Tuesday, May 28, 2013

G130 E-Reading 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby: Simple Advice For New Moms

Title of the book: 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby

Author: Lisa Marie Rusczyk

Publisher: N/A

Publishing Date: 2012

ISBN: 9781470186


Ask Yourself the Question...
How Much Do You Know About Having a Baby?

Do you know what cervix checks are? Did you know you can bleed for a couple weeks after giving birth? Do you know how to stay organized, even with a child?

This is a collection of 50 tips that any pregnant woman would like to know before having a baby. The book offers organization tips, advice for visiting the Doctor’s office, and things a pregnant woman should learn or complete before the new bundle of joy arrives.

A great quick read for a soon to be new Mom or someone who is helping a soon to be Mom!

The book includes tools including Website Resources, Baby Feeding/Diaper Schedule, Mom Medicine Schedule, Baby Clothes Size Chart, Baby Sitter Sheet, Short Hospital Bag Checklist, Recovery Kit Items, Baby Medicine Basket Items, and 10 Things to Know When Traveling with a baby. Many great resources in one place

Other Works:

50 Things to Know About Surviving the First Year of Parenthood: Simple Advice for New Parents, 50 things to know to Downsize Your Life, 50 Things to Know Before Graduating from College- A Survival Guide To Life After College, etc.

Background of author: 
(from goodreads.com)

Pennsylvania, The United States



Self Help, Children's, Travel

member since
March 2012

About this author

Lisa Rusczyk the creator of the popular blog Charlie The Cavalier. Lisa is passionate about helping others in life. She also enjoys Cavalier King Charles Spaniels a breed that she have loved for years. Lisa is currently a stay-at-home Mom, but has been an instructional designer, software trainer, and technical writer in the past.

Lisa has a BS in Business Administrator with a concentration in Management information systems, and Accounting at Lock Haven University. She also has a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Lock Haven University. Lisa is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology at the University of Phoenix.



50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby
50 Things to Know to Survive the First Year of Parenthood
50 Things to Know Before Graduating From College
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(from page 6 according to my pdf) "This information may be different for everyone but I hope my experiences will help in one of the best events of a person’s life. I hope you read this information and collect other information to make your own decisions."

Problems addressed:

With the slew of pregnancy books on the market, these are probably the things that either women are too embarrassed to talk about or are too embarrassed to ask. Personally I'm not a mother, although I soon hope to be one, and I imagine that I will use this book as something common sense when the time will come for me.

Summary of content:

This book is very short, my pdf is about 36 pages long, and information is also short. Here she lists 50 points that one needs to know before having a baby, or at least to be aware of these issues popping up.


(from page 6 of my pdf file) "Here is a list of things of things that people have told me or I would have liked to have known before I had my little bundle of joy. I hope they help you too! I am just a first time Mom, not a doctor, so not all my information may be accurate."

Main points:
I will list main sections and a random point from each

Doctor advice:
*Educate yourself on cervix checks
*Get Help
*Birth announcements
To Do:
*Make a Get Out of the House Plan

Along with tips (There's 50 tips, short and to the point) the book also comes with baby feeding/diaper schedule, mom medicine schedule, and 10 things to know before traveling with the baby along with baby clothes size chart, a baby sitter sheet, short hospital bag checklist, after labor recovery kit, and baby medicine basket.

Why its interesting/ informative:

Some of the things she had listed, such as cervix checks, perineum massages, I honestly had no idea. Keep something in mind: this is not a month by month pregnancy book. This is written short and to the point, and will be hopefully easy to find. I'm not the mother, but advice does sound very common sense to me. and it also comes with helpful charts and lists to make life easier.

Successfully supports thesis:

The advice is certainly helpful and its short and to the point. These can be the things to be aware of before having a child.

Address issues book raises:

Pregnancy books are normally large and seem to cover every single minuscule aspect of the life growing inside. Apparently there might be a possibility that the advice she mentions pregnancy books leave out or don't think its important enough to mention, when in fact it might be highly important.

Ideas in book vs larger ideas:

This is a sort of here and now advice and it doesn't cost money to follow it. The book also comes with helpful charts and tips that one can easily find if the need arises, which means its not a necessity to turn to index. I would have liked if the book went into a little more detail than just general advice, but that's just me.


Since at the moment I don't have children nor am I expecting any, I would guess a lot of her advice is a bit common sense, and I can't judge the accuracy because I don't have experience to back it up.


The sources, I would guess, are the author's friends and family as well as personal experience. She does list sources that she considers helpful and feels they will help mothers.


I kind of thought it would be a more detailed book or at least a real pregnancy book, but in truth its not. Its simply an advice book on the things people should be aware of. I would read it, but would supplement it with other books and sources as well.

Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.

4 out of 5
 (0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review. Hopefully you can use the tips some day!


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