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The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance [Paperback]

Louis Borgenicht , Joe Borgenicht
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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

About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift Idea July 19 2013
By Sue
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Boyfriend loves it! July 17 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. He never reads book so this was great! It is written in a way that is funny and cute and fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and amusing March 19 2012
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.
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very gimmicky June 14 2003
By A Customer
This book would make for a nice "joke present" for a baby shower, but it should not be considered a true baby reference book. It's simply too superficial and gimmicky. Think of it as "baby book lite."
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5.0 out of 5 stars BSOD? No problem! June 23 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny and informative March 19 2011
I bought this book for my husband kind of as a joke, but it turns out the book really has a lot of information! It's also written in a very humorous way which makes it easy to read!
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This book is THEE manuel for new babies! All new parents should get this book when they are expecting their first baby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know about baby at your fingertips
tired of the encyclopedic tomes of baby books that frankly, once the sleep deprivation hits, you won't recall? This short and sweet book is perfect for immediate parenting. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by Rhian Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all new parents (especially for Dads)
This is one of the most concise and amusing books I have ever owned. The information is incredibly useful and easy to understand. Read more
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
Published on June 3 2004 by Sean P. Logue
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and a breath of fresh air
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... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by latenac
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Unqualified Success of a Book!
THE BABY'S OWNER'S MANUAL by Louis Borgenicht, MD and his son Joe(who is listed as having the degree of DAD! Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Grady Harp
4.0 out of 5 stars A light, witty fun read
A clever somewhat silly book that can be read as entertainment with some good tips lurking beneath. A breath of fresh air when raising baby becomes a challenge. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Objectifies Babies as if they were not already....
This book does not help in bonding or understanding your new baby. Our culture is very successful at objectifying babies, young children and women. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003
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