Pregnancy books

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
Post # 2
2708 posts
Sugar bee

The Wonder Weeks app was a huge help to me in the first year of parenthood. There’s also a corresponding book. It basically describes the different stages of developmental “leaps” a baby goes through in that first year. 

Post # 3
632 posts
Busy bee


I found the books by Emily Oster to be absolute godsends: Expecting Better, and Cribsheet.

They are more heavily focused on data than actual advice, though. But the idea is that she walks you through existing data in order for you to understand where some people’s advice is coming from, etc. She’ll generally tell you what choices she made, and how they worked out, but she’ll also often reference friends who made other choices, etc.

Post # 4
3464 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I second both books by Emily Oster! I bought a bunch of others (including What to expect when you’re expecting, and Ina May’s guide to childbirth) and didn’t end up reading much of either. 

Post # 5
13956 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My husband loved “Happiest Baby on the Block.” Admittedly, I did not read enough and did the wing-it approach for our first few months. 

Post # 6
1845 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

We’re TTC, so the only book on pregnancy/parenting I’ve read is Bringing Up Bebe. We’re a little on the hippie dippie side, so some of it we’ll probably pass on (but who can say! no way to know how it’ll go, we’ll do what works), but I think it does a great job at explaining some of the downsides of American parenting/childhood, and provides practical ways on how to combat some of those pitfalls. Plus she’s a great author, and it reads more like a memoir, so it’s great. 

Post # 7
941 posts
Busy bee

The birth partner, Emily Osters books, baby 411. Bringing up Bebe is silly but it’s useful for getting to a conversation.

Post # 8
3460 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Expecting Better, Cribsheet, Healthy sleep habits happy baby, Happiest baby on the block (or just google “the 5 Ss”… the book could have been condensed into like 3 pages lol)

I highly recommend you read about newborn stuff while you’re still pregnant, because sadly, once the baby is born there’s no time or mental capacity to do it!

My husband, while being very smart and educated, isn’t much of a reader – but he loved the book the expectant father.

Post # 9
2222 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Agree with Emily Oster books. They are the only ones worth reading

Post # 11
785 posts
Busy bee

Another vote for you to google the 5 S’s and/or read “Happiest Baby on the Block”

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