Free Press, $24,99, 483 pages
Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to parenting that covers birth to first grade? Dr. Mehmet Oz (of The Dr. Oz Show) and Dr. Michael Roizen’s manual YOU: Raising Your Child provides information about a range of parenting topics. Helpful drawings, sketches, and charts help illustrate the key points in each chapter. Fantastic diagrams show how the body works and how to baby-proof your house. In a section called “You Tools”, you’ll find family-friendly recipes and a fitness routine that combines exercise with fun. Try out “spotlight” – shine a flashlight on the floor and have your baby crawl to the light. You’ll learn how to combat routine problems like bed-wetting, tantrums, and thumb sucking. All types of health issues are addressed and different remedies and approaches to dealing with them are provided. The sensitive issue of vaccinations and pros and cons are presented. You’ll learn what to expect from doctor visits and when to go to the ER or stick it out at home. For further research, there are up-to-date internet sites, phone numbers, and addresses included. With this book, you’ll be on your way to raising a happy, healthy child.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin