Gentle Baby Care

No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry — Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby



Congratulations on your new baby! You have now joined the long and respected chain of mothers and fathers stretching back to the very beginning of families. In many ways, caring for your new baby will be totally natural and instinctual. Yet, you will certainly have many questions . . . that’s normal, too.  Although parents today are the most educated in history, in many respects we are also the least experienced.

Parents in the past had a whole network of support at hand. They usually had their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles nearby from whom to get help and advice. Also, as they grew up, they had lots of hands-on experience caring for younger siblings, cousins, and neighbors. Their hundreds of hours of tiny-tot training (from diaper duty to burping to rocking a child to sleep) really made them feel prepared for having their own newborn.

But today’s parents are different. We often live farther away from our baby-savvy relatives. And, as amazing as it sounds, many moms and dads barely have even held a baby before giving birth and being handed their own little bundle by the nurse. I don’t know how much hands-on baby experience you have, but most parents I see in my practice have very little to none. (No wonder new parents sometimes joke that they expect some type of “shoplifting alarm” to go off when they leave the hospital!)

But don’t worry! Even if you don’t know everything about babies, Elizabeth Pantley does. Like her extraordinary book The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Elizabeth’s Gentle Baby Care is a warm, fact-filled, and practical book.

Her advice is guided by love and a level head. With her broad experience as a parenting educator and mother of four children, this book is the next best thing to having a wise and experienced friend living next door. I have no doubt that Gentle Baby Care will be a valuable addition to your library, whether you are a first-time parent or an old experienced pro.

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Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill Publishing from Gentle Baby Care (McGraw-Hill, 2003).

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