Baby Books: What to Read and Why

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When it came to picking out baby books to read, I was pretty specific with what I was looking for. There are tons of options out there, but I didn’t have tons of time. Sure, nine months seems like a long time, but the truth is, there’s so much to do and so much to prepare (not to mention you’re going to be exhausted) that you don’t want to read something that isn’t worth the precious time you’re dedicating to it.

For that reason, I picked four books to read to prepare for my little one. I liked all of them and absolutely loved one of them. If you’re looking for something to read while you wait for your little one to make his or her appearance, here are my recommendations!

The All-In-One

Of course I have to start this list with what is possibly the most famous collection of baby books on the market: the What to Expect series.

I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting at the beginning of my pregnancy, and towards the end, I picked up What to Expect The First Year.

This book is great because it has everything you need all in one. You’ll read about everything from bringing your baby home from the hospital to teething, with information on childcare, fussy nights, pumping… you name it, this book has it.

You know the name because the series is tried and true. It wouldn’t be so famous if it wasn’t good! Want a book that has it all? This is your pick!

What to Expect the First Year

The Breastfeeding Bible

If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’re going to want to study up–trust me. Yes, “it’s the most natural thing in the world.” That doesn’t make it easy. You will have questions, and this book will answer them!

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from La Leche League has everything you will need to know to be successful in your breastfeeding journey. It’s an easy read and a great resource!

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition

Sleep Help

One thing every parent asks themselves at one time or another in the early days of their baby’s life is: “How can I get this child to sleep more?” Well, this book has the answer.

On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep is relatively famous. You can find a ton of information about the Babywise method online (there are even pins on Pinterest about it!).

The book promotes what’s called “Parent-Directed Feeding.” PDF (as it’s called in the book) is the marriage between hyper scheduling your baby’s day and letting baby run the show. It’s a way of implementing a schedule but still giving your baby the ultimate say in when they want to eat. And a fed baby is a happy baby. And a happy baby sleeps well!

On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep “2019 edition”- Interactive Support

My Personal Favorite: The Unconventional Parenting Book

My personal favorite of all the baby books I read isn’t like any of the other baby books I’ve read. Brain Rules for Baby was written by Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad. His approach is a scientific one.

But, don’t take that to mean the book is dry or boring. It’s a super easy, fun read and it’s extremely educational. Dr. Medina is able to meld together science and parental advice to teach you how to raise a happy, smart, and moral child.

While this book doesn’t give advice about things like colic or how often to give your baby a bath, it will teach you all about how to connect with your baby, how to encourage their intellectual development, and how to boost the chances that they turn out to be all-around happy people.

I loved it so much, I’m reading it a second time!

Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

These are my recommendations for baby books. As a new mom, I felt that this combination of reading prepared me as much as I could have hoped to be prepared.

Do you have any favorite parenting books? What would you recommend?

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