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Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year: Because Moms Need a Little TLC, Too!

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You read all the birthing books, took the Lamaze classes, and made it through labor (mostly) unscathed, but now the baby is home—and it’s a whole new ballgame!

There are plenty of books and resources about how to properly care for your new baby, but what about caring for yourself? Maria Lianos-Carbone, founder of AMotherWorld.com, outlines the “proper care and feeding” of
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Published March 2016 by Familius
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Mrs. Y
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new mothers, new fathers, anyone who is a nanny
Any of you who ever had a baby, likely went home clueless. If you didn’t then you had a mother, sister or friend who was there to help you out and likely that left you with some hard feelings. The act of motherhood is an overwhelming task, and dare I say it; it is akin to getting superpowers. But, Maria Lianos-Carbone wrote a book for new mothers that take the guesswork out of what to do. Grab your burp cloths guys; it’s time for a review of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the fir ...more
Ekaterina Botziou
Before having my first child I read a couple of parenting books that really didn't help me. I found them condescending, patronising and restrictive. Now as a mother of three, my best advice to new mums is - don't listen to advice (unless it's asked for), and get yourself a copy of Maria's book! Filled with practical tips on what to do in the first few days and months after baby is born, detailed lists about what you will need, and completely honest discussions about how you might feel mentally a ...more
Sabrina Marlbrough
I wish I'd had this books during my children's' first years. The tone is that of a confidant or good friend giving wise advice in a considerate way that is easy to hear when things are going completely sideways. Her sense of humor is so needed in this trying time of new parenthood. It is truly a must read for new parents. Honest accounts and tips for babies first years. Truly reassuring in a time when it is most needed.
Lindsay
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was given this book by a friend, and WOW!

What an informative and encouraging book to read for new moms to be! As someone expecting their first baby in a few months, this book and perspective was very helpful.
Mary Kenyon
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maria writes like a big sister or best girlfriend with wise advice and a sense of humor. Must have for every new mom!
Elle W
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The wonderful thing about becoming a new mother is how easily everything falls into place the moment your baby is born. You’re completely prepared for being a parent, and you know instinctually and effortlessly how to strike the proper balance between caring for your baby and yourself.

JUST KIDDING.

As a first time mom to a 7-month-old, I can tell you these last months have been the longest, hardest, and certainly poopiest months I’ve ever experienced. Sure, I took childbirth classes and read b
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Christina Lianos
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We spend so much time during pregnancy learning and preparing for the birth of our bundles of joy. We spend equal amount of time diving into what to expect when the baby arrives. And somehow along the way we forget about ourselves, because it's all about the baby! What about new mom?? Some might even feel guilty wanting support and understanding. ME!! Oh Baby! A Mon's Self-Care Survival Guide connects us to each other and the reality of the ME/MOM part of a baby's first year. Because that part I ...more
Brenda Andrew
This book essentially is the post-birth manual for moms. It was pleasantly humorous, succinct, well written, easy to read and gave valuable useful information for moms in their first year. I liked that it gave "real mom" accounts of their experiences and challenges with motherhood not just what the medical professionals tell you. The author did a great job of covering all bases, breaking down the "need to know" and "did ya know" topics often not discussed before baby comes along. Her personal wr ...more
Sabrina Marlbrough
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this books during my children's' first years. The tone is that of a confidant or good friend giving wise advice in a considerate way that is easy to hear when things are going completely sideways. Her sense of humor is so needed in this trying time of new parenthood. It is truly a must read for new parents. Honest accounts and tips for babies first years. Truly reassuring in a time when it is most needed.
Kelli Catana
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all moms! This is the book that you need just as much, if not more than those other baby books. Self care is crucial to surviving those baby days and Maria's advice is spot on.
Kim Jalbert
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of all sorts of great information for both mom and dad who are getting ready for baby. Once baby comes, you will be comforted by Maria’s advice. Yes, you are normal, and other moms have been just where you are. This is the new, more approachable, and fun “what to expect when you are expecting”. Maria writes with humour, knowledge and love. Great book
Brenda Andrew
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book essentially is the post-birth manual for moms. It was pleasantly humorous, succinct, well written, easy to read and gave valuable useful information for moms in their first year. I liked that it gave "real mom" accounts of their experiences and challenges with motherhood not just what the medical professionals tell you. The author did a great job of covering all bases, breaking down the "need to know" and "did ya know" topics often not discussed before baby comes along. Her personal wr ...more
Sindy Castellanos
This book is an extraordinary guide that describes with delicacy, feminine wisdom and a great sense of humour, the situations faced by first-time moms. This helps the new mother understand, not only what happens with the baby, but especially what happens to her... offering excellent solutions and advice. Reading it is like chatting with a good girl friend, who generously puts all her experience at your disposal -from one mama to another.
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Este libro es una guía extraordinaria que describe
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Monica Skinner
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An honest account of the ups and downs of the first year of motherhood. Even as a second time mum this book was a refreshing reminder that my feelings and experiences are not isolated to just me; moms everywhere share in similar highs and lows. The book also had me laughing out loud; the author captured many of the realities of motherhood and shared them in a down to earth way. I felt like I was chatting about motherhood over coffee with a friend all while receiving credible and well researched ...more
Maria Marz
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where was this book when I had my baby! Maria Lianos-Carbone tells it like it is - all those things nobody seems to share when you are having a baby - and guides you through your motherhood journey. She slowly breaks down the damaging super mom stereotype and non judgementally reminds you that your journey is yours and you should take care of yourself as much as you take care of your baby. The book is well written, very practical, and made me laugh, cry, and relate. She touched on when baby blue ...more
Kate
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I’m not a mother or an expectant mother, I enjoyed reading Maria’s vulnerable and honest account about all aspects of new motherhood. She provides facts as well as a holistic account of her experiences after the birth of her first baby. She doesn’t glorify any stories, but tells moms to throw away the super-mom cape and expectations. She is a true advocate for self-care, so new moms will not push themself to exhaustion and feel isolated as they face natural obstacles. Maria’s book creates ...more
Danielle
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where was this book when I was a first-time mom? Maria goes through each stage of the baby’s first year and how to manage it all. Oh Baby is filled with front-lines tips and tricks on what to do when you bring baby home. From bath care, diaper tips, feeding and the importance for self-care for moms, this is the smartest baby shower gift for an expectant mom. I found this more re-assuring than What to Expect book series.
Pre-natal classes and books prep you for pregnancy and this book will carry
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Amber
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I had my little ones I wish i had this book! She takes a practical approach to giving you tips and advice on how to take care of your self first and her book is nonjudgmental and I loved it for that! Her tone is practical and realistic she does not sugar coat anything and she gives examples and advice what to take on outings and makes sure that the mom knows its okay to take care of yourself too! Definitely a great gift for any mom!
Robin
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish that this book existed when I had my son. And I am glad to see that I am not the only one who feels that way. Parenting - or perhaps mothering - isn't always a natural instinct! Great book written from the heart.
Mary Kenyon
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must have for the pregnant or new mom on your list. Excellent writing and insight for that first year of mothering your baby and yourself.
Blue Librarian
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a mother is not easy. Even if you have another baby, the chances the second baby will act the same as the first one are rather slim.
You need all the help you can get dealing with the challenges and Maria Lianos-Carbone is doing her best to guide us through the first year of motherhood.
I have read my fair share of books and articles on the topic but not many address the woman's adjustment to motherhood.
This book covers important topics like coming home with the baby (what to expect and hav
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Abhishek Srivastava
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the book Maria, as a father of five month's old baby, I and my wife have not found a better book.

