Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Revised Edition: Birth to Age 5 (Shelov, Caring for your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5)

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It's Sunday after dark. Your baby is sick, hurt, or acting strangely, and the doctor won't be in until tomorrow. How can you find out what to do when your healthcare professionals are unreachable? You may only need to go as far as your bookshelf. The revised edition of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (the American Academy of Pediatrics' reference book for infancy through preschool), provides a wealth of authoritative child-care information in an easy-to-use format.

The first half of this hefty text serves as a comprehensive parenting manual, and includes a month-by-month guide to the first year, nutritional information, basic care instructions, and physical, emotional, and social developmental milestones for children up to 5 years old. While the American Academy of Pediatrics represents the mainstream child-rearing philosophies embraced by thousands of baby doctors, it does not reflect the entire gamut of child-rearing theory. (There's no discussion, for instance, of breast-feeding past the first year or co-sleeping.) The second half of the book includes a thorough, easy-to-navigate emergency first-aid section, plus detailed information about childhood illnesses, immunization schedules and side effects, and family structures, as well as a discussion of behavioral issues. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child is useful, sensible, and carefully researched, and makes a trustworthy addition to any parent's bookshelf. --Ericka Lutz

The organization that represents the nation’s finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child health answers all your medical and parenting questions. Here is sound, reassuring advice on child rearing that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem. Here, too, is an indispensable guide to recognizing and solving common childhood health problems, plus detailed instructions for coping with emergency medical situations.

Comprehensive, accurate, and doctor-approved, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child provides the very latest state-of-the-art information, including:

• Basic care from infancy through age five
• Guidelines and milestones for physical, emotional,
social, and cognitive growth
• A complete health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses,
congenital diseases, and other disabilities
• Guidelines for prenatal and newborn care with sections
on maternal nutrition, exercise, and screening tests during pregnancy
• An in-depth guide to breastfeeding, including its benefits,
techniques, and challenges
• A complete guide for immunizations and updated information
on vaccine safety
• A guide for choosing child care programs and car safety seats
• Ways to reduce your child’s exposure to environmental hazards,
such as tobacco smoke
• New sections on grandparents, stay-at-home dads,
computers and the Internet, and much more

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child is an essential child care resource for all parents who want to provide the very best for their children—and the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust.

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent, excellent, excellent...
    In my last trimester, it started to dawn on me that I was now an expert on pregnancy (having read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on), but I hadn't the foggiest idea of what to do when we brought the baby home! I started scrambling to find a guide to those stressful first weeks, and I came upon this book after reading through countless others. This is truly the best guide out there. Why?

    - It's written by the experts -- the pediatricians themselves. It's the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics, the authors/editors of this volume) that people tend to quote whenever "standards" are cited (e.g., "They say that...." The AAP is most often the "they.").

    - It includes the standards (the primary sources) themselves. Throughout the book you will find copies of the tables and charts from the AAP's own guidelines, as well as a discussion of these guidelines in the main text.

    - It has many, many simple illustrations to show you exactly what to do (how to diaper, how to burp, how to express breast milk, etc.).

    - It includes "Where We Stand" insets in each chapter, highlighting the AAP's official position on a variety of critical issues (such as breastfeeding). However, none of this is presented in a heavy-handed way, making clear all the options available, any dis/advantages of such options, and an acknowledgment of less-than-perfect AAP consensus on certain issues, encouraging parents to make informed, personal decisions.

    - There is very little "fluff" in this volume. It's a large book, but it covers issues infant and child care through age five. That means I only had to read about 175 pages to make me feel equipped to bring our baby home and handle her care for the first month. It also means that I don't have to keep running out and buying a new book for each year/phase. I can read ahead, as appropriate/necessary.

    - The format is easy to read, and the writing is straightforward -- neither too complex, nor too "dumbed-down". Honestly, I found the "What to Expect..." series a bit patronizing in its tone, and too choppy in its format.

    Hope this helps! Happy baby care to all the new parents out there!

