Post # 1
I have resisted the urge to by any books about pregnancy cause I tend to be a worrier & can get overwhelmed. I have one app on my phone & it gives me daily tidbits. I check internet whenever I reach a new week & that is about it. But it dawned on me yesterday that I know NOTHING about babies much less “freshie” newborns. I didn’t babysit & have never really been around babies. Have any of you read any baby books? I don’t know how to bath, when to bath, with what to bath, how to diaper, burp, anything…
I know I’ll find my way but wondered if I need to at least kinda know the basics?
Post # 3
The “what to expect when you are expecting” folks have a book called “what to expect during the first year”. It was included in the pregnancy books I got off craigslist. Looks pretty good
I have also heard good things about a book called “The happiest baby on the block”.
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Post # 5
I was at B&N just this past weekend looking at books on babies and liked the following two:
Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week
The Baby Book
The second book is a proponent to Attachment Parenting so if that isn’t your thing you may not find that book to be your style.
Post # 6
I purchased this book after someone recommended it to me:
If you are looking for an “instruction” manual of sorts, I think it might be the right type of book. It talks about breastfeeding, using formula, how to tell if a diaper is wet enough, pooping, burping, sleeping, how to diaper, on and on.
Post # 7
Ok, this is case in point of why I need to read up….what the heck is “attachment parenting”???
Also is there anyone just planning on “winging it”?
Post # 8
I’ve been scouting out baby books on Amazon lately. It’s what I do to kill time when I get obsessed about something I can’t have– my body says ‘want baby NOW’, but I’ve got a couple of years to wait. Anyway, Baby 411 by Denise Fields gets rave reviews. It’s got lots of good info and people say it saves them many panicked calls to the doctor. Her Baby Bargains is supposed to be great, too.
Post # 9
Anyone have any advice on books about transitioning to solid foods?
Post # 10
@shelbifox15: It is one of many different parenting styles. It is a proponent of things like co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, birth bonding, etc. Take a quick look at this link to get a better idea.
Post # 11
I was in the same boat as OP. Only I thought about reading baby books after she was already born. I was too much into my pregnancy books up until the very end. I read and enjoyed the above mentioned, What to Expect the 1st Year and Heading Home with a Newborn to Reality. It was crazy to read a bunch of books during the 1st month with my newborn with sleep deprivation and marital drama. But we survived and are thriving. Good thing, you are thinking ahead.
Also, re: parenting philosophies such as attachment parenting..I don’t see black and white anymore, after having a baby. We have an eclectic mish-mash. Breastfeed, co-sleep when the circumstance arises but now baby is in a crib down the hall with no monitor, babywear (when she can stand it–hardly ever), and learned a lot from Babywise regarding sleeping and routines. (There’s a ton of backlash but the book’s actual advice actually is a lot different and flexible than what the protestors fear.) Don’t have the heart for “Cry it out” but someday might feel baby is ready for it. Ok…back to the books….I recommend learning about different styles (if you have the time) because you might be open to blending and/or crossing the lines for what works with your baby. HAPPY READING…