Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Recommendation: Baby Body Signs

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Baby Body Signs: The Head-to-Toe Guide to Your Child's Health, from Birth Through the Toddler Years

Several months ago, a publicist from Random House contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing Baby Body Signs. I said yes and so she shipped the book to me. 

This book is very interesting. It is not meant to be the type of book you read cover to cover; it is a reference book when you have questions. But I of course read it word for word. I like information :)

This is a great book to have on hand in your home. Any little thing you might wonder about, from snoring to cradle cap to freckles to head is all in there. The authors discuss the item along with what it means and what to do about it. 

The book is organized into the following chapters:
  • Baby's Head
  • Baby's Hair and Scalp
  • Baby's Eyes
  • Baby's Ears
  • Baby's Nose
  • Baby's Mouth
  • Baby's Torso and Limbs
  • Baby's Skin
  • Baby's Genitals
  • Baby's Body Waste
The authors discuss healthy signs, warning signs, dangerous signs (require immediate attention), and stop signs (ways to prevent things from recurring). It also includes many fun quotes related to things you are reading, as well as interesting things people use to do historically (like that in ancient Egypt, mothers would eat a cooked mouse to relieve baby's teething pain). There are also factoids sprinkled throughout. 

This book really helps you to investigate what is going on with your baby. It helps you know what to mention to a doctor and what is just normal baby stuff. Baby's can't talk for themselves, so these things help you to be more aware of what is going on physically. 

This book is interesting, informative, and most importantly useful. I highly, highly recommend it. I have learned so many new things I never knew as I have read the book. 

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