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Product Details

  • Series: Girlfriends' Guides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (January 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399528458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399528453
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Vicki Iovine makes me feel like none of my worries are ridiculous and, in some circles, might even be considered normal.”—Jane magazine

About the Author

Vicki Iovine, mother of four, is also the author of The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Daily Diary, The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers, and The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back. Visit Vicki Iovine online at girlfriendsguide.com.

Peg Rosen, a former editor of Child magazine, writes about parenting and child safety issues for numerous national publications.

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Customer Reviews

The book is also very easy to read.
Kala
I would recommend this over the Consumers Report Best Baby Products!
Chantel G. Nasits
I would highly recommend this book to first time moms.
new mommy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizebeth Neumann on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for first time mom's. Its easy to read, short and to the point, entertaining and full of information and what you need, how much you will need and what you dont need.

There are great overviews of different baby necessities and safety devices. As well as what you want to splurge on and what you can get away with skimping on.

I would definately reccomend this to anyone who is about to venture into a baby superstore for the first time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 10, 2005
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I got this book as a gift during my recent pregnancy (I just gave birth to my first baby on May 27). Since this was my first baby, I was unsure of what stuff I needed and what stuff was unnecessary. The book was somewhat helpful, especially concerning some of the bigger ticket items that first time moms think they need.

I didn't agree with everything they said in the book - specifically about hand me downs. The authors seem to think that you should never under any circumstances get a car seat from a friend - but I think if you know the person well and know the history of the seat, there is no reason why you shouldn't accept one from a friend. I got mine from someone I knew well who took great care of hers. I had the police department check it over and install it, and they said it looked fine as well.

Most of the information in the book was very useful to me when I was putting together my baby registry. It's very overwhelming trying to figure out what all you need and the book helped narrow it down quite a bit. I was able to get most of the things I needed without wasting people's time and money on unnecessary items.

The book is also very easy to read. The author has a laid back style that is goes over the information in a fun and light-hearted way, making it easy to understand and comprehend. I highly recommend this book - it was definitely useful for me!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm pregnant with my first baby, and recieved this book as a gift from my mother-in-law after reading The Girlfriend's Guide To Pregnancy. It seemed like every website I went to had this HUGE list of things that were baby "essentials" and most of the lists disagreed on quantities of items. Sure, Vicky Iovine makes for amusing reading but there's some invaluable practical information in here for those wanting to put together a concise list of the things they absolutely need, and what they ought to steer clear of. Those reccommending Baby Bargains seem to be missing the point - I didn't need to know *where* to find baby products. I wanted some solid, reliable information on what I would need, backed up by safety information and insights. I'm glad that I have this book and would reccommend it as a gift for other first time moms.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By new mom on November 14, 2006
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This book is a great place to start for new moms who have no clue what all their baby needs. Its not really a good source of information if you have an idea of what you need and are looking for some specifics. It also tended to suck the fun out of baby shopping. The Girlfriends' approach is uber-pragmatic. If you strictly went by what this book said, you would only have a few articles of baby clothing on hand before your baby arrived, would only outfit the crib with just a sheet and probably wouldn't own a swing because its not 'necessary'. Just because your baby doesn't 'need' something to survive doesn't mean you shouldn't have it on hand. You're going to be changing your newborn's outfit about 10 times a day and if you only have 6 onesies on you, you're going to be sorry. Take the ideas from this book and multiply them five-fold so you're aptly prepared for when your baby arrives. I also disagree with the part about only putting your baby in a swing or exer-saucer long enough for you to eat a sandwich. Its not neglect for your baby to spend an hour happily swinging away while you get housework done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a one-year-old and recently purchased this book for a pregnant friend. I read the book before giving it away and wish I would have had it a year ago. It's easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for baby, especially when you are clueless but I think this guide would really help. It cuts to the chase and helps you focus in on what you really need. It recommends some brands where necessary and tells you what you need, what's optional and what to skip. After just completing my first year of motherhood, I consider myself a pretty good expert on babygear and I agreed with most everything in the book. A big plus is that it was released just a few months ago so everything is up-to-date. I would recommend this for all first time mothers-to be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Butler on July 7, 2005
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I love reading her books, they're so entertaining. I bought this one a couple of weeks ago, along with the Baby Bargains book and Consumer Reports for baby gear. I thought it was a pretty good overview of what all you need and don't need. She doesn't go much into specifics of brands and items, which is where I find the Baby Bargains book useful. However, when she does, it's interesting to see what Baby Bargains and CR thinks of the same items. Overall, I'd recommend it as a quick read for getting an idea of what you need. But for specifics as to what to add to your registry, I'd depend more on Baby Bargains.
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