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The Baby Owner's Manual

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The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance
Louis Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht

General Thoughts

This book takes an unique and comedic approach to describing infant care. It treats the baby like an electronic device and is written like the accompanying instruction manual for it.

Overall it was a fun read, but the information that it provided tended to be quite shallow, and there are some sections that felt outdated. For example, some of the recommendations it provides around crib setup (installing crib guards) are now no longer recommended and are actually heavily discouraged as a potential hazard for SIDS.

What I most appreciated about the book was that it felt like a breath of fresh air compared to other baby books; it did not take itself seriously, provided information that was very practical and focused on the actual "how to do it" aspects of baby care (with fun illustrations), and covered a wide range of topics.