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Monday, July 9, 2012

book - Eat, Sleep, Poop

A fellow mommy from our Facebook group recommended this book and I'm so glad she did. It's now going to become something I give to new mommies. Such a great resource! Very realistic, straight-forward, easy to read and understand, and so knowledgeable. I learned a lot from this book, even after having two kids you'd think I knew more than I learned here. I definitely recommend this book to new parents.

Eat, Sleep, Poop - A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year by Scott W. Cohen, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Every topic you can think of is covered in this book, in depth, with real information that makes sense. I liked that there were topics explained better than any doctors or nurses explained to me with both my children in the hospital. For example, on page 33, the author explained that newborns get antibiotic eye ointment in their eyes to prevent bacteria that may have gotten in their eyes through the birth canal to prevent blindness and eye infections. Never knew that was why they put the ointment in the eyes. Nice to know!

Some great info from the book:

Vitamin K shot - I learned in this book that the reason newborns are given this shot is because all babies are born deficient in vitamin K. This vitamin helps blood to clot so it's very important. "Without a vitamin K injection, there is an increased risk of an infant spontaneously bleeding anywhere in her body, even the brain," the author wrote on page 35.

Eyesight at birth - Babies have 20/200 - 20/800 vision at birth and can see six to twelve inches, according to the author on page 50.

Baby girls - may have red or blood in their urine and diapers the first week or so after birth due to hormonal changes from the mother. It's normal.

Why babies hiccup- They hiccup often because they always swallow air. They don't bother the baby so should be left alone.

2 and 4 - His tip was that for the first two to four months babies will eat every two to four hours at two to four ounces each session.

Happy spitters - He described the difference between reflux babies and those "happy spitters," who spit up each feeding but are happy and it doesn't bother them. On page 90 he offered tips for helping a spitter - keep upright after feedings for at least 15 minutes, elevate the head in the bed, etc.

Pumping - Said the best time to pump is immediately after breastfeeding. "That's because no infant empties the breast fully, and by pumping after the feeding you are emptying the well, so to speak, and sending a signal to your brain to produce more milk," he wrote on page 97.

Milk allergy chart - On page 105 I was pretty impressed with the chart to help moms determine if their child has a milk allergy. It's easy with simple steps to determine if something else is going on.

Sleep schedules - He suggested it's never too early to start a sleep routine, even starting at two weeks old. He gave great tips on how to do this - making the bedtime routine different than any other nap time routines, baths, music, rocking, etc.

Sleeping through the night- He said when babies are 3 to 4 months old they are ready to sleep through the night. He suggested that nighttime wakings and feedings are out of comfort instead of need or hunger. He gives good tips on how to teach your baby to self-soothe in the night. Getting a baby to sleep through the night is largely dependent on your response to her waking in the night, he wrote.

Naps- Most babies take 3 naps a day for 6 months, then may go to 2 naps a day until 15-18 months old, the author wrote on page 131. Keeping the times routine every day is key.

Crying - On page 147 the author gives another great chart to find out why the baby is crying at random times to find diagnoses of congestion, fever, notifying doctor, etc. Great chapter on colic.

Tummy time - He suggests starting at 2 weeks old.

Fevers - A fever is defined as over 100.4 degrees F. The author said that the number of days - more than 3 days - that a child has a fever is more important than how high the fever is. Under two months old and anything over 100.4 degrees you should always call your doctor, the author wrote.

Rashes and illnesses - A great chapter with tons of information about common illnesses like the cold, vomiting, hand foot and mouth disease, etc. There are also some good charts describing what to do with diaper rashes and yeast infections.

Medications while breastfeeding - A great list of medications someone can take while nursing is listed in the back of the book on page 260.

OVERALL... an awesome resource! 
Definitely one to buy and keep on the shelf and to give as a baby shower gift. 

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