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The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,337 ratings  ·  321 reviews
There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly "bundle of joy" and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby.

Best-selling humor author Dawn Dais, mother to a one-year-old and au
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Seal Press
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May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok

two stars for otherwise funny and relatable writing, but you lose two for LETTING PEOPLE LIE ABOUT AUTISM LINKING TO VACCINATIONS.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: parenting
Everything was going fine until we got to the chapter on vaccines.

I'm instantly rating down any book that suggests vaccines are anything but incredibly important, life-saving tools that DON'T HAVE ANY LINK TO AUTISM. The author eventually does say she vaccinated her kid, but only after going on about how vaccines are really uncertain and your best bet is to talk to your friends and research on Google. NOPE.

In this age of Trump and all his yahoo anti-vaxxers, I'm doubling down on science.

Sim Kern
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was kinda cute until I got to the chapter about vaccination. You know what's not cute? Legitimizing the deadly ignorance of anti-vaxers. ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
We're expecting our 3rd child in 7 weeks, so I wanted to get the new born parental juices flowing again. I made it a quarter through the book. Nothing could have led me to run back to the arms of the classics faster.
* Swearing isn't funny in itself, though what did I expect with the title.
* Echo chamber of a half dozen 30 something mothers.
* Doesn't lead with her parenting philosophies, tones and styles that resonate with the author.
* There are many almost insights drowned in this "I'm an exper
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Vaccines should not be optional.

Also, it is more like The Shit That Everyone Has Already Told You As Soon As You Got Pregnant.
pretty meh. with a rather misleading title. i don't think there was anything in here that was anything i wasn't forewarned of one way or another. a more accurate title might be "the shit that people try to warn you about but that you just can't understand until you actually have a baby". like, everyone tells you, "sleep now because you'll never be sleeping again!" not only is that not really true in a some cases (i don't want to brag, but i must say that i get plenty of sleep most nights), but i ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could have written this book. Every word (except the vaccines chapter because OMG GET OVER YOURSELF AND JUST VAX YOUR KIDS JESUS PLEASE). It's not so useful for knowledge, but supremely important for solidarity. ...more
Elizabeth Shaw
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really expecting this book to be a lot more enjoyable than it was. There are a couple of points I'd like to make on how it disappointed me. For one, I thought the humor was pretty forced. There were a lot of jokes that just weren't really funny, the kind of jokes I am subject to often as a new mom and just kind of pretend to laugh at and move on with my day. Also, I read this when my son was 4 months old. And honestly, I found it very discouraging. I am so glad I didn't read it before I ac ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Funny book until I got to the chapter about vaccinations. Talk to your friends and do your own research, seriously?
Brittany Jerlinga
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some really helpful advice, but the author is whiny and overly negative about everything from husbands/partners to children's books.

She also has little to no appreciation for science. The chapter on vaccines SHOULD read: get them.

There's no "other side" to this. Not getting them in the doctor prescribed order is selfish, ignorant, and quite frankly, stupid.

She's out of her league and it is dangerous to give advice when she doesn't know what she's talking about in regards to anything beyond ba
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has the distinction of being the first book I finally finished in about six months, as I was pregnant and something about that condition (and a new smart phone) makes it virtually impossible for me to focus on anything longer than two pages of a pregnancy discussion board debate topic. I have done this with all three pregnancies. My mind cannot handle books, and I know when I am coming out of the post partum haze when I finally start reading something about genocide in a foreign countr ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Since I'm a 65 year old male you probably won't be too shocked and surprised when I tell you that I don't actually read very many books about having a baby. However I thought this one looked promising and it did have some original humor in it. However much of the humor was forced and unnatural. Each one of the thankfully brief chapters begins with an illustration and some listed statements that are supposed to be funny (some are) and that did trigger my interest into checking the book out of the ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a brand new mom, this is, HANDS DOWN, the best parenting book I've read so far. It is so completely honest, relatable, and even funny. I seriously felt like I could have written much of this book myself because I was nodding my head and thinking "me too!" throughout most of it.

My favorite thing about this book is the author's total honesty and fearless nature in that she touches on subjects that are often left out of parenting books such as baby blues / postpartum depression and a h
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motherhood
The “sh!t that nobody tells you” is mostly not a revelation. For example:
Babies are messy, you’ll have to clean up a lot of bodily fluids, baby gear is expensive, baby books are mostly not riveting reading for adults, teething and sleep training are difficult for both baby & parents, having a baby will be hard on your body and your marriage/relationship, you won’t have any free time after baby arrives... etc.

A supposedly funny book that was a real downer. Also, she’s sympathetic to antivaxers.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mandatory reading for new (or about to be) first-time moms.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have never laughed so hard and with increasing fervor as I did about reading the chapter about children's books, which prompted me to write this review. I was like, "I don't even need to finish reading this book to know that it's a favorite and 'would recommend.'" I have been having many moments of laughing aloud, as a first time Mom-to-be, but chapter 13 was the cherry on top of a very emotional this-is-what-eight-months-pregnant-feels-like, week.

