Caring for Your Baby and Young Child is a book from the American Academy of Pediatrics. We bought it a little before Michelle was born and I have been reading it since then. It covers child care from birth to 5 years, so I guess I’ll be reading it for a few more years.
The first part of the book is based on age and gives the milestones for different ages as well as advice about child care. This is what I read over time as Michelle grows older. It is useful to me to figure out what sort of activities Michelle would/should be doing her age.
The second part covers accidents, injuries and illness. I read sections there as required when Michelle gets sick.
There are the usual clichés and overblown stuff as in most such advice books. For example, there is a short section on coping with terrorism in the new edition. Michelle’s pediatrician also pooh-poohs the example meal plans given in the book. But overall the book is worth reading and gives some ideas about childrearing. We don’t follow its suggestions all the time but there are something worth considering.