The Bottom Line for Baby: What the Science Says about Your Biggest Questions and Concerns


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The essential handbook to more than sixty common childcare questions–what the science does and doesn’t say and how to apply that knowledge to make the best decisions for your unique family–by the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline

Should I augment breastfeeding with a bottle, or will that cause nipple confusion? What’s the latest research on exposing my baby to potential allergens? And what’s up with co-sleeping?!

Every baby and toddler care decision sends parents scrambling to gather the best possible information, while also listening to their own instincts about their child’s unique needs. In The Bottom Line for BabyNew York Times bestselling author Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, tackles more than sixty common new parent concerns and offers the clear, science-based, and accessible information they seek. From pacifier use and weaning, to sleep scheduling, circumcision, vaccinations and more, she demystifies the issues in three distinct sections: an objective summary of the schools of thought on the topic (including commonly held pros and cons); a concise primer on “What the Science Says,” with recommendations for further reading for those interested; and a Bottom Line conclusion. When the science doesn’t point us clearly in one direction, Dr. Bryson guides us to assess and apply the information in a way that’s consistent with our family’s principles.

Full of warmth, wit, and expert wisdom, The Bottom Line for Baby will help parents prioritize what they really need to know and do during the first year of precious life.