This third edition of Your Baby’s First Year is one of several
child care books developed by the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP). Other books in this series include Caring
forYour Baby andYoung Child: Birth to Age 5, Caring forYour
School-Age Child:Ages 5 to 12, and Caring forYour Teenager.
The Academy also has published books for parents on top-
ics ranging from breastfeeding, nutrition, and toilet training
to sleep, allergies and asthma, and attention-deficit/hyperac-
The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary-care pedi-
atricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric
surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-
being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
This book is part of the ongoing educational efforts of the
Academy to provide parents and caregivers with high-quality
information on a broad spectrum of children’s health issues.
What distinguishes this book from the many others in
bookstores and on library shelves is that it has been devel-
oped and extensively reviewed by physician members of the
American Academy of Pediatrics. A six-member editorial
board developed the initial material with the assistance of
more than one hundred contributors and reviewers. Be-
cause medical information is constantly changing, every ef-
fort has been made to ensure that this book contains the
most up-to-date findings. Readers can visit the AAP website
for parents at www.healthychildren.org to keep current on
the latest information.
It is the Academy’s hope that this book will become an in-
valuable resource and reference guide for parents and care-
givers. We believe it is the best comprehensive source of