Jul 9, 2008

Books

I think my new favorite thing has been reading books about pregnancy, babies, baby names, and everything else! I'm so thankful for all of the great books I’ve received from friends and family, and of course the library and Barnes & Noble. As you can see, I have lots of reading to do!

Moms, do you have any other suggestions?

8 comments:

Kristen said...

I couldn't quite tell if this one was in your stack or not...but Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp is also great! Oh and there's this great, huge book by the American Academy of Pediatrics - Caring for your baby and young child: birth to age 5. It's a great comprehensive book.

Christy said...

I agree with Kristen, Shepherding is a great book! But you can read it later, too. During my pregnancy I really liked the Baby Center's Guide to Prengnancy and Childbirth. I found it easier to read and more helpful than What to Expect. I also read Babywise, but found 1) Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and 2) The Baby Whisperer Solves all Your Problems a little more balanced and thus more helpful. My advice: read a lot of books and take a little something from each of them, but remember your baby hasn't read any of them! :)

The Chidisters said...

I am in the middle of Shepherding a Child's Heart and so far so good. I am also in the middle of an EXCELLENT boook called Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World by Jill Rigby. Both of those would be good reads for later though. As for when you are pregnant...I did a lot of reading online because most of it is fairly current. I also read What to Expect When You are Expecting but found it quite sufficient just to skim through it. I agree with Christy though - there are great bits and pieces from lots of books but I probably could never recommend just one. Happy Reading!

Tonya said...

One of my favorites has been Your Pregnancy, Week by Week. Baby Bargains has also been helpful in navigating the task of acquiring all of that new baby gear! Have fun, Nealy!

peter marie said...

I LOVE The Baby Whisperer. It had great advice on routines, and sleeping that helped us out so much.

I have Grace Based Parenting too, but still haven't read it. I need to get on that!!

Erica said...

I did not like the What to Expect books, but did like The Babycenters Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth as well as the Mayo Clinic's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth. The Babycenter one is more fun information, while the Mayo Clinic one was very useful information. I read that one a ton in the last few months, and I wished I had had it the whole time.

Erica said...

Also I want to add, that it is really good to read, but as someone else said, your baby won't have read the books. The Bible talks about training up a child in the way he/she should go, and the direct translation of that is train up a child in the way that is right for them. Use the info from the books, but let your baby lead. If something isn't working (Baby Wise), don't force it. It'll work when they are ready.

Anonymous said...

Babywise is so great when looking for a book on how to get your baby used to eating, sleeping, etc. and on a schedule. It got both my babies sleeping through the night by 11 weeks. My first was 6 weeks, and my second was 11 weeks. I owe it all to Babywise.

Oh, and my mom was absolute #1 on the resource list!!

Becky Thomas

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