The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 336 pages
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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.

  • Put your children's paints in an empty egg carton -- it's the perfect size, and there's no mess to clean up when you're done. Use an old raincoat with the arms cut off as a smock.

  • You should buy a new car seat, rather than borrowing a friend's old car seat, as there are constant safety upgrades. Also, be sure you are the person registered to that car seat (send in that registration card!) so that you'll be notified in case of a recall.

  • Keep the three-day rule in mind: Almost any bad habit can be broken in three days. Granted, they may be tough, torturous days, but you can do it!

The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood helps modern moms do it all with love, style, and flair!


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User Review  - BettyB2000 - Borders

This book is the only book I give and/or recommend for mother's to be. I give it as a babyshower gift all the time. It has tips and tricks that everyone tells a new mom. Read full review

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User Review  - kchamb - Borders

Not only was this book very informational, she wrote on just about every topic that a new mom could want to know about, it was also fun to read. Buckingham's sense of humor is what sets this book ... Read full review


Introduction 1
What You Dont Cribs Beds and Planning Ahead
Experts Epidurals and Everything
While You Still Have Some Time on Your Hands
Ordering Announcements Preserving Memories
Deciding About Cord Blood Banking 71
The First Few Weeks Home
Dealing with Wanted and Unwanted Visitors
Caring for Those Other 1001 Small Parts
Eyes Umbilical Stump Cradle Cap Hair
Get Help STAT Get Help When Its Practical
Many MiniMilestones
Teach Your Children Well Or Else Its Hell 206
Dealing with the Hard Stuff
The RIE Method The Happiest Toddler
The Fine Art of Potty Training

Everything Has Changed but Your
Food for Thought And Little Tummies 92
Dos and Donts 104
to Avoid Gas in Children Making Your Own Food
Healthy Eating Habits Treats and Desserts
Sleep Is on the
Big BoyGirl Beds
Baby Care 101 Because Dressing Them
The Play Dating Game and Beyond 261
Is It All Its Cracked Up to
Play Dating Observational Play Parallel Play
Picking a Preschool
Bibliography 295
Index 303

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About the author (2009)

Jane Buckingham is the president of Trendera, an innovative marketing and media consulting firm with numerous Fortune 500 companies as clients. She is a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan, a regular guest on Good Morning America and The View, and was recently named by Elle as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, bestselling business author Marcus Buckingham, and their two children, Jack and Lilia.

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