Here’s my list:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility – I read this initially when we were practicing NFP to avoid preganancy. It was very helpful in figuring out charting and how the body works.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – I’m not a huge fan of this book because I felt like some of the information was presented too dramatically. I did reference it a few times for specific questions, though.
Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy – I didn’t really like this one either. I just didn’t think it was very funny, and most of the information was repetetive from other pregnancy books.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week – I liked this book a lot, as it is broken into short, concise chapters that are easy to digest. Every week it gives an update on the baby’s development, the mother’s development, common symptoms, common risks and procedures, and includes helpful exercises at the end. Great for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth – I liked this book a lot because it had information I have yet to see in any other pregnancy book. It does have a chapter on c-sections, but in general, it leans more to the natural birthing side.
Dr. Sear’s The Pregnancy Book – As someone who wanted a med-free birth and leans toward more natural methods, this book was great to read. It might not be so helpful to anyone who definitely wants medication during labor/delivery, or for anyone who leans toward more conventional medicine.
The Husband-Coached Childbirth – A great book for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Bradley birthing method.
Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Way – I found this book much more helpful in explaining/illustrating the Bradley practice exercises and techniques.
The Birth Partner – Easily my favorite book on labor and birth, this is the least biased pregnancy book I’ve found. It includes detailed chapters on natural pain management techniques, medication options, birthing protocol and procedures and c-sections. It has a lot of information, so it could be scary/overwhelming, but if you feel knowledge is power, this is the birthing book for you!
And Baby Makes Three – I think is a great book for pregnant couples to read together. It concentrates on how to transition from a couple to a couple with children, and really explains why so many parents struggle the first year. Even the strongest couple hits unexpected obstacles after having a baby, and I think it’s indespinsible information for anyone expecting.
What to Expect the First Year – I didn’t particularly like this book, but I did reference it monthly while my daughter was an infant. I especially found the developmental info helpful; I mostly skipped over the rest of the book.
Dr. Sear’s The Baby Book – A great reference for anyone who feels drawn to the Attachment Parenting lifestyle/method. If you have more mainstream parenting ideals, this may not be the right book for you, but if you prefer gentle parenting techniques, this is a great introduction.
The Happiest Baby on the Block – If you don’t have time to read this book, I recommend watching the dvd. It’s so helpful in understanding why newborns cry so much and how to make them stop! Even if you have a happy/easy going baby, you’ll need these techniques in the first few months.
The No Cry Sleep Solution – I think this is a great book to read before having a baby, as it explains the most common mistakes new parents make in regards to setting up/encouraging healthy sleep habits. It’s also helpful for anyone who is currently struggling with an infant who won’t sleep and prefers gentle parenting methods.
The Diaper-Free Baby – This is a great introduction to elimination communication, aka infant toilet training. Some people have commented that EC is just common sense and the book was unnecessary, but as someone completely new to the idea, I thought it was fantastic and very encouraging!
Dr. Sear’s The Discipline Book – This book is a continuation of the Attachment Parenting line. I thought it was interesting and good for a baseline of knowledge, but not specific enough to be super helpful. It’s a good book to have on hand for anyone who wants to practice gentle parenting techniques, though.
Positive Discipline: 0-3 – My favorite discipline/toddler book so far, this book technically covers infants through toddlers. However, I found the material mostly applicable to 1 year old and above. We practice gentle parenting and gentle discipline, so this book gave us a lot of great tips/explanations on how to incorporate those ideals into the very frustrating toddler years. Even if your parenting style is more authoritarian, this book explains a lot of the developmental and biological roadblocks that make toddlers so difficult to deal with, and I think it would be helpful for anyone to read.
The Happiest Toddler on the Block – I didn’t find this book as helpful as his baby book. Some of the techniques just don’t work for us at all, and I found his explanation of toddlerhood to be untrue for our daughter’s development. Every child is different, though, so it may be more relevant to other families.
The No Cry Discipline Solution – This is another gentle parenting/gentle discipline book. I found a few of the tips and techniques helpful, but for the most part, the majority of this book was a repetition of Dr. Sear’s Discipline Book and Positive Discipline.
Siblings Without Rivalry – I just started this book, so I don’t have a review, yet, but I’m hoping it will prepare us for transitioning from a family of three to a family of four.