The Newborn Baby Manual is a well researched and up-to-date book that provides parents with a good understanding of why babies feed, behave and sleep as they do.
Breastfeeding is covered very well indeed, as you would expect from a Lactation Consultant and breastfeeding counsellor. How breastfeeding works, how to avoid and overcome problems and expressing are explained comprehensively.
The sleep information is also well researched and respectful of babies’ and parents’ needs. Thankfully it is free of the rigid sleep training advice that can have detrimental effects on breastfeeding and babies’ wellbeing.
Unlike many other baby books on the market, references are given for the information that is presented. This would also make the book an ideal reference for the busy health professional who works with families.
While comprehensive, it is still easy to read. It is easy to dip into, whether to find how to know if your baby is getting enough breastmilk, what to eat when breastfeeding or how to promote healthy sleep habits and much more.
I have no hesitation in recommending The Newborn Baby Manual. The information is referenced and up-to-date with excellent practical suggestions to help increase parents’ confidence. I am sure Renee Kam’s book will help to make those early days and months of their precious baby’s life much less daunting for new parents. Kay (registered nurse and breastfeeding counsellor)
If you want one of the glossy books written by 'experts' who will give you their set of rules to follow, then there are plenty to choose from. But if you prefer to be empowered to make your own decisions, based on sound, up-to-date information, then this is the book for you. The Newborn Baby Manual has a unique blend of information, strategies, guidelines and explanations. Each of the short, easy-to-read chapters covers one of a comprehensive range of topics, so it's very easy to find what you need to know now. True to its promise on the cover, this book really does contain "Everything you need to know about breastfeeding, baby sleep and baby behaviour". It is written as a practical manual for parents, but it would also be a satisfying read or informative quick reference for health care providers. There is something for everyone, and for those who want to know even more, it's fully referenced. Ros (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
I read a lot of The Newborn Baby Manual before bubs came, but have found it most useful to refer back to particular sections as questions has arisen. The detailed information around breastfeeding was especially helpful in the first few weeks at home. It made me feel confident that everything was going as it should. Thie week I have revisited the advice around sleep and bedtime rituals and night time feeding. This has already made settling baby a little easier and I think it will help us to establish more of a routine as he gets older. Thank you! Laura (mother of young baby)