    ...more info
  • A must buy for every parent
    This book has proven very helpful to me. It has been my best guide in raising my kids. I benefitted especially from the info on breastfeeding.
    I highly recommend this book....more info
  • This book saved us
    Our daughter is 5 now, but this book saved us many times; it has everything. We have given this book to all our friends that have had children in the last five years....more info
  • The Only Baby Care Book You Need
    This book was recommended by our pediatrician and also by our hospital. It truly is the only baby care book you need. Great format, clean, simple reading that is easy to digest...especially important in those first few weeks as a new parent. It will be the only childcare book still sitting on my bookshelf when we're ready for baby #2....more info
  • Excellent guide
    I love this book. I refer to it all the time when I have any questions about my daughters medical conditions and phisical development....more info
  • Value "manual"
    This book was recommended to me and my husband by our pediatrician, and it is very informative....more info
  • Great Resource
    I received this book before I had my first child 3 yrs ago. It is very comprehensive and informative especially from birth to 2 yrs. I still look at it everytime my child gets sick or if I want to see if his motor skills, emotional, physical development is on track. I like it so much that I just bought it for my friend when she had her first baby. The only thing I wonder is when a new edition is coming out since this book was published in 2004....more info
  • excellent book
    I have purchased at least 10 copies of this book over the years. My pediatrician recommended this book to me 12 years ago when my son was born, and I used it extensively. I referred to it again when my daughter was born 3 years later. I routinely give it as a baby shower gift. It is an excellent reference and covers everything you'd want to know about babies!...more info
  • A great reference!
    This book is a great reference tool. I'm definitely glad I purchased it. However it addresses a number of months at a time (ie, one chapter is dedicated to children ages 4-7 months). We all know how different a 4 month old is from a 7 month old, so if you are looking for a month by month guide, get "What to Expect the First Year." I own both books and consult them each for different things....more info
  • Great reference book for parents
    This book is really my go-to-book every time I have a question or to decide whether or not to call our pediatrician. It also have things on development, discipline, family life, etc... It has great advice on potty training or establishing a sleep routine for example which have proven very useful for new parents!...more info
  • very informative
    This book was such a great guide for us when we were first time parents that we bought it for a friend who is having their first child....more info
    This book was given to my mother by the nurses in the pediatrics department at her job, when she and my dad had a late in life baby. The entire family used this book as a resource when caring for our little brother. It was written by professionals which gives everyone comfort when using it. I give this book as a gift to every new mom I know! ...more info
  • Wonderful book
    It's like the Bible for new Moms...I look at it every day for something or other!...more info
  • Caring for your baby and young child revised edition
    The Book mentioned above is one of the most informative book for parents. I would highly recommend this book....more info
  • Excellent Guide
    I received this book in its 2005 edition. The AAP Guide is complete on child healthcare, from it's basics to first aid. It is more detailed than "What to Expect the First Year", and has more up-to-date information. Unlike other childcare sources, it stretches its information from birth to age 5, which most books don't. Guide touches upon delivery, infant care, breastfeeding, immunizations, disablities, month-to-month tips and year-to-year development guide. That includes toilet training, family issues, school, etc. ...more info
  • good how to
    I really liked this book. It goes through stage by stage for babies (birth -3 months then 3-4 months and so on) and then year by year. The format is easy to use if your looking for a specific subject or age group. There are good 'how to' tips that would be helpful for new parents....more info
  • Birth through age 5
    This replaces Dr. Spock! What a great reference book for Mom's.
    Great baby or shower gift....more info
  • Great companion piece
    I've been reading a lot of parenting books as a new mom and this is one of my favorites. It gives great information organized by age and doesn't feel overwhelming. I would recommend this book as one for your library if you are a parent of a young child....more info
  • Handy Reference
    I bought the "Caring for your Baby:Birth to One" when our son was born and referred to it all the time, so was pleased to find a similar book to take me through the Toddler years. The book is informative, gives practical advice and very useful information about common ailments and how to keep your child safe.

    If you have one reference book on caring for your child I would recommend this one....more info
  • THE reference for new parents.
    As a nurse, I highly recommend this book for new parents. It is easy to read and understand for all audiences. I found many answers here that prevented me from calling the pediatrician or advice nurse after hours. It is divided into sections by age so don't let the number of pages intimidate you - keep it by your bed and read a few pages when you have a spare moment....more info
  • One of if not the best
    I bought this as a rookie parent 12 years ago. We have many of the other popular baby books and this is the most informative and useful you will find. I have been buying it as baby shower gifts for other rookie parents. When asked a few months after receiving the gift, both mothers and fathers agree it is the one they use when they have questions....more info
  • Great long term resource
    This was a wise purchase made after several books were reviewed from the library. We wanted to have a resource handy and this made sense since it covers the first five years and not just one. We like that it is objective and not full of opinions like some books. Sometimes things are hard to find in a pinch (hence only 4 stars) but overall there is a great deal of useful information and the book is organized well. I'd have given 4.5 stars if I could....more info
  • This book helped me save my baby's life
    This is a pretty standard western medicine for dealing with your child's illnesses and development. It has a helpful index and illustrations.

