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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year; Rallie McAllister MD, MPH & Jennifer Bright


It is natural for new moms to have tons of questions about their babies first year. I was going through being a first time mom by myself. I didn’t know anyone that was close to me that was going through parenting at the same time.

So I didn’t get to compare funny, cute stories or ask questions about first foods and such I went and bought tons of pregnancy books, but yet they weren’t standing up to all the questions I had.

My pregnancy was different than most normal pregnancies because my son was born WAY too early He ended up being born at 24 weeks (which is 3 1/2 months early. When he was born he was 1 lb 13 ounces and only 12 1/2 inches His eyes were still closed, I couldn’t hold him, and frankly I was scared to death.

So- trying to make it as normal as I could- I still poured over the books hoping that everything would be ok. Mostly they were just random and I couldn’t get any REAL help out of them.

That’s until I found The Mommy MD Guides. They have 3 different copies of the books They have the Pregnancy & Birth book, The Baby’s First Year, and the the Toddler Book.

This time around I got to review the Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. I was freaked out more than once when Aidan finally got to come home directly a day after his due date (July 9th 2007). I ended up calling my pediatrician in the middle of the night, but what was happening was completely normal (his heart monitor was too big for his body and kept beeping like his heart had stopped). Since we can’t keep our doctors up at night asking a million questions, it’s always comforting to have something else to turn to.

This book isn’t just written by DOCTORS, but doctors who are also moms. 70 of them to be exact! That’s awesome. Everything we need right at our fingertips. This is hands down the best baby help book I’ve read. What to Expect doesn’t even touch the first chapter of this book.

This isn’t just a book filled with random tips for you to try. This is a book that digs deeper and actually offers stories and advice from the mom doctors. I love that they offer advice on baby’s first screening, breast feeding, bottle and nipple choices- newborns are all different, so they offer stories from their own newborns and the choices they made.

Every baby IS different, so as a mom you have to choose what is right for YOUR baby and your family. I’ve co-slept with both my kids, although pediatricians don’t think it’s such a great idea. Some of the moms in this book have co-slept with their babies- so it was nice to see that moms & doctors do the same.

This book leaves NOTHING out. Diaper rash, feeding solids for the first time, day care, playdates, dealing with your parents (AND in-laws), sickness, and poop. There is so much valuable information that THIS could be named the new baby manual.

I love that they tell it in a story mode. It’s like reading other mom’s life with their children for the first year. There are multiple sides to everything. Such as breast/bottle feeding, cloth/disposable diapering, co-sleeping or not. It is just a irreplaceable book that you don’t want to be without the first year.

Put down those other NON helpful books and pick this one up! The best thing about it that it’s under $14. So, even if YOU don’t have a newborn- this is the perfect gift to give a new mommy for Christmas or baby shower present! If there ever was a baby manual- this is it!

BUY IT: You can buy the Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year for only $13.45.

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Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, products were sent for review purposes only. The opinions in this post are completely honest and not influenced in any way.


This post was written by:

Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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