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The lilaguide: Baby-Friendly New York City, 2004: The Word-of-Mouth Survival Guide For New Parents by Oli Mittermaier

Author: Oli Mittermaier
Book title: The lilaguide: Baby-Friendly New York City, 2004: The Word-of-Mouth Survival Guide For New Parents
ISBN10: 0972128638
ISBN13: 978-0972128636
Publisher: The Lilaguide (October 1, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 224
Size PDF: 1981 kb
Size FB2: 1198 kb
Size ePUB: 1579 kb
Rating: 4.4 ✯
Votes: 439
Subcategory: Parenting

The lilaguide: Baby-Friendly New York City, 2004: The Word-of-Mouth Survival Guide For New Parents by Oli Mittermaier

This pocket-sized guide provides ratings and reviews of over 1,000 baby-friendly stores, activities, restaurants, playgrounds and much more in the New York City Area (includes New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island and NJ/CT suburbs). Each listing in the guide provides contact information in addition to parent ratings and quotes/commentary. Alphabetical city/neighborhood, product and activity indexes make finding relevant information easy and fun.

Reviews (2)
MisterQweene
Initially, I was very pleased to see that such a guide existed. Upon using the book for a couple months, however, I've found this Zagat-wannabe falls short in three important ways:
1) The way in which they collect their information is not reliable. The book claims it is based on 3000 surveys. But after a quick visit to its website, I found that respondents can get away with rating only one store or service. And, as long as you have a multiple email addresses, a single respondent can submit several reviews of the same place. You can also tell that not enough people rated certain categories because some sections have very few or even no ratings (e.g. doulas and lactation consultants).
2) It doesn't appear that the authors have their fact-checking. For example, I've already found that two of the fourteen places offered up in the parenting and resources and classes are no longer offering classes; of those, one hasn't been for quite some time!
3) Any New York City guide that includes the Olive Garden in its restaurant section should be ashamed of itself.
Westened
There's so much to do in NYC with your tot and the lilaguide does a good job of providing basic contact information and parent reviews of baby-related resources and activities. We had the LA guide and bought the NYC guide before we came to visit. It made figuring out where to go and what to do with our son much easier and fun.

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