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I love this book. It is fun, simple, easy to read, funny, small enough to not be overwhelming, comprehensive and inexpensive.
I don't really have to say anything else, but in the interests of being thorough, I will. It's written almost like a Haynes manual about a baby, and is filled with all the basic information you need when you come home with your newborn and wonder what on earth they were thinking to let you take this tiny person out of the safe hospital.
It contains useful information on bathing, nappy changing, feeding, sleeping, teething, the sort of implements you need for a baby, when to keep an eye on the baby and perhaps administer some Calpol and potential danger signs to watch out for. It also covers the period where you're preparing the nursery and has an invaluable take on baby "stuff", telling you what you really need and what might be nice to have but isn't essential.
The Growth and Development section, where it explains things like childproofing, milestones to watch out for and things to do to help the baby along, is excellent, and it gives basic introductions to all the confusing things that people talk about - Baby Led Weaning? No-Cry Sleep Solutions? All explained with just enough detail that you can decide if you want to know more about it and do more research.
I would recommend this book to everyone, but perhaps particularly to expectant fathers. Simple, comprehensive and not in the least bit dull. Excellent.
I found this book in one of my local book stores for around £9 and seeing as though one of my good male friends had just become a Daddy I thought - as a joke I would get him this book, just to maybe help him along in some way although i thought the book wasn't too serious.
well, i had to have a little nosey about the book before i gave it to him and i have to admit i was pleasantly surprised. Although it is written like an actual manual with information that is straight to the point as possible and humerus illustration, the book actually does contain some helpful information for those new dads out there. I thought it was going to be a book joking about new dads and "not coping" and the fact that the book refers to your child as "her" or "your version"
...but it actually is very informative.
The book talks about things from how to make your baby comfortable at night and how to swaddle them, room temperatures, formula and how it can effect your baby to how to get those burps up and how to deal with the hiccups.
In fact, my boyfriend is so taken with this book that he insists he NEEDS a copy when the time comes! ha-ha!
It is a handy little book to have a little look at if maybe you're unsure of something.
over all I think this book is a good gift to someone who has just had a little one. It's a nice way to help without sounding pushy etc...
i wouldn't however say that this is one of the more serious parenting books of course and if someone is looking for a "proper" baby book then to think about looking for another book.
I bought this as a bit of a joke present for my brother when his partner was expecting, but actually it turned out to be a really good investment. After the birth, my brother said that out of the all baby books they'd got, The Baby Owner's Manual was the only one they were actually using and they wouldn't leave home without it (luckily it's small enough to fit into most handbags).
The writing style is in that of a car maintenance manual so it's quite witty and tongue-in-cheek, but if that style's not for you but you can still get past all of that then the information provided is actually really helpful and practical. It's covers everything from burping to baby poo and lots of things you've probably never thought of before about 'owning' a new baby.
My bro and his missus found it to be an easy and informative read and had a good old chuckle along the way. They have been lending it to all of their 'expecting' friends since then as well so that just proves what a good buy it is. I myself have dipped in and out of it and, even though I'm not expecting a child, I still found it useful, funny and thoughtful.
The Baby Owner's Manual is a fun and informative book for new parents. It is written in a really funny and simplistic way. I think in particular this would appeal to men, as it makes light of otherwise complicated issues, such as baby poo!
As the name suggests, it is written as though it is an operating manual for a piece of technology. When it discusses illnesses, they are made to sound like computer viruses. When it lists the various things that will upset you with your newborn - such as the extensive crying, it talks about them as though they are flaws in an otherwise perfect hardware model.
There are really fun diagrams throughout the book. They are simple and easy to follow. I particularly found the ones on how to swaddle a baby to be very useful. The one on how to give mouth to mouth actually looked like the parent spitting a malteaser into the mouth of the child... perhaps not the best source of medical information!
It is a small size, although very thick, at 228 pages. You can easily carry it around with you, if you are one of those people who like to read while you commute.
It is quite expensive at £12 but is available from Amazon for £7.50. It would make an ideal fun gift for an expectant parent but it is also surprisingly useful. I didn't expect to get much out of it other than a good laugh but it really does list all the basic things you will need to know and explains it in a simple to follow way.