Best books to prepare for baby?

posted 10 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
431 posts
Helper bee

The Science of Mom 

Post # 18
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m really liking ‘the happy sleeper’ – and going through sleep training right now at 5 months. The book is a quick easy read, a lot less preachy than some sleep books I skimmed, and gives some good advice on how to set up good sleep habits from the beginning (I didn’t read it until my son was almost 4 months old, having hit the 3 month sleep regression a month earlier, because he was a good sleeper up until he wasn’t. I learned why that was when I read it…) so that maybe you wouldn’t have to do a ton of work to fix sleep issues at some point. 

Post # 19
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I read what to expect when you’re expecting and found it really outdated….honestly was not a fan. I had the babycenter app on my phone that was pretty great in explaining everything going on in there week by week and I found it pretty helpful. There seems to be some good tips for other books on here though 🙂

Post # 20
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I’m reading What To Expect When You’re Expecting, both of us are enjoying this book very much

Post # 21
7637 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I honestly didn’t read a single “book” for pregnancy and raising baby. I preferred to read lots of articles and blogs and sort of piece together a plan from there. We took a natural childbirth class, I did infant CPR (through work so my hubby wasn’t there), and followed the pregnancy in the Ovia app. I also relied heavily on my midwife, our pediatrician, lactation consultant, and a local breastfeeding support group for tips and advice once I actually met my kid. I had a coworker tell me that the world will end if I didn’t read all the sleep training books but….my kid sleeps at night. No problems. It would have been a waste to read all these books for problems I don’t have! 

Post # 22
317 posts
Helper bee

I enjoyed Brain Rules for Baby

Post # 23
1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

ARE you a “crunchy” mama or do you lean towards the more mainstream stuff?

if you lean crunchy then have a read of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, anything by Pinky McKay, Sarah Ockwell-Smith or Dr Sears, and try following The Leaky Boob, The Milk Meg or Raising Ziggy on FB and IG.

And if any of the books make you feel bad then throw them away!

Post # 24
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Kemma :  i second all these too. 

I think the what to expect books are outdated and not great. (ok a healthy baby public health nurse so somewhat informed)  

I also recommend whole brain child and the same authors discipline book for later on on positive parenting, attachment and positive discipline through infant and toddler and young childhood. and how to talk so little kids will listen.  

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