Necessary to read baby books?

posted 4 months ago in Babies
Post # 16
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

I read this one.

It was funny, a quick read, but packed with good info.  I was glad that I had read up a little on breastfeeding and had decided that I wanted to give it a go.  My son was born early and spent a while in the NICU.  If I wouldn’t have made up my mind that I was going to breastfeed, I probably would have given up after all that.  


Post # 17
6602 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

istanbee :  I read part of the Mayo Clinic book, but just about what was going on during pregnancy and what to expect in labor. I wasn’t looking for parenting advice. We winged it too, overall, or googled our questions (look for consensus on trustworthy websites, not one person’s nonsense)

Post # 18
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I agree with most everyone else. No reading. Doing what you thinks is best for you and baby works best. A good example is that we had have sleep issues and I have had a zillion people tell me to let him CIO. I’m not into that so here we are co-sleeping. Not optimal but at least I am comfortable with it and my child doesn’t have to scream for hours on end. 

Post # 19
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

istanbee :  I didn’t read any books. I just used healthy and sources from the mayo clinic if I had specific questions. However, I did sign up for a one hour classes for breastfeeding, child birth, and caring for your newborn. I would say the breastfeeding one was the most helpful.

Post # 20
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I read what to expect when you’re expecting and found it informative. Do what feels right for your family 

Post # 21
3223 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

istanbee :  nah it isn’t necessary. You’re better off joining FB groups and such to talk with other moms in the thick of it and those who’ve been there. I read quite a few books and had years of professional childcare experience and neither prepared me for my super high needs, fussy child. Connecting with other moms made it bearable. 

Post # 22
1259 posts
Bumble bee

I like to be informed and I’d like to think I can discern good and bad advice. So I’m definitely all about reading articles (credible official websites) and books for research purposes. We haven’t started TTC yet but I already read a lot about pregnancy and some things about feeding baby, nutrition, sleep etc. but it’s not about following these things to the tee. Just about having the information and applying it on an as needed basis, if it is appropriate. 

Post # 23
220 posts
Helper bee

I liked expecting better for the pregnancy and healthy sleep habits, happy child for baby sleep (sleep will be your #1 obsession for quite a while.. )

I found happiest baby on the block helpful but I’d just borrow it from the library or something. Not worth owning, just a useful skim that honestly should only be a pamphlet, no idea why it’s a book.

The wonder weeks is worth a skim, too, but imo it’s another library book. There’s an app you can buy if you want to reference the important stuff in the book 

Post # 24
9211 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

While pregnant, Expecting Better and the Mayo Clinic Guide were helpful. 

After baby was born, Google and my mom group.

Post # 25
1671 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary. But I will say that I went into parenthood having not read a single baby book; I thought that I would just know a lot of things. For the most part that’s been true, but in regards to discipline and sleep there was a lot that I didn’t know (and the worst part is that I was quite ignorant to a lot of things). I don’t think you need to buy a bunch but borrowing a handful from the library can be quite helpful. I’ll also say that I didn’t necessarily subscribe 100% to one way of thinking but picked and chose what fit my parenting style and philosophy. 

Post # 26
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’m a planner too, but my husband is more of a ‘figure it out if something goes wrong’ kind of guy. We did a parenting class offered at the hospital where I’ll give birth, and we’ve each skimmed a book (different books!) about sleep training, which we are both super keen on. Our thought was that we will hopefully vaguely recall some of the information when we google/research it again whilst sleep deprived once the baby comes, not to have it all learned in advance. We’ve found that the books have also been good conversation starters on different parenting styles and things that we do or don’t want to try that we might not have though about. For a fellow planner, I would recommend reading in advance 😊

Post # 27
661 posts
Busy bee

I didn’t read any books and I’m glad I didn’t waste any time there. I did take the hypno babies course though and I’m glad I did that. Some people’s instincts kick in without books and I’m happy to say that mine and my fiancé’s did. 

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