Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss, the authors of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook and RookieMoms.com have created a book for new mothers called The Rookie Mom’s Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without) Your Baby. Heather actually sent me a copy of the book to review and I’m so glad she did.
I’m a new mother of twins.. well, they’re a year old, but I still consider myself a new mother and am still learning as we go through life with them growing and learning new things every day. One thing I found out when becoming a new mom.. was that it’s much harder to get out of the house and get things done, especially if you’re a stay at home mom. For those with multiples, like myself, it may be even harder. At least for me it is.
This book is all about helping rookie moms maintain their individuality and boost their confidence about leaving the house, socializing, and doing things they’ve always liked to do—either with or without baby. There were so many simple ideas included in the book that I never even thought of doing.
Heather and Whitney believe that getting out of the house every day, no matter how long you’re out or what the activity is.. it will not only be good for you, but for the baby as well. Now I tried this for a week to see how things went with our twins and I have to say.. it is good for mom to get out of the house every day and my twins were less fussy and much happier. My daughter especially.. she was never really outgoing like our son was.. she pretty much did her own thing but once I started taking them out each day, she’s a different person now. She’s outgoing, she laughs a lot more.. she’s a totally different baby.
The activities we tried were:
#169 Take Your Tot to a Grown Up Restaurant – I know.. I thought she was crazy too! But it doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds! Hint – Get there early, not when it’s busy and bring a few small toys to keep them entertained when they start getting bored.
#183 Make dinner after dinner. Bond with your partner by planning and preparing tomorrow’s dinner tonight. My husband and I had such a good time laughing and talking.. we definitely needed that.
#185 Host a TV Night With Your Pals – We ended up having a movie night, instead of a TV night. It was fun having our friends come over, they even brought their kids who entertained our little ones!
I love this book and I would recommend it to any new mom. It keeps you from going stir crazy, especially during those first few months of bring baby home. The activities will help you bond with your husband again, your children and keep you intact with yourself.