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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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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.
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.
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.
+ Very practical, straight forward advice you will actually need!
+ Quick and fast read - unlike many baby books, that are 300-400 pages long -_-
+ you get quick and helpful tips on common issues
+ fun to read for both mom and dad to be
- This is by no means the only book you should read as a first time parent
It's a great read, that is with other baby books that have more of that nitty gritty details. Buy this as well as other baby books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent gift for first time parents. Sanity and a bit of humor to help relax new Mom's & Dad's. Lot of great usable guidance.Published 10 months ago by D. Bergin
I now have 2 kids and I continue to recommend this to EVERY expecting parent. I have even strongly recommended it to strangers at the supermarket. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Spidey
This was recommended to me by a friend in canada. we read most of it before we had our first child. it is very good. Read morePublished 23 months ago by bcsach
This book was helpful and entertaining for a first time mother. I liked learning about some short cuts and realizing that you can calm down about a lot of the things that can cause... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Sara Colle
The internet makes new moms crazy. As a mother of quadruplets I never got the chance to learn, I just made mistakes straight across the board. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by suzy kellett
This book was great to read while raising our first daughter. We do not yet have a second child, but plan to have a second in a few years. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Afton and Mark S.
Full of great, reassuring information for first time parents bombarded by advertising, guilt, and fear. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Texaswomyn
From parents to parents. I used a lot of the ideas of this book. I got confidence and had some feeling of having my second child first :-)Published on July 1, 2013 by Juan M. Bodenheimer