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Book Review: Stuff Every Mom Should Know


Like most mums-to-be, I read a fair few parenting books in pregnancy. Everyone is different, but on the whole I find I prefer the ones which pass on well-researched facts, tell you how your child develops and give you the information you need to find your own way. Too many authors seem to offer up their own limited experience as a formula for all.

Stuff Every Mom Should Know is a little bit different. It is a (rather lovely looking) book filled with all those little gems of knowledge that you can only get from other mums – practical advice and reassurance that seems to ring true whatever your parenting ethos.

It does have its issues. It could do with being revised for the British market – I personally struggle to identify as a “Mom” rather than a “Mum”. That’s just semantics, but some chapters don’t work as well for UK readers, for instance the large section on stocking your medicine cabinet isn’t a great deal of help, and I took a few pages to figure out what a “boo-boo” (bump) was. References to soccer moms and Halloween costumes also went over my head.

If you can get past that, it’s filled with great ideas for parenting babies right through to teens.

How many parenting books deal with the really big issues?

  • Making a long wait fun
  • How to photograph your child
  • Dates that don’t need a babysitter
  • Ridding a bedroom of monsters
  • How to deal with unsolicited parenting advice

Possibly my favourite bit is the “pick-up lines” for meeting other mums. I felt like a gawky teenager again at the mother and baby groups and would definitely have felt more confident armed with a few opening gambits.

And what mum of a teen wouldn’t like advice on “how to hug your teen without her knowing”?

All in all, it’s a great little book full of common sense, simple tips and practical advice on day-to-day parenting that made me smile. Well worth a look and a nice gift for a new parent. Stuff Every Mom Should Know, by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss is out in March 2012 priced at £6.99.

Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post but I did receive a sample copy of Stuff Every Mom Should Know to read and keep. I follow the Britmums Blogging with Integrity Guidelines – I always write honest and truthful reviews and disclose any perks I receive!