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The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville: Your Must-Have Manual for Life with Baby Paperback – April 11, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
In the glut of parenting tomes, Hobey, a writer for Parenting magazine, has found a niche with this informative and practical guide on becoming a working mom. The book, which tries to be all things baby, succeeds best when it focuses on work. Moms, for instance, don't need step-by-step instructions on how to diaper a baby (with no illustrations). And sleep-deprived mothers who barely find time to shower will plunge into despair over Hobey's suggestion that they productively use their maternity leave to try something new, such as "making caramelized pear tarts with cardamom cream." However, on the work front, her manual is not just instructional but indispensable. Worksheets help moms clarify the emotional and financial aspects of working versus staying home (what she refers to as "sequencing" work and family). Concrete suggestions on alternatives to full-time (e.g., flextime, freelancing, flexplace), how to choose child care and ways to continue networking are clear and well researched. Success stories and snippets of moms' lives make potentially dry material an easy read, plus the writing is frequently jaunty, attempting to step in as a modern Girlfriend's Guide. This book should be supplemented with a true baby guide (the short asides from pediatrician Dr. Nied don't cover enough). (June)
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"A useful compendium of ideas, suggestions, and old-fashioned reassuring pasts on the back." -- Infodad.com, 05/25/06
"Both practical and funny." -- Manhattan Living Magazine, 04/12/2006
"Offers sweeping survival strategies for every conceivable challenge." -- Journal Register News Service, 05/11/06
"Peppered with anecdotes, this guide has a friendly, from-one-mom-to-another conversational tone Chock-full of sound advice." -- BookPage, August 2006
"The guidebook new mothers can't live without. Full of advice... packed with anecdotes, tips and worksheets. -- Washington Post, 05/07/06
"This practical guide...[is] useful as a resource to get organized before returning to work." -- (Journal of Human Lactation, November 2006)
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Top customer reviews
Love the "feed to wake" section. And the childcare topic is a great resource.
definitely should be read in the conception/early pregnancy stage.
The book includes extremely practical information in an easy to read format. Women ---- this book has not left my night table! I have dog-eared so many pages at this point for my husband to read that I have now just insisted he read the entire book. There are must-have lists that I'm thrilled about: A baby shopping list of the stuff I really need to purchase (so I don't have to aimlessly wander the aisles of Buy Buy Baby completely overwhelmed), mandatory baby-sitter/nanny interview questions (now I don't have to call all of my friends and ask them 'what questions do I need to ask when I interview this person to take care of my new child?'), terrific charts of normal eating/feeding and sleeping schedules for your newborn, worksheets to calculate your first year-with-a-baby budget... all of this with sage advice and relevant educational information from a board certified pediatrician.
I am slightly amused at the heated debate I have read over the use of the terms 'nanny vs. baby-sitter'. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. As a clinical psychologist, I'm used to most of my patients (or clients, whichever you prefer) calling me a "therapist." A therapist can be anyone with a master's degree or a social worker and not necessarily a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate from a prestigious institution and over ten years of post-college training. However, the point is not germane to this discussion, and Ms. Hobey clearly appreciates the semantics involved of the terms 'nanny' and 'babysitter'. Skip those "Nanny" reviews --- that "politically correct" argument is for another forum. And ladies... run, don't waddle to purchase your own copy of The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville.
There's also helpful information on infant sleep routines, feeding, and playtime ideas, and a great chapter on developmental toys and baby geniuses. Plus, it's down-to-earth (you can tell it was written by a new mom who had just been through the whole process herself) and funny.
If you only have time to read one or two new parenting books, The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville is a great one. You get the inside scoop on so many key issues. It's also my new favorite baby shower gift. Highly recommended!
Instead of buying all the sleep books, this book was great because it sums up all of the different approaches and then gives Dr. Nied's opinions.
It also has great charts on sleeping, so that you know what to expect for total numbers of naps, length of naps, total number of hours babies should sleep at night, and how many times they will wake up. While of course the chart sets forth ranges, it gives me peace of mind to at least have an idea of what to expect.
I also appreciated Dr. Nied's advice that babies should be put down for naps after they have been up for 2 hours. I have made this change, and it has made a huge difference in the happiness of my kids and their parents!!!
My husband also enjoyed reading this book! How great is it to find a book that your husband will read as well! The layout of the book is so user friendly with tabs on the back cover that allow you to quickly flip to the section of the book that you need.
Finally, from a mom's perspective, I thought the caregiver section was very helpful. As a new mom, it is nice to know what my expectations should be, and it was refreshing to get behind the semantics that often seem to muddy up the childcare waters.
This book puts all the information parents need in one easily accessible place!!!!