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7 secrets of the newborn : secrets and (happy) surprises of the first year / Robert C. Hamilton, M.D. with Sally Collings.
Title Variants:
Seven secrets of the newborn
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
xi, 323 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Foreword / BY PATRICIA HEATON -- Introduction -- The beginning of it all -- Secret #1: You are about to fall desperately in love -- It all begins in the womb -- The first month of life -- Secret #2: For the first month, baby leads the way-no schedules, no programs, just baby (it's a tough month) -- Start fresh : live 'off the grid' and avoid all the least for the first month -- Secret #3: During the first month, your newborn doesn't need toys, clothes, a stroller or even -- A crib : all your new baby needs is you! -- Handcrafted babies -- Four cornerstones of the first year -- Secret #4: Solid and healthy families don't happen by chance : they are created with deliberation -- The wonders of the first (maniacal) year -- Establishing healthy patterns in the first year -- Embrace the mundane -- have fun with your baby, and enliven your child's senses all at the same time! -- The two-parent team -- Secret #5: Moms and dads are equally important when raising a baby -- Oh, the places you'll go! where your children take you -- Resist the allure of screen time -- Secret #6: No screens for the first year of your child's life -- Travel far and wide -- Embrace your tribe -- Relax, retreat, and re-energize -- Secret #7: We all need rest, especially new mothers and fathers -- Epilogue: The blessing of children -- Bonus secret: Babies are even more fun than you can imagine : it's all worth it -- For further reading -- Acknowledgments -- Index.


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305.232 HAM Book Adult General Collection

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From the pediatrician who became an Internet sensation with the "Hamilton Hold" in a YouTube
video about how to calm a crying baby, comes a one-of-a-kind resource to guide you through the earliest moments of your child's life--and help you to parent with common sense and confidence.

Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., has spent more than three decades caring for newborns. In his practice, Dr. Bob has seen it all--what works, what doesn't. How can you get your baby to nurse, sleep, and maybe even cease
crying? What strategies can help you connect and communicate with your infant? What important decisions will you make during the first year for your child, yourself, and your partner?

Here, Dr. Bob shares his clear, sensible, warm advice--as well as all the latest scientific data and research--on how to:

* Offer comfort to a crying newborn using the "Hold"
* Gently teach your baby how to sleep (and get some sleep yourself)
* Establish healthy patterns
* Breastfeed, formula-feed, or bottle-feed using either
* Play!
* Manage screen time in your home
* And more to help you navigate the unforgettable first year of your child's life.

Author Notes

ROBERT C. HAMILTON, M.D., has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years and is the founder of Pacific Ocean
Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California. In 1998, Dr. Hamilton started Lighthouse Medical Missions and has led more than thirty medical mission teams to Africa and Central America. Dr. Hamilton and his wife, Leslie, are the proud parents of six children and delighted grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pediatrician Hamilton offers a cheery, exuberant text intended to celebrate babies, convince readers to have babies, and educate parents about how to best negotiate and enjoy the first 12 months of a child's life. Though his "secrets," from "you are about to fall desperately in love" to "we all need rest, especially new mothers and fathers," are not especially revelatory, his mix of common sense, cheerleading, and professional expertise will be reassuring to new parents. He addresses such universal concerns as how to calm a crying baby (he's developed a unique holding technique), how to get a six-to-seven-month-old baby to sleep through the night (his sleep-training method allows picking the baby up), breast-feeding (encouraged for the first year), and vaccinations (highly advised.) Hamilton cites John Bowlby's well-known attachment theory to emphasize parents' crucial role during the first year, and even recommends mothers take the entire first year off work, though he concedes this may not be feasible. While some may find Hamilton's tone a bit over the top, the author, a father of six and grandfather of seven, is clearly enamored by and knowledgeable about his subject. New or prospective parents may very well find his enthusiasm contagious. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.