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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby: From Pregnancy to Parenthood, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Ready for Baby and Keeping Your Family Organized Paperback – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214559
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Leeds follows her successful One Year to an Organized Life with advice on preparing for a new addition to the family. From personal finances, junk drawers, and birth plans, to building a feng shui nursery, telling the office about your "condition," and creating a routine around bathroom cleaning, Leeds covers it all. Week-by-week tasks provide clear, realistic goals for the determined mother-to-be, and some weeks involve simply thinking about organizing or creating routines. The emphasis here is on the difficult choices that have to be made, and the logistics behind making them. For instance, indispensible advice about a baby's material needs will save new mothers from last-minute runs to the mall. Leeds even discusses how to maintain or grow relationships-with family, friends, and other mothers. An oft-overlooked aspect of creating a family is the personal conflicts that can result; too many mothers realize that friendships and romance are the first to go. But Leeds offers strategies to ensure that new parents maintain their friends-and their love life. Leeds will likely change the thinking of many a wood-be parent: being organized is actually far easier than the alternative.
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Publishers Weekly (web exclusive), 2/7/11
“Leeds covers it all. Week-by-week tasks provide clear, realistic goals for the determined mother-to-be, and some weeks involve simply thinking about organizing or creating routines. The emphasis here is on the difficult choices that have to be made, and the logistics behind making them. Leeds will likely change the thinking of many a wood-be parent: being organized is actually far easier than the alternative.”

Library Journal, starred review, 2/17/11
“With her advice, future mothers and new moms will walk safely toward the Zen path of type-A personality nesting. A great gift and a great collection addition; enthusiastically recommended.”
 
BookPage, May 2011
“With impressive thoroughness, the authors pay attention to every possible topic…most of which new parents will not have thought of yet. Luckily, One Year does it for them.”

Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, July 2011
“If you need a serious organizational overhaul (or just some quick tips), this is the book for you.”


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If you are a type first time mom you need this book.
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My friend is having her first child and she keeps saying how much she can take from this book.
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Easy to read, easy to follow and provides excellent advice, instruction and tools.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Chase on March 21, 2011
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I admit it-- I'm an organizational nerd. So maybe it's not a surprise that I found this book so helpful as I get ready for the birth of my first baby. On the same hand, I can also see this book being helpful for those who are more of a free spirit. The authors take an almost holistic approach to getting organized, with a focus on nurturing yourself and those around you. I found it very comforting to know that there were things I could do today, while pregnant, to make my life easier when baby finally arrives.

Although I discovered this book when 37 weeks pregnant, I've still found a lot of great ideas and organizing inspiration by paging ahead and reviewing previous sections of the book (it's written with organizational "assignments" for each week of pregnancy). I also love that the first 20 weeks postpartum are also covered with reasonable goals for a mom taking care of a newborn. Highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Duerr on February 11, 2011
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Another brilliant written organized "must have" for friends or family that have a little blessing or two on the way! I just received my copy that I purchased for my best friends that are expecting twins! With so much to do and 101 opinions....this book will help to put much of the planning and preparation in place. Thanks Regina for another great gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cottingham on August 14, 2013
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This book has some interesting information but overall it's a lot of fluff and doesn't provide much additional insight. I would have liked and expected more checklists and tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MissLindZAnne on September 3, 2013
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I have severe adult ADHD and was very concerned about getting the house ready for my baby. I got the book in my 7th month and I was able to accomplish a lot even though I didn't follow the week to week plan. If you start this book from the very beginning of your pregnancy, I am sure it is even that much more rewarding. However, if you are looking at getting this book and you are further along in your pregnancy, it is still worth it! This book is an amazing tool to help you prepare for your family's new edition!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olga Akselrod on October 14, 2013
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So far I love the book. Its really great to think ahead in an organized fashion. I have been going on the week by week guide which is extremely helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TulipGirl on January 14, 2012
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I downloaded the free kindle sample and liked it enough to actually spend the money on the book. I find the organizational tools and prompts to be helpful, and not overwhelming to this tired pregnant mother. I like seeing the progress on things that I need to get done anyway, and having the book "coach" me each week. As I received the book at 25 weeks pregnant, a lot that could have been done sooner hasn't been done. I like the author's suggestion to just start where you are, and go back to previous weeks as you have the energy when the topic of organization is important.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Hall on April 1, 2011
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Where was this book when I needed it? These authors do an amazing job of anticipating the ways in which a new parent can get her act together and stay organized--even in the face of the million big and little tasks that a new addition to the family can bring. It's like being give a little extra time as a baby-welcoming gift.

Terrific idea beautifully executed--these gals really know what they're talking about!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Starr on February 7, 2012
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I love this book and am working through the projects provided in this book. The author does a fantastic job of setting reasonable goals for ways to get organized during pregnancy. Suggested tasks match up for the particular stage of pregnancy you're in - the second trimester(generally when moms feel best) has the most active, intensive projects, while at the very end of pregnancy, things are realistic for that stage too... I think the 40 week project is - take care of yourself and relax! Also, there are goals for 20 weeks postpartum, too.

I'm a semi-organized person... I like the idea of organization, but it doesn't always happen for me. I appreciated the philosophy and thought behind this book (life with baby will be a lot smoother and easier if your home, schedule, and life are more pulled together and organized), and it's helped keep me motivated. She provides enough direction for each project - helpful hints and new ideas - that it would be helpful for someone who lacks much expertise in organizing, but I learned a lot of stuff too - and I read lots of organizing blogs, magazines, etc. One other thing I appreciated is that while there are a few product suggestions, there aren't a lot. Sometimes books like these end up telling you - go out and buy $1000 worth of stuff to simplify your life! That's certainly not the case with this book.

Whether you've just found out you're pregnant or are nearing the end of pregnancy, this is a great book to read! (Although, the sooner the better, as it will give you more time to work on getting things together.) I am SO glad this book exists - it's been really helpful for me so far in this pregnancy!
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