Book Review: What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You

Originally publish on June 20, 2014.

Today is my youngest son’s birthday. He is nineteen. He’s filled my heart with more joy than I ever imagined possible and continues to do so, but he was one dreadfully difficult child to potty train. On one particularly bad day during his potty training years (no not months…years), I remember someone telling me not to worry because he “certainly won’t go off to college in diapers.” I didn’t find my friend’s attempt at levity amusing. Perhaps it was because I was, at the time, preoccupied with cleaning my three year old’s poop from under my fingernails, but as it turns out she was right. Jared is headed to college this fall and he is indeed a “super-dooper-pooper” wearing big boy pants (has been for a while now).

Between primary lactose intolerance, several cases of roto virus and the potty training experience from hell, my kids’ poop has been a MAJOR source of angst. I REALLY could have used a poop survival guide back then. Heck the sheer volume and variety of poop a normal baby produces is enough to drive new parents to drink. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so because a couple of guys actually took the time to write a book about it. Seriously. It’s called What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? and lucky for you, the folks publishing it reached out and asked me to review it. Check out this excerpt from the email they sent me.

Dear Antoinette,

Your blog Just Another Ordinary Day is not only inspiring to parents everywhere, but it is humorous and full of useful tid-bits! That’s why we think you will love Josh Rickman and Dr. Anish Sheth’s book What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?

Not to toot my own horn, but this is not the first time I have been solicited for a book review. I’m kinda famous (for a blogger, which reminds me, don’t forget to scroll to the footer and vote for me). Anyway, every so often publishers will solicit me for book reviews, but I think I got this particular gig because, as the mother of boys, I tend to write a lot about farts and everybody knows where there are farts there’s poop. Funny thing is, even though I write a lot about radical liberal feminists (a.k.a. wackadoodles), nobody from Simon and Schuster reached out with a request for me to review Hard Choices. Hmmm.

Anyway, before writing What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, MD collaborated on the wildly popular What’s Your Poo Telling You? and What’s My Pee Telling Me? With three books about excrement to their credit, you have to wonder what sort of fraternity hazing or potty training experiences provoked these guys to spend so much time thinking about poop. Whatever it is, I’m glad they found a way to turn a bizarre obsession into an entertaining and educational read. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a funny, forthcoming fount of fecal facts.

What's Your Baby's Poo Telling You?Whether you’re already a parent or you’re about to become one, What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? is a must-read. It is an engaging, humorous and insightful go-to guide designed to help parents decipher the oft confusing messages contained in baby poop. The fact is, your baby’s bowel movements can tell you what your baby can’t, but only if you figure out how to “crack” the code. What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? does just that: cracks the poop code. It is a fascinating handbook of how the characteristics of your baby’s poop (color, consistency, smell and more) can help answer the plethora of questions that plague every parent.

  • Is my baby alright? Is something wrong?
  • Why are there seeds in my baby’s poop?
  • Is it safe to change my baby’s diaper when I’m wearing a silk blouse?
  • Will my baby get into an Ivy League college?
  • And more. (Okay, but not the college thing.)

Parents examining, analyzing and ruminating over their babies’ poop is a time honored tradition. Through humor, anecdotes, insights and fact What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? covers everything you ever wanted to know about baby poop, but were afraid (or too embarrassed) to ask. Trust me, whether you’re already a parent or about to become one, What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? is for you.

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