PARENTING

The Organized Home for New Parents: Create Routine-Ready Spaces for Your Baby’s First Years

Blue Star Oct. 2023. 252p. ISBN 9781958803042. $27.95. CHILD REARING
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Like many parents today, Stafford, a sought-after professional organizer, wears many hats. She believes the key remedy for exhausted, overwhelmed parents who feel inadequate is to create a simple system they can maintain. The “Let’s Get Real” section tells readers how to make time to prepare their home for a newborn. Starting with tips and things to do before the baby is born—how to prep car seats or pack the hospital bag, for example—this volume discusses what parents may want for postpartum recovery and what the baby may need during the first year and beyond. The book includes a comprehensive guide arranged by room (nursery; parents’ bedroom; closet; bathroom; play area; living room; kitchen; laundry area; mudroom; garage). There’s also a section dedicated to planning for travel in the first year. Full-color illustrations and attractive endpapers decorated with pacifiers, rattles, and rubber duckies make this a great coffee-table pick.
VERDICT A colorful book that offers organizational advice in a fun way; will delight many first-time parents.
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