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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books; 2 edition (November 6, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 6, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009U9S6D0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Borgenicht is a D.A.D. who frequently telephones his father for advice. He is also a writer, entrepreneur (www.rulegolf.com), and the co-author of The Action Hero’s Handbook, The Action Heroine’s Handbook, and Undercover Golf. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Melanie, and their sons, Jonah and Eli (who still operate at peak efficiency after nearly a decade).
Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design, whose work has been featured in many design publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. When Jude was an infant, his owners would often program him for extended periods of sleep mode. Paul’s owners, on the other hand, tried numerous times to return their model, believing his inability to grow hair was a manufacturer’s defect.
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Now that the baby is about 4 months old, he’s gone back to read over a few of the pages again for reference. For example, what to do after a baby has vaccinations. The baby ran a fever and I wasn’t home and he wasn’t quite sure what to do. He popped that book open and read over a few things and tried them and was able to make the baby feel better quickly. It has totally come in handy!
If you want a dry, in-depth and accurate book, read "Caring for your baby and young child." Both are good books. The former is fun to read, while the latter is more like an undergraduate textbook (straight, dry, accurate and to the point.) The latter was also interesting and but it can be 'information-overload' for first time parents.
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While it seems to be marketed at dads, the advice is for both parents (e.g. lots on breastfeeding), and the straightforward, practical approach will appeal to mums too. That said, I can see it would help dads in particular to feel more informed and of more help.
Lots of simple advice and diagrams about preparing the home, feeding, sleeping, changing nappies, bathtime, first aid and common medical complaints - really useful stuff.
However, as it's an American book, some of the advice doesn't apply to the UK. In some cases this doesn't really matter - e.g. you know you don't need to worry about finding a paediatrician or obstretrician and what services they provide, as we have the NHS; and you aren't realistically going to find a non-compliant cot on sale in the UK, so you can ignore the bit about (US) cot design regulations.
In other cases, it does matter: for example, the information about strollers and car seats isn't much help - there is no mention of the fact that newborns should only lie flat for the first few weeks, and there are UK safety regulations about car seats that you have to abide by. This means you will have to look elsewhere for this information. If you're a first-time parent, you may well not realise this (although I'm sure you'll find out once you start looking into buying travel systems).
One piece of advice included in 'childproofing the baby's environment' is to 'remove or secure any guns in the home' !!!!
Would be great to see a UK version, but that said, the great majority of the advice is universal, so I would still recommend this book as it is. Just keep the NHS website to hand as well.
Easy read 2-3 hours
No stories of "oh when i had a baby and blah blah" like in other books.
Covers everything, from baby handling to what it should be able to do be different ages ... (0-12month)
The times I have gifted these books, it was very well received and the guys said they felt more prepared for the upcoming birth.
Would def recommend.
The content is straightforward, although I'm not sure I'm a fan of the "manual-style" writing.