Imagine getting stories and advice from 62 mothers who have raised 142 children between them. They don’t agree on everything and they have wildly different philosophies on child rearing. They’re also qualified doctors. Yes, all of them.
The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years is an entertaining mix of important information, funny anecdotes and great advice. It sets out what the standard recommendations are and then shows you how mums, who are also doctors, dealt with the realities of life with toddlers.
If you’ve read my rant against baby advice books you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of being told what to do as a parent.
What helped me most as a mother was to hear from other mums what worked for them, so I could build up my ‘bag of tricks’ and try them one by one until something worked on my boys.
Which is why I loved this book.
The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years covers everything you’d ever want to know about dealing with toddlers. Each section has:
- information about the recommended guidelines
- suggestions on ‘taking care of you‘ (how nice!)
- justifications for a celebration (any excuse to crack open the bubbly!)
- stories from mums, who are also doctors, on how they followed the guidelines (or not) and survived to tell the tale
- information on when to call your doctor (and they’d know)
- recommended products (these seem a little like advertisements, but even if they are, they often have useful suggestions, and if you don’t like them, just skip past them!)
I love a good story, so I loved the anecdotes. They were useful, sometimes surprising and often hilarious.
On toddler proofing the house – one mum was so worried about her toddler climbing on chairs and getting to the bench that she locked up all the kitchen and dining room chairs (who knows what they did at dinner time!). Another mum didn’t believe in toddler proofing at all, except for locking away the poisons and putting gates on stairs.
Weaning from the bottle to a sippy cup? The full range of experiences are here – from the mum who waited until her kids were three years old because nothing else worked, to the mum who weaned her kids straight from a bottle to an open cup with a straw at twelve months.
My favourite was the doctor mum who tried treating her own toddler and quickly learned her lesson that “physicians should never treat their own children”:
One time, I tried to look in my daughter’s ear because she had an infection. I tried to take out some earwax, and her ear started to bleed. Another time, my daughter had a strep infection that came back after treatment, and I gave her a shot. I hit a nerve in her leg with the needle, and she couldn’t walk for a week.
Grab a copy of the Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years:
Also available in the series:
- The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
- The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
- The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great
The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years was sent to me by Jennifer Bright Reich who, along with Rallie McAllister, put together the Mommy MD Guides and runs the website of the same name, www.mommymdguides.com.