Post # 1
So, I’ve read a lot of pregnancy books but I don’t have the slightest idea about after the baby is here! What books would you recommend to read before the baby arrives or in the first year? I’m open to some pregnancy book recommendations as well, but I’m particularly interested in books about baby’s first few years, breastfeeding, etc. Bonus points if it’s evidence-based with studies to back up their claims!
Post # 2
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larissakay : I bought this book for my sister – I’m a scientist and she’s a little New-Agey, so I wanted to make sure she knew what the science has to say about various early childhood issues. (Thank god she’s not an anti-vaxxer or anything.) It’s written by a couple PhDs and does a great job analyzying the scientific studies out there to figure out which results really matter. I bought an extra one for myself for the future, lol. The reviews are all REALLY good too. ETA – the negative reviews mostly seem to be by anti-vaxxers, so take that for what it’s worth….
Post # 3
larissakay : I’m only 17 weeks but I’ve read bringing up Bebe which I LOVED.. not really scientific though- it’s about an american mothers experience with child raising in the US with her 1st child vs. France with her 2nd… I’ve got Nuture Shock: New thinking about children coming from amazon to read next, and it came highly recommended- not nesecarily about babies though, more about when they are older… I’m also reading the Happiest Baby on the Block which seemed to be on alot of new mom’s highly recommended lists…
Post # 4
Highly recommend Expecting Better (while pregnant of course) and Wonder Weeks for after. The Wonder Weeks app was also helpful but the book had so much more information.
I agree with PP on Happiest Baby on the Block, and Happiest Toddler on the Block when you are ready.
I read Bringing Up Bebe, when my son was just over a year. I enjoyed it, found it insightful. Some things I was already doing on my own. Take it with a grain of salt. There were some things that I liked the way the french do better and other things I liked the way americans do better. But in the end, every baby and mama is different and you have to do what works for you.
Post # 5
The Science of Mom by Alice Callahan was really thoughtfully written in my opinion. I liked that it presented all sides of issues and what research people use to come to their stances on things.
eta: i guess this links the audiobook, but i read the ebook version. also comes in hard copy
Post # 6
lolot : I’ve heard about that one. I put it on my to read list. 🙂
BeckyS0 : Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll check them out!
ajillity81 : I’ve read Expecting Better at least twice. I really appreciate the way she writes and the information she provides! I’ll take a look at the other suggestions.
pearlrose : This looks like my kind of book. I’ll look at that one too.
Keep them coming, I’m only 6 weeks, but I handle excitement/anxiety by getting more information, so I’m burning through books over here. 🙂 I think I read 5 different pregnancy books in the year leading up to TTC, just so I could be prepared.
Post # 7
You should definitely read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. This book is my bible for all things sleep related. Following the strategies made so much of a difference in temperment for my baby, who I had started to assume was just colicky. I didn’t read it til she was 2 months, but wish I had sooner!
Post # 8
Seek out your local breastfeeding support group so if you struggle you can get help right away from a LC and other moms. I watched tons of videos on breastfeeding while pregnant and thought that would be enough, but there is nothing like hands on help.
Post # 9
I really enjoyed Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. It’s a little hippie, but it is a great, easy read if you are considering having a non-medicated, natural vaginal birth.
Even if you don’t have that, it’s still has good info on relaxation techniques, positive birth stories and helps normalize and eliminate the fear around giving birth that a lot of women develop leading up to to it.
Post # 10
i’ve heard great things about wonder weeks
i just started reading “debunking the bump” and got a sample of “the science of mom”. I’m not sure about either just yet, but maybe you can look in to them and see what you think. I did like the sample of “debunking the bump” (hence purchasing the entire book) fwiw. I stopped reading baby/pregnancy stuff after my CP–don’t take my lack of finishing them as a reflection on the books themselves.
Post # 11
amanda1988 : I literally picked up debunking the bump from the library today. 🙂
Thanks for all the suggestions. I’ve got a queue of books on my to-read shelf now!