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The Baby Owner's Manual [Paperback]

Louis Borgenicht M.D. , Joe Borgenicht D.A.D. , Paul Kepple , Jude Buffum
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Feb. 1 2003 Owner's and Instruction Manual
At Last! A Beginner’s Guide to Newborn Baby Technology
You’ve programmed your VCR, you’ve reinstalled Microsoft Windows, you can even check your e-mail on your Palm Pilot. But none of this experience will prepare you for the world’s biggest technological marvel: a newborn baby.
Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Baby Owner’s Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: What’s the best way to swaddle a baby? How can I make my newborn sleep through the night? When should I bring the baby to a doctor for servicing? Whatever your concerns, you’ll find the answers here—courtesy of celebrated pediatrician Dr. Louis Borgenicht and his son, Joe Borgenicht. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for anyone who wants to learn the basics of childcare.

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The title, Baby Owner’s Manual, suggests the promise and the problem of this cheeky and comprehensive guide written by a pediatrician and his son. First-time parents who are not offended by the observation that "babies, unlike other appliances, lack instruction manuals," will find a rich resource of facts and advice. The book is divided into seven categories of "operating instructions" including home installation, feeding and power supply, sleep mode, maintenance, development, and safety. Complete with witty schematic drawings and charts, the authors answer hundreds of questions about breastfeeding, bed, bath, and beyond. While most manuals focus on tender loving care, the authors chose to focus on baby as technology. The result is a highly useful--almost too cool--reference book. Because every parent knows that babies are messier and more rewarding than this approach imagines. --Barbara Mackoff