    Personally, I owe an awful lot to the book. My son when he was 3 weeks old developed an intermittent fever starting at 6pm. Having two older children, I know how children could develop fevers so I wasn't too concerned. I called the advise nurse at our clinic and they both said to bring them in to be seen as he was a newborn.

    I didn't realize the significance of fevers in newborns. In the middle of the night the fever spiked to 102 but was gone in the morning. I read this book and it said that calling the doctor was an absolute necessity.

    By the time I actually saw the doctor at 4pm, his urinary infection had already spread to his blood stream and he was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics.

    Infections in newborns spread like wildfires. Their systems are not mature enough to contain an infection. If I had waited longer, the infection could have easy spread to become meningitis and become potentially life-threatening.

    Luckily for me and my son, I heeded the book's advise and sought medical attention. BTW my baby was not fussy and was amazingly quiet the day he developed a fever. He really didn't seem that sick to my untrained eyes despite have two other children.

    So make sure you have some medical/care book when you have a baby. This one sure fit the bill for me.Caring for Your Baby and Young Children (The American Academy of Pediatrics)...more info
  • Great reference book.
    This should be on every parents book shelf to reference. It's very comprehensive....more info
  • Still a winner
    I'll admit that it has been quite a few years since I had to pick up this book as my son is now 12 years old. However when he was a baby, this book saved me many a night from calling the doctor. From how to treat croup at 2am to diaper rash at noon. Okay, I knew what to do for diaper rash, but you get the picture. Even though I am a nurse, I am not a pediatric nurse. I felt that the book was written for all parents of all education levels.

    I received several books on caring for baby after he was born, but this was by far my favorite. I loaned out my "What to Expect..." books, but this one never left my house. I have since given it as a baby shower gift to probably five different people over the years. Every single one of them came back later and personally thanked me for the book and told me how much they loved it.

    If you are into alternative parenting styles like another reviewer then this is probably not the book for you. However if you are a traditionalist then I highly recommend it. You are probably wondering why I am writing a review now after all these years. Well, I'm buying a 6th copy to give to an expectant mom....more info
  • Not a Great Book
    There are so many better books out there. This book does no subject justice. Too general....more info
  • One for the Parenting Library Hall of Fame
    I bought this book several years ago while pregnant with my oldest child. Three children later, I am still using this thing religiously! This book has it all from illness symptoms and vaccination information to normal development. As a parenting and child safety expert, this is a book that every parent should own and use frequently!

    For parents who are looking for quick safety and medical information to show babysitters, grandparents and nannies, this DVD is a great tool.
    Care for Kids: The Essential Guide to Preparing Caregivers...more info
  • A Must Need
    Everyone with a child should have this book. It doesn't take the place of a pediatrician, but it gives you the advice that one possbily would give to a parent. What I find most helpful is being able to look up what my child should be eating and drinking for his age and also what to do at home when a child has a cold, ect.
    It makes a great baby shower or welcome home gift!...more info
  • A Wonderful Resource
    As a new mom, this book has been invaluable! It has detailed information about each stage of my baby's development. And I know I can trust the information because it's from the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...more info
  • Great!
    Our pediatrician recommended that we buy this book. It has saved us many doctors appointments by answering our questions. Highly recommend....more info
  • A resourcefull handbook
    Me and my wife are currently in japan for study, and we haven't really got a grip on the language. We can only understand less than half of the doctor's suggestion and analysis. Along with some resources from the internet, this book has provided us with all the information that we need. ...more info
  • A help to any mother
    What i loved about this book is that it gave straightforward information without it being too cerebral or too dumbed down. It gives a great summary of the milestones of the things you should expect from your child, and what to do if you don't see them happening.

