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Your Baby's First Year

American Academy Of Pediatrics


From the American Academy of Pediatrics—the nation’s most trusted name in child care—Your Baby’s First Year is the definitive all-in-one guide to caring for your infant. Revised and updated, including two new chapters on sleep and allergies, Your Baby’s First Year provides authoritative advice on all aspects of infant care, including

  • expanded sections on raising twins, multiples, and children with autism
  • new material on prebiotics, probiotics, and the Tdap vaccine
  • a month-to-month guide to your baby’s first year with vital facts on growth, behavior, and development
  • a complete health encyclopedia covering illnesses, injuries, and disabilities
  • advice on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and introducing solids
  • guidelines for choosing a child care provider
  • safety checks for home and car, including a car safety seat shopping guide
  • And much more

Comprehensive, reassuring, and up-to-date, Your Baby’s First Year is an indispensable guide for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their baby.

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New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding

American Academy Of Pediatrics

Completely revised and updated second edition

Why is breastfeeding best for my baby? Will I like it? What if it hurts? What happens when my maternity leave is over? Will I be able to use a breast pump? How can I make this work?

The American Academy of Pediatrics answers these questions and many more in this invaluable resource to help you and your baby get the healthiest possible start. The benefits of breastfeeding will last a lifetime. With everything new mothers need to know about breastfeeding, this fully revised and updated edition covers more than a decade’s worth of the latest research, including

  • information for mothers preparing for the first feeding and adjusting to home, family, and work as a nursing mother
  • new research on ways breastfeeding can stave off childhood allergies and obesity
  • expanded coverage of proper nutrition for nursing mothers, including vitamin, mineral, and supplementation recommendations
  • ideal ways to establish a nursing routine and what to do when returning to work
  • the father’s role and creating a postpartum support network
  • solutions to common breastfeeding challenges

Nursing mothers everywhere will find this book an indispensable guide to important nutrition information that only the American Academy of Pediatrics can provide.

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Your Child's Health: The Parents' One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development

Barton D. Schmitt

-when to call your child's physician immediately
-what to do in case of burns, bites, stings, poisoning, choking, and injuries

Common Illnesses:
-when it's safe to treat your child at home
-step-by-step instructions on dealing with fever, infections, allergies, rashes, earaches, croup and other common ailments

Behavior Problems:
-proven strategies for colic, sleep disturbances, toilet training problems, thumbsucking, and the video game craze
-no-nonsense discipline techniques for biting, temper tantrums, sibling fighting, and school refusal

Health Promotion: From Birth Through Adolescence:
-essential advice on newborn baby care, nutrition, cholesterol testing, immunizations, and sex education
-ways of preventing spoiled children, picky eaters, overeating, tooth decay, accidents, and homework problems

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Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe MD

From helping children deal with cyberbullying to identifying control systems for monitoring their online activities, this guide steers parents through the often intimidating digital landscape where young children can be plugged in 24/7. In addition to informing about the latest trends in technology—social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, gaming systems, mp3 players, and cell phones—this handbook empowers parents to embrace the new innovations and help children get the most out of technology in a safe, well-informed manner. Suggestions for setting boundaries by age group, a cyber dictionary, sample family internet-safety pledges, and listings of additional resources are also included.

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Heading Home with Your Baby

Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

This fully updated guide offers "parent-tested, pediatrician-approved" advice for new parents finding themselves overwhelmed with the reality of caring for a baby in the first eight weeks of its life. The second edition features a wealth of new information on topics such as vaccines, child care providers, babies and learning, car seats, safe sleep, cord blood, what to keep in the medicine cabinet, postpartum depression, and organic formulas. With wit and humor, the pediatrician moms allay the feelings of anxiety, guilt, and inadequacy that inevitably plague first-time parents home alone with a newborn, providing authoritative yet compassionate advice for the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. From "Going with the Flow" (the trials of breastfeeding) and "What Goes in Must Come Out" (a discussion of "pee and poop") to "Fever: Trial by Fire" and "Seeing Yellow: Jaundice," this handbook provides solid, practical, balanced guidance that will enable parents to feel confident about their parenting skills.

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The Nursing Mother's Companion

Kathleen Huggins

The best-selling The Nursing Mother's Companion, now in its fully-updated fifth edition, will help you get off to a good start and guide you through the early months, covering all the basics of breastfeeding and including easy-reference "survival guides" for quick problem-solving. Since its original publication in 1986, more than 1 million nursing moms have relied on this classic guide.

