Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Review - The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year

About the Book 
A baby’s first year, from the moment of birth to the first birthday, is exciting, wonderful and sometimes confusing for both a baby and parents. With so many firsts in those twelve months, there are many questions. The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year addresses the issues and concerns that are most important to first-time parents.
The authors, Dr. Erika Landau and Dr. Abigail Brenner, of The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year are both parents and medical professionals. They acknowledge that babies are people and they do things in their own time and ways. Their medical knowledge supports their advice and suggestions included in the book, such as:
  • The moment of birth and beyond – what a newborn looks like, what the tests will be like, feeding, bonding, and taking the baby home
  • Clear explanations of milestones for the first year of life, broken up by quarters – and how they may vary from baby to baby
  •  Advice and suggestions on feeding, caring for, and interacting with the baby
  • Teething, sleeping, crawling, pooping – how things happen and change as months pass
  • Common illnesses, appropriate foods, necessary equipment, and more
  • Great baby food recipes for 9-12 months
“Every area of expertise in this world requires a license or certificate. But there is no license to become a parent. Neither does each bundle of joy come with instructions or a guarantee,” said Dr. Landau. “The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year will help parents become well informed, yet able to develop and utilize their own instincts and good judgment.”

About the Authors

Abigail Brenner, M.D., (New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif.) attended New York Medical College and completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. She spent many years as an attending physician at the NYU-Bellevue Adult Mental Hygine Clinic and as an assistant clinical professor at New York University Medical School. A board-certified psychiatrist in practice for more than 30 years, Dr. Brenner is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the author of Transitions: How Women Embrace Change and Celebrate Life and SHIFT: How to Deal When Life Changes and an ordained Interfaith Minister. Dr. Brenner lives in San Francisco and New York, is married, the mother of two, and a grandmother of four.  

About The Essential Guide Series
Essential Guides condense the most important and current information and thinking on mainstream issues that matter, making them understandable for those approaching a topic for the first time. They provide a broad overview and necessary detail, but are not encyclopedic.Essential Guides anticipate readers' needs and questions, and provide solutions and answers with empathy, clarity, and respect for the reader. Authors write from a position of expertise, understanding, and personal experience which allows them to connect with readers.

My Take on the Book
As a parent of two I was amazed at all of the resources and information that this book has within it. I remember how lost my wife and I felt when we first became parents. We felt so unprepared and unknowing of the information that we would need to know. We continuously found ourselves looking at books for answers and we went from book to book trying to figure out what we should be doing. This book takes a number of the books that we read and places it all in one location. From medical issues to typical growing patterns, this book has it all!

I would highly recommend this book to any new parent as it will definitely be a life-saver!

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