Mother of All Baby Books

Mother of All Baby Books

by Ann Douglas

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Oh Boy! Or Girl!

Just had a baby? Relax, lie down and breathe a sigh of relief. The Mother of All Baby Books has arrived! From the author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, comes the guide that all new parents have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. The Mother of All Baby Books is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with your new bundle of joy. Packed with important advice and insider tips to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby, this comprehensive, refreshing guide is an excellent resource for first time or even experienced moms and dads.

Warm and delightful, The Mother of All Baby Books offers a wide range of topics including basic childcare, nutrition, health, and physical, emotional, and social development. Inside you'll find the facts about sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, circumcision, and immunization issues, as well as charts and tables to bring you up to date on the latest information, a handy glossary of baby-related terms, and insider secrets on shopping for baby. Get the inside scoop on how to handle colic, diaper rash and all those pressing questions that have you pacing the floor at 3 a.m.! With an extra-added dose of reassurance, discover what it's really like to become a parent in this bible to babyhood and beyond!

""The Mother of All Baby Books provides excellent advice for topics that are easily overlooked during the pregnancy/baby adventure.""
-Sandra Gookin, co-author of Parenting For Dummies and Parenting For Dummies, 2nd ed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764566165
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Series: Mother of All Series , #10
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.51(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

Ann Douglas is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby and Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. She is also the author The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, Americanized edition publishing in January 2002. In addition, she is the author Before You Were Born: The Inside Story and Baby Science: How Babies Really Work, a recent Book of the Month Club selection for both Canada and the U.S.A. She is a regular contributor to Canadian Living and Ann is the mother of four young children, and has been through a variety of pregnancy-related experiences, including infertility, miscarriage, and stillbirth.

Table of Contents


A One-of-a-Kind Baby Book.

CHAPTER 1: Your Pre-Game Plan.

Planning Your Babymoon.

Decisions, Decisions.

Umbilical Cord Banking.

The Circumcision Decision.

Breast Or Bottle?

The Name Game.

CHAPTER 2: The Final Countdown.

What You Can Do Ahead Of Time To Make The First Few Weeks Less Crazy.

Put Your Support Team In Place.

Consider Hiring A Postpartum Doula.

Stock Your Home With Healthy, Easy-To-Prepare Foods.

Keep On Top Of Chores On The Homefront.

Get The Rest Of Your Life In Order.

The Last Hurrah.

CHAPTER 3: Decorating Your Baby's Room.

Getting The Best Deals On Baby Equipment.

Hitting The Garage Sale Circuit.

The Necessities Vs. The Frills: What Your Baby Really Needs.

Car Seats.

Baby Carriers.


A Safe Place For Baby To Sleep.



Other Baby Gear.

The Diaper Dilemma.

Clothes Call.

Other Bits And Pieces.

To Thine Own Self Be True.

CHAPTER 4: A Star Is Born.

Meeting Your Baby.

Getting To Know Your Baby.

What Newborns Look Like.



Muscle Weakness.






Abdomen And Chest.

Umbilical Cord Stump.

Hands And Feet.

Legs And Arms.


What To Expect If Your Baby Is Premature.

Baby Geniuses.

Rooting Reflex.

Grasping Reflex.

Moro Reflex.

Stepping Reflex.

Tonic Neck Reflex (Fencer's Reflex) .

Placing Reflex.

"Crawling" Reflex.

Doll's Eye Reflex.

The APGAR Test.

The Newborn Exam.

Other Tests.


Congenital Problems.

How Long To Stay In The Hospital.

Leaving The Hospital Without Your Baby.

CHAPTER 5: Your Postpartum Body.

After The Birth.

Your Postpartum Body: What To Expect.

Heavy Vaginal Bleeding.

Perineal Pain.

Changes To Tone And Feel Of Your Vagina.


Difficulty Having A Bowel Movement.


A Flabby Belly.

A Separation Of The Abdominal Muscles.

Stretch Marks.

Breast Changes.


