Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood

by Jenny McCarthy


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New mothers and fathers will find much-needed relief and insight in this perceptive and outrageously funny account of what it truly means when you bring home your very own bundle of joy...

Jenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers anf fathers face, including:

• The humiliations of postnatal “numbing spray,” Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers; jelly belly, balding, and gum disease; and becoming a “five-foot puke rag” for the baby
• Heart-stopping terrors, such as baby manicures, breathing checks, and burp failures
• Inadequacies, such as lullaby illiteracy and the need for a “heavy rotation” of toys, videos, and mobiles
• Daddy antics, such as infant wrestling, home-movie mania, sleeping like a log, and expecting sex
• Dueling grandmas, germ-ridden guests, Olympic-class competitive mommies, anorexic pets
• And much more...

The joys of parenting are endless, but so are the worruies and the advice. Baby Laughs is the perfect companion for anyone trying to raise the next president, those just trying to get to the next naptime, and anyone who was ever in diapers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452287198
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 375,631
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood, Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, and Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life.

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Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Marie4Ever More than 1 year ago
This book was quite funny but a bit over the top at times, although motherhood sure can be an outrageous profession. It was fun but I think there are other books out there that seem a bit more relatable to mainstream mom.
JWelsh More than 1 year ago
Truly blunt & hilarious!!!!!! I cant imagine anyone in the world would not like this book! Also checkout another by her: 'Belly Laughs'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitetly not a scientific or educational reference book, but one that I recommend for frazzled moms who need a good chuckle. Jenny McCarthy provides humor to a wide range of topics that occur the first year of your baby's life. This book is a very easy read with short chapters and lots of laughs. I will be reading "Life Laughs" and will also pick up her other books!
organize-n-mama More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. I read this book in a few hours. Yes my children may have only had cherrios for lunch during my reading, but oh my was it fun to read. I swear I though I was talking straight to one of my girl friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat down and read this book cover to cover in a matter of hours and the only reason I put it down was because I was laughing so hard and had to catch my breath! Being a first time mom, she tells you all you need to know, but makes it hilarious! Laugh out loud on every page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a mom but being a woman who expects to become a mom in the near future I read this book. Another reason was because I needed a good laugh and an easy read and this was it. It's no holds bar. It's the tell all about the potential situations of motherhood in a baby's first year after delivery. I loved it and it didn't scare me from having a baby. I love Jenny's candidness about motherhood and the it's joys and fears. I definitely plan on reading her other books and I recommend you do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baby Laughs is hysterical!! Jenny has a fun way of looking at motherhood. Motherhood is a tough thing that people can be very critical about. Jenny's laugh out loud view of motherhood helps moms not to take the criticism to heart. Great Job Jenny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenny McCarthy did it again with another book that is hilarious. This book is so funny and sometimes she's so honest it's scary but it deffintly does not freak you out about being a parent maybe a little but that's it. I highly recommend this book to any women weather she is trying to conceive is pregnant or already is a mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I've read a lot of reviews that say 'it was entertaining but not informative.' Well, I disagree! I found it very information - not in a 'Dr. Spock' kind of way, but in a 'I could never ask anyone except my best friend' kind of way. She talks about the great, joyous things AND the things that we all feel rotten for thinking AND all the things we want to know about but are too embarassed to ask - but the best part is that she explains how normal it all is! She's very blunt, which makes it even funnier, but also did research (for her own sake) and passes it along! It was a great book, and I'm not even a mommy yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! She is hilarious... and her stories are so true! It was like she had written about everything I just experienced. I hope she is writing more :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so realistic and so funny! I'm loving it!! Props to Jenny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the funniest books I have ever read, and right on about how it really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funnest book that I have read since I read Belly Laughs when I was pregnant. I have a ten and a half month old and this book confirmed the fact that I am not crazy. Thanks Jenny you rule!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this at the beginning of pregnancy and loved it. It made me laugh so hard but gave me the true reality of what I was in for and boy was she right!!
