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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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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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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I read every baby book out there. I am a pediatrician and started reading parenting book during residency so as to better help parents find the information they needed beyond medical advice. I have narrowed my recommendations down to a few books that seem to have the best info and cover the most common issues and questions. This step-wise book if perfect for getting ready for a life with baby. It isn't intimidating, reads quickly, and makes getting prepared manageable. Lots of people feel overwhelmed by the changes that come with having a baby. This eliminates the need to do everything at once and help you tackle the necessary steps one by one. I buy it for friends who are expecting and recommend it to everyone.
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I checked this out from the library early in my pregnancy and then realized I had to have it. I was completely unorganized with my first child and needed something to make the second easier. I got so much more. From getting my work prepared for my leave, making a realistic birth plan, thinking about more productive parenting and organizing my kitchen for quick access, this book is great. I am 7 weeks postpartum (the book goes through week 20) and am still enjoying it. Highly recommend.
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Great book to help you get organized before baby! Love that the tasks are week by week according to what your energy levels may be at that stage of pregnancy. Recommend for anyone who feels overwhelmed at the thought of being unprepared for bringing a baby into your already hectic life.
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Finally, a baby book that answers the "other" kinds of questions I have. Logistical ones. It gives me a sense of preparedness, suggests things I would NEVER have thought of to even consider as a first time parent. If you are a type first time mom you need this book.
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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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