Having a baby is a wondrous occasion, full of joy and excitement… and, if we’re being honest here, frustration, too. Being a mom is hard work, and it’s important to remember to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your little one.

While this may seem impossible at times – the laundry has piled up (along with the dishes!),  you haven’t showered in days, and there’s spit-up on every top you own – it can be done.  And, really, it needs to be done for the sake of your sanity!

Author Maria Lianos-Carbone

That’s why we love the new book Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year by Maria Lianos-Carbone, author of amotherworld.com.

It’s chock full of information about not only caring for a baby and all of the things you need to know during those first nervous weeks but also has lots of real-life stories and strategies for dealing with everything else that goes along with being a new mother.

On the topic of dealing with baby’s inevitable schedule changes (due to milestones, etc.) Lianos-Carbone writes, “What can you do to get through these trying times? Camp out on the couch with the remote control or Netflix, some herbal tea and a stash of chips and chocolate because you’ll be tied down for a while.”

Now that is honest, real advice! She goes on to assure Mom that these schedule disruptions won’t last forever, but it’s nice to know that this book portrays motherhood as it actually is, and doesn’t just sugar-coat the experience. She’s like a big sister who tells it like it is, but is also there to remind you that everything will be okay.

Sections of the book like “Sometimes You Need To Have It Out” are completely relatable and give new Moms the confidence to ask for what they need, and also tell friends and relatives what they don’t! 

Covering a wide range of topics from breastfeeding and postpartum depression to proper nutrition and relationships & intimacy, Oh Baby! is the modern Mom’s must-have guide to surviving the first year. And guess what? We’re giving one away!!

Win It!

One lucky reader will get their very own copy of Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year, courtesy of Raincoast Books! Simply enter below, via the Rafflecopter, for a chance to win!

This contest is open to residents of Canada, age 18+ and ends on May 9th, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

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