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The Perfect Baby Handbook

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The Perfect Baby Handbook

A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents

By Dale Hrabi

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061242915, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009


New parents are hipper, more educated, and more sophisticated than ever, but they're also highly competitive--a lethal combination when turbocharged by the anxieties of raising a baby. And for many couples, it's not just any baby, but the perfect baby. These "excessively motivated" parents will not sabotage Junior's future by denying him Mandarin lessons, a nursery chandelier (just like the one Gwyneth's kids enjoy), or advanced infant yoga. A hilarious, highly visual satire of childrearing manuals, The Perfect Baby Handbook provides much-needed comic relief from the pressures of modern parenting, and gives comfort to moms and dads who can say with a sigh of relief, "At least, we're not this bad."

Praise For The Perfect Baby Handbook

“The perfect guide for all those new parents and parents-to-be who are starting to realize that the “perfect baby” may not, in fact, exist in nature. Delightfully absurd, thoroughly imaginative, and very funny.”
-Christie Mellor, author of The Three-Martini Playdate

“Hands down the funniest book about children that Spy magazine never wrote.”
-Douglas Coupland

“Brilliant! Must-read comic relief for anxious new moms and dads, and all the people who lovingly put up with us.”
-Miranda Purves, Living Editor, ELLE

“This hilarious, satirical look at super-parenting had me laughing so hard, I almost spilled my wine.”
-Stefanie Wilder Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay

“Dale Hrabi’s Perfect Baby Handbook: Advice on ‘elevating your baby’s mind with unattractive Dutch toys’ and more.”
-New York

“The Perfect Baby Handbook is a satirical look at raising kids and the perfect antidote to your anxiety (since heavy drinking is out).”
-Daily Candy Kids

“The Perfect Baby Handbook is just what you need when the crushing sense of responsibility you feel when creating a life gets you down. This spoof on traditional baby guidebooks...[will] make you laugh out loud.”
-Curve Magazine

“In this age of competitive parenting, how do you make sure your baby comes out on top — and in the best outfit? . . . This not-so-serious approach to the all-encompassing baby guide gives anxious parents a little breathing room — and a laugh.”

“In researching his satirical manual, The Perfect Baby Handbook...[which] details yuppie parent phenomena, Dale Hrabi found that sometimes the slightest intervention can help moms and dads see the absurdity of their ways.”
-W Magazine