The Mother of All Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Babys First Year

Paperback | November 6, 2012

byAnn Douglas

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The Mother of All Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Baby's First Year, 2nd Edition is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with the new arrival—a hands-on guide to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to Baby's exciting first year.

  • Features a directory of Canadian organizations for new parents
  • Includes a list of Internet resources of interest to Canadian parents
  • Provides immunization schedules, baby growth charts, and more

Based on the best advice from over 150 Canadian parents and a panel of experts, The Mother of All Baby Books, 2nd Edition, is the ultimate guide to bringing up Baby in the Great White North.

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The Mother of All Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Baby's First Year, 2nd Edition is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with the new arrival—a hands-on guide to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun ...

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The Mother of All Baby Books is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with the new arrival—a hands-on guide to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby. This totally comprehensive guide features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to your baby's first year. Based on the best advice from ove...

Ann Douglas is Canada's foremost pregnancy writer and is the author of 29 books

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:November 6, 2012Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780470837849

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't live without!!!! This book was comfort food for my baby frazzled brain. From trying to figure out what was causing our little ones to scream in the middle of the night, to answering questions about what to put on the spoon that was choo-chooing into their mouths in the middle of the day, Ann Douglas had an answer with a Canadian perspective. This book has quickly become dog-eared in our house. The personal perspectives from Canadian mom's and dad's reassures you that you aren't the only one thinking you are crazy with a baby. The truly Canadian medical information is a real asset and it has been referenced many times for phone numbers and web references. This book, considered a reference, can be read cover to cover...and enjoyed. Thanks Ann for a great series.
Date published: 2006-06-14

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xvii

INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER 1: A STAR IS BORN 5

Meeting Your Baby 6

Getting to know your baby 7

What Newborns Really Look Like 13

Size 13; Head 13; Muscle weakness 14; Face 14; Eyes 15; Ears 16; Skin 16; Umbilical cord stump 19; Hands and feet 20; Legs and arms 20; Genitalia 20

What to Expect if Your Baby Is Premature 22

Newborn Reflexes 24

Rooting reflex 24; Sucking reflex 25; Extrusion reflex 25; Grasping reflex 25; Moro reflex (startle reflex) 25; Stepping reflex 25; Tonic neck reflex (fencer’s reflex) 26; Placing reflex 26; Crawling reflex 26; Doll’s eye reflex 26

The Apgar Test 27

The Newborn Exam 28

Other tests 32; Jaundice 36

CHAPTER 2: YOUR BODY AFTER THE BIRTH 41

Your Postpartum Body: The Official Tour 41

Heavy vaginal bleeding 41; Perineal pain 46; Changes to the tone and feel of your vagina 48; Difficulty urinating 49; Incontinence 50; Diffi culty having a bowel movement 51; Afterpains 52; A flabby belly 53; A separation of the abdominal muscles 53; Stretch marks 54; Breast changes 54; Headaches 57; Fatigue 57; Faintness 58; Shivers and shakes 58; Sweating 59; Hair loss 59; Other postpartum body changes 59

Caesarean Recovery 60

Weight Loss 62

Nutrition after Baby 64

Getting Back into Shape 66

Sex after Baby? 70

CHAPTER 3: THE POSTPARTUM SURVIVAL GUIDE 77

Life after Baby 77

On your mind after baby 83

Coming through Postpartum Depression 89

What has helped other moms 91

CHAPTER 4: CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN 97

Breastfeeding: What Every New Mom Needs to Know 97

Getting started 98

Coping with Sleep Deprivation 111

Comforting Your Crying Baby 114

CHAPTER 5: BECOMING PARENTS 123

Why the Early Weeks of Parenthood Can Be Such a Challenge 124

First Comes Love 144

Intuitive Parenting: Reading Your Baby's Cues 145

CHAPTER 6: BOSOM BUDDIES 149

The Science of Breastfeeding 151

Prolactin, not Prozac 153

The Art of the Latch 155

What Breastfeeding Feels Like 157

Your Top Breastfeeding Questions Answered 158

Breastfeeding and Working 191

Finding a breastfeeding-friendly caregiver 191; Choosing a breast pump 193; Pumping 101 193

Troubleshooting Common Problems 196

Breast engorgement 196; Sore nipples 199; Flat or inverted nipples 200; Leaking 201; Plugged ducts 202; Mastitis (breast infection) 203; Thrush (oral candidiasis) 204

Breastfeeding under Special Circumstances 206

Breastfeeding a premature baby 206; Breastfeeding a baby with a congenital problem 208; Breastfeeding after adoption 209; Breastfeeding after breast enhancement or reduction surgery 209; Breastfeeding multiples 210

CHAPTER 7: THE OWNER’S MANUAL: NEW BABY CARE 213

The Care and Handling of Babies 214

The Dirt on Diapers 215

Rash decisions 219; Elimination communication (diaper-free) 222

Caring for a Circumcised Baby 222

Umbilical Cord Care 223

A Baby for All Seasons 224

Nail Care 227

Dental Care 227

Before your baby's teeth come in 228; Once your baby’s teeth come in 230

Dressing the Part 230

Bath Time Basics 235

How to sponge-bathe a baby 235; Your baby’s first real bath 237; Moving up to the "big tub" 239

Infant Massage 240

CHAPTER 8: THE HEALTH AND SAFETY DEPARTMENT• 243

How Often Should Your Baby See the Doctor?• 244

What happens at a well-baby checkup• 244

The Facts on Immunizations 245

How immunizations work 246

How Will I Know if My Child Is Sick? 253

Respiratory symptoms 254; Gastrointestinal symptoms 255; Skin changes 256; Other symptoms 256

More about Fever 257

Fever is not the bad guy: The illness is 257; This does not compute 258; What type of thermometer to use 259; What you need to know about febrile convulsions 260; When to call the doctor 261; Treating a fever 263

Coping with Common Childhood Illnesses and Infections 266

Respiratory and related conditions 267; Skin and scalp conditions 277; Gastrointestinal conditions 285; Other conditions 295

Babyproofing 101 298

Every room 298; Halls and stairways 301; Nursery 301; Bedroom 303; Bathroom 303; Kitchen 304; Family room 306; Living room 307; Laundry room 308; Basement 308; Garage 308; Backyard 308; Miscellaneous 310

Safety on the Road 310

Rear-facing infant car seats 310; Front-facing car seats 311; Other car safety tips 312

Be Prepared 314

Welcoming a Premature Baby or a Baby with Health Problems 319

Reducing the Risk of SIDS 324

Coping with SIDS-related fears 328

Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare 328

Surviving the unthinkable 329

CHAPTER 9: EATING AND SLEEPING REVISITED 337

Introducing Solid Food 337

Baby, give me a sign 340; Baby's first feeding 341; And after that first feeding. . . 344; Added tastes and textures 345

Making Your Own Baby Food 346

Sippy Cup Skills 352

Food Allergies and Food Intolerances 354

Sleeping through the Night 356

The facts about older babies and sleep 358; Sleep training versus sleep learning 360

Common Sleep Concerns about Older Babies 364

Nightwaking 364; Difficulty settling down at bedtime 65; Early rising 365

CHAPTER 10: THE INCREDIBLE GROWING BABY 367

Baby Geniuses  367

Baby Love 388

The power of play 389; Reading to your baby 392; Pink versus blue 400

The Childcare Crunch  401

Returning to work: The first week survival guide 402; The Great Canadian Maternity-Leave Cash Crunch 404

The Secrets of Less-Stressed-Out Parents  405

Growing with Your Baby 407

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY 409

APPENDIX B: ONLINE RESOURCES 419

INDEX 427