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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is not just a waste of time - it's a waste of money. Nothing useful. A free Google search would tell you more. Anybody with a map could go to the same places. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ashley Bloom
I have loved giving this informative guide to my friends as shower gifts! With its snappy cover and easy writing style, it sets the tone for the fun adventure to come. Read morePublished on April 9, 2008 by Elizabeth