All moms likely have felt completely adrift at one time or another. Here we are, faced with the most demanding job ever (although my last academic post runs a good race…), with no training, and no requirements for certification.
If you’re flailing, or looking for a useful quick reference, check out Moms' Lifesavers: Tips for Making Life Easier for New Mothers ($14.95 at Amazon), a book packed with tips for mothers, covering topics from birth to age 5. Compiled by two moms with training in childhood education and occupational therapy, this book – slim enough to tuck in your diaper bag or purse with little compromise – offers tips on everything from newborn care, to meals, to travel, to household management, to activities, to mom care, to book and web resources. In addition to the wealth of survival tips, we especially like the Recipes for Fun (do-it-yourself art supplies and craft projects) and Milestones to Remember sections; the latter summarizes developmental milestones from birth to 5 years, and leaves space to note the date and brief comments.