The Mother of all Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Babys First Year by Ann DouglasThe Mother of all Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Babys First Year by Ann Douglas

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

byAnn Douglas

Paperback | August 16, 2001

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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. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to Baby's exciting first year. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, The Mother of All Baby Books is the ultimate guide to bringing up Baby in the Great White North.

The Mother of All Baby Books offers:

  • the straight goods on what it's really like to become a parent
  • a frank discussion of the top ten worries of new parents, presented with a hefty dose of reassurance
  • the facts you need to make up your mind about breastfeeding, circumcision, immunization and other important issues
  • comprehensive answers to all of your baby-related questions — including the ones that have you pacing the floor at 3:00 a.m.!
  • medically reviewed, practical advice on coping with colic, diaper rash, nursing strikes, and other common first-year challenges
  • insider secrets on shopping for baby without going broke
  • a helpful glossary of baby-related terms
  • a directory of Canadian organizations for new parents
  • a list of Internet resources of interest to Canadian parents
  • immunization schedules, baby growth charts, and more
Ann Douglas is the author of 17 books, including the highly popular The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby, and Trying Again: A Guide to pregnancy after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. She is a regular contributor to Flare Pregnancy,, and WebMD, and her books have been spotlighted i...
Title:The Mother of all Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Babys First YearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.77 inPublished:August 16, 2001Publisher:John Wiley & SonsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553350073

ISBN - 13:9781553350071


Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Mother of All Baby Books As a health care provider, I was disappointed that this book included medical information regarding umbilical cord blood banking that was incomplete and outdated. This information is misleading for new parents seeking literature to help them make informed decisions. It would be better if they excluded information pertaining to rapidly changing medical fields, or updated their book on a regular basis.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant to Canadian Finally a book that is made just for Canadians. I've read the "What to expect when you're expecting" and I find this one a lot more informative. Not only does it talk about the Canadian healthcare system, it also has real life mom's stories and experiences. It's like reading an informative book and having your girlfriends their telling you what happened in their case too. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2009-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT Canadian book!! This book and the 2 others that I have (the mother of all pregnancy books and the mother of all toddler books) are FANTASTIC!!! I really can't speak enough about them. They are great to read through and to have at your fingertips for reference. I didn't like the idea of reading an american pregnancy book so I looked further and found these...don't hesitate to buy them....DEFINITELY worth every penny!!
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mother of all Baby Books I received this book as a baby gift, and it was the best one that I read. I found it very informative, and it really prepared me for motherhood. In fact when my son was born he had umbilical hernia, which wasn't diagnosed until I pointed it out to our doctor after researching it in this book. This was the best baby gift that I received and I would recommend it to any mother-to-be.
Date published: 2004-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all-Canadian baby book! The Mother of All Baby Books is a comprehensive and reassuring guide to baby care. It contains chapters on such all-important topics as preparing for the birth of your baby, shopping for baby (i.e. what you need and what is likely to end up being a complete waste of money), what newborn babies really look like, infant behaviour (sleeping, crying vs. colic), infant development, newborn health, breastfeeding and introducing solid foods, coping with the stress of being a new parent, how having a baby changes your relationship with your partner, how to tell when your baby is sick enough to need to require medical attention, and much more. Like the other two books in the Mother of All series (The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Toddler Books), The Mother of All Baby Books includes a detailed glossary, a directory of Canadian health and parenting associations/organizations, leads on the best Canadian health and parenting web sites, Canadian immunization information, ba
Date published: 2002-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Reference Guide for 1st Time Mothers! At last! A book which looks beyond the pregnancy and childbirth experience and provides mothers with practical and helpful advise as to what to do (and not do) once the baby has actually arrived!
Date published: 2001-09-28

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Your Pre-Game Plan

Chapter 2: The Final Countdown

Chapter 3: Baby Gear

Chapter 4: A Star is Born

Chapter 5: Your Postpartum Body

Chapter 6: The Truth About Newborns

Chapter 7: Bosom Buddies

Chapter 8: The Owner's Manual

Chapter 9: Baby Boot Camp

Chapter 10: What's Up, Doc?

Chapter 11: Food for Thought

Chapter 12: The Working Parent's Survival Guide

Chapter 13: The Incredible Growing Baby



Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ann Douglas and her previous books The Mother of All Pregnancy Books "Comprehensive, informative, up-to-date, and brazenly neutral…. A must-have primer." —The Toronto Star "Not preachy and bossy…it’s upfront and fun." — The Toronto Star About the Unofficial guide to Having a Baby "Probably the best reference book on the market, giving nonjudgmental and fairly exhaustive information on [a variety of] hot-button topics…. The book lays out as much information as possible and leaves the decision-making to the parents¾ a surprisingly rare gambit in the bossy world of pregnancy books…." — Parenting Editor "Whether you are looking for the latest information on high-tech resources or down-to-earth everyday suggestions, this book has it all. There are money-saving tips and charts and checklists to help you through the pregnancy months and get you ready for the delivery; the comments are honest and often touching as Moms talk about disappointments and highs that were part of their experience. A great resource to have on hand." —Valleykids Parent News "Anyone who wants to become a parent may very well be overwhelmed by all the decisions to be made. Fortunately, The Unofficial Guide does a good job of explaining it all. When there is conflicting data (will it be breast or bottle?) the authors present both sides of the argument. There’s even a frank discussion about the pros and cons of having a baby, including the truth about the mommy track." —Lisa N. Burby, Newsday "There may be better books on individual pregnancy topics, but few can touch the excellent overview of nearly every pregnancy-related issue this book offers. It should answer all the panicky, late-night questions of most expectant couples." — Wendy Haaf, Great Expectations About The Official Guide to Childcare "The childcare bible." —Chicago Tribune "A lot of practical information…. This clearly written tome discusses working-parent stress, evaluating out-of-home and in-home childcare options, finding care for a special-needs child, breastfeeding, and part-time care." —LA Parent "The Unofficial Guide to Childcare explains how to do a foolproof appraisal of child care professionals, with plenty of insider secrets and time-saving tips." —Newsday About Baby Science "With candid photos and a warm, conversational text, Baby Science describes the first extraordinary year of life." —Children’s Book of the Month Club "A clearly written, factual book aimed at young children. Peppered with interesting little facts and simple explanations about a baby’s first year, it addresses many of the questions kids have about babies." —Peterborough Examiner "Engagingly educational in focus, Baby Science…explains how to guess what babies are trying to say, why their bodies look the way they do, how to hold them and how much they eat and sleep." —Publisher’s Weekly Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss "The authors cover every topic (from how to cope when there’s no known medical reason for a baby’s death to how to prepare physically and emotionally for a complicated pregnancy) with expertise, candor, and compassion." —Publisher’s Weekly "With grace, warmth, and a touch of humor, Ann Douglas and Dr. John Sussman tackle the myths and truths about miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Presented in a style that feels more like a chat across the kitchen table than an analytical medical discussion, their book offers practical advice balanced with accounts of loss and success of more than 100 parents." — "Trying Again extends a helping hand to couples coping with their loss and at the same time contemplating future pregnancies." —Genessee Valley Parent