OK, so I know you can’t help but look at the title and think, “what the…?,” but let me tell you this is, in my opinion, the best baby book. It is full of wonderful information, humor, real life stories, and it seriously can answer almost any question you might have.
I received Eat, Sleep, Poop – A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by Dr. Scott W. Cohen as a gift at my baby shower. I had just finished opening up a collection of books from my mother-in-law that contained the book Everybody Poops when I opened this one and all I could focus on was the word poop in the title. The wonderful people who got it for me said that it was a wonderful baby resource book, so I thought “oh OK,” and then it got put to the way side with my mountain of other gifts.
I didn’t pull the book out again until after Nick was born. I was upstairs one day while Nick was napping and I flipped through it, but I didn’t read a lot of it. Then when Nick was a few weeks old he developed red sores on his neck due to the fact that he would drool formula while laying on his back. Not really sure what to do to help I grabbed my book and looked through it. Sure enough there was not only information on different types of rashes, but a handy chart to help me narrow down what type it was and then it told me what to do to help it. At that point I decided that I really need to fully read that book, so when I went back to work I took it with me and I read it cover to cover on my breaks.
Eat, Sleep, Poop is full of useful information. It has been able to answer just about every question that I’ve had. I have never needed to call the doctor to ask a question because I have the book to help guide me. One thing I love about it is that it was written by a pediatrician, so I feel that I can trust all of the advice that is in it. It has guides that can help you narrow down sickness problems, it has medicine dosing amount charts (although the one for Tylenol is now out of date since the dosing amounts have changed), it truly covers anything and everything.
Dr. Cohen wrote a very informative book, but it is also full of a lot of humor. It is a very interesting read. One of the things I love about the book is that Dr. Cohen wrote it during his first year as a father, so not only do you get a pediatrician’s view point, but also that of a new father’s. There are also lots of true stories in the book about things that happened with Dr. Cohen and his daughter. It really goes to show that even pediatricians go through the same first time parent thoughts and problems that we all have.
I truly cannot recommend this book enough. It is honestly an enjoyable read, and the information it contains is invaluable. This is a must have book for all first time parents.