The book is a full spectrum resource for new mother's (even for Father's).Book address challenges covering medical, emotional, social and any other aspect or situation you can think of. With all the wealth of information, book is very scientifically written yet an easy read with lot of experience sharing, myth busters, do's and don'ts, practical advises envisaging diverse situations an
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Mandy Peterson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Baby! has great information packed into each chapter without being stuffy. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on self-care. For me, it felt like I was being selfish if I did ANYTHING for myself after my babies were born. I felt like I had to do it all on my own or I was already a failure. I could have used this book back then. It even includes ways to tell others that you need to take care of yourself for a little bit! Realistic, funny, and straightforward - Oh Baby! is a must for any expect ...more
Roma
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Oh Baby, A mom’s self-care survival guide for the First year

Author: Maria Lianos-Carbone

Length: 251 pages

Publisher: Familius

Publication date: March 1, 2018

Genre: Self-help, Non-Fiction

My rating: 5/5

Summary:

The book as the title suggests is a guide to new mom’s for the first year of having a baby.

My Take:

I would like to thank the author and booktasters for providing me with a copy of this book for reading and reviewing. I further state that all the views and opinions are my own and I am no
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Simona Kafedjiska
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While sometimes overwhelming to read all the advice as an expecting mom, this book takes you straight from day 1 from the hospital to later in the post-partum period and equips you with great advice on self-care. It doesn’t shy away from important issues and offers practical advice on solving them.
My only concern is that the information provided is so much, it might create unnecessary anxiety or certain expectations on how things can run after giving birth. One might think you need to feel prepa
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Mandy Peterson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Baby! has great information packed into each chapter without being stuffy. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on self-care. For me, it felt like I was being selfish if I did ANYTHING for myself after my babies were born. I felt like I had to do it all on my own or I was already a failure. I could have used this book back then. It even includes ways to tell others that you need to take care of yourself for a little bit! Realistic, funny, and straightforward - Oh Baby! is a must for any expect ...more
Crissy
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish I had this when I was pregnant with my first, I would’ve been able to learn so much. It touched on so many subjects that concerned me. Breastfeeding, relationships with your partner and others, self care and your post partum body. I’ve been through so much during this time in my life and it’s definitely a comfort to know that I’m not alone in this.
M M
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maria has done an amazing job of telling how to care for self after becoming a mother, and boy, do I need this guide right now! The book has made me feel that I'm ready to step into motherhood head on, or am I? We'll have to see!
- M. K
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