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2 12, 2013

Review: Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques by Rebecca Welton

By | December 2nd, 2013|Categories: For New Mothers, Gift Ideas|Tags: |2 Comments


Baby-Sleeping-large-199x300Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

As a momma of six, and having worked with other families as a Newborn Care Specialist, I came to read Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques with quite a few of my own ideas. I was curious to see what Rebecca Welton had to say on the matter of teaching Baby how to sleep through the night so that sleep deprived families can recover a sense of normalcy and being well rested.

Reading through Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques, I came under the impression that it is aimed at families with older babies (age 5 months and above) who are not yet sleeping through the night due to sporadic routines or the development of habits that have set up mom as Baby’s sleep time “security blankie”. Some families are fine with this, but others find themselves beyond exhausted and no longer able

23 05, 2013

Personalized Baby Gifts

By | May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Etc., For Kids, For New Mothers, Gift Ideas|2 Comments



Personalized books and other personalized baby gifts are available through Chronicle Books. Fun and color in useful gifts that are extra special help babies to enjoy themselves and develop. These unique gifts that incorporate their name are personalized presents designed for infants in their first year of life.

Celebrating a new person for baby showers, first birthdays and just to celebrate the new person, customers can select something that has the baby’s name on it. Here are some of the fabulous items at Chronicle Books that make superb gifts:

  • Cute Personalized Growth Charts
  • Storybooks with colorful pictures and hard pages that use the baby’s name in the story
  • Wall art
  • Placemats with colorful and engaging pictures on them with the baby’s name
  • Personalized cards

First gifts for babies’ first birthdays and first Christmases are two of the best times to give gifts that are

4 04, 2013

Guest Post: Samantha Wilde, author of I’ll Take What She Has

By | April 4th, 2013|Categories: Authors, For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Guest Posts|Tags: |3 Comments


new bannerPlease welcome Samantha Wilde, author of I’ll Take What She Has, as she talks about envy, women and motherhood!

Monsters, Dragons, Castles, And Other Things I Don’t (Really) Write About

by Samantha Wilde

I challenge you to think of one novel that doesn’t have a theme of envy skirting around the edges of the plot. It was Shakespeare (in Othello) who first wrote about the green-eyed monster, now a classic topical-feast for literature, inspiring, as it does, all kinds of fascinating plot-twists. It can ruin marriages, break apart families, change the course of wars, drive women insane, and cripple men emotionally. Amazing, isn’t it, that so much great fiction can come out of one little thought: I want what she has?

But then art, as they say, imitates life. Quick, think of someone you envy. I don’t mean the ripping your hair out with

7 01, 2013

Giveaway: eDiaperCakes Gift Certificate

By | January 7th, 2013|Categories: For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Giveaways|Tags: |6 Comments


caterpillarfOne lucky reader will receive a $40 gift certificate eDiaperCakes.com – the certificate is good for all items, including sale items!

About the company

eDiaperCakes is a brand new company that makes diaper cakes for baby showers. All of their diaper cakes have approximately 75 Pampers Swaddlers diapers and they have over 60 different designs. They make them using story books, plush animals, rattles and flowers. Their cakes are embellished with a pacifier, baby socks, mittens, spoons, brush & comb, manicure set, receiving blankets, washcloths and more. Each cake has at least 4 different items.

eDiaperCakes started when the owner gave birth to a baby girl and she wanted to create a home business that would also allow her to spend time with her daughter. It’s located in Southwest Michigan and they ship throughout the United States.a Rafflecopter giveaway

3 06, 2012

Review: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood

By | June 3rd, 2012|Categories: For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood is highly interesting and for all of the right reasons. All cultures cherish the birth of babies and the nurturing years that the mothers in every culture spend raising their children. But some modern cultures differ when it comes to how children are attended to, encouraged, cared for and pushed to become adults. This book highlights different stories that are all true and very compelling true accounts of the way different groups raise their children around the world.

