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The Perfect Baby Handbook: A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents Paperback – March 24, 2009
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“The perfect guide for all those new parents and parents-to-be who are starting to realize that the “perfect baby” may not, in fact, exist in nature. Delightfully absurd, thoroughly imaginative, and very funny.” (Christie Mellor, author of The Three-Martini Playdate)
“Hands down the funniest book about children that Spy magazine never wrote.” (Douglas Coupland)
“Brilliant! Must-read comic relief for anxious new moms and dads, and all the people who lovingly put up with us.” (Miranda Purves, Living Editor, ELLE)
“This hilarious, satirical look at super-parenting had me laughing so hard, I almost spilled my wine.” (Stefanie Wilder Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay)
“Dale Hrabi’s Perfect Baby Handbook: Advice on ‘elevating your baby’s mind with unattractive Dutch toys’ and more.” (New York)
“The Perfect Baby Handbook is a satirical look at raising kids and the perfect antidote to your anxiety (since heavy drinking is out).” (Daily Candy Kids)
“The Perfect Baby Handbook is just what you need when the crushing sense of responsibility you feel when creating a life gets you down. This spoof on traditional baby guidebooks...[will] make you laugh out loud.” (Curve Magazine)
“In this age of competitive parenting, how do you make sure your baby comes out on top — and in the best outfit? . . . This not-so-serious approach to the all-encompassing baby guide gives anxious parents a little breathing room — and a laugh.” (UrbanBaby.com)
“In researching his satirical manual, The Perfect Baby Handbook...[which] details yuppie parent phenomena, Dale Hrabi found that sometimes the slightest intervention can help moms and dads see the absurdity of their ways.” (W Magazine)
About the Author
Dale Hrabi is a New York based writer and magazine editor who's held top positions at Details, Us Weekly, and Radar magazines, and contributed to ELLE, Wired, and The New York Times, among other major publications.
Top customer reviews
This book is laugh out loud funny, and God knows parents need a laugh. My husband was getting a sore arm from all the times I bumped him to "take a look at this." The illustrations are so hilarious that I have dog-eared my favorite ones so I can look at them when I am feeling down for a quick laugh. I am particularly fond of the middle baby picture on page 27 and the #2 picture on page 79. Pick up this book for yourself and any new parent (or old parents for that matter) that you know, you will be thankful that you did.
-What the best teething toys are--cell phones are top rated in my home too, along with remote controls!
-What are the best educational DVDs--I have many of these, but "Getting Through a Playdate" would be one even I would love to watch.
-How to choose clothing to serve as powerful nurturing attire--I'd love to see someone actually wear an "Attentive-Harlequin Suit." Although, I must admit that I usually have The Selfless, Unraveled Look.
-How to throw the perfect 1st birthday party--1st birthdays are a big deal where I live, and I can't tell you how many parties I've been to that actually had petting zoos and other live animals. The book even gave me an idea for DS2's 1st birthday party theme--an Eco-Awareness Party! (Just kidding)
I could go on and on.
If you're a mom-to-be or already have one or more kids, you will definitely find a lot of humor in The Perfect Baby Handbook that will ultimately help reassure you that as long as we try our hardest to raise our children the best that we can with as much love and nurturing as we can possibly give, then that's all that matters.
One of my favorite parts of the book is on finding a perfect baby name. The idea of naming a baby after a yacht, racehorse, Ikea item, or paint color was hysterical to me but what was even funnier what that I'd heard a number of the suggestions as real names. Another of my favorite sections is the one on placement of baby silverware in a formal dinner setting.