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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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When pediatrician Dr. Bob Hamilton's video showing how to soothe a crying infant hit the web, he became a YouTube sensation, garnering over 15 million views in ten days. With 7 Secrets of the Newborn Dr. Hamilton brings parents clear, sensible, warm advice on the first year with baby. Dr. Hamilton covers topics such as: * Sleeping (teach them gently to do it themselves)* Vaccinations (get them, all of them)* Breast feeding (wonderful for baby, if possible for mom)* Screen time (don't do it!)* Eating (let them make a mess) * Crying (the famous "hold")* Clothes (completely optional for the first six months)* Toys (simple and cheap are best) Dr. Hamilton brings 30 years' experience as a pediatrician, father, and grandfather to the page. His advice is science-based, slightly retro, and strives for a supportive and healthy growing environment for babies AND parents. With Dr. Bob, parents will be prepared to face baby's first year with common sense, confidence, and calm.

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.