- Sherry Joe Crosby
NO WORRIES: It's about time somebody delivered a pox on the ill-informed pregnancy police. Dr. Michael S. Broder reviews the scientific evidence and tells moms-to-be what's safe and what's not in ``The Panic-Free Pregnancy'' (Penguin; $14.95). Yes, you can have a cup of coffee in the morning. Yes, you can drink the occasional glass of wine. And no, you don't have to get rid of your cat. You're more likely to get toxoplasmosis from gardening without gloves than you are from the cat litter box. Broder, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, takes the fear out of what should be an exciting rite of passage.
- Mariko Thompson
MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Forget Diaper Genies, crib bumpers and even those ``What to Expect'' books. Give the new parents in your life what they really need: ``The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting,'' by Christine Mellor (Chronicle Books; $12.95).
In addition to an on-call baby sitter and a whole lot more sleep, the other thing in short supply for rookie parents is a good laugh. And Mellor's practical advice that goes along with it won't hurt, either. Her message: Parenting is all about balance and not giving up everything you once were - or giving in to everybody's prevailing wisdom or unsolicited ``advice.'' She could quote Dr. Phil, but that wouldn't be as funny as these chapter titles: ``Bedtime: Is 5:30 too early?'' ``Diaper Bag or Steamer Trunk?'' ``Child Labor: Not Just for the Third World!'' and ``Self-Esteem and Other Overrated Concepts.''
In addition to the actually useful tips on child-proofing, tantrums and schooling, don't miss Mellor's recipes. Lemonade for Grown-Ups is a great way to get through a kid-clogged birthday party. But remember her advice: ``Omit vodka if serving to the younger set, as it doesn't sit well with them.''
- Steven Rosenberg
BRAIN POWER: Most people are worried about keeping their bodies fit. But what about the brain? Jokes about senior moments aside, we don't have to lose our mental acuity with age. According to Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Center on Aging, the risk of dementia for the average person is about one-third genetic. The remaining two-thirds are tied to environment and lifestyle, writes Small in ``The Memory Prescription'' (Hyperion; $25.95). Small, with co-author Gigi Vorgan, outlines a 14-day memory fitness plan that builds on many of the same strategies included in his best-selling ``The Memory Bible.'' Small sprinkles brain teasers and memory association exercises throughout each day of the plan, a holistic approach that combines a Mediterranean diet, exercise and other stress-reducing activities. This is really a prescription for well-being. Small bets readers will feel so much better and sharper after 14 days that they'll make these habits for life. Small will appear at Brentano's Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., at 7 p.m. Thursday.
(1) no caption (``Music for Infants, Vol. 1: Nurturing Music''
(2) no caption (``Vol. 2: Travel Music'')
(3) no caption (book: ``The Panic-Free Pregnancy'')
(4) no caption (book: ``The Memory Prescription'')
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|Date:||Jun 14, 2004|
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