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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Baby's First 100 Days

Babies are confusing little creatures, aren't they? No matter how many you have, when a new one comes along, the same tricks don't work, their cries don't mean the same things, and you are stuck wondering what the heck you are doing, and why did the hospital let make you take this thing home?

Baby's First 100 Days  by Margaret Stephenson Meere is a mini-manual of sorts. With chapters like, "Tired Signs," "Crying," "Feeding," and "Nurturing the Newborn Parent" you can quickly find helpful tips and advice, along with insight as to why your baby is behaving the way she is.

I love that the book is short, less than 100 pages, with lots of pictures - love the picture guide on how to swaddle correctly, so you're not wasting precious time sorting through page after page. My favorite passage is one of the steps to burping:

"3.  Kiss her forehead and head. This is very important, because when we kiss a baby, it is so delicious, not only for the kisser but also for the kissee, that you and baby relax..."

I definitely recommend Baby's First 100 Days for any new parent-to-be. Better yet, add it to a new mom's shower gift basket.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Baby's First 100 Days, but all opinions are 100% my own.


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