Book review: The Rookie Mom's Handbook

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Adjusting to life as a new mom can be incredibly hard: the sleeplessness, the nursing, the fact that your body is still not the body it was before the baby. And when your on your third (or eighth or fifteenth) consecutive day at home in your pajamas you may start to wonder why this whole Mommy thing seemed like such a good idea in the first place.

Thank god for the Rookie Moms.

The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities to Do With (and Without) Your Baby is a lifesaver for new moms. Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss -- the Rookie Moms -- have complied an exhaustive and engaging array of simple, manageable outings for new moms and their wee ones. The book, which is tiny enough to tuck into a diaper bag, is arranged by age, from month 1 to month 12; activities include #10 Take a nice hot shower (with how-to tips for keeping baby comfortable and safe), #89 Swing out sister (getting baby in a real swing, like out at the park or playground), and #188 Throw an inside-out party (celebrate the baby being on the outside by indulging in things you gave up while pregnant, like soft cheese or bungee jumping).

The premise behind the Rookie Mom's Handbook is simple: new moms need to get out of the house, every day. "No matter what activity you choose, we are adamant that you must get out of the house, even when it seems easier just to stay in. The baby will be less fussy, and you'll be happier too." Flett and Moss give moms seven good reasons to leave the house every day, the most important of which is number 7: "That's what people do, and moms are just people who have children."

This is the perfect baby shower gift for any rookie mom in your life. And let's face it, even if this is your second (or fourth or eighth) baby, you're still a rookie at some level.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.