Sharing My Baby Bookshelf

I’ve noticed a change in the type of books I am choosing to pick up lately.  From the “Game of Thrones” series to books with smiling goobers and words like “expectant” and “how to” and “bringing up baby.”  There are so many advice books out there and even more people recommending them that I quickly became overwhelmed.  Not only are there thousands of books, there are even more blogs, websites, and expert opinions online that it’s hard to know where to start, but even more importantly, where to stop!  Thankfully I have some very trusted friends who have pointed me in a direction that I feel I am making up some ground.

Naturally, I went with the first book that came to mind: What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

(Via Goodreads) Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be’s reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month’s prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from “Should I be taking vitamins?” to “What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?” to “Will I be able to breastfeed?” The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. –Jennifer Lindsay

What to Expect is a great resource for pregnancy.  I have read through the changes that my body will be going through during my 9 months of pregnancy, but my morbid curiosity is all about what will happen leading up to the delivery room and then brining home baby.  Medically, it’s all going to be taken care of for me; mentally I want as much prep as possible.


Perhaps the most turmoil that I’m suffering about becoming a mother circles around how to establish myself as a parent.  There are so many schools of thought about how to raise a child, how to discipline a child, just how to talk to a child.  I want to be as well-read in these areas as possible.  Trying to establish these elements while also battling sleep deprivation, a recovering body after delivery, going back to work, etc. seems to be the most daunting element.  My friends highly recommended the book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau.  I’m only a few pages into it and I’m so glad that I have it!

(Via Goodreads) When Tracy Hogg’s Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was first published, it soared onto bestseller lists across the country. Parents everywhere became “whisperers” to their newborns, amazed that they could actually communicate with their baby within weeks of their child’s birth. Tracy gave parents what for some amounted to a miracle: the ability to understand their baby’s every coo and cry so that they could tell immediately if the baby was hungry, tired, in real distress, or just in need of a little TLC. Tracy also dispelled the insidious myth that parents must go sleepless for the first year of a baby’s life–because a happy baby sleeps through the night. Now you too can benefit from Tracy’s more than twenty years’ experience. In this groundbreaking book, she shares simple, accessible programs in which you will learn:

• E.A.S.Y.–how to get baby to eat, play, and sleep on a schedule that will make every member of the household’s life easier and happier.
• S.L.O.W.–how to interpret what your baby is trying to tell you (so you don’t try to feed him when he really wants a nap).
• How to identify which type of baby yours is–Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, or Grumpy–and then learn the best way to interact with that type.
• Tracy’s Three Day Magic–how to change any and all bad habits (yours and the baby’s) in just three days.

At the heart of Tracy’s simple but profound message: treat the baby as you would like to be treated yourself. Reassuring, down-to-earth, and often flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Secrets of the Baby Whispererpromises parents not only a healthier, happier baby but a more relaxed and happy household as well.

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