Saturday, October 1, 2011

Consumer Critique: The Baby Nurse Bible

I recently received a copy of The Baby Nurse Bible: Secrets Only a Baby Nurse Can Tell You about Having and Caring for Your Baby to review. There are many many many books about parenting out there, but this one is definitely worth reading. The author Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN, IBCLC, is a nurse, parent educator, certified lactation consultant, and the founder of Boston Baby Nurses, which offers new parents lactation consulting, daytime visits, and overnight support. Arsenault also provides lactation consulting at many of Boston's top birthing hospitals. So she's definitely experienced - and also has a very good look at the process of giving birth and connecting with your baby those first few days.

This particular book is also very focused. Instead of trying to span all of infancy, it focuses just on the first three months, and also answers many of the frequently asked questions that she and other baby nurses get on a regular basis. It also includes many tips for dads on how they can be involved in the birth process and during the first few months.

I've had two kids and have read and heard a lot of advice, but I still found things in this book that I hadn't heard. As with all parenting and baby books, not all of the suggestions will work for everyone - but even if you're an experienced parent pregnant again, you might find some "I wish I thought of that" tips in this book. And at it's on sale for only $10.98, which is an incredible value for a book that has this much great information. Even the regular price is well worth it.

Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of The Baby Nurse Bible to facilitate this review.

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