Best books to prepare for baby?

posted 11 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There are two books I’d recommend. 

1) pregnancy for men – so funny! It’s onviously aimed at your partner but there is good info for mum in there too

2) your baby week by week – my bible for the first 6 months. 

With both though I’d suggest not reading cover to cover but just reading the weeks / sections relevant to you. There is a lot of info and you won’t need it all at once.

Post # 4
2579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My mom suggested What to expect when you’re expecting. I’m 5 weeks along today. 

Post # 5
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was given the ‘what to expect’ toddler years and am not too impressed. Might be different for pregnancy though teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  

Post # 6
9213 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Expecting Better and the Mayo Clinic Guide were the most useful to me.

Post # 7
2460 posts
Buzzing bee

I just started thinking about books to prepare. Following for recommendations. 

Post # 8
6238 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I liked expecting better also! 

I didn’t read pregnancy books other than that one. Honestly your time is much better spent reading about what to do once the baby is actually here. 

Post # 10
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Not so much to prepare for baby, but to prepare for labour and delivery:

Birth Skills by Juju Sundin

It sounds like it could be a bit fluffy, and anti pain relief, but it’s not (author had an epidural herself). I found the strategies super helpful for my looooong labour.

My baby is four weeks old and it has been the most helpful book so far, and I read loads of books! Best wishes for all that lies ahead 🙂


Post # 11
9213 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

milkandcookies :  oh whoops. In that case, What to Expect the First Year and Happiest Baby on the Block. There was another really well-written one by a male pediatrician, but I forget the name of it,

We just looked things up on the go, though. Didn’t read anything like that months in advance.

Post # 12
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Expecting Better is excellent.  I think I’ve read it 3 times and my baby isn’t due for another 6 weeks.

Nurture is good – it covers pregnancy and early postpartum. 

And I loved Like a Mother so much. I learned a lot – it also covers pregnancy and postpartum. 

I also read a book called The Fourth Trimester that is about caring for yourself and your baby that is good. I haven’t had my baby yet, so I can’t vouch for how helpful it is, but I’m glad to have it to refer to once she’s born. 

Post # 13
797 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My son is 15 months. We haven’t once opened one of the baby care books we own. Google FTW.

Post # 14
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

We are pre-TTC. I’ve read a few pregnancy books but haven’t made it to all the baby books yet. I’ve started Bringing up Bebe, and on my shelf waiting are:

– baby wise

– happiest baby on the block

– sleeping through the night 

Post # 15
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Love Happiest Baby on the Block. My husband is a pediatrician and also regularly recommends Mind in the Making. I haven’t finished it, but it’s also a neat way to look at how children learn. 

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