A popularization and simplification of today's more enlightened parental procedures -- but not a ""complete"" book compared to the Spock book- nor is it as attractively written. Here, however, you find essentials on pregnancy, variations on feeding, on schedules, on the developmental patterns to expect from month to month (based on Gesell). The second year and the subsequent pre-school years are treated on less detailed basis. Routines and menus, formulas and recipes, toys and book lists, behavior questions, physical care, with a short section on ailments and accidents, this outlines the coverage. Another basic book about babies --in case you feel one is needed. You wont like it if you dislike your child referred to as Baby until he becomes Junior.