Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

As the title of this show says, young children pretty much just eat, sleep, and poop, but that doesn’t necessarily make the life of a new parent easier. We interviewed pediatrician and new dad, Dr. Scott Cohen, author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. We covered breastfeeding, care of twins, issues of prematurity, when to introduce solid foods, and how to get your child to sleep through the night.

Hit the Highlights
  • Is colic hereditary? If a mother had colic as a baby will her child be more likely to have colic?
  • What causes colic?
  • How is colic treated?
  • A lot of adoptive parents worry about the fact that their children are being fed formula rather than breast milk. Is there any evidence that this will harm the child?
  • Can you continue nursing while undergoing an IVF cycle?
  • Will the IVF drugs pass through the breast milk?
  • Will antidepressants pass through the breast milk to the baby? Is it safe to take antidepressants while nursing?
  • What’s the current theory on the types of food—spiciness, dairy, etc. for a nursing mother to eat?
  • Do you need to worry about moderate alcohol consumption and breastfeeding?
  • What is the best way to feed twins?
  • How to breast feed twins?
  • Feeding twins.
  • Should you put twins on a feeding schedule?
  • How does the development of a baby born prematurely differ from a baby born at full term?
  • Should you give your baby a pacifiers?
  • Is thumb sucking or pacifier sucking better for a baby?
  • How to establish a bedtime for a very young infant?
  • At what age are children physically ready to sleep through the night?
  • At what age should you wean your baby off of nighttime feedings?
  • How to train or teach babies to sleep through the night.
  • Does nighttime crying hurt a child psychologically?
  • Is there a way to sleep train a child without allowing them to cry it out?
  • How long is too long to let a baby cry?
  • Should we let him cry it out at nap time too?
  • I have read that an infant’s brain processes day sleep and night sleep differently and thus you have to sleep train for both. Is this true?
  • Is it better to have an early or late bedtime for a baby?
  • Does it take longer to train a child to sleep through the night the older the child? Does sleep training take longer the longer the awakening at night habit has been in place?
  • Adoptive parents worry that letting their children cry at night will interfere with attachment.
  • How do you sleep train an adopted child?
  • How do you sleep train a child adopted over the age of one?

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