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About the Author

Heather Gibbs Flett is a Web producer. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Alec, and two boys, Holden and Milo.Whitney Moss is a marketing professional. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Ryan, and two children, Julian and Scarlett. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook was inspired by a blog that Whitney and Heather started in 2005. Learn more at www.rookiemoms.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; English Language edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594742197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594742194
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara Wright on July 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this book, I wish I had it when my first child was born. It is filled with creative and humorous ideas for enjoying the precious time you have with your baby, including tips on how to include your partner and other moms. It gave me inspiration and motivation to get out of the house and take my little ones with me! It does seem to be geared for stay-at-home moms, however, as a mom who works outside of the home, the activities can also be done in the evenings or on weekends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Boulay on April 21, 2010
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I was excited by the positive reviews of this book but must say that it was a bit of a disappointment to me. I had hoped to read about some novel suggestions for how to get out of the house with my infant (and maintain my sanity), but some of the ideas involved things like taking a bath, crocheting a hat, holding my partner's hand while on a walk, or having your groceries delivered to me. Sorry, but I didn't find those things terribly helpful in my quest to figure out things to do with my little that will keep us both entertained (which is what I thought the book would do primarily - maybe my mistake). Not a complete waste but just not as idea-rich as I had hoped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darci Rosenblum on April 10, 2008
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I found this book and thought it would be an excellent add-on to an already purchased baby shower gift. As I was flipping through it I realized that the activities were so much fun I decided to buy one for myself - I was always looking for things to do with my daughter. Now I pick it up at least once a week for ideas to help get me through the week. I've since bought copies for my friends about to have babies as well as for moms who are also looking for mommy and baby activities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Solomon on June 21, 2008
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Thank GOD for this book; i got it at just the right time. Every new mom needs this to keep from going stir crazy, particularly in those first few months. With the billions of useful tips in these pages, a mother's frazzled brain is relieved of thinking of new ways to entertain herself and to introduce her baby to the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EmmyL on September 25, 2012
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If you live in the city or the suburbs, this book probably has a ton of great suggestions for you. However, if you live in the middle of nowhere and don't have access to malls or shops or anything besides a McDonald's, this book is not for you. I have to drive 30 miles to civilization, so I could use very few of the examples. That certainly doesn't make it badly written or lacking in good ideas, but it does have a more limited audience than I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BreT on March 7, 2011
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I originally received this book as a gift a few days after the birth of my first child. I was suffering from a bad case of the baby blues and felt completely lost as a mother. I felt confined to my house, that no one understood me, and I struggled to figure out how to be both "me" and "mommy". Within just a few pages of reading this book, I was in tears, so thankful to learn that I was not alone. The author was funny, quirky, and completely spot on. I felt like she was talking directly to me. Simply knowing that there were other new moms out there going through the same thing that I was going through helped to lift me out of my funk.

So, when one of my best friends emailed me to talk about her baby blues and cabin fever, I immediately went online and ordered this book for her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kris_eve on March 11, 2010
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I adored this book. It has tons of super practical advice as well as creative ideas that you're simply too scatter-brained to think of as a new mom, and honestly what no one tells you is that you start to feel like a prisoner in your own home with a newborn. You're scared to leave, not sure how you'd manage if you did, don't know what to bring, or even where would be a baby-friendly, relaxing or fun place to go? This will help you out of that mommy-prisoner slump and get you back into your groove in no time. Pick it up, read it BEFORE the baby comes and then promise yourself to do at least one activity a week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Lisagor on October 15, 2008
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My son was 7 mo. old by the time I found this book, and I'm kicking myself for not having picked it up sooner. It's packed with age-appropriate activities for mom and baby, things that really would have come in handy on those "I'm tired of staring at the new baby but afraid to try something new" days. Moss and Flett are funny, witty, adventurous moms with loads of creative ideas. This week's favorite (for my now-10-month-old): #200, Give your baby a pickle. Hilarious and handy. I'm buying this book for every new mom I know.
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