Shivers And Shakes.


Weight Loss.

Hair Loss.

Caesarian Recovery.

More Than The Baby Blues?

Getting Back Into Shape.

(Is There) Sex After Baby?

CHAPTER 6: The Truth About Newborns.

What Babies Know.






The Sleep Department.

Sleeping Like A Baby.

Co-Sleeping: Is It For You?

Sleeping Through The Night.

The Crying Game.

Could It Be Colic?

Who's Crying Now?

CHAPTER 7: Bosom Buddies.

The Joys And Challenges Of Breastfeeding.

Paradise Lost?

Trends In Breastfeeding.

The Science Of Breastfeeding.

Prolactin, Not Prozac.

Getting Breastfeeding Off To The Best Possible Start.

The Art Of The Latch.

What Breastfeeding Feels Like.

Your Biggest Breastfeeding Questions Answered.

Troubleshooting Common Problems.

Nipple Confusion.

Breast Engorgement.

Sore Nipples.

Flat Or Inverted Nipples.


Plugged Ducts.

Mastitis (Breast Infection) .

Thrush (Oral Pseudomembranous Candidiasis) .

Breastfeeding Under Special Circumstances.

Breastfeeding A Premature Baby.

Breastfeeding A Baby With A Congenital Problem.

Breastfeeding After Adoption.

Breastfeeding After Breast Enhancement Or Reduction Surgery.

Breastfeeding Multiples.

Choosing An Infant Formula.

How To Prepare Your Baby's Bottles.

Offering A Bottle.

Common Questions About Formula Feeding.

CHAPTER 8: The Owner's Manual.

The Care And Handling Of Babies.

The Dirt On Diapers.

Rash Decisions.

Caring For A Circumcised Baby.

Umbilical Cord Care.

A Baby For All Seasons.

Nail Care.

Dental Care.

Before Your Baby's Teeth Come In.

After Your Baby's Teeth Come In.

Dressing The Part.

Bathtime Basics.

How To Sponge Bath A Baby.

Your Baby's First "Real" Bath.

Moving Up To The "Big Tub" .

Infant Massage.

CHAPTER 9: Boot Camp.

The Top Ten Reasons Why The Early Weeks Of Parenthood Are Such A Challenge.

CHAPTER 10: What's Up, Doc?

How Often Should Your Baby See The Doctor?

What To Expect.

The Facts On Immunizations.

How Immunizations Work.


Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine.

About The Chickenpox Vaccine.

How Will I Know If My Child Is Sick?

Respiratory Symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms.

Skin Changes.

Other Symptoms.

More About Fever.

Fever Is Not The Bad Guy; The Illness Is.

This Does Not Compute.

What Type Of Thermometer To Use.

How To Take Your Baby's Temperature.

What You Need To Know About Febrile Convulsions.

When To Call The Doctor.

Treating A Fever.

Coping With Common Childhood Illnesses And Infections.

Respiratory And Related Conditions.

Skin And Scalp Conditions.

Gastrointestinal Conditions.

Other Conditions.

Caring For A Sick Baby.

Reducing The Risk Of SIDS.

Coping With SIDS-Related Fears.

Babyproofing 101.

Every Room.

Halls And Stairways.





Family Room.

Living Room.

Laundry Room.




Safety On The Road.

Infant Car Seats.

Toddler Car Seats .

Convertible Car Seats.

Other Car Safety Tips.

When Plan A Fails.

When A Baby Dies.

Grieving The Loss Of Your Baby.

CHAPTER 11: Food For Thought.

On Solid Ground.

Health And Safety Concerns.

Making Your Own Baby Food.

Tricks Of The Trade.

CHAPTER12: The Working Parent's Survival Guide.

Deciding Whether Or Not To Work Outside The Home.

The Good News Department.

Show Me The Money! .

Easy Come, Easy Go.

How To Apply.

Choosing Childcare.

Breastfeeding And Working.

Finding A Breastfeeding-Friendly Caregiver.

