Most new baby books rival the OED for size. Baby by the Numbers dispenses with the usual pages of theory, anecdotes, and blah-blah-blah in favor of the basic facts and figures every new parent needs to know, presented in a series of charts, lists, and record sheets. Accurate, pediatrician-approved data--easy for sleep-deprived brains to process!
From birth through the first year (and occasionally beyond, for forward-looking parents), here is a trove of pure information. The lay-flat format presents essentials at a glance, while tabbed chapter dividers make it easy to find the section you need:
• Growing Baby: Height, Weight, Skin, Hair, and Teeth
• Basic Baby: Eating and Sleeping
• Active Baby: Physical Development
• Interactive Baby: Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Development
• Healthy Baby: Prevention and Common Ailments
• Booboo Baby: First Aid
Removable fill-in pages allow parents to create customized fact sheets containing their baby's personal data and emergency information, and charts allow parents to post instructions for performing infant/toddler CPR.
Richela Fabian Morgan is an obsessive compiler of facts and figures about her two kids.
Dr. Philippa Gordon is a long-time Brooklyn pediatrician with three children of her own.