If you are a first time expectant mom, Baby Lists is definitely a guide book you will need to prepare you for the arrival of your baby. The book provides an easy to read comprehensive list on:
what to bring to the hospital,
what baby gear and clothing to buy,
what to buy for the nursery,
how to differentiate between necessities and things that may be nice to have – especially important if you are on a budget.
It also goes into details of the products, recommends only tried and tested mommy approved products and further routes you to shopping sites where you can purchase the items.
Besides being a great baby registry resource, Baby Lists is packed with suggestions on how to pack a diaper bag, child proof your house, supply your medicine chest, interview a nanny, how to interview a pediatrician, what to ask when you take your hospital tour and much more. I’m a person who loves Lists as they are easy to understand and goes straight to the point. So, YES, I do wish I had this book as a reference when I was first pregnant. It would definitely have reduced my anxiety as a first time parent!
Baby Lists is written by Elaine Farber, a newborn consultant and a mother of three who has coached hundreds of families through early parenting. She has worked in hospital nurseries, run a daycare center, provided consultation to expectant parents, and nannied for families with newborns (90 percent of whom were multiples) for more than twenty-five years.
Here’s what our team of reviewers had to say about the book:
Loving Heart Mommy – EVERYTHING is in this book from the best hospitals for delivery, items for your nursery, how to interview a potential childcare provider/nanny, assembling the perfect diaper bag, the list goes on and on! Remember how you learn something new everyday? Well with Baby Lists, you will know “Everything” you need to know for your Baby!
Babies Gotta Have It – The first half of the book, “Becoming-Baby-Ready Lists” is truly invaluable. Contained in this section are equally comprehensive lists that will guide you as you choose a hospital, create your birth plan, hire a nanny, pack for the hospital, pack your diaper bag and more. Each list is presented in a simple, straightforward manner allowing you to make your own choices, free of any advice. The tone is truly neutral and informative and incredibly helpful. I have already made my own mini-lists (on post it notes, big surprise) based on the information found in the chapters on “Childproofing Your Home” and “Stocking Your Medicine Chest.”
Sassy Frazz – With our Internet savvy world, it is great that this book is packed with suggested websites for new parents to go to to research and get more information. The Baby Lists also has a great list for online shopping, because many times shopping outside the home with a new baby can be so overwhelming!What do I pack for the hospital? What questions should I ask when choosing a pediatrician? How many onesies/blankets/burp cloths do I really need to buy? Baby is on the way–and so are questions about what to do and what to buy to prepare! With the help of tried and true, mommy-endorsed Baby Lists, you can get organized in no time at all.
Chick N Monkey – All in all, Baby Lists is the complete “How, When, Where, What” guide to prepare for the arrival of a new family member. I think all expecting parents should have a copy, especially for those first time parents. I’m gonna pass my copy to my cousin. Just get it online, like Amazon. Easy!
Shake The Salt – I heart lists. With a passion. I am not currently expecting, but we do hope to add to our family in the near future and I am excited to have this book in hand. So many lists, so many questions answered, and tons of product links are all included.
A Little Bliss – I enjoyed the easy-to-read layout of the book and how each area is organized by product, with a place to check off things as you go! I loved the item and website suggestions, which even as a mom of two, gave me great new ideas and even better, more places to go shopping! Lastly, I adored gleaning from Elaine’s experience as a newborn consultant and experienced nanny who is herself a mother of three. As a mom and a professional, she knows exactly what new parents will need (and most importantly what they don’t need!) to both survive and thrive in this crazy and joyous journey with baby!
Moody Mama Says – Each part is broken down into several chapters covering everything from choosing a hospital to bath-time essentials to your parenting library. This book also has checklists and places to take notes which are my favorite parts of the book. Baby Lists is the perfect size to stick in your purse and take with you so you will have it when you go to the Dr. for birth planning or when you go shopping to plan babies nursery. In the back of the book there is a section with websites listed for online shopping for baby and also a handy index.
Living In A Charmed Moment – The Baby Lists book is amazing in the fact that is contains so much info in one COMPLETE book. After nearly each entry there are websites for each particular product or advice given. It’s wonderfully put together. This book defiantly needs to be on your list of wants even if you are just trying to conceive, just found out or well into your pregnancy…..
3 Kids and Us – If all 25 chapters of lists don’t answer all of your questions, there’s even a great section of Pregnancy, Parenting, DVD, and Music resources provided right in the back of the book.
What I really love most about this book and what makes it truly different is that each list allows you to fill in your answers or check off products as you read along right in the book.
Red Sox Mommy – It’s easy to read and well organized. You can pick and choose what you want to work on and there’s room to fill in the answers you get to the questions you ask. There are also helpful internet links to the websites of the products mentioned. This book is a great resource both for preparing for the baby before his/her arrival and after he/she has arrived as you still have questions.
3Ps In A Pod – Appealing – It is incredibly thorough with clear headers and titles making it easy to search for and find exactly what you are looking for. It also makes an interesting read, should you want to read it from cover to cover.
Brain Foggles – The other chapters include information on how to chose a hospital, a pediatrician, a nanny and what to pack for the hospital, what emergency phone numbers and information to keep on hand. Included are lists of questions to ask the doctor, the hospital, and yourself about your own birthing plan. Everything is covered. This book is perfect for first time expectant moms and for other new mothers too, especially since there are so many new products on the market.