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Apply the best science to all your parenting decisions with this essential A–Z guide for your biggest questions and concerns from the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline
Every baby- and toddler-care decision sends parents scrambling to do the right thing, and often down into the rabbit hole of conflicting advice. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson has sifted through the reliable research (including about all those old wives’ tales) and will help you make a manageable molehill out of the mountain of information and answer more than sixty common concerns and dilemmas, including
• Breast or bottle? Or breast and bottle? Will that cause nipple confusion?
• What’s the latest recommendation for introducing solids in light of potential allergies?
• Should I sign us up for music and early-language classes?
• What’s the evidence for and against circumcision?
• When is the right time to wean my baby off her pacifier?
• How do I get this child to sleep through the night?!
Dr. Bryson boils things down with authority, demystifying the issues in three distinct sections: an objective summary of the schools of thought on the topic, including commonly held pros and cons; a clear and concise primer on “What the Science Says”; and a Bottom Line conclusion. When the science doesn’t point clearly in one direction, she guides you to assess and apply the information in a way that’s consistent with your family’s principles and meets your child’s unique needs. Full of warmth, expert wisdom, and blessedly bite-sized explanations, The Bottom Line for Baby will help you prioritize what you really need to know and do during the first year of precious life.
About the Author
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. The co-author of four other popular parenting books—including the New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—she is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders around the world. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
“An easy-to-read, deeply practical guide.”—MindBodyGreen
“How can we raise our children to be safe and healthy in a world where there’s a study backing almost every point of view? Only with Tina Payne Bryson leading the way. She combines the brains of a scientist, the communication skills of a storyteller, and the empathy of a fellow parent to ease you through the first year of your baby’s life. Her bottom line is top-notch, indispensable advice.”—Cara Natterson, MD, author of Decoding Boys
“Louis Pasteur once said that ‘chance favors the prepared mind.’ This insightful book ensures you’ll be prepared for parenthood and all the chance happenings that come with it. The bottom line? Tina Payne Bryson’s scientific training, intelligence, compassion, and personal experience make this an essential guide to making all your important parenting decisions.”—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline