(Closed) Books, books, books! (Pregnancy, Birthing, Child-Rearing)

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I own a ton, but many were given to me as soon as people found out I was pregnant.

Here are the titles I share with you:

1. Your Pregnancy Week by Week : I just read about whatever week I’m in at the time. 

2. What to Expect : I also just use this as a tool to learn about whatever week I am in. 

Here are some others that I have read/am reading:

3. The Birth Partner: I am reading this right now. It supposed to be more for whoever is helping you during labor, but it’s really great information about what actually takes place during labor. I’m just highlighting the info I really want my husband to read. He hates reading. 

4. The Happiest Baby on the Block: I’ve heard so many great things on this board about this book that I had to read it. It’s great information for soothing a fussy/colicky baby and about your newborn’s needs. I liked it enough, though I thought it was longer than it needed to be. I am interested to see how well the techniques work. 

5. Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth: Interesting tales of natural childbirth. Thought it was great for inspiring you to believe in your own body’s abilties, but almost too granola for me. And I have parents who are total hippies. 

6. The Pregnancy Bible: I liked this one a lot. So did my husband because it’s mostly pictures, and again, the man hates to read. It has all sorts of random info and diagrams (including real birthing photos and sexual positions), so it’s entertaining to say the least. 

Here are things I own, but have yet to read:

7. The No-Cry Sleep Solution

8. And Baby Makes Three


I know I have quite a few more that friends have given me, but I think they are all child rearing books that I haven’t even picked up yet. They just got put into the library. 

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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.

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@HopingToBeaMama:  I’ll ask one of the mods to put this into the sticky post on the parenting board, too.  That way, it’ll stick around for a while!

Post # 6
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Thanks for this post!

I’m def due to start reading up on birthing. Can you gals share some BFing ones as well? Thanks!

Post # 7
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Dr. Sears’ The Vaccine Book – I found this book extremely helpful when deciding whether/how we wanted my son’s vaccines administered. regardless of your beliefs on the topic, Dr. Sears provides a lot of easy-to-understand scientific information so that you can make an informed decision.

Top 100 Baby Purees – Now that we’re introducing solids, this books makes my little heart flutter! Making homemade baby food is super fun, and these easy recipes sound so yummy!


Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I havent read any pregnancy books at all. I just read up online. But this week I have ordered the bradley book Husband-Coached Childbirth : The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth   I should be receiving that soon.

Post # 10
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

On women’s bodies and minds:

I am a HUGE fan of Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine (although some of the research she cites has been updated since it was written, it is still a fantastic book).

On Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher. LOVE this book and it’s the only one you need. Several other books I read contained gross errors and relied more on old wive’s tales than science – this one is grounded in science.

On child-rearing, (I consider myself a granola/free-range mom, with a strong belief in evidence-based parenting) I especially like:

Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy.

Your ___ Year Old book series. Because it was written in the 1970’s, it veers slightly toward what is today considered Free Range parenting.

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

What Your Pediatrician Doesn’t Know by Susan Markel

I just Want My Kids to be Happy by Aaron Cooper

Nurtureshock by Po Bronson


Post # 12
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Thank you for the very thorough lists, ladies. I really appreciate the reviews. Did any of you use websites like Babyzone.com or Babycenter.com? Did you find them helpful, relevant, and accurate? I’m in Haiti, so getting books is a little more difficult for me.

Post # 13
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@blayne7:   I’ve been using the Babycenter weekly pregnancy emails updates for this pregnancy, as it’s my second and I don’t have the want/need to reread all my pregnancy books.  I think they’re good for a condensed version of what you’ll find in a typical pregnancy book.  Each week comes with a short blurb about the baby’s development and includes several mini articles about common symptoms, procedures, etc…  It’s not very in-depth, but if you wanted to know more, you could always search the website on a specific topic. 

Post # 14
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom

I’m studying to be a pediatric chiropractor and one of my favorite books that I have found through my studies is called Well-Adjusted Babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani.

It has wonderful descriptions of how labor/birth really works, advice on how to develop a birth plan, strategies for breastfeeding, and how to work with your healthcare team to really create the best environment possible for you and your baby! It does go into depth on many topics, but in an accessible way that makes you want to keep reading (ie: not overly bogged down in scientific language)



Post # 15
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

So many great recommendations on this list!  I just wanted to add one more that is a GREAT replacement to the every so scary What to Expect. 

Fearless Pregnancy This is a great book that helps you understand some of the dos/don’ts of pregnancy. 


Post # 16
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Thanks for the post! Saving this for later.

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