The Minimalist Mom's Guide to Baby's First Year

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About the author:
Rachel Jonat is the mom and mind behind A site devoted to owning less stuff, being debt-free and living well.

In the fall of 2010 Rachel and her husband radically decluttered their home and sold the family vehicle. Fed up with debt, stress and stuff, they wanted a simpler home and more time. They found it with less stuff.

Less stuff helped them:

- have more time
- pay off $80,000 worth of debt in under 2 years
- work less
- spend more time on health, family and connections
- have fewer arguments over cleaning! Less stuff = less cleaning

Rachel was once a world medalist in rowing and now lives in the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom.

Favourite quote: Jump and the net will appear.

Best marathon time: 4:03 Portland 2007

Height: 6 ft

Likes: peppermint bark, wine and walking everywhere.

The Minimalist Mom's Guide to Baby's First Year

How to create time, space and money

Authored by Rachel Catriona Jonat

Are you a new parent or expecting a baby? Tired, stressed out and looking at a list of stuff for your new baby that's a mile long? Wondering how you're going to afford it all and fit it in your home? Tear up that list. I'm going to show you how to live simply and enjoy those first months with your baby. Without all the clutter! This is the book I wish I had read while I was pregnant. Maybe even before I got pregnant. But I didn't have this book. I had an obsession with online ordering and my husband and I decided to sell, buy and renovate homes as I entered the third trimester and as my husband was mostly out of town. I was stressed. So stressed I would dash into a pharmacy every other day to check my blood pressure. So stressed I fixated on strollers and onesies and bought more and more stuff. Stuff wasn't much help when our son arrived. Neither were the credit card bills that I had accumulated from my lunch hour and online shopping. What was helpful:
  • sleeping when I had time to sleep
  • eating a nutritious meal
  • asking for help from friends and family
  • slowing down and savouring the short intense window of my son's infancy (newborn cries and diapers included)
I wrote this book because I want other parents to find some peace when they have young children. I want others not to make the same mistakes I did. I want others to not feel weight of stuffed closets and unworn and now too small baby clothes the way I did. I want others to have more time, space and money than they thought they could. I want others to see that a dose of minimalism and a bit of simple living can go a long way in smoothing out the transition of having a new young baby in the home (be it a 2nd, 3rd or 4th baby!). This book is full of ideas for:
  • doing more with less
  • avoiding the clutter trap of too much baby stuff
  • slowing down so you can enjoy the early months with your new baby
  • saving money
  • creating a peaceful spacious home no matter the square footage of it
  • finding more time in your day for things like sleep (!), relaxing and bonding with your new baby. Oh, and did I mention more sleep?
Embracing the ideas and tactics in this book helped me:
  • have less to clean – yeah!
  • get more sleep
  • live peacefully in a small home
  • beat toy clutter
  • pay off $82,000 in debt in just under 2 years
  • stay at home with my son instead of going back to work full-time
  • enjoy these early years with my son
If you want to enjoy those first months and year with your new baby, if you want a relaxed and restful pregnancy, if you want less clutter and more sleep, this book is for you.

Publication Date:
Nov 01 2011
1477494588 / 9781477494585
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Infants & Toddlers / General

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