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Binding: Paperback Dewey Decimal Number: 649.122 EAN: 9780060885342 ISBN: 0060885343 Label: Avon A Manufacturer: Avon A Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 336 Publication Date: 2006-04-04 Publisher: Avon A Release Date: 2006-04-04 Studio: Avon A
From the author of the bestselling The Modern Girl's Guide to Life comes a must-have book for the young mom, including best-kept secrets, practical advice, and multiple solutions for problems from birth to age four
Just when you thought you could cook (hey, one meal counts), clean (if the queen was coming), and seduce a man (well, long enough to get married), life throws you a curveball that makes all of your previous ineptitudes in life pale in comparison. With the appearance of one little extra line on a pregnancy test, you're thrown into a world of covering up leaks on shirts and taking a pacifier away from a two-year-old who has the grip of a pit bull.
In this funny, smart, and honest book, Jane Buckingham cuts through the clutter to give you simple information and practical advice for navigating the different stages of motherhood. From how to get your child to sleep and how to wean, to how to get him off the pacifier and how to stop his tantrums, this book will help moms feel in the know and in control! Some of Buckingham's favorite tips:
If your baby has a hard time feeding because of a stuffy nose, turn on the shower to steam up the bathroom and feed her there.
Put your children's paints in an empty egg carton -- it's the perfect size, and there's no mess to clean up when you're done. Use an old raincoat with the arms cut off as a smock.
You should buy a new car seat, rather than borrowing a friend's old car seat, as there are constant safety upgrades. Also, be sure you are the person registered to that car seat (send in that registration card!) so that you'll be notified in case of a recall.
Keep the three-day rule in mind: Almost any bad habit can be broken in three days. Granted, they may be tough, torturous days, but you can do it!
The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood helps modern moms do it all with love, style, and flair!
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Customer Rating: Summary: Sabotage vs. Sanity Comment: I'm glad I didn't read the reviews here before I bought this book at a bookstore - it has been a wonderful companion to read before my son was born and especially now that I have new questions and difficulties with each day as he grows. I have several books I refer to, but this one stays on my bedside table. It is insightful, witty, and encouraging - unlike many of the comments on these reviews that seem to have been sabotaged by some self-righteous breastfeeding clan. The breastfeeding portion is a tiny portion of the book and it encourages you to do what's best for BOTH you and the baby. If you want to breast-feed, it offers helpful suggestions. If you can't, it offers solutions. I recommend this book to all my friends, no matter what their parenting style is. Ignore the sabotages and let the sanity begin! Customer Rating: Summary: Love it or Hate It - I loved it for humor and calming effect Comment: This seems to be a "love it or hate it" based on the other reviews I've seen online, Personally, I loved this book, and her previous work: "Modern Girl's Guide to Life." It gives real-life advice for nervous moms-to-be (which I am) and the product advice seems to be bang-on. If you are more of a worrying expectant mom, I'd reccommend a book like the popular "What to Expect When you are Expecting." But I needed something with humor that was going to calm me, not make me more nervous, this was the exact book I needed, and I look forward to using it for a few more years. Customer Rating: Summary: GREAT BOOK! Comment: I thought this was a good, fun book with a lot of good advise and tips. For those of you hating on the book, the book is one person's opinions and tips. you aren't supposed to agree with everything and it is not meant to be a "serious" book. I highly recommend this to all mothers to be and new moms. Customer Rating: Summary: Really Modern Girls Guide to Motherhood Comment: This book was worth it to me just for the first hand experience and reviews of all the baby gadgets and toys and her simple easy advice on weeding through all the stuff that's available for baby.
She doesn't mention cloth diapering, which I plan on doing, and I would have liked a paragraph or two on this option but I get that realistically, does a modern girl have time?
I am personally aiming for a natural childbirth, Ms. Buckingham, obviously, is a fan of epidurals, she does however offer a list of exceptional references for those of us who want to make that choice, (such as Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, I found this book to be invaluable on this subject).
Though I'm vegan and I wouldn't feed my kids most of the things she recommends, I love her suggestions on limiting sugar intake, not "bribing" or "bartering with kids to eat" and her suggestions for getting your child to eat. I've watched countless friends and relatives in this battle many times and I now feel more prepared to deal with it.
I enjoyed the reality check section on getting through the occasional doldrums of having to care for a new life and the little things you can do to take care of yourself.
This is a great book for a first time mum, who lives in a hectic city, and always has a million and one things to do, and is not able to dedicate time exclusively to raising a child. Having read, What to Expect When you're Expecting, and The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy, I wanted to know some of the SHORTCUTS and I got that from this book. If you already have children I can see how The Modern Girls Guide to Motherhood may not be for you, but for me it was a great overview.
Customer Rating: Summary: Dangerous advice inside Comment: This book has some of the most ridiculous and dangerous parenting "advice" I've ever seen. The author's take and "advice" on breastfeeding is nothing more than sad. Her language about breastfeeding is derogatory and her information about it is at best, misinformation. If you are self-absorbed and interested only in your own well-being and not that of your baby, then perhaps this books is for you. Being a parent isn't about doing the most convenient thing, it's about doing what's best for your baby - and apparently this author has missed out on that important life lesson. If you care about the health and well-being of your baby, you'll stay far, far away from this sad, sad book. Parents need support to do what's best for their children, not corroboration that it's ok to simply do what's easiest for the parent.