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A board-certified pediatrician with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Louis Borgenicht has run his own practice in Salt Lake City for the last 16 years. He is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Utah School of Medicine, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2002, Ladies’ Home Journal named him the Best Pediatrician in Utah. Dr. Borgenicht lives with his wife, Jody, who has finally learned how to sleep through the night while her husband goes out on calls. Joe Borgenicht is a first-time father who frequently telephones his dad for advice. He is also a writer, a television producer, and the co-author of The Action Hero’s Handbook. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Melanie, and their son, Jonah (who still operates at peak efficiency after his first eighteen months). Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design, whose work has been featured in many design publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. When Jude was an infant, his owners would often program him for extended periods of sleep mode. Paul’s owners, on the other hand, tried numerous times to return their model, believing his inability to grow hair was a manufacturer’s defect.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a satire! Jan. 30 2004
The book reads a bit satirically -- think of your standard baby care book but written like a VCR manual. But it's actually useful information; we had our first child born recently, and it's been really useful to us. I've ended up buying copies for friends, too. Once you figure out a few of the slightly less obvious "terms" (like "service provider" for "doctor"), it's easy to read and avoids a lot of the editorializing and "my baby was this way" found in similar books. Worth the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BSOD? No problem! June 23 2003
By A Customer
This book is both entertaining and useful. I'm not one for reading baby books, so this was right down my alley. It helps that I work with computers daily, so the humor is really spot-on for me. I enjoy picking this book up, and it has some good pointers for me, a-soon-to-be-daddy with no previous training. I'm already preparing myself for the various "Sleep Modes."
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The book is written as if your baby is a product (therefore the need for this 'manual'). I skimmed through it in the bookstore and found it to be hilariously entertaining. I laughed at the verbage used and the 50s or 60s style pictures and diagrams. I bought it immediately and have enjoyed it very much. Example on writing: they ask you to "inspect" your model for all parts. Example of drawings: A circle with an adult holding a baby by the top of the head while the baby dangles with a line through the circle (as if to say 'Do not hold a baby by the top of the head). Obvious, but funny. I found it to by quite humorous.
I've laughed out loud reading it. But I must say that this book has very good information on how to raise your 'model' (baby). If you are a new parent or know someone who is a new or soon-to-be parent who has a sense of humor, they will appreciate this book. Louis Borgenicht, M.D., and his son Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D. (more humor) have written a master piece in my opinion. I would enjoy reading this book if my kid was 25 or didn't have any. It's just plain entertaining (but, again, very well organized useful information is found within).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read for the Expecting Father April 26 2003
By Joe A
I stumbled upon this book in the bookstore a couple of weeks ago on accident, and was intrigued by the cover of a baby drawn in the style of functional diagram. What fascinated me further were the off the wall diagrams combined with the technical manual-esque style found inside, which made me think "Worst Case Scenario Handbook" for the parenting world.
But moving beyond the cover I discovered many such useful facts which have undoubtedly helped me prepare for fatherhood. As a slightly jittery, somewhat confused, but overall excited expecting father, this book has become a Godsend.
I read "What to Expect In The First Year", and for the typical male this doesn't work. The dialogue is so blatantly pitted toward women that my brain can't register it. The context juggles concepts of shopping, breastfeeding, and cutsie warm blankets in a convoluted, non-linear fashion which spawned a tangent-of-a-tangent style change of topics reminiscent of listening to my wife talk on the phone to her sister.
This book combines humor with an effective style for logically-wired males like myself, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to cut to the chase and really prepare for what to expect in fatherhood, and avoid the "what to wear to the baby shower" and other non-essential rhetoric.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father-To-Be Perfect June 10 2003
By A Customer
My husband and I received this "manual" at our Baby Shower. All of our guests wanted to take a peek & either said they wished they had received one, or said that it would be a definite purchase for anyone expecting. The way in which it is written, is simple, humorous, and straight to the point. My husband began flipping through the pages at the Baby Shower & hasn't put it down yet! He even took it to work to show "the guys!" I've heard him laugh out loud while reading it & he has even come running down the hall to proudly tell me something new he learned :-) Grandpa-To-Be has even read it & said "Now I get it!" I will definitely buy this "manual" for friends and family in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and a breath of fresh air March 23 2004
By latenac
Although What to Expect and Dr. Sears are nice books, what was missing for me was a book with "just the facts" no discussion of parenting styles or anything along those lines, just "if baby is crying it may be b/c of x, y or z." And this book provides that in a simple, clear and amusing way. It's what we used when we prepared to give a bath for the first time to our newborn. It's listing of games and exercises for development has been useful. And it has provided much needed laughs at times. I love the discussion of stuffed animals and how the model will not believe that stuffed are not alive until 10 or 12 years of age. I'm not giving it 5 stars b/c I wish it dealt with stuff in the same detailed way beyond 6 months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for new dad April 18 2003
By A Customer
I bought it as a joke book for my husband, the car buff, to help answer some of his new parent questions, but I the book is so funny I have hardly been able to put it down myself. It reads like the instructions to a car owners manual, but with wonderful block illustrations and witty comentary. It explains taking care of a baby in much the same way you would take care of a car, and put things in terms that a guy would understand. A wonderfully funny read, with tips that you can actually use!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book bought it for a joke but it had ...
Awesome book bought it for a joke but it had some very good practical advice. Although it gives that advice with a funny geek culture spin.
Published 1 month ago by sonny moser
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift Idea
I added this to a gift basket I made for a baby shower. I flipped through it and it had it's funny parts, definitely what parents need to do more...laugh! :)
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I just gave this to my boyfriend, after reading the first few pages he said it was great! The way it is written and illustrated it makes it easy for him to read. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and amusing
I bought the book mostly as a joke because my husband and I are both geeks. The information given in the book is written in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Published on March 19 2012 by patricia
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I bought this book for my husband kind of as a joke, but it turns out the book really has a lot of information! Read more
Published on March 19 2011 by Michelle Ruston
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said babies don't come with manuels never found this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know about baby at your fingertips
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all new parents (especially for Dads)
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Published on June 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and concise
This is a good book, and is easy to reference and find things in. Of all the books I bought, this is the one I ended up bringing to the hospital with me. Read more
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