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The Mother of All Baby Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Baby's First Year [Paperback]

Ann Douglas
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-Canadian baby book! Sept. 6 2002
The Mother of All Baby Books is a comprehensive and reassuring guide to baby care. It contains chapters on such all-important topics as preparing for the birth of your baby, shopping for baby (i.e. what you need and what is likely to end up being a complete waste of money), what newborn babies really look like, infant behaviour (sleeping, crying vs. colic), infant development, newborn health, breastfeeding and introducing solid foods, coping with the stress of being a new parent, how having a baby changes your relationship with your partner, how to tell when your baby is sick enough to need to require medical attention, and much more. Like the other two books in the "Mother of All series" (The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Toddler Books), The Mother of All Baby Books includes a detailed glossary, a directory of Canadian health and parenting associations/organizations, leads on the best Canadian health and parenting web sites, Canadian immunization information, baby growth charts, and much more. This -- along with a copy of the children's book Goodnight Moon -- is my baby gift of choice for new parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So You Had A Bab-eh? Sept. 10 2003
By A Customer
I bought The Mother of All Baby Books before our son was born, and found it helpful from the start. After our son arrived, I found myself checking in with Ann whenever I had questions about his health, or even my own recovery. Extremely reassuring was Douglas' more laid back approach to child development in the first year than that of the What To Expect.. series (e.g. when your child has not sat up on his or her own by 5 months, you do not need to rush to the doctor..). I highly recommend this book whether you're expecting or have just begun your journey as a parent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR ALL SOON TO BE MOTHERS! March 23 2003
This book is the only baby book you'll need to buy. It is so in depth and easy to understand. It has a lot of tables and "checklists" that are very interesting. I bought this book after I bought The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, which was awesome too. I like it so much better than the 'What to Expect' series because you can read this book straight through. After finishing this book, I wanted to buy The Mother of All Toddler Books...which is only available in the Canadian edition so far. But I think it will be available in the US soon. Do yourself a favor and buy it now!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for Canadians Oct. 9 2003
By A Customer
I purchased the Mother of All Pregnancy Books and the Mother of All Baby Books for the birth of my first child. I highly recommend these books. The information on practices in Canada sets them apart from other books and made my purchasing decision easy.
I have spent hours reading and re-reading these books (when you're sleep deprived it takes a while to absorb information!). The information is current and the inclusion of comments and advice from other mothers gives it credibility. The writing style flows nicely and I appreciated the touch of humour (yes there's a "u" in humour in Canada) found throughout.
Definitely buy these books if you live in Canada and are expecting a baby. You won't regret the investment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Baby! Sept. 9 2002
Loved the Mother of All Pregnancy Books and I loved The Mother of All Baby Books. It got me through many a time... what is thrush, how to cope with teething, what the heck my body was doing after giving birth... all sorts of things I wish my mom had told me!
I also really like the fact that the author is Canadian and puts it in Canadian lingo. I found the book very reassuring, funny and clear. All and all... a book to ask for at your shower!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out there! Oct. 5 2005
I went and bought this book after seeing an interview on an Ottawa morning show - and am I ever impressed! Finally - a book marketed and written to/for Canadian parents! An offers insightful and helpful advice for parents - right down to registering your child(ren)s birth in Canada and applying for the CCTB - something very helpful to first time parents, and things to expect in your newborn! This book totally blows all the others I read right out of the water (some I was given, I didn't bother to read after this one!) I look forward to buying/reading her other books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK, buy it before you have a baby! Aug. 30 2011
By utah32
This is the best baby book I got so far. Unlike Dr. Oz's book or others, it has everything laid out simply and in concise chapters, so you aren't left fishing for info while your baby screams with a temperature. I liked the chapters on vaccinations (explains it all, when they happen, reactions and even expresses the views of those who are against vaccinations). It has a clear cut guide to illnesses and I have used the temperature chart to make sure my baby is still ok OVER and OVER. It tells you the things that you need to know and right from birth to age 1 or so. I wish it had more info and a longer chapter on food, formula and switching to solids, but no books seem to have that information I find. There is a good development chart easy to reference that you can check if your baby is keeping up the way it should (although it does state every baby is different). This book is amazing for Canadian women who just need a helping hand on everything related to babies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why I think it's just ok May 21 2011
The mother of all baby books is a great because Canadian audiences are rarely addressed in baby books. And there is a huge difference when it comes to the hospital information and gouvernment stuff (maternity leave, paternity leave, baby allowance, RRESP, EI, etc....)
However, the book is 10 years old and very outdated in a bunch of topics such as clothe diapers which do not require plastic pants and pins anymore!, resources, websites and links, government stuff which has drastically changed in the last ten years. Also the author rarely speaks of her own experiences and it feels very impersonal. She doesnt seem to have any medical degrees and all the studies and statistics are way outdated. Booo! update your book!
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Tons of concise information about babies. Goes from newborn stage and up. Easy to read and follow. I have used this book many many times to refer to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I bought this book earlier!
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2.0 out of 5 stars One sided
This book was pretty biased. If you already know you're going to breastfeed 24/7, and let your baby make all the decisions for your household, then this book's for you.
Published 16 months ago by Nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleases with purchase
It was what I expected after hearing so many good things about it from friends. I would recommend this to others.
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This is a GREAT book and I highly recommend it. I don't usually write reviews of the stuff I buy, but I had to let everyone know how awesome this book is. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great CANADIAN book on babies
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Published on Aug. 19 2012 by Peggy Volmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
As a soon-to-be father and Canadian, I had heard many good things about this book. Unfortunately, when I started reading it, I realized that it is not a parenting book, but a... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2011 by John A.
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