A List of The Best Books To Read While Pregnant
May 1, 2015
If you’re not careful, you’ll be bombarded with a TON of baby info. From apps, books, other moms, online communities, you have a lot of access to information. Here are some of the resources that helped us most while we were pregnant:
We loved this book as a reference to keep on our bedside table. Not only does it give a great summary of what you and your baby are going through each week of your pregnancy, but it also has great images and a helpful index guide. I referred to it a lot, especially with my first pregnancy, each night and would always jump ahead to see what my baby and body would be doing in the weeks’ ahead. It is a great resource for any questions or concerns you may have at any week during pregnancy. See this book here.
The author of this book is a doctor who believes newborns are in their fourth trimester and gives you tools on how to help a newborn be more comfortable. He introduces the 5 ‘S’s that trigger a calming reflex in newborns. From swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking, this book gives you a comprehensive guide on how to comfort baby. We loved the insight this book offers because it has helped calm a crying newborn many, many times. It also offers a lot of insight into what colic is and why some babies have it. See this book here.
“On Becoming Baby Wise” Book:
Parents tend to either love or hate this book. The love comes from parents who are able to get their babies to sleep through the night early on. The hate could be that it is very strict and wants you to follow a very specific schedule with your baby, and that can feel like A LOT of pressure on a new mom. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it teaches that once the baby wakes up (during the day) to follow the same routine: eat, play, sleep. This is a great book to get ideas from to either implement specifically or to just take bits and pieces of the book to put into your baby’s routine. See this book here.
“The Baby Name Wizard” Book:
If naming is a difficult thing for you, or if you’d like to learn more about the names you love, this is a fun resource. It is a comprehensive guide to the origins of names and what years they were most popular. It also provides “sibling” name ideas, which can be helpful if you’re looking for the right name to match a brother or sister. See this book here.
This book is mainly for reference after baby comes, but I still found it helpful to read about topics I was curious about before baby came. It discusses immunizations (which baby starts getting as a newborn), nutrition, brain development, and child screen time. Not only does it give sound advice on caring for new babies, it will be a book to refer to for adolescent kids too. See this book here.
Although these books definitely came in handy, the best advice I was ever given was: trust your OWN instincts. You will know your baby best, so don’t forget to trust your own gut too.
What books have you loved browsing while pregnant?
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