development at different ages. I find it very accessible and easy to read. It is basic and maybe a little bit traditional, but it's a great basic reference book. ...more
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, own
Another indispensible part of my parenting's not a book you sit down and read, rather it's more of a reference book (to look up your specific issue or read about your child's development at a particular age/stage).

This book was recommended by my pediatrician's office, and it's definitely been helpful for a lot of those "hmmm...I wonder if this is normal?" moments when I really didn't want to call the after-hours nurse.
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