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A Really Terrific Planner - the Best I've Seen
on July 4, 2005
There are so many reasons to love this pregnancy planner! To start with, it's the perfect size (no huge album-sized book to lug around - it fits right into my purse). It's also stylish - no goofy baby graphics - just simple and sophisticated. When I take it out, it does not scream "Look at me, I'm a pregancy planner!" like so many of the others available.
Moving on to the inside: what I really like about this planner is that the informational text is kept to a minimum (I have seen so many planners go overboard on informational text - it's like they can't decide whether they want to be a BOOK about pregnancy or a pregnancy planner, and some even seem to have more text than spaces for filling things in). 40 Weeks+ has a page of helpful text at the beginning of each section which explains where in the section you can find things, but other than that, this book is about YOU and YOUR BABY.
There are dozens of fantastic charts, checklists, and questions to get you thinking, jog your memory, and record every detail of your pregnancy. There are even sections to record memories and place photos, (as well as to record those first weeks and months after baby is born - weight, feeding schedules, etc.) which turns this very useful planner into a keepsake album at the end of the 40 weeks+!
The checklists for what to buy for baby, divided into "basics" and "helpful extras" are great, especially with all the Things To Buy there are at baby superstores - I'm not a big gadgets person, and it's nice to have a book that's NOT telling me that I MUST HAVE every last baby thing for sale in the world, but lets me know, as a first time mom, what's essential and what's a "helpful extra". And the resources section lists dozens of books and websites especially helpful to me as a first-time mom-to-be who knows NOTHING about where to go for all that baby-related information she craves.
Nothing has been missed with this pregnancy planner. I'm three months pregnant with my first baby and I've already used the midwife interview (which really helped me have a terrfic dialog with my potential midwife) placed my first ultrasound picture in the designated area, filled in some memories about the early days of my pregancy, and started to think about the questions on the birth plan. I can see this little book becoming my constant companion as my pregnancy progresses. 40 Weeks+ comes to you highly recommended!