The Baby Owner's Manual Paperback – Feb 1 2003
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The title, Baby Owners 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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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).
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.
Most recent customer reviews
As entertaining to read as it was informative. Giving these as gifts to friends expecting, great book.Published 7 months ago by AJCalgary
A wonderful parenting book filled with tips, tricks and a lot of humour.Published 16 months ago by Orie @ Let's Take A Shelfie
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 23 months ago by Sonny
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! :)Published on July 19 2013 by Sue
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
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 morePublished on March 19 2011 by Michelle Ruston
This book is THEE manuel for new babies! All new parents should get this book when they are expecting their first baby!Published on Jan. 1 2010 by Braedon S. Robb
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2009 by Rhian Walker
This is one of the most concise and amusing books I have ever owned. The information is incredibly useful and easy to understand. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
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