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The Intrepid Parent's Field Guide to the Baby Kingdom

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Welcome to the jungle!

Caring for your baby can be scary. He smells weird, he squirms, he burps, he cries ... and cries ... and cries. She runs amok through your lovely family nest and shows you who the leader of the pack really is.

The Intrepid Parent's Field Guide to the Baby Kingdom understands the tumultuous terrain you're currently facing. Sometimes handling your infant feels like you're encountering a new species--an adorable little creature that should be approached with caution. Inside this book, you'll find all the valuable information you need to get out of this brave new world in one piece, including the meaning behind each yelp, growl, and step, and how to handle close encounters.

With these critical observations and instructions, you'll be able to nurture the mysterious little being that has taken up residence in your home--and allow peace to once again reign throughout the kingdom.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Dedication
  5. Introduction: Approach with Caution!
    1. APPROACHWITH CAUTION!
  6. Chapter 1: Preparing the Nest
    1. PREPARING THE NEST
    2. THE INFANT’S PERSONAL NEST: HIS ROOM
    3. A NOCTURNAL HABITAT
    4. THE CAR SEAT
    5. BLANKET SAFETY
    6. FIND A PEDIATRICIAN
    7. REMEMBER: EVERY INFANT’S AN INDIVIDUAL!
    8. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
  7. Chapter 2: Encountering the Wild Infant
    1. ENCOUNTERING THE WILD INFANT
    2. THE GLORIOUS MEET-N-GREET
    3. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
    4. HOW TO HOLD A WILD INFANT
    5. IS HE CUTE YET?
    6. BRINGING THE WILD INFANT HOME
    7. EARLY DOMESTICATION
    8. PETS AND YOUR WILD INFANT
    9. KEEPING BABY SAFE AT HOME
    10. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
  8. Chapter 3: The Wild Infant at Rest
    1. THE WILD INFANT AT REST
    2. SLEEP PATTERNS EXPLAINED
    3. HELPING YOUR INFANT UNDERSTAND DAY AND NIGHT
    4. GETTING BABY TO SLEEP
    5. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    6. SLEEP TRAINING METHODS
  9. Chapter 4: Soothing Your Wild Infant’s Cries
    1. SOOTHING YOUR WILD INFANT’S CRIES
    2. WHY YOUR WILD INFANT CRIES
    3. YOUR BABY-CRIES-TO-HUMAN DICTIONARY
    4. MAKING IT STOP
    5. ANCIENT SECRETS OF THE SWADDLE
    6. IS HE A COLIC-AHOLIC?
    7. Jungle Playdate
  10. Chapter 5: Wild Breastcapades
    1. WILD BREASTCAPADES
    2. WHY BREASTMILK?
    3. BREASTFEEDING HOW-TO
    4. KEEP IT COMING
    5. BREASTFEEDING AFTER A CAESARIAN
    6. WHAT TYPE OF FEEDER IS YOUR WILD INFANT?
    7. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    8. GET THE GEAR!
    9. SORE NIPPLES
    10. SUCKLING ISSUES
    11. PUMP START
    12. THE LETDOWN
    13. STORING THE PRODUCT
    14. SUPPLY AND DEMAND
  11. Chapter 6: Formula for Success
    1. FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
    2. FIND THE RIGHT BOTTLE
    3. MORE BOTTLE-FEEDING GADGETS
    4. WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
    5. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    6. HOW TO MIX AND PREPARE BOTTLES OF FORMULA
    7. BABY BOTTLE BLOOPERS
    8. BOTTOMS UP!: HOW TO BOTTLE-FEED
  12. Chapter 7: Babyius MessiusSmellius
    1. Babyius MessiusSmellius
    2. UR-INE BUSINESS
    3. THERE’S AN APP (FOR THAT CRAP)
    4. POOP CULTURE
