Apply the best science to all your parenting decisions with this essential A–Z guide for your biggest questions and concerns from the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline
Every baby- and toddler-care decision sends parents scrambling to do the right thing, and often down into the rabbit hole of conflicting advice. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson has sifted through the reliable research (including about all those old wives’ tales) and will help you make a manageable molehill out of the mountain of information and answer more than sixty common concerns and dilemmas, including
• Breast or bottle? Or breast and bottle? Will that cause nipple confusion?
• What’s the latest recommendation for introducing solids in light of potential allergies?
• Should I sign us up for music and early-language classes?
• What’s the evidence for and against circumcision?
• When is the right time to wean my baby off her pacifier?
• How do I get this child to sleep through the night?!
Dr. Bryson boils things down with authority, demystifying the issues in three distinct sections: an objective summary of the schools of thought on the topic, including commonly held pros and cons; a clear and concise primer on “What the Science Says”; and a Bottom Line conclusion. When the science doesn’t point clearly in one direction, she guides you to assess and apply the information in a way that’s consistent with your family’s principles and meets your child’s unique needs. Full of warmth, expert wisdom, and blessedly bite-sized explanations, The Bottom Line for Baby will help you prioritize what you really need to know and do during the first year of precious life.
Psychotherapist Bryson (No-Drama Discipline) offers a splendid guide to help parents and caregivers "wade through the cacophony" of sometimes conflicting information and opinions about baby care. Bryson's goal is to provide guidance "based on the latest science." The book addresses topics alphabetically, with each entry organized into three main sections: "Competing Opinions," "What the Science Says," and "The Bottom Line." There are topics that were certainly in baby care books a generation ago, such as spanking, though "the bottom line" (pun aside) here is probably different than what older books would recommend Bryson is against the practice. There are also many topics new to the world of baby care, like screen time and digital privacy, and so much in between, including co-sleeping, food allergens (and early exposure), and pacifier use. The only possible caveat for readers might be that the alphabetic organization splits big topics across a number of pages (breastfeeding, for instance, is addressed separately with "Alcohol and Breastfeeding" and "Breastfeeding vs. Formula," among others), but the detailed table of contents makes it easy to jump to the issue of interest. Parents, grandparents, and caretakers would do well to pick up this comprehensive work.