The Simplest Baby Book in the World: The Illustrated, Grab-and-Do Guide for a Healthy, Happy Baby

Simplest Company. Nov. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781736894705. pap. $21.95. REF
New parents are often overwhelmed with advice from conflicting sources or huge manuals; to help parents adjust and acquire the essential knowledge and tools, designer Gross, physician Jeremy F. Shapiro, and doula/sleep trainer/newborn care specialist Gabriella Terhes Karlsson have created this simple, effective, heavily illustrated one-stop resource. The book is divided into sections on sleep, health, diapers, play, safety, transportation, and more; each section begins with a big-picture overview, then lays out a plan with directions, basic facts, and information on key supplies like waterproof mattress covers and diaper pails (with helpful advice on how to choose the right ones). Quick tips and “Daddy Hacks” provide helpful extra information and work-arounds. Two-tone line drawings break up the text, giving the book a user-friendly feel. On the book’s website, users can download free lists, schedule forms, and shopping recommendations; a blog and support community offer more resources.
VERDICT Expectant and new parents will have an excellent starting place here.
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