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City Baby D.C.: The Ultimate Guide for DC Metro Parents from Pregnancy to Preschool (City and Company) Paperback – February 26, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: City and Company
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789316862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789316868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This definitive guide makes a great baby shower gift and is a terrific resource for new and more established D.C. moms as well." ~The Georgetown Bidness

About the Author

Holly Morse Caldwell is a DC resident and mom. She and her husband have lived in Georgetown for the past seven years, and are the proud parents of Connor (4) and Charlie (1). She is on the board of the Blue Igloo Playgroup, and in her spare time enjoys midnight feeding, constant diaper changes, and long carpool lines. This is her first book.

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As a new mom in DC I found this book to be a great resource.
Charlotte SABEL
Overall, it did not seem well researched and I felt that I could have obtained the same information just using Google.
JP1234
City Baby DC has lots of general, but not exactly helpful information.
Citizen Consumer

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Citizen Consumer on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This review is written from the perspective of a pregnant woman who works in NW DC and lives in Alexandria. My husband and I are certainly not rich by DC standards. We have ample income, but are conservative with our funds.

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While out to lunch over the weekend of 3/8/08, I caught the cover story of The Georgetowner about the new book City Baby DC which had just been released on 2/26/08.

"...do you know what they [pregnant women] crave more than ice cream? Useful information." That line in the article had me hooked. I had to buy this book.

City Baby DC has lots of general, but not exactly helpful information. To find an OB ask your friends. Or check with your insurance company. Or read the Washingtonian for their Best Doctors List.

The author has plenty of useful information on DC, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia hospitals including Cesarean rates for the hospitals that would release that information, but as far as the book is concerned Prince George's county doesn't exist. She lists zero hospitals there. I can count the references to PG county businesses in the rest of the book on one hand.

The book also has lots of incomplete and some incorrect information. For some reason she mentions chain stores like Target for maternity clothes in Sterling, but not in Springfield or anywhere in Maryland. She also says you can buy maternity clothes at Old Navy in Potomac Yards and I know for a fact that they do not carry maternity clothes. I'm not sure what the point is of publishing 5 of the 7 local stores of a particular chain. Some addresses are completely wrong. Tysons is not in Gaithersburg and Woodbridge is not in Maryland. Editing errors, I'm sure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JP1234 on March 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was eagerly looking forward to this book coming out and once I received it, I found it completely disappointing. The information contained in the book is very basic and already known to anyone who has lived in DC for any amount of time. Additionally, many baby services and stores were omitted entirely. Overall, it did not seem well researched and I felt that I could have obtained the same information just using Google. I would not recommend this for anyone who has lived in the DC area for any amount of time--might be helpful for someone new to the area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GeminiFox on April 6, 2009
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We've recently relocated back to DC after a 5 year absence, and we live in NOVA. When we lived here (in the District) before, we were childless, and since returning I've found myself searching for things to do with our twin infants. I just bought this book and my initial reaction to most of the stuff is "wow, I didn't know about that." For instance, there's a Reston Zoo? What? And some of her suggestions on how to find babysitters are helpful. I didn't know there was a job list serv for Hill staffers looking to make extra money, that's something I'll be checking out. And her advice on how to do a background check, including prices, was especially useful.

She also lists lots of indoor activities for infants, which have been hard for me to find. Movement classes, storytimes etc. The fact that she includes prices for a lot of her listings is especially helpful. Most of the activities she lists are in MoCo or DC, I do wish there were more in NOVA.

The shopping section really reveals what's probably the greatest weakness of the book. This book is aimed squarely at the upper middle class, but anyone looking at the cover shouldn't be surprised by that. Large swaths of the Metro area are ignored. Prince George's what? I don't think PG County is mentioned at all in the book. And it is odd that she only lists some branches of chain stores, it's like she's assuming folks in the other neighborhoods won't be reading her book. That being said, I have to say I don't care because I don't live in PG county, and knock on wood most of the boutiques in her book are the type of places I would go to. I would recommend calling some of the shops before trekking out.
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