I think that Dawn's take on motherhood is down
Neha Sardesai
Some good advice, quite a lot of complaining.

This book does offer some advice that makes you feel like you’re not a failure of a mother and you’re just figuring things out one step at a time like e everyone else... but I’m not a fan of all the complaining. I understand the title says shit no one tells you, but maybe put a more positive spin on things that are already making me feel low!
Chloe A-L
Dec 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-for-work
This book fucking sucks dude. It’s fatphobic, boring, in many cases really dismissive of actual problems, weirdly heteronormative for a book written by a lady whose raising a child with another woman, and yes, the vaccinations chapter should be legitimately illegal. No, you can’t choose whether or not to vaccinate your kids based on gut feelings. NO, VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM, and autism isn’t WORSE THAT POLIO. ITS NOT “THE LIGHT LEAVING CHILDS EYES.” You know why people are guilting you abou ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, parenting
If new parents were honest about what it's like, no one would have kids. Or at least, that's the thrust of this book. Dais has her own experiences, and a host of other moms (the only one I remember is Chipper Jen), and they take you through an odyssey of sleep deprivation and bodily fluids. It is a trip.

High points for candor on some points, like a useful system of ziplock bags for dirty clothes on the go, and Dais' sleep deprived partner coming in to say "I hate you" in the middle of a night of
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
I don't usually leave reviews of book; but this was so awful I felt as though I should. The book was mediocre to start- I wouldn't say it's "stuff no one tells you," unless you've truly never met a human child or a parent of a child in your life; but I was willing to give it a chance. Then I reached the chapter where she gives "equal time" to anti-vaxxers and it become tremendously unreadable and ridiculous. Don't read this book- I'm hesitant to even donate my copy on the off-chance someone else ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spot on! A wonderful reminder during these first few weeks of new parenthood that we’re doing the best we can. The breastfeeding chapter was a lifesaver during a time when I was feeling very low about not being able to nurse my baby due to an inadequate milk supply. Would highly recommend to any new parents.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
As a soon-to-be mom, I appreciate all the “real talk” about how hard it will be, mainly in hopes that I’m prepared for the worst but it won’t be *that* bad. This book got me partially wondering if anything isn’t sucky about motherhood, and partially thinking the author just likes to complain about how hard it was.

I will say they final chapter helped a little bit to end on a slightly more positive note, but Im still not sure if I would recommend this book to other soon-to-be moms or not.

I also wa
Apr 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I agree with a lot of the other reviews. This is full of shit that you have already heard from most people. It feels more like venting, but I guess some mothers might find comfort knowing they are not alone in their struggles.
Allison Campbell
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
Best to read after your baby is born. Also skip the chapter on vaccines and just please vaccinate your kids.
Ya Ya
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basically listened to this every night when i was going crazy struggling to breastfeed my then newborn baby. It was so painfully relatable and funny - i cried and laughed at every chapter *besides the vaccination chapter - please vaccinate your children.
Catherine Muller
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Oof the vaccinations chapter
Mary Weber
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If I could have given this 10 stars, I'd have given it 11! If you have given birth, do not walk, run to the nearest bookstore June 4th, 2013 to get this book! I literally stayed up all night reading this, laughing myself hoarse! I have not laughed this hard in a very long time (maybe that is because I have a beautifully passionate 7 year old daughter and her equally handsome and "active" 2-1/2 brother wreaking havoc most days)!

This book made me laugh out loud as Dawn takes us on an adventure of
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"There is an Anne Rice quote I read long before I had a child, but one I always knew represented what I wanted to give my children someday: 'He moved with a grace and dignity that only comes from having once been cherished.' Cherish your children and cherish who you are with them. Feel free to admire exactly how much ass you have to kick between breakfast time and bath time to keep these kids cherished. And never feel like you are alone out there." I really enjoyed this book. I didn't learn anyt ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a wonderfully lighthearted read on the parenting aspects that can leave us a little heavy hearted. I am always in favor of looking at stressful or challenging situations with humor and that’s what you get from this book. Many references make me sad, like Babies R us since they decided to close their doors practically the same day I found out I was pregnant and I found many of the birthing and breastfeeding classes covering the subjects the author said are rarely talked about. ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Freakin' hilarious, with a lot of good information! This book covers a wide range of topics on raising a newborn. It includes countless stories from Dawn as well as other mothers that left me literally laughing out loud. They were able to capture the reality that raising a baby is not easy and yet comfort new moms that what they are going through is absolutely normal and that they will get through all of the challenges. This was an easy, laid-back read, and I would highly recommended it to all w ...more
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Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained ...more

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