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Getting Ready for Baby: The Ultimate Organizer for the Mom-to-Be Spiral-bound – August 1, 2001

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This book "may just become the most important item in your life; every section gives helpful hints followed by checklists?" -- Big Apple Parent, October 2001

This book is "loaded with the details that concern new moms like prenatal care, delivery and all matters in between" -- Nashville Parent, October 2001

From the Author

When I became pregnant with our twin daughters, I felt elated and quickly headed to the bookstore to buy books on pregnancy, baby care, you name it. What I didn't buy were pregnancy planners. I was disappointed with their meager lists, disorganized format, and lack of practical usefulness. As I read books and parenting magazines, checked out baby catalogs and store shelves, and asked a million questions of my Mom friends, I developed my own system for getting myself organized. I created easy-to-use charts and checklists loaded with the advice and recommendations I gathered. I started lending out my lists to other confused first-time Moms and was greeted with sighs of relief as well as genuine enthusiasm. In time, I realized I had the beginnings of a book here. My desire to help reach a wider audience and find a more flexible career sent me on a new journey which has culminated in the writing and publication of this book. I was fortunate to find a publisher who shared my vision of a practical, informative, easy-to-carry, and hip book for today's woman and am thrilled with the results! I hope my book helps relieve some of your first-time jitters and eases your journey into motherhood. Congratulations!
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811829413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811829410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 21, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a very helpful book, esp. for first time parents trying to keep track of what you truly need for baby and what isn't crucial.
My only complaint with it is that it needs tabs so you can flip to the chapters more quickly. I'm planning on sticking self-adhesive index tabs into my copy. Tape along the edges of the front and back cover flaps turns them into handy pockets for ultrasounds scans, receipts, prescriptions, etc. In future editions it would have been nice if the publisher though of these things so you don't have to modify it yourself. It is nice that it is spiral bound and you can stick a pen into the spiral. It is small enough to fit into a purse if need be.
The chapters covered are:
Introduction
Key Contacts
Things to Do
Healthcare for Mom
Shopping For Mom
Shopping for Baby
Baby Shower and Gifts
Labor and Delivery
Back Home
Healthcare For Baby
Childcare
Resources
Each chapter offers tips about that particular subject, checklists, advice, space for notes, etc. I found the checklists super thorough -- but don't feel you have to get everything listed. It's just to help you. Don't feel obligated to buy every single thing before the baby comes either.
You can expect to use it through the pregnancy for sure and into part of baby's first year by tracking the pediatrician appts and notes in the "Baby Health" section.
I would have liked a chapter for birthing class -- perhaps what types are available (Lamaze, Bradley, Hypnobirthing, etc.) and a place for me to take notes in when I went to class. Even just more blank pages at the very end would have been good for that -- there's only 1 page back there.
I took it with me when I gave birth to our daughter and it kept all our info at our fingertips.
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Format: Spiral-bound
I am an organizer junkie, and I LOVED this organizer!

I agree that this book should have tabs/labels, but it is sprial-bound and its own built-in bookmark, and that alone puts it light-years ahead of other pregnancy organizers. I added my own tabs using those clear, plastic, sticky tabs.

I can't say enough great things about this organizer. It's wonderfully thorough, logically organized, and has more info than you'll ever use! There are oodles of checklists (ah, the satisfaction of checking off items!) and places for notes, etc. She thought of things I would have NEVER thought of, like what to ask potential pediatricians. The author is the mother of twins, so she is cognizant of the fact that some of her readers might be, too (most authors of preggo books totally forget the moms of multiples!). All in all, a great resource and well worth the money.
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What a find! This book is the perfect companion for an expectant mom. As a mother of two, I would have loved to have had this organizer as I was getting ready for the arrival of my first. The book is beautifully desgined with cool graphics and the content is first-rate. The information provided is incredibly comprehensive, useful and down-to-earth. It is obvious the author is a mother herself and understands the ups and downs of pregnancy! My favorite parts are the "real mom" tips at the beginning of every chapter and the space provided to keep track of notes and necessary information. This organizer has become my standard gift for friends who are expecting. And, they love it!!
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This book is amazing - it covers every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth you can imagine - including many I've never seen before, like a place to keep track of items you've borrowed and a planning diagram for arranging the nursery furniture. A wonderful gift for any first-time mom!
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By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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I love this organizer! I bought this one and another pregnany organizer, and found this one to be the "keeper." The other one just offered the obvious stuff. I am a real planner and very organized person, yet this one had suggestions for things I hadn't even thought of! Well organized, attractive & colorful pages. A very useful tool to pull a lot of information together. Highly recommend it! I will give it to friends who are pregnant too.
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This was the best purchase I made in anticipation of our new baby. I'm a first time mom and would have been lost without this book throughout the pregnancy. It's great for deciding what baby gear you need to purchase, helping you pick a OB and a pediatrician. It is soo useful, I will definitly buy it again for my next baby. The only thing that it lacks are tabbed pages. So I bought tabs and placed them throughout the book for easy access to certain commonly used pages, which made it easier to use. Other than that it is perfect! It's definitly worth the money!
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I'm a first-time mom-to-be, and this book has been invaluable to us. We refer to the checklists and advice constantly. A lot of other organizers are actually more like journals, with space to write how you feel each day, what symptoms you're experiencing, your most embarrassing pregnancy moments, etc. Who wants to do that every day? I want to know what I need to buy and what I don't, what I should focus on getting done each trimester, and tips from real moms. This book offers practical advice and checklists to help you prepare for your baby. The only drawbacks, as mentioned by other reviewers, are that there should be tabs and pockets for storing stuff.
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