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Secrets of a Baby Nurse by Marsha Podd, RN

Secrets of a Baby NurseVeteran parents will probably remember joking about forgetting to pick up the manual for their new baby when leaving the hospital. Of course there isn't a baby user manual, but the Secrets of a Baby Nurse: How to Have a Happy, Healthy, and SLEEPING Baby from Birth(185 pages, Rising Star, 2011; $17.95), the new book by seasoned maternal-infant nurse and "baby sleep wizard" Marsha Podd, RN, might just be the next best thing! Marsha has over 20 years of experience working with parents and small children, and is the author of numerous articles, including guest posts on Marin Mommies.

In Secrets of a Baby Nurse, Marsha provides new parents with just about everything they need to know about their new baby, especially when it comes to sleep (both yours and the baby's). Her helpful advice and tips are the product of years of experience and plenty of scientific research. It's kind of like having your own personal baby nurse on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I really really wish I had this book when my kids were babies—I don't think my son slept at all until he was three (at least it seemed like it at the time).

Learn about feedings and nursing, coming up with the all-important sleep plan, diaper changing, and how to stay sane during those first few weeks with a new baby in the house. Secrets of a Baby Nurse is divided into handy sections that deal with each stage in your baby's development. There's also a section on special circumstances, including twins, divorce, travel, and more, as well as a handy troubleshooting guide.

Secrets of a Baby Nurse is a must-have for every new parents bookshelf, and would make a great new-baby or baby shower gift. Find it at your local book store or on

There will be a book signing and party for Secrets of a Baby Nurse on Saturday, May 7, from 4 to 7 pm in the courtyard at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center in Novato. Join Marsha Podd and the local parenting community for champagne, hors d'oeurves, and some great kids' music by Miss Kitty and Melissa Ayotte. Get your copy of Secrets of a Baby Nurse at a special 20%-off sale price, and of course have it signed by the author.