Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year (Anglais) Broché – 30 mars 2010
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--Kim Barnouin, coauthor of The New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
“Dr. Scott Cohen has managed to condense everything parents need to know for their baby’s first year into a fun and readable guide. Today’s parents have more questions than ever and Dr. Cohen answers them all in this handy, readable book. I will be recommending this one to parents for years to come.” -- Dr. Jenn Berman, author of SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids
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The result is a refreshingly engaging and informative guide that includes all you need to know at each age and stage of your child’s first year. Drawing on the latest medical recommendations and his experiences at home and in the office, Dr. Cohen covers everything from preparing for your baby’s arrival to introducing her to a new sibling, to those three basic functions that will come to dominate a new parent’s life. Eat, Sleep, Poop addresses questions, strategies, myths, and all aspects of your child’s development. In each instance, Dr. Cohen provides a thorough overview and a simple answer or explanation: a “common sense bottom line,” yet he doesn’t dictate. The emphasis is on doing what is medically sound and what works best for you and your baby. He also includes fact sheets, easy-to-follow diagnosis and treatment guides, and humorous daddy vs. doctor sidebars that reveal the learning curve during his fi rst year as a dad.
Lively, practical, and reassuring, Eat, Sleep, Poop provides the knowledge you need to parent with confidence, to relax and enjoy baby’s fi rst year, and to raise your child with the best tool a parent can have: informed common sense.
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Dr. Cohen is a pediatrician who's written what, in my humble opinion, is one of the better books on the market for new parents. He's written it with humor and common sense, but above all, with a certain gentleness that comes from not only being a doctor, but also a new father.
My son is now turning six months old. The first time my wife left me alone with him, I was petrified: what, I screamed--in my head--should I do if he suddenly erupted in a torrent of crying? How do I tell what's wrong with him? Rachael joked that if only she had a flowchart, I could follow the prompts to find out what to do in each case: diaper? Check. Hungry? Check.
Imagine my most pleasant surprise to find that the good doctor--the good man!--has done this very thing for me. That alone is worth the price! Turn to page 147 and see the wonderful "Crying at Random Times" flowchart. There are others that are invaluable to a left-brain (or is that right-brain) engineer like me.
Even reading the table of contents speaks to a calmness, a kind of lessening that parental anxiety: Chapter 1 is titled Prepare--Save the Date. Chapter 2, Welcome--Your Baby Comes Home, further distilled into `The Apgar Score' (yeah, what the heck is that anyway?), Antibiotic Eye Ointment, Cord Care. Chapter 9: Hachooo!--Common First Year Health Concerns. And so on--the chapter on vaccinations is a must-read, it certainly helped me make what I think is the proper decision to not only vaccinate my son but to do so on the suggested schedule.
Each chapter is filled with exceptional, generalized information in clear, non-medical and easily digestible prose. Every so often, there are `Common Sense Bottom Line' boxes with italicized text of information about what REALLY parents should do, from a sensible perspective with even less jargon, more straightforward information ("If your child poops ten times a day or once a week; has watery, seedy, Play-Doh or soft-serve ice cream consistency poop; has poop that smells like roses or rotten eggs; or has poop that is green or yellow or brown--it is all perfectly normal.")
The personal touches are to be found in the sections titled "Daddy vs. Doctor" in which oftentimes hilarious stories from Dr. Cohen's own experiences raising his baby daughter and dealing with new parenthood will leave you in near stitches and are definitely not to be missed.
The only section of this otherwise elevated book that I would not generally agree with is the advice on sleep--he espouses a modified Cry It Out method that I'm not 100% comfortable with however successful it's been. A bit of better advice in my opinion is The 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program by Polly Moore. In addressing colic and colicky, fussy babies, I believe an extensive coverage of the subject is provided by Harvey Karp's The Happiest Baby on the Block although Dr. Cohen does touch on the generalities of calming and soothing babies using those same techniques.
The basic and clear advice given is refreshing and above all calming. As a new dad myself, this is invaluable information but also indicative of that gentleness I wrote of before. Here's some advice I believe all new parents should take to heart, which he gives in the Afterword (but before the REALLY excellent References section):
Keep life with your baby simple. Trust your instincts and use common sense as your guide. Imagine there was no Internet. Imagine there was nobody to call in the middle of the night for advice. Imagine you lost your cable connection. Now imagine you are alone at night and your child starts to cry inconsolably. What would you do? Your natural parenting instincts would take over and you and your child would be okay. And after reading this book you have the added knowledge to handle these situations with confidence.
Well-said, doc. A definite "must-buy" recommendation from me.
By the way, if you're a new parent and own the Droid, get the ESP (Eat Sleep Poop) app--not related to this book, it just rocks!
[Update 12/16/2010: My son is now almost one year old and I continue to use Eat Sleep Poop as a ready reference. I have also changed my mind about sleep training and now agree with Dr. Cohen. Further reading of Polly Moore's book showed she also espouses a modified sleep training scheduling including a Cry It Out methodology. This book continues to be wonderful and even now recommend higher than ever!]
Cohen channels this knowledge and experience into eleven chapters that offer practical advice for the range of issues parents will face with their newborns. From preparing for the blessed day to dealing with the inevitable illnesses, Cohen explains to his readers what new parents can expect and how best to deal with it. To that end, he synthesizes much of his advice into handy bullet points, checklists, and charts that can aid parents as a quick reference when dealing with these issues. For the most pat he adopts a relaxed approach, explaining when concern is warranted and when a parent's worries can be overblown. All of this is conveyed in a friendly tone aided by a light touch of humor, usually offered at his expense. Such jokes convey what is perhaps the best point Cohen has to offer - that even the best-prepared of us can expect to make mistakes, yet babies are perfectly capable of surviving our occasional mistakes to grow into happy children. It is a lesson I expect I will be reminding myself of as I embark upon fatherhood, and which alone made this book worth reading.
Unfortunately, I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the philosophy. Letting babies "cry it out" is more controversial than the author hints; I found it helpful and interesting to see a pediatrician's perspective on it, but am hoping to avoid ever employing his advice. I've been trying to find a fairly unbiased discussion of circumcision and found myself let down here as well; the author immediately dismisses any concerns about sexuality and sensation as the last thing a parent cares about, but I know a fair number of adult men who consider these things fairly important to themselves! The author also cites reduced risks of STDs and other medical problems, but every study I've found done on this involves a very different environment (sub-Saharan Africa) and I would love to see a discussion that actually includes and considers studies done in the US or Europe, if these exist. So, I'll keep looking for that unbiased discussion of the issues. With his necessary equipment list, the author is going to immediately alienate a lot of parents out there I know who don't buy cribs. Having inherited a nice cradle, I am waffling on buying a crib right away and did not find his discussion helpful.
I'm as pro-vaccine as just about anybody, but I thought the author's take on this - assuming that all concerns were related to misinformation about autism - was patronizing and annoying. With this assumption, he skipped over questions that I really did have, like the duration of varicella vaccine immunity, or whether to pursue HPV vaccination for boys, or how to negotiate different vaccination schedules if you have to move overseas during your child's infancy, or whether to take any special precautions if your child hasn't previously been exposed to the potential allergens in vaccines.
So, in any case, know that there's a lot of information here, but it's not always the information you want and it's not always philosophically uncontroversial. I found the balance useful; I don't have to agree entirely with a book to benefit from reading it, and I am reading a wide variety of baby books with different driving philosophies. As with all of them, you'll probably have to pick and choose what works for you. I would not advise relying on this as a sole guide.