Erin MacPherson's did a wonderful job of taking the new and tossing in some mother advice. She helps with how you feel after you give birth, problems and issues of everything from nursing to colic. But what I love the most is her spiritual encouragement to young moms. In the end it is her goal to raise kids who have Christ centered in their lives.
This would make a wonderful gift to new moms and dated Grandmothers~ :)
The best way I can think to describe The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year is "refreshing." It's candid and helpful with an ample dose of self-deprecating humor thrown in for good measure.
There are a lot of books on parenting babies. Most of them are jam-packed with far more information than a new mommy's brain can reasonably process. Yet, they are all helpful in their own way. The WTE series is great for developmental information. Baby 411 is great for FAQ-type information. The Christian Mama's Guide is more like "baby book lite" - it's filled with great information but doesn't overwhelm the reader with too many facts or opinions about the "right" way to do everything (hint: there is no "right" way).
I absolutely loved the author's stance on breast vs. bottle. It was so refreshing/validating/encouraging to finally read a book that said, "Yes, breast is best, but you know what? Bottle feeding is perfectly fine too!"
While "enjoyed" is probably not the correct term, I also liked the section on postpartum recovery. I found it to be more honest and informative than most other accounts I've read. I would have appreciated reading that before my baby was born. No one tells you about that, probably because it's not fun and most women try to forget about it as soon as humanly possible. (Not difficult with mommy brain, trust me.)
This book was laugh-out-loud funny in parts. I felt a sense of camaraderie with the author as I read scenarios and thought, "been there, done that!" I found the bit about a baby's inability not to pee whilst on the pediatrician's weight scale to be particularly funny.
The only piece of advice in the book I did not agree with was, "Sleep when baby sleeps." I found that to be almost impossible and have had other mom friends say the same thing. Better advice: Ask dad/grandma/friend/neighbor to take over baby duty for an hour or two so you can get a quality nap.
This was a Christian book, but I didn't find it to be overpowering. It's not a Bible-based parenting book like you might expect to find on Michelle Duggar's nightstand. I liked the author's recommendations of a few Christian baby books and I also liked some of the Bible passages that she included.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to a new mom.
I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
If you're like me, and you've read other pregnancy and parenting books, you know that some of them are very medical and factual, some are organized by topic, some by alphabetical order, and some are organized month-by-month. The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year takes a topical approach, rather than a month-by-month or medical format. The book begins with information on the postpartum period, and newborn care. It then moves on to the topics of sleep, feeding, diapering, baby gear, medical care, playing with baby, and traveling with baby. The book ends with chapters on taking care of Mommy, losing the baby weight in a healthy way, and two chapters on taking care of Daddy.
With so many parenting books out there, you might be wondering what The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year has to offer. My first response is humor. Erin keeps a friendly and slightly sarcastic tone throughout the book. The humor helps keep the book interesting, because not everyone can focus on reading factual how-to manuals -- either because of their personality, or their new-mommy fatigue. Erin doesn't gloss over the negative aspects of having a newborn (like diaper blow-outs) but she does laugh at them. She takes the fear out of having a newborn.
Erin's book also offers us a synopsis. She takes all the information out there (and you know there is a FLOOD of information out there for new parents to wade through) and she summarizes it. She helps new parents survive the information overload, and get down to the essentials. Rather than trying to sort through 5 different online lists, 2 magazine lists, and 3 book lists of things that baby needs, you can look at Erin's summary of things baby actually NEEDS and the things that make life a little easier for Mom and Dad.
Erin offers us camaraderie. She laughs at herself and lets us laugh at her (and her friends) too. She even gets her husband and her friends' husbands to open up a little and offer their viewpoints. Reading The Christian Mama's Guide books feels like having a conversation with your friends, the type where you share embarrassing confessions and laugh hysterically with each other while eating chocolate ice cream and wearing yesterday's sweatpants and a messy pony tail. It helps to know we aren't alone as we find ourselves pouring coffee on the counter instead of into our coffee mug, while holding a wide-awake baby at 4 am.
Lists. Erin MacPherson is a list-maker. She likes to have a plan, and she likes to check the little boxes off. The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year is full of lists. Not overwhelming lists that discourage you, but helpful lists to help organize information. Occasionally, she even offers two lists - one for the type A moms and one for the type B moms. Which brings me to another benefit that Erin gives us ... acceptance. Every mom is different, and every baby is different. Erin helps us celebrate the differences rather than try to fit ourselves, or our baby, into someone else's "box".
The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year also offers us faith. Most chapters include a "Time Out For Mom" blurb. These brief devotions include a Bible verse and a prayer to remind new moms where true wisdom and strength lies. Her chapters also remind us that God has given our children to us, that we have a responsibility to teach them about Him, and that He will equip us to raise them. However, Erin doesn't try to spiritualize every little thing. She doesn't try to find spiritual applications in diaper bags, leaking milk, or sleepless nights.
The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year is a refreshing change from most baby-care books. It's light-hearted, encouraging, and helpful. The topical approach actually makes it easier to find information than when it's buried in snippets in a month-by-month format. It may not include every single thing you COULD know about raising a baby, but it does cover what you NEED to know. It's the perfect gift for a new mom, trying to make sense of all the information out there ... as well as the experienced mom who can use the lists, the laughs, and the camaraderie offered in the book.
This book was provided free to me, by BookSneeze, for review purposes. The opinions shared here are my own, and no other compensation was received.
The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year by Erin MacPherson is about everything that you need to know as your first year as a mom. The book covers topics including: postpartum healing, hormones and emotions, how to care for your baby, helping baby sleep, breast feeding and bottle feeding, diapering, baby gear needed, and medical help. It also addresses: having fun with baby, leaving the house with baby, feeding your baby real food, creating time for mom, losing baby weight, what dad needs to know about baby, and staying close with dad.
I found this book to be very helpful. The author provides loads of practical advice and has a really good grasp on what being a great mom looks like. The author aims to make a new mom's life easier and more enjoyable during her first year together with her baby. I really enjoyed the section that included dad as well. Moreover, the author adds a spiritual aspect and encourages her readers to be godly women. Also, I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. It was informative, but also a fun and easy read. The author writes as if she is talking to you as a close friend. Overall, I would recommend it to any new mom who is seeking advice.
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A few weeks ago when I reviewed The Christian Mama's Guide To Parenting A Toddler by Erin MacPherson, and I enjoyed it so much that I ordered The Christian Mama's Guide To Baby's First Year next.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the other one I read in this series! MacPherson covers everything from breastfeeding to baby gear to losing the baby weight, and she does it in a fun and relatable way. I agreed with so much of what she says in this book, and Derek kept asking me what I was laughing at while I was reading - and I was usually laughing at myself, because I've thought so many of the things that Macpherson says in the book!
I've been enjoying these books because I've found them to be so encouraging. They're a good reminder that motherhood is hard sometimes, and it's not going to look perfect, and that's okay - you are still a good mom. And you are in good company. That's something I need to hear (or read) sometimes when there are toys and piles of clothes scattered everywhere, the dog is barking, the baby's crying, and the toddler is getting Nutella all over the furniture. It's normal, and it's precious. And let's face it, it's funny. Being reminded to laugh and enjoy it is priceless.
Note: I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.