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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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mothers Over 35, Do Not Read This Book! June 28 2013
When my husband and I first got pregnant, we surrounded ourselves with every book we could find and within the first few chapters found this book was insulting, fear-inducing and simply out-of-date for mothers over the age of 35. It actually angered me, as everything in one of the early chapters about when to get pregnant suggests that having a child over the age of 35 is irresponsible and dangerous. I met my husband later in life and therefore we had a baby later in life, but this book made me feel like such an enormous mistake had been made, an error that would require turning back time. Luckily, I had the confidence to toss the book in recycling and warn my friends - many of whom are having children later in life - away from this book. Please, if you are over the age of 35, do not give this book the time of day. It does not deserve it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One sided April 14 2013
By Nadine
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the first time mom! Nov. 26 2012
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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. It's easy to read, and has pretty much all the info you need to know. Great for first time moms like myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for new moms to be Aug. 19 2012
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i loved reading every page of this 600 page book!!! barely could stop myself from reading. all in is a great baby book for new moms to be and i think it's a little calming for some of the fears that new moms to be have :) i'm one of the new moms to be (6 month pregnant) and i feel much more prepared than i felt before. most of my questions got answered and i loved that she got in some detail with illness that babies can get into and also with certain birth defects etc. pp. i totally would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Book.
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.
Published 1 month ago by jkergen
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I bought this book earlier!
I bought this book after I had my baby, and I wish I would have found it sooner. It answered so many questions I had about pregnancy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michaela
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.
Published 18 months ago by shannon esau
4.0 out of 5 stars A great CANADIAN book on babies
The other books are great, but this one has Canadian specific information which does make a difference! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lno
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I researched a lot before selecting this as one of our baby book purchases. I wanted something that would help us prepare for the first year in a non-kitschy, non-preachy,... Read more
Published on May 8 2011 by Bee
3.0 out of 5 stars a little dated
This book makes a good read, but is a little dated and a little less scientific/factual than I expected. It is a good starting point for total newbies. Read more
Published on March 11 2011 by ew
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