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Baby Book Reviews


I recently requested baby book recommendations from friends and family as I enter this next phase of my life. I have an extreme always-be-prepared complex so this was a request for my sanity as much as book recommendations. I received a manageable number of recommendations which I will be reading and providing reviews for in coming posts:

  • The Baby Whisperer by Blau – There are a few Baby Whisperer books, but the one I will review is called The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior by Hogg and Blau.
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Karp*
  • The Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight by West
  • The Baby Book by Sears
  • What to Expect the First Year by Hathaway**

* Book will be read by my husband who will provide feedback to me for the review.

** I decided not to read this book after reading much of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting materials and finding them entertaining, but not as helpful as I would have liked.

Also worth noting is that I am reading only the portions of these books that deal with newborn infants to 3-4 months. It’s completely unrealistic to assume that I can retain all this new information so I’m limiting my goal to learning how to care for my newborn and will read the next sections when they become applicable. Why stress any more now?

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  1. Kate c. permalink
    07/11/2011 17:52

    Did I tell you a funny (to me) story about an old coworker who was expecting his first child along with his wife who is an MD? I recommended the Happiest Baby on the Block to him when he was telling me that he didn’t have any experience with new babies. He got it and read it and suggested to his wife that she read it. She didn’t though (has a bit of an arrogance common among MDs I’ve noticed). A few weeks after their daughter was born he came into work almost gloating. He told me that several times that weekend the baby was fussing and his wife hadn’t been able to get their daughter to settle down, but he took her and immediately had gotten her to quiet down using techniques he had learned in the book. He was pretty happy to have bested his wife at something and to be able to stop the crying!! 🙂 Your results may vary, but any 0-3 mo old that I’ve tried the techniques on has responded.

    One comment – you can give us some opinions now as far as generally what you think of the books- but in some ways you may not know what you think of them until you have your baby to try the ideas out on!!


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