In a chapter regarding how Asian children are pushed to excel in school, Hopgood discusses the fact that Asian families are traditionally very involved in the academic studies of their children. The family gains status in the community based directly on the academic success of the children. The children have no choice

27 09, 2011

Review: Baby Medbasics by Luke & Tara Hermann

By | September 27th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Personal Health, Reference|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Baby Medbasics, by Luke Hermann, M.D. and Tara Summers Hermann, R.N., B.S.N., is a compact reference book that gives “Emergency Action Steps” in an easy to use format. It is 5”x6.5”, spiral bound, with a hardcover, making it portable (i.e. diaper bag worthy) and easy to handle. The subject tabs, great color and graphic design makes it easy to navigate quickly, and it gives clear instruction on what to do and when in cases of an emergency – including when to seek medical attention. Not only do the Hermanns give steps to handle emergencies, but they also list preventatives steps, as well, in such areas as allergies, bites & stings, fever, rash, and so on.

Baby Medbasics would make a great baby shower gift, as well as a great guide for babysitters and other caregivers. There is

3 06, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Stark Raving Motherhood by Jill Seale

By | June 3rd, 2011|Categories: Entertainment, For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , , , , |75 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

A cute book about “a mother’s pledge to do it all,” Stark Raving Motherhood is a huge hit! Mothers are expected to do so many things, remember every little detail, chase down children, keep track of schedules, and stay sane doing it all. It’s just not possible! But then again, perhaps it is…with a little love and encouragement from the family. Every page reveals another vow or promise that a harried mother feels the need to fulfill.  Within each page you will also find funny drawings and side notes showing what actually happens in real life and why we, as mothers, want to vow to fix our wacky behavior.

I laughed (out loud!) several times throughout this book. How many times have I had to “stitch up the heinie on all split

11 05, 2011

Review: Bring Back Beatrice! by Jennifer Griffin

By | May 11th, 2011|Categories: For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Nikki Flores

Jennifer Griffin certainly had the young twenty-something first-time mother-to-be in mind when she wrote Bring Back Beatrice! Within the first few paragraphs of the book, Ms. Griffin states her beliefs on baby-naming (that choosing a baby’s name is not to be taken lightly) in a very laid-back and friendly writing tone, while at the same time conveying to her readers that she’s somewhat of a real-world expert when it comes to naming babies. She has one Baby Naming Cardinal Rule: You can’t go wrong with something traditional, no matter how popular the name becomes. (Hence, the meaning behind the title comes to light.)

Among some of the things to consider when choosing a name, Ms. Griffin goes into detail on the importance of scansion (encouraging all baby-naming novices to consider the syllabic flow of the

18 01, 2011

Review: The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet by Karin Knight and Tina Ruggiero

By | January 18th, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Alice L.

A perfect mixture of information and recipes, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet by Karin Knight and Tina Ruggiero was a joy to read and review.  The book focuses on babies and toddlers from 6 to 23 months, which made me – a first time mom to a 16-months old toddler – the perfect audience.

Needless to say, I was pretty anxious to leaf through the book and learn more about cooking easy and nutritious meals for my daughter.  The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet did not disappoint! Whenever I thought of homemade baby food before, it seemed so time consuming and complicated. This book did a great job convincing me that it is actually not as difficult as it sounds. It provides detailed guidelines on preparing baby food,

25 08, 2010

Review: The Mommy Files by Jen Klein

By | August 25th, 2010|Categories: For New Mothers, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , , , , , |19 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Mommy Files by Jen Klein is written for new moms as well as experienced mothers who simply want to learn more about their babies. The author has not forgotten anything. She begins at the first moment that the pregnancy is discovered, and move along to when the child is independent and ready to explore the world on his or her own.

The book reminds new mothers that they can’t do it all, and should not be so hard on themselves when they come home with their new babies from the hospital. The Mommy Files provides information on working outside of the home, developing a network of other mothers through playgroups, and time management skills. Klein also emphasize that it is important to create time for oneself as a new mom, and that this is