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The Mother Of All Baby Books: An All Canadian Guide To Baby's First Year

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The Mother of All Baby Books "is the instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with the new arrival a hands-on guide to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new baby. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to Baby's exciting first year. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, Th ...more
Paperback, 616 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Macmillan Canada (first published May 1st 2002)
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Aug 13, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new parents
Shelves: read-in-2007
So, I was happily reading this book and kept telling my husband about how much I like this book & that it ranks # 2 as far as baby books go (Baby 411 is the absolute BEST one) & I have read ALOT of baby books. Anyway I get to this sentence that really makes me mad - it is better to smoke & breastfeed than to not breastfeed at all - I tried to breastfeed my son for 3 months and we just could not do it. He was born with low blood sugar thanks to my diabetes & was given a bottle as ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty helpful book, for the most part. There were good sections on what to expect of your body and baby as soon as it's born, and then how to care for the infant - diapering, bathing, breastfeeding, illness, etc. There are some good charts that I'm sure will come in handy in the future, as well as a long list of references and services that are available to parents. I liked that this was a Canadian book, since most child/pregnancy books are American, and things are different here.
Zoe MacKenzie
This book is better than "What to expect when your expecting", but just barely. I did not like this book at all, and I found the writing repetitive and non-supportive. This is book is not worth buying. If you are tempted to give it a read I recommend borrowing it from the library first.
Oct 15, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this and thought it was useful. The only chapter that I wish I had skipped was the one on baby illnesses (though I probably should not have ready through it and only used it as a reference chapter). Like her other book, this book was practical and down to earth.
May 27, 2016 Emilie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting-babies
(Review written later.) I read it a few weeks ago, and while I don’t know yet how useful the information will be, I thought it was a good reference book. Not enough to convince me to buy it, though. We’ll see, I could change my mind once Baby’s there!
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Feb 10, 2008 Amanda Pfeifer rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Kimberly Joy
This is the Bible of baby books!

I love it. I will be referencing this book for a long time!
Sara Sullivan
Nov 28, 2010 Sara Sullivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are reading the Canadian Only version of this book and so far its amazing!
very informative and to the point with a bit of dry Canadian humor in some of the anecdotes
Megan Garcia
This book would be for someone who knows absolutely nothing about babies. I felt like I only gained new information from one or two chapters of the book, if that.
Aug 23, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, non-fiction, 2011
Another go-to book for the next year. Following the Mother of All Baby Books, this is a great resource to rely on once your little one enters your life.
It has been very helpful. I continue to review it when I have questions.
Jan 09, 2014 Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the "What to Expect" book series. And especially wonderful is that this book is offered for free as part of my workplace employee assistance program for expectant parents!
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Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including, most recently, Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between. She is also the creator of The Mother of All Books series:

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: (2nd US edition, July 2012 and 2nd Canadian edition, June 2011)
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