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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 best-selling coauthor 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 60 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.

©2020 Tina Payne Bryson (P)2020 Random House Audio

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A brilliant guideline for parents of infants who don't have enough experience. Excellent for me.

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  • Hannah
  • 2021-01-12

An essential for new parents

My child was 18 months when I read this but even having so many of my questions retrospectively addressed was a relief. I wish I’d had this book before or during the first 12 months. It would have taken a lot of pressure off! Highly recommended as a baby shower gift or for any curious new parents. It’s unique in its brevity and weighing of popular positions along with scientific answers and a “bottom line” takeaway. Two thumbs way up.

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  • Slim
  • 2020-12-28

Expecting mom overwhelmed by information!

I am an expecting mother and in this day in age, I have found myself completely overwhelmed with baby information science based, blog based, tik tok based, Pinterest charts you name it. This book was extremely helpful and allowing my partner and I to discuss our opinions, learn about the research/science of things and focus our energy on creating a loving, supportive environment for our new baby. I so appreciate this book and plan to return to it as we reach new, scary and exciting milestones!!

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  • Fernanda Marrufo
  • 2020-10-28

New Expecting Mom!

This book was a great help for me. The author touched on topics I didn’t even a knowledge as important or controversial. The best part is that she respected all opinions and shared her experiences. I loved it and 100% recommended it to a new moms. Thank you!