    I feel very confident about raising a healthy and happy boy with this book around!...more info
  • Excellent
    This is an excellent book, well written and very informative. It has lots of information but please, save money and sign up for Publix' Baby Club and they give it to you for free....more info
  • An OK reference for common problems
    I had high hopes for this book but I was a little disappointed when I read through it. I was looking for a comprehensive reference that would give me fairly specific information on common complaints in early childhood. Unfortunately, the book is somewhat vague about most of the problems. For example, I was interested in learning more about reflux in infants and I was able to learn more about reflux in one of my breastfeeding books than in this book. ...more info
  • Very Informative without being too much information
    I have enjoyed this book very much. It is very non-biased and doesn't tell you how to raise your child, more like stuff to look for and if a problem develops, how quickly you should call the doctor. ...more info
  • Just what I was looking for!
    I wanted something to help answer questions about the growth and development of my toddler grandson. This was just what I was looking for....more info
  • a must-have for any parent
    wow - this book is so easy to use and gives such simple yet powerful instructions...this is the "manual" that doesn't come with kids when they're born!...more info
  • A great book for all parents!
    As a pediatrician, I can safety say this is a must-have for parents. This book has most everything you will need to know regarding your child in this age group. Read this one with confidence. AVOIDING THE 15 BIGGEST MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE: A PEDIATRICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE ...more info
  • Caring for your Baby
    Bought this book to have while babysitting my grandchildren as to what should be normal growth and development. So far it has been informative as an reference book for me....more info
  • so far so good
    I'm expecting my first baby very soon and decided I better get a handle on what I need to know when he/she arrives. I've just begun to read this book, but I can say that its content, layout, and information are exactly what I was hoping for and I believe it will be a resource for many years to come. It begins with a slight overlap of information I read in my pregnancy books (Mayo Clinic was my favorite) and goes forward from there. ...more info
  • One of the best books I have
    Of the small library of child-rearing books that I started collectin before my daughter was born, I believe this one has to be one of the best.

    "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child" has great tips, much reassuring information, and a very straight-forward presentation of information that is easy to understand.

    I've found this book invaluable mostly for health issues (what's that rash, do I need to worry about this thing she's doing, etc). It also has excellent information on behavior and temperament, particularly if used in conjunction with a book like Brazelton's "Touchpoints."

    this is definitely a book I'll be holding on to throughout the 5 years!...more info
  • Definitely useful
    I have a two month year old, and I purchased this book a little before she was born. From a friend, I received the book "What to expect the first year". Both of these books have been useful. At this point, the latter book has been more useful because there is more focus on each month during the first year. Nonetheless, I read both of them (over and over) and I am happy that I have them both. The reason I give this book just 4 stars is because, to some extent, I occasionally find the language to be a little too "knowing" and directive. The other book (What to expect...) seems to be a little more broad in scope in terms of considering different kinds of parents and parenting styles. Being that I live in Japan, I'm finding many things to challenge some assumptions in the I especially notice America-centric thought in this book (Caring for your baby and child). On the whole, however, it has been a helpful interesting book and I am happy I have it....more info
  • Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
    This is a MUST HAVE REFERENCE for parents, babysitters, daycare people, etc. The first part is organized by newborn care, 2-3 months old, etc. The second portion is alphabetical to quickly search for a condition or body part. The pictures help "show" or explain the body part or system. In summary, it allows a person to search by cardiovascular system or use the index for the name of a specific diagnosis or use the beginning developmental section. I will never sell this book. It will stay in the family....more info
  • This is the place to go to for answers.
    This book is truly a great book to have on the shelf if you have children. With the help of this book, you can more effectively care for your children when they are sick. Parents get a lot of advice but this is the place to go to for answers. ...more info
  • Solid reference book but not exactly a page-turner
    This book is filled with good, scientifically-researched advice on your baby's health. It does, however, read like a reference book, and it is often as exciting as reading a dictionary.

    My personal preference was to read Baby 411 as sort of an overall guide, then refer to this book as issues pop up. In other words, use it just like a dictionary!...more info
  • Worth Your While for New Parents
    As new parents we have found this to be a great resource. ...more info
  • Couldn't do without!
    This is the greatest book to have if you are having your first baby! I bought it when I had my first son and it calmed a lot of my fears, and gave me great information so I didn't have to pester my doctor (or my mother!). I still reference it all the time with my second baby and everyone of my friends that I have given it to at their baby showers said that it was their favorite and most used gift!...more info
  • "Must have" for new parents
    This book was recommended by my sister-in-law, along with T. Berry Brazelton's "Touchpoints." She is a school psychologist and mother of three and has been an incredible support to me as a new parent. Together, the books provide the core texts needed by any new parent creating a personal library on baby's development. The AAP provides the standard reference for your baby from before pregnancy until age 5. The layout and illustrations are very well done, making the information very easy to read, find, and remember. The two books would also be a great gift idea for friends that are expecting a new baby....more info
  • Informative Tool
    We are new parents. We needed an informative, reliable source to depend on during this critical stage of our lives with our new arrival. the American Academy of Peadiatricians have made an excellent job in providing such a wounderful book. Very easy to read and understand, cover most of what you need, but I personally recommend some other dependable sources like some web sites that may give you more detailes on a specific issues with your baby. A very good book to be beforehand when you need to know the development stages of your precious....more info
  • Handbook for kids 0-5 - Honestly!
    Anyone who doesn't want to call their doctor every two seconds needs this!
    It's like having them on your shoulder....You won't need another book until they hit 5!...more info