* Introduction

* Pre-Birth           Mother Care

* Birth

* Bringing your    New Baby          Home

* Inoculations

* Feeding your    Baby

* Drugs

* Diapers

* Washing

* Clothes

* Sickness

* Babysitters

* Friends

* Walking

* Watching

* Playing,    Reading &    Teaching

* Toys

* Jewelry

* Smoking

* Body Parts

* Singing

* Pictures

* After Birth    Mother Care

* Mosquito    Spray and    Coils

* Fans

* Kids and    Animals

* Sanitation &    Cleaning

* Girls and Boys

Introduction

Congratulation on the birth of your new baby.   Good luck to you!

    This book was written for you, the new parent in Cambodia.  Also, for anyone who takes care of babies.  Whether you have had several children before, taken care of babies your whole life, or never cared for a baby, this guide to raising your child healthy and intelligently will be sure to teach you some new behaviors.

   Properly caring for a baby, from before she is born until she leaves the home is a very expensive and time consuming responsibility and privilege.  Nobody can guarantee success in raising a child, but by following the guidelines in this book, and thinking for yourself, you can minimize the damage you will do to your child, while maximizing the probability for raising a healthy and smart person.

   This book is not a complete manual for raising your child.  If one existed, it would take you a lifetime to read.  However, the advice in this book is a starting point.

   This book covers much of what you need to know about caring for your new baby, from the time you know a new baby will be arriving, until they are one year old.  The rest you will learn, will come from reading other books, advice from friends, family, doctors, and strangers, (much of which is inconsistent or wrong) and hopefully you will learn from the many mistakes you will make.

   This book should make a perfect gift for the expectant parents of a new baby, or a newborn.  If you can, you want to read and understand this book before your baby is born.

   You are encouraged to read through the entire book, and not just a few sections for advice.  Much of the advice on certain topics is scattered throughout the chapters, as is appropriate.

   Most Cambodians have never read a book on raising a baby, much less ever having read a book.  Their philosophy to raising a child is to treat them like a play toy, or just to keep them alive and not crying, or just to raise them to take care of them when they get older.  The main caregiver for a baby is many times any child that is older than the baby and is strong enough to pick them up, a nanny from the rice fields, or a grandparent who can barely see and/or hear.

   A baby starts learning when she is about 1 month old.  When they are born, they already know how to cry, sleep, close their hands, pee and shit, fart, drink, eat, puke and sleep.  At one or two months old, they start to learn how to move their arms and hold things.  Within a few months they are laughing at funny things, crying when they are hurt, and rolling around.  And a few months after that, they may be crawling, holding their own baby bottle to drink water, and learning how to use their hands and feet.

   During this time and beyond, any accidents or injuries, any diseases or malnutrition, any neglect, can affect the baby in a bad way for the rest of her life.  It can cause a permanent injury, or a mental defect.  A lack of personal attention, or giving them the wrong attention while they are growing up, is sure to make for a less intelligent and less happy adult, when they grow up.

   To have the greatest chance of success in having a happy, healthy and intelligent baby, you must have someone who is knowledgeable watching and caring for your baby at all times.  Any accident, sickness, poisoning, or a neglectful moment, can cause your baby's life to change for the worse.

   Nobody is born with this knowledge of properly caring for a baby, and if you follow the examples of others around you in Cambodia, you will be wrong much of the time. Your best chance of success is to educate yourself and the people around you who will be taking care of the baby, and to constantly learn what you will need to know next as your baby grows.  You also need to think.  Nothing is more important than thinking for yourself.  Educate yourself, listien to advice, read, watch, listen, look and then think!

   If you have enjoyed and learned from reading this book, please share it with others. It is our hope that all the new parents in Cambodia will read this book, and learn from it.


Thank You.