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read McCarthy's first biography about pregnancy - while I was pregnant - and it made me laugh out loud. I appreciated it. Her complete honesty was refreshing, and her vulgarity was funny, and appropriate, because being pregnant can be pretty vulgar at times, even while it is also awesome and miraculous. Now that my oldest girl is already three and my baby is ten months old, I thought it was time to read her memoir about being a new mom.This book is very similar to her previous one, Belly Laughs. The chapters are short, with outrageous titles, and the stories are enveloped in humor, often vulgar, which doesn't hide the real heart that McCarthy has for her son. Clearly, the way she handles challenges is through laughter. I respect that; I think it is a healthier way of coping than many others have. However, I didn't find this book as funny as the one on pregnancy. I wonder why that is? Maybe it's easier for me to laugh at myself than to laugh at obstacles with my kids, or maybe it's because I am reading this not as a new mother, but a mother with three years under her belt. Whatever the reason, this book didn't resonate with me nearly as much.Not that I didn't laugh. Some chapters were spot-on for me, like the several that shared about her fight to get the baby weight off, her funny accounts of leaky breasts, and her bouts with competitive moms. Each chapter breezes by in minutes, and the book is a super fast read. I still appreciated blowing off steam by laughing along with someone else at all the hilarity of parenthood.Some chapters, though, felt like she was trying too hard to cover all the bases, by discussing subjects she hadn't fully experienced. For example, her chapter on postpartum depression was inaccurately named. She had a good case of the baby blues, but not postpartum depression, which is much more severe than what she experienced. As someone who lived through that horrible mental alteration, I was upset that she labeled her experience postpartum and said that if anyone had anything worse it was postpartum pyschosis. Wrong, wrong, wrong - psychosis is a much more dangerous and extreme mental break! Postpartum depression is the depression that lingers past the normal hormonal fluctuations and often requires counseling and even medication, but is not a break with reality (like psychosis). What she had was just the typical baby blues, which a lot of women experience and which clears up on its own, and it really bothered me that she considered that postpartum. Other sections where she wrote about subjects that she hadn't actually experienced were on nursing and feuding grandmas (she states that hers were great and just ruminates on the problems that some of her friends had). She did better when she related personal experience; it grated on me each time she made sweeping judgement calls on a matter she hadn't actually lived through.The book is funny, and very honest, and certainly shares stories about which many parents will knowingly shake their heads and smile. Honestly, I've read funnier books about parenting, and this isn't the top of my list, but it was nice for a light read that made me laugh and was over quickly.
greytfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must-read for anyone new parents, friends of new parents, and anyone who wants to laugh at the craziness of that first year together. Truly funny, but also poignant and perceptive. And honest as hell!
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very funny memoir about her experiences with her baby. I read this shortly after finding out I was pregnant with my second child so I related to a lot of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I read it in the first month of sleepless nights while nursing my youngest son. It was the perfect type of humor, honest, relatable and hilarious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty funny but not as good as I was expecting it to be. Sort of dissappointed but still a good read.
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TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
In Baby Laughs Jenny leads us through her first year of motherhood in her typical true to form raunchy way. From the ups and downs of bringing her little bundle of joy home to battling post partum depression to changing her baby's diapers she used her unique sense of humour to tell her story. While this isn't the typical memoir we do get a unique glimpse into the life and times of a Hollywood mom and even though she may not be one of those in your face celebrities who appear in magazines every week she is a recognizable name in Tinsel Town. I loved how she wrote about a lot of different scenarios she went through that are plausible enough to have happen to the average new mom. She talks about family, sex, getting her body back and going back to work. She shares the ups and downs ins and outs and even some things you may not want to read if you have a delicate stomach but she makes it hilarious. Just like when I read her first book Belly Laughs this book had me hooked from the first page and had me laughing from the first page to the last. I can honestly say that I'll probably read anything that Jenny McCarthy writes because she's got the ability to get me out of a slump and have me laughing so hard I have tears running down my face. I would recommend Baby Laughs to everyone not just moms or moms to be. Although now that I think about it, Baby laughs would make the perfect shower gift for expectant moms. I think it's one that I might just buy for my friends when they're expecting just for a laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is going to funny
hswolf More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book (I'd also read Belly Laughs). It's a great lighthearted look at the first few months of bringing home a brand new baby. She shares experiences that you can totally relate to and help to make them easier to handle. Made me laugh more than just a few times. Definitely recommend it amongst all the other serious reading we do as new parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago