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2nd edition

Heading Home With Your Newborn

From Birth to Reality

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP

Named “one of the best guides to the first year of your baby’s life” by Parents magazine!

372 pages
Item #: CB0060
ISBN 13: 978-1-58110-444-8

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Now in a fully-updated second edition, Heading Home with Your Newborn has everything new and expectant parents need to know about caring for baby in the first few months after birth. Written by two pediatricians who are also parents, this awarding-winning guide covers feeding, sleeping, changing, bathing, dressing, traveling, sickness, child care options, and much more.

The second edition features new chapters on vaccines and choosing a child care provider, plus a robust new section devoted to early learning, with chapters on baby brain basics, baby sign language, fun and games, books and babies, the sounds of music, and the effects of media on the very young.  Also included is new or updated information on car seats, safe sleep, cord blood, what to keep in your medicine cabinet, postpartum depression, vitamin D, organic formulas, disposable vs. cloth diapers, newborn hearing screening, and more.

With wit and humor, Drs. Shu and Jana allay the feelings of anxiety, guilt, and inadequacy that inevitably plague first-time parents home alone with a newborn, providing authoritative yet compassionate advice for the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed!

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• Exclusively featured in the Babies R Us parent resource guide,
Becoming Us
• Extensively excerpted with more than 1 million copies in print

• Best in Parenting—Benjamin Franklin Award, The Independent Book Publishers Association

• First Place—Diet/Health/Fitness, Midwest Book Award
• Book of the Year—Gold Award, ForeWord magazine

"Heading Home With Your Newborn is one of the very best books for parents that I’ve run across in the 24 years that I have been reviewing parenting books. Written with great heart and soul, it provides up-to-date medical information. These two pediatrician authors are both smart and compassionate, and it’s obvious that they remember just what it feels like to bring home a brand-new baby."
Bobbi Conner
Creator and host of The Parent’s Journal nationwide public radio program

"This book packs the advice of a parenting class, a doctor’s visit, and a best friend into one indispensable package."
Library Journal

"A special book that new parents will want to read cover to cover before their little one arrives. No matter what challenges new parenthood throws your way, Drs Jana and Shu are sure to leave you feeling both confident and competent. Heading Home is the perfect shower gift!"
Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Denver

"In short, easy-to-read chapters, these pediatrician authors explore all the topics… which are part of every new baby’s life. Their sections on car seat safety and traveling with an infant are especially informative and up to date. The authors’ supportive reassurances and sensitive advice will be particularly helpful to parents whose baby does not fit the norm. Without a false note anywhere, the authors have made a gift to parents of their own confidence and experience. This book is a fresh contribution to
adults just beginning the parenting journey."
Molly Frederick
Senior Associate Editor, formerly of Contemporary Pediatrics

"Funny yet sage…having this book in the house is like having a doctor on call (without the co-pay)."
ePregnancy magazine

"This book will lower your stress about raising your child. It is a wonderful narrative that reads as if it was a conversation among friends…. You can have a shared learning experience with the authors who are moms, docs, and daughters and really do know."
George A. Strait
Former Medical Correspondent, ABC News

"In an era of one-size-fits-all parenting advice, this book truly stands out. Doctors Jana and Shu offer the kind of advice that will help new parents keep their expectations reasonable, while giving them the confidence and encouragement they need to be great parents, and to have fun at the same time."
Armin Brott
Author of The Expectant Father series

"I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the humor in Heading Home! Very entertaining and informative. I am now recommending that all my new parents get a copy, whether they are on their first or fourth baby."
Dan Brennan, MD, CLC, FAAP
Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara, California and contributing writer for Santa Barbara Parent magazine, the Daily Sound, and the Goleta Voice

"A family-friendly, easily read…guide to the unique experience of caring for a newborn that is both practical and medically sound."
Lillian Blackmon, M
Former Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn

"The advice you’d get from your sister or best friend, if she had her baby only last year."
Gil Fuld, MD"
AAP News Editorial Advisory Board

"Its spirited, light, and conversational tone makes readers feel like they are talking to a trusted good friend who just happens to be a pediatrician."
John C. Nelson, MD, MPH
Past President, American Medical Association

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and mother of 3. Having cofounded The Dr. Spock Company, Dr Jana has since provided her reality-parenting advice to academic institutions, nonprofits, major corporations, and media outlets nationwide, including CNN, ABC, The Today Show, and NPR’s The Parent’s Journal. As both a parenting and children’s book author, she currently serves on the advisory board for the Walt Disney Internet Group, American Baby magazine, and the BeWell/ LLuminari expert network. She is also the owner of Primrose School of Legacy—an educational child care center based in Omaha, NE.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician and mother in Atlanta, GA. A frequent guest on national and local television, radio, and Web-based programs, she is medical editor in chief of, is the Living Well health expert for, contributes medical information to, and serves on the Parents magazine advisory board. She has chaired the young physicians sections for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association and formerly served as director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.



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