Book Review and Giveaway!!

**This contest has ended. Visit this post to see who the winners are!** 

Happy Spring! (I’ve been waiting to say that). What better way to start of the season than with a giveaway?!?!

                                                       Baby Gizmo

I have been given the privilege of reviewing The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide by Heather Maclean with Hollie Schultz. I not only get to review the book, but I am also giving away four copies! That’s one, two, three, four!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Read the review.
  2. Realize how much you want/need this book.
  3. Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment (rules listed below) by the end of 02 April.
  4. Either win the book or make other means of acquiring one.


The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide is a comprehensive, complete buying guide for everything you think you ever might need for your baby (and things you might not have known you needed): newborn through toddler-hood. The authors are experienced moms who know what works, what doesn’t; what you need, what you don’t; what you’re going to want, and what you’d find you wasted money on. I am amazed at how much information is packed in here.

The book is set up with baby “gear” in chapters, listed alphabetically for easy finding. The last part of the book includes:

  •  a section of abreviated (yet detailed) listings of each chapter for quick reference (for when you’re standing in the aisle trying to make an informed decision).
  • a dictionary of every baby gadget on the planet
  • product recommendation guide (must have, nice to have, don’t need)
  • brand pronunciation guide (great for those of us not well-versed in Italian baby gear)
  • money saving tips
  • a comprehensive index

One of the coolest things in the book are the charts at the beginning that show what you’ll need at your baby’s various ages and stages. It’s here where you’ll start to figure out what you’re going to need and when you’ll need it.

Something that is important to every good parent is the safety of their children. The authors cover this in the very first chapter. They make sure you know what is safe and unsafe for your baby, what products should not be shared, passed down or bought used, and how to stay on top of recalls.

Each chapter covers the baby gear in a specific category. Each product gets a rundown and you get the lowdown on what you need to know. The authors explain what the product is, how you would use it, why they like it, why they don’t, why baby will like it, and what will annoy baby about it.

That information in and of itself is good enough. The extras in the chapters are like icing on the cake. They give tidbits like:

  • other names the product might be known as
  • appropriate age range
  • months of usage you’ll get out of the product
  • if it’s necessary, a nice to have, or not needed
  • when to buy it/register for it

At the end of each product description there is a section for you to make your own shopping notes. Your notes along with the “features to consider” should be good ammunition when buying.

*Special note: The authors do not endorse or promote specific brands.

Here is how I’d use the book (and I will soon because we need a convertible car seat):

What product do you want information about? Look it up in the table of contents or index. Read about it in the chapter. Then go to the back of the book and read the abbreviated section. Make any necessary notes before you get to the store (and do any internet research). Once at the store reference the aforementioned sections making more notes on what you find. Purchase the item of your choice knowing you made an informed decision. Save lots of money not purchasing items that aren’t necessary.

Do you want to know what you should have on your registry? It’s in here. Do you want to know what style diaper bag is the best? It’s in here. Do you want to know how to pack that bag for maximum efficiency? It’s in here. Do you want to know what toys are best for your one-year old? It’s in here. Which highchair would be best for baby? It’s in here. I couldn’t think of any baby gear that wasn’t included.

Baby Gizmo will be a great book to have whether you’ve had dozens of children and are pregnant again or are just thinking about getting the baby-making process started. Baby gear changes almost as often as we should change baby’s diapers, so new and pertinent information is always necessary.


I am giving away four copies of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. The contest will end on 02 April 2008 at midnight. You do not need to be a blogger to enter. You need to have an American mailing address because I will be mailing these via USPS Media Mail. At the end of the contest I will pick four winners at random with a random number generator. Once the winners contact me with their mailing addresses I will mail out the books.

Here is what you need to do to enter:

  1. Leave only one comment on this post. Your comment needs to include what baby item you couldn’t live without and what item you ended up wasting your money on.
  2. That’s it!