Welcome to Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here.
Today I want to tell you about the book Baby Comes Home by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. This book is a comprehensive look at what you can expect to happen when you bring home your baby for the first time. I have to admit that I was hesitant to review this book at first. I am never a big fan of the "what to expect from your baby" books. I feel like they set up a lot of pressure for parents about what your baby "should" be doing. With Baby Comes Home, this is not the case. While Dr. Paul makes suggestions and clarifies what you can expect he also emphasizes that this is true for most children, on the average, and not all children will be right along the same curve. Dr. Paul takes a classic approach to child raising and makes it easy to understand.
Although the book is a medical guide written by a doctor it is surprisingly easy to understand. Dr. Paul doesn't use complicated terminology or long rambling phrases as can be found in most medical books. His information is concisse, clear, and easy to understand without being patronizing. He goes in to some complex things but he also gets down to the most basic aspects of parenting a new baby.
Overall I give Baby Comes Home an A+ review. It was clear, effective and to the point. It would be an excellent baby shower gift for a first time mom or a well seasoned mother. I greatly hope that Dr. Paul will consider writing more books about the developmental process.