Breastfeeding has major benefits for both you and your baby-- it provides the best nutrition (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization), it saves money (on sick-baby doctor visits and formula and bottles), and it creates a unique bond between you and your child. Breastfeeding is not always easy, but with proper guidance and encouragement, you can overcome almost any challenge you may encounter and continue to breastfeed for as long as you choose.

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Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn: the Complete Guide

Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding

If you only buy one childbirth book, this is the one...

The most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It includes information on what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how you can work with your caregivers to make childbirth a happy and healthy experience.

The easiest to use. It is well organized for easy reading and quick reference. There are more than 45 charts and 150 photographs and illustrations to clarify the information -- more graphic aids than any other childbirth book.

The most up-to-date. It includes the latest information on clinical tests and procedures in pregnancy, childbirth, and early infancy. It also covers concerns regarding the emotional aspects of childbearing, the partner's role, comfort measures, high-risk pregnancies, medications, vaginal birth after cesarean, breastfeeding, and understanding infant behavior.

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Touchpoints: Birth to Three

T. Berry Brazelton

All over the U.S. and in over twenty countries around the world, Touchpoints has become required reading for anxious parents of babies and small children. T. Berry Brazelton's great empathy for the universal concerns of parenthood, and honesty about the complex feelings it engenders, as well as his uncanny insight into the predictable leaps and regressions of early childhood, have comforted and supported families since its publication in 1992. In this completely revised edition Dr. Brazelton introduces new information on physical, emotional, and behavioral development. He also addresses the new stresses on families and fears of children, with a fresh focus on the role of fathers and other caregivers. This updated volume also offers new insights on prematurity, sleep patterns, early communication, toilet training, co-sleeping, play and learning, SIDS, cognitive development and signs of developmental delay, childcare, asthma, a child's immune system, and safety. Dr. Sparrow, Brazelton's co-author on several other books, brings a child psychiatrist's insights into the many perennial childhood issues covered in this comprehensive book. No parent should be without the reassurance and wisdom Touchpoints provides.

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Suggested Books for Kids

Reading To Your Twenty-Four To Thirty-Six Month Old

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Eileen Christelow

A rhyming text introduces numeracy skills to young children as they learn to count the monkeys in this appealing book. Books are filled with so many learning opportunities!

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Reading To Your Five Year Old

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe

Books are a wonderful way to introduce your child to experiences and stories outside of what is familiar to them. Reading expands their world!

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Reading To Your Three Year Old

Big Dog ... Little Dog

P.D. Eastman

Preschoolers can easily learn useful concepts, such as opposites, in classic children's books.

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Reading To Your Twelve To Eighteen Month Old

Clifford's Animal Sounds

Norman Bridwell

Books that introduce sounds are perfect for using with your baby. For example, ask your baby, "What sound does the dog make?" This game reinforces language development and is fun to play!

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Reading To Your Twenty-Four To Thirty-Six Month Old

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

Books can be used to help establish a bedtime routine, which can make bedtime pleasant for children. Using books with repetitive text helps set the routine for a good night for both parents and children!

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Reading To Your Twelve To Eighteen Month Old

Hide and Peek

Odette Ross

This tactile board book features objects and animals familiar to your baby. You can name an object and point to the image to help reinforce language development.

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Reading To Your Five Year Old

Maybe a Bear Ate It

Robie H. Harris

Children have wonderful imaginations and books can encourage their creative play just like the improbable events that caused the book in this story to disappear.

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Reading To Your Eighteen To Twenty-Four Month Old

Polar Bear

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Rhyming texts, with their repeated patterns, increase your child's awareness of how language works. Rhymes help your children begin to decode the sounds that make up words.

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Reading To Your Six To Twelve Month Old

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks From A to Z

Richard Scarry

Small books are perfect for babies' hands. It is a normal developmental behavior for babies to put items in their mouths. The thick cardboard pages of a board book are designed to withstand this action. Books are the perfect way to entertain a baby in a carriage or crib.

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Reading To Your Six To Twelve Month Old


Roberta Grobel Intrater

Board books with photos of babies fascinate infants. Name the parts of the babies' face as you speak to your child. For example, "See the baby's nose. You have a nose too." You can touch the photo and then your baby's nose as you say this to reinforce the word “nose.”

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Reading To Your Four Year Old

Stone Soup

Jon J. Muth

Sharing classic tales or nursery rhymes with your child is a wonderful way to expand cultural literacy. Think about how often a reference to classic children's stories such as "Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" is made in conversation, with the expectation that everyone knows the stories.

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Reading to Your Eighteen to Twenty-Four Month Old

You Are My Sunshine

Caroline Jayne Church

Reading together helps increase your child's vocabulary. As their words develop, children will start filling in familiar parts of their favorite stories.

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