Last week my hometown newspaper, South Jersey Times featured a profile about me and my book called “Toddlers get their due in Blythe Lipman’s latest.” Check it out and Enjoy! Article by Kristie Rearick.
Blythe Lipman may have a new book out, “Help! My Toddler Came Without Instructions,” but don’t worry, her journey with babies and toddlers isn’t over yet. “I hope to do a whole series,” she said. “I’m not sure what to write next.”
A passionate baby and toddler expert, Lipman, who grew up in Millville and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., has been in the business of helping parents and little ones for “35-plus years.”
It all started when she was 11 years old. “I started spending time volunteering in the hospital with babies,” Lipman recalled. In college, while attending Boston University, she would volunteer in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Boston’s Lying-In Hospital, donating many hours a week caring for tiny preemies. She also worked at a Head Start to gain more experience with babies and toddlers.
She loves helping parents with their questions, and is quick to offer advice. Challenges such as, ‘I can’t get my 5-month-old to sleep in her crib, she’ll only fall asleep in her car seat,’ or ‘Why does my toddler keep putting her finger up her nose?’ were perfect queries to go in her books.
Her first book, “Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions,” is an “easy to read, easy to use” book for parents, she said
“No parent has time to sit down and read chapters,” she said. “It’s in list form.”
It’s also pediatrician approved and the winner of several awards. So when it came time to follow up on that book, toddlers seemed like a good next choice to focus on.
Chapters, such as “Toddlers Gone Wild” or one on potty training, are all discussed with a little humor.
The purpose of the book? Give parents quick solutions to toddler troubles. Topics include sleeping (ways to transition from crib to bed, naps, creating a friendly sleep environment and nightly rituals and routines), potty training (age discussion, type of potty to use, fears, underwear, charts and issues), and fears (night terrors, stranger anxiety, the dark, monsters and separation anxiety) are all included in her latest book. And she stands by every suggestion she offers. “I’ve used every tip in this book,” she said. “I know every child is different, but they’re still worth a try.”
Lipman also writes monthly columns and articles as well as being a parenting blogger. She also has a weekly Internet podcast that airs every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Featured guests include pediatricians, authors, organic baby food creators, nannies and other baby and toddler experts.
My Best Parenting Advice: South Jersey Times Profiles”Help! My Toddler Came Without Instructions.” by Blythe Lipman