Choosing A Breast Pump.

Pumping 101.

The First Week Survival Guide.

CHAPTER 13: The Incredible Growing Baby.

Baby Geniuses.

Feeding Your Baby's Brain.

Growing With Your Baby.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Directory of Organizations.

Appendix C: Directory of Internet Resources.

Appendix D: Important Statistics.

Appendix E: Recommended Reading.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Acclaim for The Mother of All Baby Books and Ann Douglas

"Indispensable! Every mom and dad should be issued a copy of this book at the hospital!" —Denise & Alan Fields, authors of Baby Bargains

"Down-to-earth, informative, empowering and entertaining, this book holds your hand when you're uncertain, hugs you when you're discouraged, makes you laugh when you're aggravated, and inspires you when you're pushed to your limits. Also, this book doesn't shy away from looking at the issues around childbearing losses.So if you're a mother with special circumstances, you can pick up this book with ease, knowing that your experiences are reflected and gently acknowledged." —Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., co-author of The Emotional Journey ofParenting Your Premature Baby: A Book of Hope and Healing

"The Mother of All Baby Books is an amazing resource that all new mothers will love. Brilliantly presented, the book is both practical and inspirational, and no topic is left unexplored. Ann Douglas is the kind of savvy and reassuring guide that you'll want by your side as you embark on the monumental journey into motherhood." —Cecelia A. Cancellaro, author of Pregnancy Stories: Real Women Share the Joys, Fears, Thrills, and Anxieties of Pregnancy from Conception to Birth

"The Mother of all Baby Books provides excellent advice for topics that are easily overlooked during the pregnancy/baby adventure. The real life examples do a superb job supporting these topics in addition to giving you creative ideas on howyou can implement these helpful suggestions into your life." —Sandra Gookin, co-author of Parenting For Dummies,and Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition

"There's nothing like another 'Mother' to help you navigate the amazing first year with a new baby. The Mother of All Baby Books has advice for almost everything you'll encounter." —Paula Spencer, "The Mom Next Door" columnist, Woman's Day Magazine; author of Everything ELSE You Need to Know When You're Expecting

"With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style, and a million 'extras' that the leading baby books on the shelves don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back.
Finally, a baby book written for women of my generation!" —M. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Breastfeeding Sourcebook, and founder of

"A major thumbs-up goes to The Mother of All Baby Books - a fabulously writ-ten, comprehensive guide to baby care that is definitely a must-read for any parent or caregiver. Full of real-life experiences and wonderful tips, this book answers all those nagging little questions that plague parents, as well as providing scads of valuable ideas on how to do a bang-up job of baby care. It covers the wholespectrum-everything from getting prepped for the magical moments (meeting/greeting your brand-new baby), to brass-tack practicalities, such as choosing a baby carrier. (I'll definitely keep this book close at hand for my own new-baby questions this year!)" —Jennifer Shoquist, M.D., author of Potty Training For Dummies

"Ann Douglas has done it again! Like her pregnancy books, this new baby-rearing guide is comprehensive yet easy to read. Parents will find answers to all their ques-tions,from big decisions ('How do we choose a pediatrician?') to minor matters ('Which wallpaper for the nursery?'), from age-old anxieties ('Is my baby eating enough?') to contemporary concerns ('Should we bank the umbilical cordblood?'). Plus, the book is reader-friendly and fun, with its practical suggestions reinforced by lively anecdotes from savvy, experienced parents." —Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads and Program Your Baby's Health

"As the old saying goes, 'Babies don't come with instruction manuals.' Well, Ann Douglas' The Mother of All Baby Books is really the next best thing! Covering everything imaginable - from newborn care to bathing basics, babyproofing your home to coping with sleepless nights - you will find ways to nurture this amazing new little person in your life while still keeping your sanity. Ann's wise ideas, researched information and real-life tips will help you make this time even more magical and memorable." —Nancy Price, Editor,, and ePregnancy Magazine

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