The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One

American Academy of Pediatrics. Mar. 2020. 144p. ISBN 9781610023757. pap. $14.95. CHILD REARING
pediatrician, founder of, and a mother of two daughters, knows both personally and professionally the struggles parents face in the first few months of their child’s life. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long been an organization parents in all stages look to for guidance on the medical and psychological struggles they face with their children. Brief and easy to browse for information, Casares’s book answers frequently asked questions, such as what baby supplies are needed and which are pointless, how to find a pediatrician, and how to prepare for the possible challenges of breastfeeding. The appendix provides checklists, spaces for journaling, and ideas for possible self-care. However, one limiting factor is that a few of the recommendations may be cost prohibitive for some parents (e.g., the best pick for a child-care provider is a nanny; hiring a housecleaner is recommended as the first suggestion in how to automate and delegate).
VERDICT A quick read with a parent-friendly format, this will be especially helpful for new parents, though some may find a few suggestions lacking in applicability.

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