An entertaining, practical guide for first-time mamas and those who need a baby refresher course.
The new mom initiation ritual involves sleepless nights, an inexplicable obsession with baby booties, and more questions than answers. This take on everything baby offers new moms the Christian girlfriend advice she needs to feel confident in her new role, including:
- getting into the motherhood groove
- breastfeeding advice
- suggestions for losing the baby weight—before your baby is no longer a baby
- time management tips that may just help you find time to do laundry—before you run out of clean underwear
- how you can manage to be a godly mother and a good wife on less than three hours of sleep a night
Easy-to-read and relatable, this been-there-done-that guide answers these questions and more with a dose of humor an a lot of grace so that new moms can become the moms that God intended them to be during their baby’s first year.
This is a really fun guide full of practical advice and dialogue. It is by no means the only resource you will want on your bookshelf, but it will most definitely be the most humorous and down to earth you will have. While I don’t agree with everything said based on my own knowledge and experiences, this is full of real life information first time moms will appreciate.
For those curious, I really disliked how she presented the diapering options, her advice regarding starting solids, and sleep training to be specific so I would encourage new moms to seek other references for educated advice regarding these particular topics. I also found it (not so) funny that she presented vaginal birth as a horror show only to reveal she has only ever had c-sections. Err… OK.
She takes the time to present information for all moms, I found this book to be incredibly inclusive as she was careful to include information for both birth moms and adoptive moms. She covered information on recovery from both vaginal and c-section births, diapering choices, feeding choices, and even offers information for both working and stay-at-home moms. She stresses throughout that no matter the decisions you make for your baby’s care, the most important thing you can do as a mother is to love your baby.
The book also includes “Time Out For Moms” which are brief devotionals including a scripture verse and prayer to help new moms ground themselves and focus on their relationship with God. Something most moms will find difficult between the lack of sleep and diaper changes.
Erin MacPherson lives with her husband and their two adorable children in Austin, Texas. She was an editor and staff writer for a popular parenting and pregnancy Web site for years, where she spent hours each week researching pregnancy, talking to obstetricians and midwives, and giving out tips and advice to new and pregnant mamas. Visit Erin at christianmamasguide.com.
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