Call me crazy, but even without a newborn baby in my home or any plans on having another, I jumped at the opportunity to do a book review on Baby’s First 100 Days by Margret Stephensen Meere, BA, BHSc, RN, RM. Ever since my first pregnancy, I’ve become an avid reader of parenting books. During my pregnancy, I spent many hours thumbing through parenting books and surfing the internet for as much information I could find on how to prepare for the arrival of my firstborn. I gathered enough books to start my own library on infant care and parenting. I always thought it’d be a lot easier to have one “go to” book, with the top tips on how to create a healthy and happy environment for a newborn and the rest of the family. Too bad, I didn’t find it back then. Baby’s First 100 Days would have been my personal favorite “go-to” book for the basics on how to solve the mysteries of a crying, tired, and hungry newborn baby. So, now this book will be at the top of my shopping list for all my friends and family expecting their next new bundle of joy.
Baby’s First 100 Days is full of valuable information on how to understand an baby’s first 100 days and more! It covers issues with sleeping, types of crying, feeding patterns, how to settle a fussy baby as well as how to nurture the newborn parent all within less than 100 pages. I mention the size of the book because this would fit into anyone’s diaper bag or nightstand (an added benefit for any parent that needs to fit reading into their busy schedule!). The book’s information is well-organized, easy to read and includes detailed photos and diagrams to further explain each concept.
My favorite book sections are “Tired Signs” and “Crying.” “Tired Signs” explains a tired baby’s body language from head to toe and includes great example photographs. The photographs do a great job at indicating what non-verbal signs to look for when trying to figure out how the baby is feeling. In the “Crying” section covers the types of crying and physical benefits of crying for a baby. Learning these benefits will definitely help any parent (or anyone around a crying baby) cope with a crying baby and ease their minds knowing that there are also health benefits to letting a baby exercise their lungs. In addition to being filled with very useful tips, this book delivers the information in a supportive, nonjudgmental way. There are too many books out there that leave parents worrying if they are doing a good job. This book not only gave me insight to a baby’s life in the first 100 days, but also left me feeling ok with decisions I made regardless of the overall parenting style I’ve chosen for my family. I highly recommend this book to anyone that’s ever wondered, “Why is that baby so fussy?”