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How to Have Your Second Child First: 100 Things That Are Good to Know... the First Time Around Paperback – Bargain Price, March 31, 2010

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About the Author

Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen are second-time parents who have learned a lot from their two energetic young daughters, Piper and Molly. A former publishing executive, Kerry is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant. Rob is an author and software developer. They are the authors of Mommy Lotto; Daddy Lotto; So, You Want to Be Canadian; and The U.S. of Eh? (all from Chronicle Books). They currently work, parent, and drink plenty of coffee in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869881
  • ASIN: B005X4AL6G
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pkweigel on April 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a new Dad - and have about 20 or so books on parenting that we've bought during the first couple of months of our daughter's life addressing so many different things we were trying to figure out. Then came along this book: How to Have Your Second Child First: 100 Things that are Good to Know the First Time Around. Jeez - I wish I bought this book first!

What makes this book so good? Where do I begin?

This thing is an easy read - and gives you a page or two with the details of the things you need to know rather than countless pages of endless dribble that you might find other books. As a new parent, my time has been pretty valuable, so it's been great to get some additional perspective from experienced parents in quick, digestible chucks - think Cliff's Notes for Adults.

The insight is awesome! Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen give answers that are good for both moms and dads. Throw the birth plan out the door, formula is totally fine, and dad's may feel left out at first are just some of the gems we learned. You'll also digest practical bits about wipe warmers, what is best to dress your kid in, and perhaps the best one: you can let your partner do things his/her own way (I bookmarked this page!:)). I tell you, just reading through this book has helped prevent issues for me and my wife before they have ever come up.

Someday I hope to meet Kerry and Rob - because I'd give them a big old hug for sharing their valuable insight which has made life much easier for us. Reading this book was time well spent, and it's a great resource we've gone back to again and again.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book before all of the others. You'll be glad you did.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. VINE VOICE on April 3, 2010
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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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BlueCapeSky on July 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a great book for giving good advice and a realistic perspective to new parents. I had lots of time to read and prepare for having a newborn. I was going to do my best to follow all the experts' advice and best practices for my baby.

Then I had a newborn and was utterly desperate for anything that would stop the crying and constant hunger. By Day 3 I had given her a pacifier. By Week 3 I was supplementing with formula. I had no energy to sing and stimulate her with conversation during nursing sessions. I quickly broke every resolution I had made and felt miserable about it.

This book saved my guilty conscience with its practical outlook and parenting tips. Yes, I've done things for my 8-week-old that were unplanned and not the high standards that I had imagined, but my baby is healthy, active, and sleeping happily, and I'm relaxed and happy too. So just relax because everything will turn out fine.

This book has a very approachable, easy to read format that is perfect for busy parents. Highly recommended book, particularly for parents who plan, research, and worry.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Work of Life TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2010
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I enjoyed this book and found a lot of the advice to be level headed reminders to use your common sense when having a kid. It seems that a lot of us seem to lose a few marbles when the first little one arrives and this book is a common sense reminder to help us recover a few of them. Some of the advice, I found to be too obvious (like: "order stuff on amazon to save a trip to the store"). That kind of stuff wasn't really helpful, while advice about the types of clothes (onesies) that are most useful for newborns was the kind of thing I was looking for. All in all, I think the concept of this book is fantastic and I am glad someone decided to tackle it. I would recommend this book to my friends, but with a word of caution. It is a bit depressing with all the tips on battling depression, anger, frustration, etc. It seems a lot of the contributions to this book come from people who find raising their children to be a difficult chore instead of a welcome challenge. Its a perspective thing and these folks are pretty negative.

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