Post # 1
Hi mommy bees 🙂
I’m pregnant and think of buying a book about babies and was wondering if you had any suggestions.
I’m looking for something updated, possibly written by a doctor/nurse to help with how to deal with a newborn/baby. What can happen, what should I be worried about, what to do if the baby has a fever/rash/other serious problem…
Post # 2
Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. It’s a best seller and I bought it for my friend when I found out she was pregnant. She really liked it. It wasn’t full of scare tactics like What to Expect. And it was really informative about pregnancy plus a little bit past pregnancy (it includes labor and delivery too).
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The AAP books- they have “Your Baby’s First Year” and “Birth to Age 5”. Mayo Clinic books are good too, from what I hear, they are probably very similar to the AAP ones
Post # 5
ccc_red: I just started reading Baby 411 and it is very informative! It’s written by a pediatrician and covers the tests the hospital will do after baby is born and what the results mean, caring for your newborn, what to do when the baby gets sick and you can’t reach the doc, stuff like that. Which is all the stuff I was worried about – I know generally about caring for newborns because of my nephews, but I wasn’t around them 24 hours a day or there when they got sick so I wanted to be prepared for situations like that.
Post # 7
Thanks for all your comments :))) really helpful!! Going to start researching on those and probably buy a couple :p internet is great but sometimes you just need a good book
Post # 8
I actually found that the “Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” had a lot of really helpful info for the newborn stage, plus it comes with handy tearsheets in the back to help you keep track (if you need to) of diapers, feeding, how-to’s for calming baby, etc. Handy to have if you aren’t familiar with babies. Plus, nursing is more art than science, in my opinion, and the book was very helpful for that.
My doctor recommend’s What to Expect, although I’ve never read it myself. Not a fan of their pregnancy/baby app, so I doubt I’d like the book; however, lots of other people find it very helpful.
Post # 9
I hate the baby books. My daughter is 6 months, and whenever I read the books, it really just freaks me out. I would highly suggest going to an infant care class thats taught at a local hospital instead – reading something and actually seeing it done are TOTALLY different!
Post # 10
I thought Baby 411 was helpful in learning the basics.
If you’re interested in baby sleep, I highly recommend “Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth.