The Modern Girl’s Guide to Motherhood

An embarrassingly long time ago, the publisher of The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood sent me a review copy, asking if it might be of interest to Parent Hacks readers. "Absolutely," I said with good intention, and then proceeded to get buried in the omnipresent pile of laundry, unreturned phone calls, and frustrated desire to sleep more than five hours per night.

I've since had a good, long look at the book, and I'm pleasantly surprised by its tone and practical content. I had expected lots of how-to-look-sassy-with-a-three-month-old-on-your-hip! sorts of tips. My mistake. Author Jane Buckingham has put together a great collection of realistic advice about birth and new motherhood (newborn to 5). She manages to be thorough yet succinct, readable yet not overly "dishy." The book covers what to buy (and what not to), planning tips for that surreal calm before the storm before the baby arrives, survival tips for the first few weeks at home, all the basic baby care stuff (nursing/feeding/changing/bathing/sleeping/health) and low-key parenting advice.

She also aggregates the "expert" opinions on the hot-button topics of sleep and behavior, saving you from having to slog through their books as well.

My only niggly criticism: the title made me thing this book was geared toward girls, as in very young mothers. I realized my mistake quickly enough (the cover image makes it pretty clear), and I get that there is a brand involved (the title of Ms. Buckingham's previous book and her Style Network show is The Modern Girl's Guide to Life), but still. I don't think of myself as a "girl."

No matter. All in all, a good book — one I would have liked on my shelf as my due date approached.

Other good parenting reads covered here in the past:

…and as a surprise for those of you who made it to the bottom of this post, I have two copies of the book to give away! Answer this question on your blog or in the comments: what's your favorite parenting blog or website that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves? I've found many of my favorites via others' blogrolls, but I know there are hundreds of sites that have yet to be discovered. Let's beam the flashlight of love at these sites! (If you post on your blog, be sure to comment or trackback with the post's permalink URL.)

On Friday, September 8, I'll choose two lucky winners at random from all the entrants. Have fun!

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  1. Moira says

    my favorite blog that reminds me that I’m a good mom by making me laugh at my child and myself..

    of course, I’m new to reading these parenting websites, I usually read books, and I’m not sure that one counts as a website. My usuall first stop for emergency information (as it I NEED AN ANSWER NOW!) is craigslist’s parenting forum.

  2. caley says

    I really like because of all the different ideas for activities they share every day- activities that are geared toward infants and very young toddlers. It is so hard to come up with something you can do with a 6 month old! They’ve got lots of ideas.

    I also LOVE Its a great resource for parents and families who live in the DC-VA-MD area, and is updated almost daily.

  3. Andrea says

    I like urban baby – but I think they get too much attention – I would have to answer the question by saying parenthacks of course!

  4. Amie says

    I love VeryMom ( She is so honest about the joys, trials and tribulations of being a parent. I also loved her posts on natural childbirth, cloth diapers, breastfeeding, and all the other “weird” (her words) choices she has made.

  5. tb says

    Actually, this is my first parent blog, since I will be a parent in the somewhat near future, what with my wife and I in the early throes of the adoption process. I have a lot of research to do, and this is the first blog I came across, so I’m also grateful for this particular posting. Thanks for the tips, everyone. Keep ‘em coming.

  6. Nancy says

    The Trixie Update ( – written by a dad. Currently there’s a picture a day (weekdays) and an occasional story, but there were several telemetries including diaper changes and bottle tracking. He also has software for tracking your own baby’s inputs and outputs.

  7. Tim says

    I don’t know if Dad Gone Mad is new to folks here or not, but Danny sure knows how to make this dad laugh. On behalf of his readers, Danny recently “adopted” an Air Force officer serving in Iraq and his family…Project Lovebomb.

  8. Rob Slagle says

    my favorite parenting blog is 365 First Time Parenting tips

    It’s from the dad’s perspective, which is probably why I enjoy it most. I almost feel that I’ve got a leg up for when my little tyke arrives at the end of January 2007.

  9. Latia says

    I like the blog, for those of us who are still young, still fun, and still don’t have a clue to what to do with toddlers. The “Hipster Mom” reminds me of my friends in college-and she relates to me in a friendly way-not in a “parent magazine” type of way. She’s truly modern.

  10. Dot says

    Not sure if this counts as a blog, but Samae’s Journal is great. She writes about alot more than just parenting, but she has a big parenting focus, particularly around feeding the kids.