Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year

Raincoast Books

The first year of your child’s life is full of love, happiness, fear and bag full of emotions! Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year is here to help you through those ups and downs.

Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year

About Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year

There are plenty of books and resources about how to properly care for your new baby, but what about caring for yourself? Maria Lianos-Carbone, founder of AMotherWorld.com, outlines the proper care and feeding” of mothers during their baby’s first year with humor and honesty. From the physical and emotional changes a new mom will undergo to rekindling intimacy with her partner, Oh Baby! Mom’s Survival Guide for the First Year keeps the focus on moms – because you can’t draw water (or breast milk, for that matter) from an empty well. Maria’s straight-talking, no-nonsense approach will give new moms everything they need to survive as they embark on the journey of motherhood.

My Thoughts

I fell in love with this down to earth and realistic self-care guide. I have had two children and Maria gives you what you need to know (and what I wish I had known) in a way that you need to hear it.

From birth to the first birth date, you will experience so many ups and downs. From your own emotions to the expectations you put on yourself and to the expectations others put on you. The list is endless and at times it feels impossible to be that perfect Mom that we want to so desperately be. You see the perfect image of what a Mom should be every day and you feel that you need to be that person. As Moms and women, we can be our own worst enemy by not being able to admit to faults, failures or even a lack of desire to wanting to be perfect.

Maria acknowledges all of your fears, concerns and more and shines light on them, normalizes them and gives you tips and advice on how to get over them. Want to avoid hurting family members feelings by refusing visits in the first week – she offers you great wording and tips on how to get through this. Struggling with breastfeeding – she offers tips, recipes and more (I never knew about the cabbage and wish I had! Those breasts really hurt in the first two weeks!).

This is a fantastic resource for new and seasoned Mom’s to help them get through the best and worst times of the first year. It gives you advice, tips in a fun and open manner. I laughed (I could see so many of my own first year moments throughout this book!) and teared up throughout this guide. This will make a perfect baby shower gift for Moms (and Dads who want to learn more from a Mom’s perspective).

You can purchase a copy of this book on Raincoast Books and Amazon.

Rating: 5/5

Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year

About the Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is a mom of two, social media strategist, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women, and lifeandstyle.ca, a travel blog.

Also a freelance writer, Maria’s work has been published in Huffington Post Canada, CanadianLiving.com, TodaysParent.com, and Parents Canada . Maria has worked on digital campaigns with brands such as Rogers, Air Canada, MasterCard, American Express, TD Canada Trust, Best Buy, H&M, Old Navy, Sobeys, Staples, P&G, and more. She has appeared as a guest on CNN Newsroom, CBC’s Marketplace, The Mom Show, and Rogers Daytime .

The Giveaway!

My Canadian readers can now enter to win their own copy of Oh Baby! Canadians, 18 years of age and older can enter via the rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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7 thoughts on “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year
  1. kathy downey

    My kids are all adults but my daughter recently gave birth and this would be a beautiful book of information for her.Thanks for the chance.There is so much information available these days than when I had my children !

  2. Catherine K-B @CathyInCanada

    Already a parent and wish I had known how much daycare would drain from the family’s finances. It really would have been better if I had stayed home and done part-time/at-home work, even though I was the single owner (and a single Mom).

    1. cvegnad

      You will do awesome 🙂 It’s a learning phase (and doesn’t matter if you have already had one or two) – each baby is so different. Wishing you all the best with your first baby!

  3. Kelly D

    I am already a parent and I wish I knew more about incorporating sign language into speech / communication! I see so many babies that can’t talk yet but know how to communicate with the parents because of sign language


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