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Today’s modern parents have it all together.  When they arrive home with the new baby, they have everything they need.  Diapers? Check. Baby bottles?  Check. Cute little undershirts?  Check. Copy of Good Night, Moon? Check.  Actual baby? Check.   The Owner’s Manual???  Boy, that’s the one thing you can’t do without. After all, you need one for your wide-screen HDTV, don’t you?  And for your printer/copier/fax/scanner/telephone/cappuccino maker, right?


Well, Baby: An Owner’s Manual by Dr. Bud Zukow and Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro (Beaufort Books, $14.95, September, 2007) is the perfect book for parents who wish their babies came with a set of instructions.

Baby: An Owner’s Manual, in this newly revised and updated edition,  is a book that was born out of necessity.  “No matter how many babies you’ve been around during your life, no matter how many books you’ve read, how much advice you’ve received, nothing prepares you for the thrilling, joyful, absolutely petrifying moment when you two get his baby home and the door closes,” the authors explain.


In her brief hospital stay, a new mother will learn how to change a diaper, take care of a healing umbilical cord and feed by bottle or breast – and that’s about it.  The rest is left to the parent to figure out.

Dr. Bud Zukow, a respected pediatrician for more than forty years, takes the guesswork out of caring for the new bundle of joy.  From the moment of birth through the end of the first year, this wise and witty book provides answers to parents’ most pressing problems.


Subtitled A Beloved Pediatrician Answers Your First 365 Phone Calls, this indispensable book has an easy-to-read, Q & A format.  Each question is answered with an encouraging, nonjudgmental solution and expert, up-to-the-minute advice.  This must-have parenting guide tells parents what they really want to know about:


 *Bonding with the baby.  What should bonding feel like? Do all parents bond with their babies?

 *Crying.  How much is too much?

  *Solid food. When, how much and what?

  *Sleeping through the night.  What’s a realistic time frame?

How can parents help prepare baby for a good night’s sleep?

    *Making the transition from being a couple to being a family…

and the  importance of finding time for oneself and for each other.


 Chock full of information and insight, Dr. Zukow also covers such fundamental topics as choosing a pediatrician, making the decision to nurse or bottle feed, check-ups and vaccinations, teething, the family bed, dealing with grandparents, the safest sleeping position, appropriate toys, socializing the baby, daycare and sibling rivalry.  Plus…some wonderful anecdotes all parents can relate to.


The greatest gift he can give new parents, Dr. Zukow says, is that of choice.  No “expert” has all the answers.  No book has all the answers.   He only hopes that this one answers questions common to new moms and dads and gives them the confidence to be happy, relaxed and knowledgeable new parents. And so it follows that another great gift for new parents is a copy of this invaluable owner’s manual.


 About the authors:

Dr. Bud Zukow, is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Encino/Tarzana Regional Medical Center in Tarzana, California, where he is also in private practice.  Dr. Zukow describes himself as a parent advocate and inveterate UCLA fan, not necessarily in that order.


Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro wrote this book in self-defense when she became a first-time, over-40 mom.  Dr. Zukow served as her son Ian’s pediatrician.

Baby: An Owner’s Manual

Dr. Bud Zukow & Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

Pub Date:  September, 2007

Price:  $14.95 trade paperback

ISBN 978-0-8253-0578-8

Published by Beaufort Books

Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, Inc., New York