What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?
by Anish Sheth M.D. and Josh Richman
Avery Trade; $11.25 Hardcover, $9.78 Kindle
208 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1583335437
So, “What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?” showed up in our office the other day.
And if the name wasn’t enough to grab your inner immaturity, the color of the book will. After we got through giggling, our stomachs turned queasy as the color reminded us of the sometimes unnatural neon colors in your baby’s poo. One of the many things in life that make you go hmmm. Should my baby’s poo look like toxic waste? What if it smells like a rabid animal crawled up my baby’s bunghole and died in there? The pediatrician is going to think I’m nuttier than Norma Bates if I call again.
No worries. Now you have a pocket sized resource to answer any and all questions you have about your baby’s “Russian Poolette.”
Written by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D. (the power poo couple who brought you the adult poo reference version — “What’s Your Poo Telling You”), this book is actually remarkably fascinating and useful.
The book starts out with a short section about dropping the kids off at the pool during pregnancy. If you’re unaware, that’s a euphemism for defecating. “Baby’s Poo” also goes into your first postpartum poop, like what kind of poo to expect after a c-section.
The book quickly turns its focus on the many twists and turns of baby poo however, from diarrhea to the grunt-y poo, this book covers it all. Written in a no-nonsense, humorous tone, this book comes with a handy poo color palette which allows you to quickly reference the deal is with your baby’s brown, yellow or green poo.
One of our favorite chapters is the “Poonami”, which the author describes as “a torrential elimination of liquid stool that cant’ be contained by a diaper and explodes up the baby’s back.” (Have to call you back, Johnny just had a Poonami of cataclysmic proportions!)
So informative is “Baby’s Poo”, had we had it when our kids were born, we’d have saved ourselves the one armed diaper change whilst calling mom in the other to ask the meaning of such butth*le fireworks.
The book also gives common sense tips (“survival tips”) on things like how to check to see if the baby has poo’d in her diaper, diaper rash prevention and potty training techniques.
A couple of other LOL sections in the book — the afraid to admit dipstick method and the “where did Johnny go” disappearing act. (The dipstick method is the method of putting your finger down a tot’s diaper to find out if she poo’d, always with less than desirable results. The disappearing act is when your babe starts leaving the room and squatting in a corner (hopefully with their diaper intact) and grunts away, wanting privacy to do her business.)
Other topics covered are gas, flatulence and spit-up. The fun never ends and it’s small enough to put in your purse, although not sure why you would — you can if you want and that’s what’s important.
All in all, this is a great book for first time parents and would make a great shower gift, both for its practicality its ability to strike up conversation. We talked about at the office a good 10 minutes and the jokes were dropping like deuces.
We give it an A+.