If you’re like most expectant parents (especially first-timers!), you’ve already devoured all the usual books about what to expect when your little one makes her debut. You know the 5 S’s by heart, you’ve completed your infant CPR class and you use Ferberize as a verb.
Ready, Set, Baby! — the latest book in the parenting genre — is somewhat of a “best of” of the advice that’s already out there, but unlike traditional paper tomes, this reassuring, informative e-book is a “watch and learn guide to your baby’s first year,” featuring 80 instructional videos. Meaning you actually get to see the advice — like how to install a car seat — in action.
Written by Maureen Connolly, a former staffer at Parenting magazine and The Dr. Oz Show who is the co-author of The Essential C-Section Guide and co-editor of Unbuttoned, a breastfeeding anthology, Ready, Set, Baby! features five leading baby experts on topics ranging from nursing to swaddling to sleep training, and even offers links to recommended products. So … is it worth a $4.99 iTunes download? In this new mom’s opinion, it is. Here are five reasons why you should spit up the five bucks:
1. The car seat videos
It’s a rite of passage for new parents: figuring out what kind of car seat to buy, managing to install it somehow, then fearfully wondering if you did it right. Ready, Set, Baby! breaks down the whole rear-facing-only vs. convertible debate, and features easy-to-follow videos that demonstrate installation. This taxi-taking New Yorker especially appreciated the video (featuring pediatrician and child passenger safety instructor Dr. Alisa Baer) demonstrating how to install your car seat without its base. Watch and learn: You’re going to want to leave the house as soon as possible!
2. It’s not anxiety-provoking
After nine months of pregnancy, I’ll admit it: I was dying for a glass of wine. Or two. According to Ready, Set, Baby! even nursing moms can treat themselves to a glass of wine, or even (gasp!) two cups of coffee.
3. It’s honest about breastfeeding
Ready, Set, Baby! nails the truth about breastfeeding for many women: it is both hard (in some ways, especially at first) and easy (in others, especially later). And yes, overwhelming as it may be, it pays to have a look at the different holds and latches BEFORE you have a hungry baby in your arms. Ready, Set, Baby! makes this easy by providing instructional videos and slideshows. Formula-feeding parents will find plenty of useful information, too.
4. The non-judgy sleep training advice
Perhaps you’re too much of a softie for Cry It Out. Or co-sleeping is way too crowded (and potentially dangerous) for your taste. Whatever your opinion (and people have strong ones on this topic!) you’ll find a variety of methods here to achieve every parent’s common goal: getting baby to sleep through the night.
5. The scoop on poop
Do you know what newborn baby poop is supposed to look like? I didn’t, either. You can read volumes about a “tarry” consistency vs. a “mustardy” one, but it doesn’t really click until you see color pics like the ones in “Ready, Set, Baby!” Might as well get used to it now — you’re about to be changing 10 diapers a day!