Baby 411 & Toddler 411


Denise Fields is a well known consumer advocate. Together with her husband, Alan Fields, she has written a number of critically acclaimed best-selling titles for consumers including: Bridal Bargains, Your New House, Baby Bargains and Toddler Bargains. She is a seasoned media veteran who has been widely quoted in the New Year Times and Wall Street Journal. Denise earned a BA from the University of Colorado. She is a mother of 2 children, and lives with them and her husband in Boulder, Colorado.

Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in child development. After receiving her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, she completed her pediatric residency at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. She performed additional fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brown is Board Certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She entered private practice in 1995 and is a partner at Capital Pediatric Group in Austin, Texas. Dr. Brown is a child health advocate and actively participates in local and national medical organizations. She has received several awards, including “Outstanding Young Professional” by her university’s alumni association and the “Profiles in Power Award” by the Austin Business Journal for her professional excellence and community service. In 2004, Dr. Brown was voted Austin’s favorite pediatrician. Dr. Brown is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Texas Medical Association. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and is a frequent contributor to numerous parenting magazines. Dr. Brown is married and is the mother of two children and one Jack Russell Terrier. She lives in Austin, Texas.

BABY 411 Description:

You are having a baby! Congratulations! Now, the reality hits you---what the heck am I doing? What if you could bottle the wisdom of all those parents who've come before you . . . and combine it with solid medical advice from an award-winning pediatrician? Baby 411 is the answer! Think of it as the ultimate FAQ for new parents.

Inside you'll learn:

• How to pick a pediatrician with detailed questions to ask and insider tips.

• The latest scoop on hot topics like cord blood banking, optional newborn screening, the vaccine/autism debate and more!

• The truth about "old wives tales" and Internet rumors---how to separate medical fact from fiction online!

• Detailed nutrition info with a step-by-step guide for successful breastfeeding, introducing solid food and the "new and improved" formulas.

• Sleep. The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night.

• The top web sites to find the most reliable medical info for your baby

TODDLER 411 Description:

You’ve made it! Your baby is has turned one! Now the real fun begins. From temper tantrums to toilet training, raising a toddler brings its own set of challenges and questions — and Toddler 411 has the answers. Following on the heels of the best-seller Baby 411, Toddler 411 bottles the wisdom of parents who’ve “been there, done that” . . . and combines it with the solid medical advice from an award-winning pediatrician. Inside, you’ll learn:

• The truth about the The Terrible Twos—and how to raise a well-behaved child without going insane.

• Picky Eaters—learn how to cope . . . and convince your child to eat something besides Goldfish crackers.

• Toilet train your toddler in just one day. No, that’s not a typo—learn the Zen of Toilet Training, when to start and how to make it work.

• What’s normal—and what’s not when it comes to your toddler’s growth and development.

• Simple steps and smart advice to avoid environmental hazards.

• The most up-to-date, evidence-based health info for you and your toddler.

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Success Through Play™ comments:

Denise Fields and Ari Brown, M.D. have teamed up to write 2 outstanding books: Baby 411 and Toddler 411, weighing in at over 1.7 pounds EACH. It's seldom when we state that any product is a must have, but in this case, we have to say that these 2 books are must haves!!!!!! Ari Brown, M.D. has a strong background in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and completed her pediatric residency at the renowned Children’s Hospital in Boston, under the auspices of legendary pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton. Both books feature a series of 8 fun icons throughout which represent:

*Helpful Hint

*Reality Check

*Bottom Line (Summarizes the Key Facts)

*Red Flags (Signs/symptoms that need immediate medical attention)

*Feedback from the Real World (experienced parents tell it like it is)

*Old Wives Tale (Put common myths to rest and learn the truth)

*Insider Secrets

*New Parent 411

These icons will help sleep deprived parents scan through the information with ease. The authors have a unique way of making the reader feel like he/she is receiving advice from a trusted friend. We had a difficult time putting the book down. You will be amazed at the amount of valuable information that is shared between the pages and clearly in awe of the authors who have successfully managed to write a book which is easy to understand, clearly written and covers the full gamut of topics that any parent will want to learn more about when caring for their baby during the first year of his life and from one year and up. These are the books that you will turn to first, so keep them close by.

Baby 411

Baby 411 will equip you with skills which will empower you as parents and help you make educated and informed decisions about caring for your baby during the first year of life. This comprehensive book consists of 15 Chapters which are packed with essential information and can be easily referenced via the outstanding Table of Contents and Index. Baby 411 covers topics which begin with how to prepare for your baby and spans over the first year of your baby's life.

We highly recommend that you purchase this book during your second trimester to allow adequate times to get through the book. Did you know that the best time to select a medical provider for your baby is when you are pregnant? The authors will give you advice about how to select a medical provider for your baby and weigh in on hot topics such as circumcision and blood cord banking. Well baby and sick baby visits will be discussed at length and parents will receive a primer in newborn screenings and tests once baby is born.

Page 66 (Chapter 3) has a super Feeding and Elimination Table where parents can simply circle feeding times and elimination patterns, and have a record to show their pediatrician. Goals are provided so that parents know what to expect. Baby 411 is very pro-breastfeeding and we applaud the authors for encouraging moms to give breastfeeding a try. Moms will learn insider tips that will go a long way towards motivating them to continue to persevere as along as possible.

Chapter 8 addresses "The other end" and parents will learn all about poop, urine, and the importance of fiber. Information about introducing solids and an overview of nutrition are covered and parents will appreciate the easy to follow tables and charts which will help parents to "digest" the information. Chapter 10 addresses development and we were most impressed with the content of this chapter. Ari Brown, M.D. gives an excellent overview of development, discusses ways to stimulate your baby's development and how you can keep track of it.

Baby 411 hasn't left anything out! Parents will learn all about the important topic of sleep, where you will learn how many hours of sleep your baby needs at various stages throughout his first year and the best way to get him to sleep through the night. Common infections, diseases and first aid are addressed in the final 3 chapters.

Toddler 411.
Toddler 411 continues where Baby 411 left off! Now that your toddler is on the move and interacting with others little tikes, he will surely be catching all the common bugs that the other kids have and this will no doubt give rise to many questions. Learn about the common types of illnesses that toddlers catch and what you can do when they catch them. Parents will learn how to make nutritious foods fun and appealing to toddlers. The topic of tantrums and discipline is addressed and if you follow this advice and are consistent, the odds are that you won't be calling Super Nanny in a few years time! Suggestions and advice for potty training your toddler are given which will help your toddler to master this important milestone. This book will provide you with the tools to tackle the Toddler Years head on and come out shining.

Baby 411 and Toddler 411 are precious treasures that are worth their weight in gold and we commend the authors for producing this outstanding series. Together with regular well baby and sick visits, Baby 411 and Toddler 411 will enable you to care for your baby and toddler and ensure that they thrive.


We strongly advise you to buy the latest edition of each book, in order to equip yourself with the most current medical advise and recommendations. In addition, consult Dr. Brown's latest Baby 411 blog to keep up to date with the latest news in infant health.

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Alexa said...

I couldn't agree more with this article! Baby 411 is THE manual. Every parent needs it. Period.

Lisa said...

baby 411 Rocks! Concise, comprehensive and a great read. It will become your best friend.