Eat, Play, Sleep: The Essential Guide to Your Baby's First Three Months

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From a caretaker of newborns who’s had years of hands-on experience with celebrity clients—a practical and reassuring guide to the first three months with your new baby.

Are you a new or soon-to-be new mother? Are you caught between self-doubt and conflicting parenting advice coming at you from every direction? Are you unsure who to trust—your mother, sister, friends, or “the experts”? Luiza DeSouza is here to help. Her best advice? Take your time, trust your maternal instincts, and choose a course that fits your needs—and your baby’s personality.

For thirty years, Luiza has been helping new mothers navigate the skills, practices, and support it takes to start a family. For her, mothering is not about programs or techniques. Rather, it is about the connection between you and your new child. And for that reason, she believes that attitude is more important than approach. All mothers are different, but the three most important qualities remain the same for everyone: patience, openness, and attentiveness.

Can being patient, open, and attentive guarantee that your baby will be a good sleeper or easy to feed? Of course not! But no matter what challenges your newborn brings, these three key qualities will help you rise to meet them. Like having your very own baby nurse right at your side, Eat, Play, Sleep is an indispensable guide to a good start and a happy, healthy first three months.

—Learn the best methods for feeding your infant
—Discover the secrets of “good sleepers”
—Understand the importance of a predictable routine
—How to use “play” to help establish a routine
—Tips for introducing bathing and massage
—How to deal with crying, especially if you have a “difficult-to-calm” baby

And much more!
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About the author

Luiza DeSouza began her career as a baby nurse in 1963 in her home country of Brazil. Her unique blend of confidence-building techniques, common sense advice, and emphasis on balance has made her beloved by her clients, many of whom are Hollywood celebrities. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Feb 24, 2015
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304
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9781451650938
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English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Infants & Toddlers
Family & Relationships / Parenting / General
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Motherhood
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