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Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Years, Second Edition

Walter J. Cook, M.D., and Kelsey M. Klaas, M.D.

  • The first three years of a child’s life are critical to the foundation of healthy growth and development and can impact even the adult years.
  • A parenting reference book on hand can help identify when to see the doctor and when symptoms can be treated at home; offer a range of solutions for common questions; help parents understand why children often behave the way they do; and enable parents to create a nurturing environment where children thrive



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babies are born each year in the U.S.

While every baby brings their own set of challenges, Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years offers informative guidance on standard child care practices such as proper nutrition and comforting a fussy baby. This revised reference guide also gives essential advice for a new generation of parents who face challenges such as single parenthood and work-life balance.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years combines everything you need to know about your baby’s first three years in an easy-to-read, convenient guide. Using the detailed month-to-month calendar, learn what to expect and what steps you can take to ensure a foundation of healthy growth and development.

While there is no built-in instruction manual for raising a child, this guide offers expert advice.

2020 • 599 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Walter CookWalter J. Cook, M.D.

A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Dr. Cook completed his pediatric residency at Mayo Clinic and has since cared for thousands of infants and children in his more than 25 years of pediatric practice.

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KlaasKelsey Klaas, M.D.

Dr. Klaas, medical editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years, 2nd Edition, is a pediatrician in the division of General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed residency at Mayo Clinic, followed by a year as chief resident.

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