MOMS ON CALL – Book Review

The minute you become pregnant people will offer suggestions of what book(s) to read. For me, this became very overwhelming. For some, they absolutely love the idea of reading all the books and picking their favorite ideas from each of them – more power to you!

After having two babies I realized I’m now one of those “book recommending” moms. When I hear someone is pregnant, I immediately ask, “Have you heard of Moms on Call?!” Most pregnant mamas give me a blank stare and I immediately know what I’ll gift them for their baby shower.

Moms on Call is a series of three books divided by infant stages, 0-6 months, 6-15 months and a toddler book. I’ve read all three cover to cover, highlighted, spilled coffee on and loaned them to friends.

The series is written by two pediatric nurse moms with over 20 years of experience. And the books include everything that parents need to know about caring for babies. Literally, everything.

Now reading a book that has “everything” might sound overwhelming but here is the best part of Moms on Call. It’s short, concise, and includes bullet points. Truly, they break down every subject into bite-size pieces of the most important information. This not only makes it easy to read but also very easy to reference. For example, when you baby has their first high fever you can quickly reference a two-page guide on how to treat the fever and what symptoms you need to monitor.

The second-best thing about Moms on Call. It’s real and practical. They acknowledge feelings we will experience as parents and give tips on exactly what to say to our children and ourselves. The book is infused with reminders that “Our children are safe, loved and will learn to go to sleep.”

Now, most of what I’ve mentioned is very parent focused. But, there is one thing I’ve noticed recently – I’ve recommended this book to grandparents, babysitters, early education majors and counselors. This is a great resource for anyone caring for children intermittently or for those who do not have children yet but work with them. Now, I’ll stop raving about this series and will sum it up:

Why I love Moms on Call:

  1. Easy to read and reference.
  2. Encouraging and practical tips, that work.

Quick highlight of what each book covers:

MOMS ON CALL 0-6 Months – This book includes a step by step guidelines for getting babies on a routine hour by hour schedule at a glance; feeding instructions for breast, bottle, or both; what symptoms warrant a trip to the emergency room; how to get your baby to sleep all night so you can too; plus, much more.

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MOMS ON CALL 6-15 Months –Getting a baby on a schedule that promotes great sleep and improves the feeding experience is our specialty. “Great sleep” to us means 9-12 hours in row. That is what you can expect. Our 6-15 month resource also covers: When and how to transfer to the toddler bed. The transition to the sippy cup Weaning Typical daily schedules Feeding schedules Sample menus A grocery list Common Illness (What is it, what to do about it and when to call the doctor!)

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MOMS ON CALL Toddler –  Everything that parents of toddlers want to know: including how to get toddlers to sleep all night – IN THEIR ROOM and how to be less frustrated and feel more effective by learning: The one thing that your child needs most but will never tell you. (and how to provide it for them) Learn why kids misbehave and why you think that what you are doing now is not “working”. Enjoy learning actual things to say to your children that will motivate them to want to behave. CHEAT SHEETS that include: Getting Rid of the Pacifier The “No” Stage Whining Tantrums Sleep Cheat Sheet Naptime Cheat Sheet Hitting/Biting Putting on jacket/shoes Going to the Grocery Store Holding hands across the street Getting Into the Carseat Riding in the carseat Potty Training Bringing home baby/sibling This is the first resource that gives you combined schedules for multi-child households that helps you to know what time is best to run errands, when you can get both the children napping (so you can have some much needed “sanity time”) AND get great nighttime sleep habits in place!

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