3 Pregnancy Must Reads
As mentioned before, I am an avid reader. I really don’t think I could get through most things in life without reading a book or two about it. Obviously, pregnancy is probably the biggest “thing” I have done thus far, besides raising Mr. B., so I had LOTS to read.
Anyone you ask will probably have suggestions of their own, but I was really just interested in a book that was going to give me good information without boring me. I didn’t want to read about the whole birthing process and “what to expect.” I wanted real advice for when the babe comes and how to not screw him up.
These books seriously are the best-and trust me I have read some that are seriously not.
- Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Duckerman. I keep rereading this book I loved it so much. It is SO good and SO useful and SO interesting. 100% worth the read. I won’t even lend this to my pregnant friends. It is that good. The title really speaks for itself but it gives good advice on how an American woman is raising her children in France. It is written in a manner that gives you practical advice and kind of tells you to take it or leave. It also gives the theory behind why they do many things, which I found useful and made me trust everything more.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. This is one of those books that had a lot of sections I didn’t need so I didn’t read them. The parts I did read really gave me many “aha!” moments that ultimately changed the way Brooks slept. Since reading this book I can confidently say Brooks sleeps through the night at least 11 hours straight, and has since he was 3.5 months old. That right there is worth the read. I keep going back to it as it will outline what to do at each age and stage of sleep development. Again, I won’t lend this one out. I NEED it by my side.
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. Everyone knows about this book so I’m sure you’ve heard of it. I’m actually very interested in reading his other book The Happiest Toddler on the Block since I really liked this one. This one was great to read before I had Brooks. It made me feel confident that no matter how upset he was or if he was crying and I couldn’t figure out why, I had a slew of ideas. Again, there was a big chunk on babies with colic that I simply didn’t need because I wasn’t dealing with that, but most of it was useful and something I would suggest to get through before your baby is born.
There you have it, my 3 absolute must reads. Now that I’m thinking about them I want to read them all over again.
Now that Brooks is almost one there is a whole different books I want to get into. Currently in my Amazare cart are: The Bumpy Journey: How to Survive and Thrive in your Baby’s First Three Years by Cheryl Jerabek, How to Talk to Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson P.h.D., and French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen LeBillon-mostly because the food part of Bringing up Bebe was one of my favorites!
These are just books I’ve seen and thought they looked good, I’ve heard are worth the read from seasoned mama’s, and ones that Amazon suggested I read (they know me so well). What else should I read?