Book Review | Baby’s First 100 Days
Title: Baby’s First 100 Days
Author: Margaret Stephenson Meere
As a new mom, I am quickly learning that the world is ready to bombard you with information regarding the care and well-being of your child. From the endless information on the world wide web, to the countless books that have been written, to the well meaning words of friends and family, everyone has an opinion. For these reasons and more, I truly appreciate the straightforward simplicity of the 84 page long Baby’s First 100 Days by Margaret Stephenson Meere. Organized into concise and informative chapters, this is a quick, easy and helpful read for first time moms. It really focuses on the basics and provides valuable strategies for interacting with your new little one.
The very first chapter explains that the advice within is about the average baby and to that end chapters alternate between referring to the baby as she and he. It also explains that a baby’s development varies based on when they were born so you need to take this into consideration when checking the time frames for different behaviors. Each of the chapters that follow review an important aspect of an infant’s life including tired signs, crying, sleeping, feeding, and settling. The last two chapters focus a bit more on the parents and are about nurturing the newborn parent and having fun with this new adventure called parenting! Throughout the book, there is information to help you understand the sometimes confusing behavior of your newborn. I especially appreciate the chapter on settling your baby. It encourages parents to listen before responding so we can learn to understand what our babies truly need in that moment.
Each chapter includes wonderful photographs depicting how to position your baby or illustrating the cues baby gives to let us know what he needs. The information is organized in a way that makes it easy to go back and review key points. Boldface terms and bullet points allow for quick locating and reading of the information. The tone of this book is practical and soothing at the same time. It encourages new moms to be patient with their babies and most importantly, with themselves. I highly recommend this book for relevant information that helps you care for your baby on a day to day basis throughout those exciting and overwhelming first 100 days.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*