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Doug! Baby magazine subscriptions?TypeOne
Sep 25, 2002 12:03 PM
Doug, as a new Dad, I need your advice on what, if any, publications are worth a subscription. At my wife's physician's office, I find myself flipping through "Baby," "Parenting," and other mags. Some articles look helpful and interesting to a new parent (me, in a few weeks) but I wonder if any magazine is decent?
I suspect it is a lot like "Bicycling," with short, simple articles and pictures for a beginning parent--after a year, I'll find it is all recycled information. (Maybe they'll have an article entitled "How Your Baby Can Get Huge Legs!")
3 or 4DougSloan
Sep 25, 2002 12:36 PM
We have 3 or 4 of them; as you say, like most magazines they over-hype some fantastic article like "how to get your baby to sleep through the night" that ends up being 2 paragraphs of obvious common sense stuff that any idiot would know.

I tend to go over board when it comes to information, so as soon as we knew we were having a baby I subscribed to several magazines and bought several books. While there might be a few tidbits of good info here and there, for the most part you find totally conflicting, useless, or obvious advice among the publications; none of them seem to stand out, either. The "What to Expect" books are pretty good, as well as the Mayo Clinic book for medical stuff. As for magazines, I'd just look at the ones in the doc's office and get a couple. They are all far from essential, though.

Good luck.

Sep 26, 2002 3:54 PM
I was starting to figure these things were a little "Rodale-esque" with their common sense articles and big pictures. Maybe they are best left for waiting room perusal. We have the "What to Expect" for the 1st year, as well as the Sears manual (two doctors named Sears, it appears), which seems to have some good medical info.

Thanks & good luck. I look forward to reading about your luck riding and parenting in the coming months.