An embarrassingly long time ago, the publisher of The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood sent me a review copy, asking if it might be of interest to Parent Hacks readers. "Absolutely," I said with good intention, and then proceeded to get buried in the omnipresent pile of laundry, unreturned phone calls, and frustrated desire to sleep more than five hours per night.
I've since had a good, long look at the book, and I'm pleasantly surprised by its tone and practical content. I had expected lots of how-to-look-sassy-with-a-three-month-old-on-your-hip! sorts of tips. My mistake. Author Jane Buckingham has put together a great collection of realistic advice about birth and new motherhood (newborn to 5). She manages to be thorough yet succinct, readable yet not overly "dishy." The book covers what to buy (and what not to), planning tips for that surreal calm before the storm before the baby arrives, survival tips for the first few weeks at home, all the basic baby care stuff (nursing/feeding/changing/bathing/sleeping/health) and low-key parenting advice.
She also aggregates the "expert" opinions on the hot-button topics of sleep and behavior, saving you from having to slog through their books as well.
My only niggly criticism: the title made me thing this book was geared toward girls, as in very young mothers. I realized my mistake quickly enough (the cover image makes it pretty clear), and I get that there is a brand involved (the title of Ms. Buckingham's previous book and her Style Network show is The Modern Girl's Guide to Life), but still. I don't think of myself as a "girl."
No matter. All in all, a good book — one I would have liked on my shelf as my due date approached.
Other good parenting reads covered here in the past:
- The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance
- The Toddler Owner's Manual
- It's a Girl (I reviewed It's a Boy on my own blog)
- Asha's favorite parenting reading (books, mags, blogs, sites)
- Moxie's recommended baby-care books
- Waiting for Birdy
…and as a surprise for those of you who made it to the bottom of this post, I have two copies of the book to give away! Answer this question on your blog or in the comments: what's your favorite parenting blog or website that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves? I've found many of my favorites via others' blogrolls, but I know there are hundreds of sites that have yet to be discovered. Let's beam the flashlight of love at these sites! (If you post on your blog, be sure to comment or trackback with the post's permalink URL.)
On Friday, September 8, I'll choose two lucky winners at random from all the entrants. Have fun!