    5. THE BASICS YOU WILL NEED
    6. SUPPORT OUR POOPS!
    7. DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOTH DIAPERS
    8. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    9. DISPOSABLE DOS AND DON’TS
    10. DIAPERING: STEP-BY-STEP
    11. SUPER DIAPER TIPS
    12. THE WILD CARD: DIAPER RASH
  13. Chapter 8: The Food Chain
    1. THE FOOD CHAIN
    2. DON’T PANIC
    3. WHAT THE INFANT’S BODY DOES TO GET READY
    4. BEFORE YOU RUSH IN…
    5. WHEN WILL SHE BE READY FOR SOLIDS?
    6. BABY’S FIRST APPETIZER: RICE CEREAL
    7. THE GEAR
    8. THE FIRST SUPPER
    9. SKIP THE BOTTLES
    10. INTRODUCING THE SECOND FOOD
    11. MAKING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD
    12. IS IT ORGANIC?
    13. SAFETY TIPS FOR FEEDING THE WILD INFANT
    14. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    15. MEAT AND DAIRY
    16. ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND INTOLERANCES
    17. PEANUTS
    18. READ THE LABELS
    19. DRINKING PRACTICE
    20. FINGER FOOD!
    21. FINGER-LICKIN’ BAD
    22. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
  14. Chapter 9: Grooming the Wild Infant
    1. GROOMING THE WILD INFANT
    2. MORE GEAR
    3. SPONGE BATHS
    4. MINIATURE TUB TIME
    5. GET IN
    6. BIG TUB TIME
    7. BATH TOYS
    8. PRIVATE PARTS
    9. CARING FOR THE BELLY BUTTON
    10. GOOD HAIR DAYS
    11. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    12. NAIL TRIMMING
    13. YOU WILL IMPROVE!
  15. Chapter 10: Your Baby’s Jaws
    1. YOUR BABY’S JAWS
    2. TEETHING 101
    3. TOOTH CARE 101
  16. Chapter 11: Illness in the Wild
    1. ILLNESS IN THE WILD
    2. IS IT A FEVER?
    3. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    4. SIGNS OF ILLNESS IN AN OLDER INFANT
    5. SICKNESS SUPPLIES
    6. ADMINISTERING MEDICINES
    7. SKIP THE ASPIRIN
    8. CONSIDER SUPPOSITORIES
    9. INFECTIOUS RASHES
  17. Chapter 12: Playtime
    1. PLAYTIME
    2. WHY PLAY?
    3. LOOK FOR “TOYS” YOU ALREADY HAVE
    4. BUYING TOYS—STICK WITH THE CLASSICS
    5. BABY GENIUS?
    6. TOY SAFETY
    7. FUN BABY GAMES
    8. PLAY STATION(S)
    9. SOCIAL MILESTONES
    10. JUST PLAYIN’
    11. EMOTIONAL MILESTONES
    12. STRANGER DANGER?
  18. Chapter 13: Leaving the Jungle
    1. LEAVING THE JUNGLE
    2. YOUR HUMAN POUCH: CONSTRUCTING A SLING
    3. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    4. HEAD OUT!
    5. SKIP CLOTHING-DENSE STORES
    6. BON APPéTIT... ?
    7. OPPOSABLE THUMBS UP!
    8. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    9. TAKE A HIKE
    10. ARE WE THERE YET?
    11. SAFARI VACATION
    12. HOTELS
    13. BABIES ON A PLANE
    14. HEAT UP BOTTLES WITH BARF BAGS
    15. WORLD TRAVELER
    16. A DAY AT THE BEACH
    17. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
  19. Chapter 14: Communication Across Species
    1. COMMUNICATION ACROSS SPECIES
    2. CHECK OUT THE BIG BRAIN ON BABY!
    3. HOW TO TALK TO A WILD HUMAN WHO CANNOT ANSWER YOU
    4. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    5. FROM SCREAMS TO “NO”
    6. RHYTHM AND RHYME
    7. BABY SIGN LANGUAGE
    8. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  20. Chapter 15: Walking Upright
    1. WALKING UPRIGHT
    2. CHILDPROOFING FOR THE MOBILE INFANT
    3. JUNGLEPLAYDATE
    4. MOTORIN’
  21. Conclusion: Year One, in the Books
    1. YEAR ONE, IN THE BOOKS
  22. Appendix: Resources
    1. RESOURCES
    2. BOOKS
  23. Copyright