The Bottom Line for Baby

The Bottom Line for Baby

From Sleep Training to Screens, Thumb Sucking to Tummy Time--What the Science Says

Tina Payne Bryson


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'An essential guide to making all your important parenting decisions' Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child

Apply the best science to all your parenting decisions with this essential A-Z guide for your biggest questions and concerns from the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child; No-Drama Discipline.
Every baby- and toddler-care decision sends parents scrambling to do the right thing, and often down into the rabbit hole of conflicting advice. Dr Tina Payne Bryson has sifted through the reliable research (including about all those old wives' tales) and will help you make a manageable molehill out of the mountain of information and answer more than sixty common concerns and dilemmas, including:

  • Breast or bottle? Or breast and bottle? Will that cause nipple confusion?
  • What's the latest recommendation for introducing solids in light of potential allergies?
  • Should I sign us up for music and early-language classes?
  • Should we be co-sleeping?
  • When is the right time to wean my baby off her dummy?
  • How do I get this child to sleep through the night?!

Dr Bryson boils things down with authority, demystifying the issues in three distinct sections: an objective summary of the schools of thought on the topic, including commonly held pros and cons; a clear and concise primer on "What the Science Says"; and a Bottom Line conclusion. When the science doesn't point clearly in one direction, she guides you to assess and apply the information in a way that's consistent with your family's principles and meets your child's unique needs. Full of warmth, expert wisdom, and blessedly bite-sized explanations, The Bottom Line for Baby will help you understand what the priorities really are during the first year of your baby's life.

This is the ebook edition. You will be able to access this ebook online via a browser or download it to the accompanying John Murray Learning app.

Please note that this edition is only available for sale in the UK & Commonwealth, for other editions please contact Ballantine, Penguin Random House.


Tina Payne Bryson:
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers - THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE - each of which has been translated into dozens of languages, as well as THE YES BRAIN and THE POWER OF SHOWING UP and the forthcoming BOTTOM LINE FOR BABY. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she's a mum to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at