Baby's First Year

Growth and Development from 0 to 12 Months

Paulien Bom and Machteld Huber; Foreword by Marga Hogenboom; Translated by Tony Langham and Plym Peters

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Covers all aspects of a baby's first twelve months, including feeding and growth, diet and weaning, bathing and sleeping, and spiritual development, from a holistic perspective.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
16 b/w illustrations
128 pages
Publication date:
29 May 2008


A baby's first year presents parents with a variety of challenges. The initial excitement of pregnancy is followed by the child's birth and subsequent development, but many parents feel in need of significant support and information regarding the more mundane areas of daily life, such as nutrition.

This practical guide takes a holistic approach to the growth and development of a baby. Written by doctors qualified in both conventional and anthroposophical medicine, it deals with all aspects of the care of a small child up to the age of twelve months. Broken down into short comprehensive chapters spanning different periods of development, it covers subjects such as feeding and growth, diet and weaning, bathing and sleeping. It also includes sections on physical and spiritual development, and presents an overview of childhood vaccinations.

This book is an ideal reference for people embarking on parenthood for the first time, or as a refresher for those having a second or subsequent baby. Veteran parents in particular may find its holistic approach refreshing and inspiring in comparison to standard baby-rearing texts.


Paulien Bom is a care and nursing consultant in Amsterdam. She is the author of a number of books on parenting.

Machteld Huber trained as a general practitioner before working in anthroposophical holistic healthcare. She now works at the Louis Bolk Instituut in Holland as a researcher in nutritional health.


More guides, information and inspiration for new parents and parents-to-be:
Natural Birth: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding
Vaccination: A Guide for Making Personal Choices

The next stage! for parents of toddlers:
The Toddler Years: Growth and Development from 1 to 4 Years

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