I ordered this book for one of my best friends as her and her husband are getting ready to start trying for baby #1. There were so many things I wanted to tell her about what to do, and what not to do...what you REALLY need to buy, verses the gimmicky things that are just a waste of money. Well, this book takes care of that for me. I read through it myself first, and made some notations throughout the book for her, but there is some fantastic advice for new parents here, and it's actually pretty funny. I would have LOVED to of had this book 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I'm sure it would have saved me a ton of money since I probably wouldn't have purchased the tons of clothing he never ended up wearing, or the bottle warmers (among many other things) that weren't necessary.
Overall, if you (or someone you know) are thinking about, or getting ready to have a first child, this book is a GREAT purchase. There's advice from not only the authors (who are a husband and wife team), but other couples with multiple children as well. I know, as a first time parent, it's hard to heed the advice of other people or friends who have already had kids, but trust me, what they're telling you is valuable stuff. Things you think your baby can't live without...turns out they can. Sterilizing everything your little one comes in contact with? Not necessary. And a crying baby is not the end of the world. You can either learn all this stuff the hard way like the rest of us, or heed the advice of this very helpful book. I absolutely recommend this.