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There's so much baby advice out there -- how do I know which to follow?

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More than 490 parenting books are available at Amazon.com. But there is only one real authority on your baby: you. "The key is to focus on your baby and learn his rhythms, needs and temperament," says Libby Colman, Ph.D., a social psychologist and the author of seven books on pregnancy and parenting. She suggests that for the first two weeks after giving birth, you should spend time with just your baby and partner. Later, being around people who have children of similar ages and a similar parenting philosophy can help reaffirm what you're doing. "Find people who facilitate your being with your baby without trying to control how you parent," Colman says. Keep in mind that you will grow into parenthood. Books can give you ideas, but experience will teach you how to raise your child.

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