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The Baby Owner's Starter Kit

(Owner’s/Instruction Manuals #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,574 ratings  ·  264 reviews
The Baby Owner's Starter Kit includes:
 
     •  The Baby Owner's Manual
     •  Growth Chart, with stickers for marking baby's progress
     •  Diaper Changing Instructional Poster
     •  Babysitter's Memo Pad
     •  Decorative magnet 
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Quirk Books (first published 2003)
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Anton
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Pegler
Overall a good book for new parents to understand all the basics of caring for babies. I took a star off my rating because of the wish-washy answer the book gives in the FAQ about immunizations. Publications need to stop making it seem acceptable to not immunize babies in modern society!
Matthew Quann
With a baby on the way, I thought I might be able to skip most baby manuals because I'm just a couple years short of being a paediatrician. As the bottles, swaddles, wraps, carseats, and cloth diapers started to show up on our doorstep I realized that there might be some practical aspects of baby maintenance with which I might not be familiar. So I found myself stuck between not wanting to retread ground I'd thoroughly walked over and avoiding some of the non-evidence based nonsense that's out t ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, taking all the advice in the book at its word, I thought it was very helpful. Can't say yet because my "model" (baby) won't be in stock until May. I am keeping this book in my library (garage) as a reference in case I need to help my baby when he comes along. There were lots of things I learned, like how to change a diaper on a boy and what to look for as far as signs from the baby as he matures and so forth. A lot of the information I already knew but I still found it comforting that I di ...more
Angela Holtz
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

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
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Christina
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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. ...more
Petra-X Off having adventures
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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). ...more
Oana Sipos
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby
Practical, funny and to the point advice. Warmly recommended if you want to get the feeling of being more in control before your new inhabitant arrives (cause you actually won't ever be in control :D). ...more
Shog Al Maskery
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, enjoyable and fun manual to read! The language used is basic and understandable. The overall experience was more than what I expected
David
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won’t know how good this information genuinely is until late April, but it seems to match what I vaguely recall from nursing school and was presented in a humorous format, so I’m hoping it will be helpful.
Alice Rachel
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect! Truly instructive.
Tassos
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical
Super to the point, as any technical manual should be. Besides the funny factor of the book, I also found the information relevant and useful. The information provided was also correct in all the points that I could verify with other sources or with personal experiences. So this book is not just a joke.
Jennifer
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Eric
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Carrie
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anastasia
Nov 24, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
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. ...more
Eastofoz
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
Very funny. Reads & looks like a car manual --perfect for dads to be ;)
Ed Watts
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny but informative. I like that it was straight to the point without waffle.
Also... BURRITO WRAP!
Christopher
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very amusing in style and presentation. Lots of useful information. Recommended for any new Dad that is also a Nerd and has a sense of humor about it.
Bayu Riyadi
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A technical guide for new parents with technical background. I really enjoyed reading this while preparing myself for the arrival of my baby boy. And I still go back to this book every time I need to check up on my baby's progress ...more
James
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great engineering explanation of babies. Some of the information was a tad over simplified, I would have appreciated more detail in some areas. But great for a simple manual.
Emma
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very basic information that can be used as a quick reference guide. Good in helping you to think of additional things to research.
yumi
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple straightforward and helpful. Makes things less scary.
Angela Randall
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
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Lili
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Danielle Robertson
I love this book's approach to parenting. It makes it feel more manageable and less daunting when you describe children as if they were complicated machines with instructions to master. This book made me laugh and made me feel more confident heading into final weeks of pregnancy. I highly recommend it. ...more
SaraLaLa
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found it informative and I especially liked the appendix. The charts seem really useful.
Jillian
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise and readable baby care primer with a great sense of design and a good (if slightly overdone) sense of humor. Surprisingly helpful as a starting resource.
Vasil Kolev
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, fun, and still extremely horrifying.
megan-redwitch
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my husband bought this book kind of as a joke - but we both ended up loving it. several doses practical, couple doses of well laid out & designed, & at least one dose funny / sarcastic tenor - also easy to reference as our little guy came a little early & we weren’t quite finished reading! (but did before his due date so we were on track originally : ) ) it may be best for first time parents but i feel almost any baby book is geared toward rookies - but this one also isn’t overwhelming either wh ...more
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