The Montreal Pocket Parent: A Directory For Pregnant Women, Parents, Babies And Children
Annika Melanson

Vivva City

The author compiled the astonishing amount of information in this volume because she wanted to know for herself (and her baby) what was available for new mothers. Melanson started keeping tabs on which malls are nursing-mother-friendly, and went from there.

The Pocket Parent is divided into five areas: health; child care and education; products and services; activities; camps and clubs for children; and help and resources for parents. There are also two appendices, for helplines and useful telephone numbers.

Want to home school your child? Six resources are listed, including two support groups. Infant massage for nurturing your newborn? The Montreal resources are here. From grocery stores that are open twenty-four hours a day (in case you need baby food) to kid-friendly restaurants – and from libraries to suggested outings – Melanson has the information. It’s laid out in an easy-find format, and makes a great shower gift for an expectant parent. mRb