From the author of the bestselling The Modern Girl's Guide to Life comes a must-have book for the young mom, including best-kept secrets, practical advice, and multiple solutions for problems from birth to age four Just when you thought you could cook (hey, one meal counts), clean (if the queen was coming), and seduce a man (well, long enough to get married), life throws you a curveball that makes all of your previous ineptitudes in life pale in comparison. With the appearance of one little extra line on a pregnancy test, you're thrown into a world of covering up leaks on shirts and taking a pacifier away from a two-year-old who has the grip of a pit bull. In this funny, smart, and honest book, Jane Buckingham cuts through the clutter to give you simple information and practical advice for navigating the different stages of motherhood. From how to get your child to sleep and how to wean, to how to get him off the pacifier and how to stop his tantrums, this book will help moms feel in the know and in control! Some of Buckingham's favorite tips: If your baby has a hard time feeding because of a stuffy nose, turn on the shower to steam up the bathroom and feed her there.
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April 11, 2006
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Excerpt from The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood by Jane Buckingham
The Mother of All Shopping Sprees
Face it, half the reason you got pregnant was the too-cute comforters and the to-die-for diaper cozies you saw at your girlfriend's house and needed a reason to buy. Okay, maybe it's not half the reason, but decorating a whole new room in supercute baby stuff can make a bad meeting with the doctor's scale a little better. The problem is that some of the cutest stuff out there is the least practical (and the most expensive). I had sterilizers, warmers, things that bounced, things that vibrated, and every gadget available. If someone had told me that buying the Brooklyn Bridge might help me get a baby who slept better, I would probably have handed over a check. I wasted a lot of money and time on unnecessary stuff.
The reality is there are things you need to have, things that are nice to have, and those that are not necessary. And chances are, if you are reading this book in chronological order, you've already stocked up on quite a bit. I can't blame you; I clearly didn't resist the urge either. But the truth is, you don't need to buy up the store before the baby comes. Many things you won't use for several months and you can swap out if space is tight. Now while I've sorted the list into three, you may feel differently about some items. That's your choice; I'm a modern mom, not your mom. So I've included thoughts on just about everything (other than feeding-related products, which you'll find in chapter 4).
Now before you run out to buy everything, you should figure out where you will be keeping the baby and when. Someone once told me (as I stressed about where we would put a baby in our cramped apartment) that for the first few months a baby could easily sleep in a dresser drawer. Yes, and women have babies in fields and go right back to work, but that isn't my scene either. But the truth is that until your baby is crawling around, she doesn't need the space as much as you do. You may even find it more convenient to have the baby in your room for the first few months in a bassinet or (as I preferred) a cosleeper, and discover you barely use the nursery for several months. But assuming you are going to have a separate room or space, here are a few things to keep in mind.