When it comes to advice on raising children, I am typically pretty quick to ignore what comes my way. I’m not sure why, but I think it has to do with most of it being unsolicited advice. I used to work in the social services field as a family support specialist. During my time in this field, I would educate moms and moms to be on ways to take care of their children. We would discuss nurturing their babies in a positive environment with love. And that is the type of advice, I have been looking for during my pregnancy. I love reading and research and I found a few books that have really worked for me! I have found several books that resonate with me and my husband on how to raise (and just care for in general) a baby!
Baby Books I Loved:
I loved this book because it talked about still being you and having a baby. Sure, your expectations may need to change but you can still rock that lipstick, wear your earrings, and go out to eat. Maybe you’re going out to eat at 5:00pm instead of 8:00pm, but you’re still going out to eat!
I loved all of the advice on cute products, cute gear for moms, and great workout suggestions. No one wants an ugly nursing bra, so to have different suggestions and websites listed out, makes shopping for necessary products a lot more fun!
This one is a classic. Packed with so much helpful information in a month by month guide, makes all of the “rules” of pregnancy a lot less overwhelming. I also love how reassuring this book is. Think you may have “messed something up” because you didn’t know better….the authors reassure you to not worry and make the changes from here on out now that you know.
I started reading this book and hope to read through the first month before baby is due. I have been reading so much pregnancy info, I realized I need to know how to actually care for my baby once he or she is here! This book helps you prepare for baby. From what to buy, how to pick a doctor, etc. I’ll read the rest month by month as my baby gets through those stages.
Last but definitely not least, this is one of my all time favorite books. Each chapter is a week in your pregnancy. The chapters start by giving a small summary of what is going on developmentally with your baby. Then, there is a prayer to pray for your baby based on what is happening developmentally and for your baby’s character. Next, the author’s include a few scriptures from the Bible that pertain to the weeks reading and prayer. And finally, they have three questions for you to answer about your developing baby. I love that this book can be a journal of sorts and later given to baby as he or she gets older!
Baby Books My Husband Loved:
The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood by Michael Crider:
Michael Crider writes a memoir of his journey as a dad through pregnancy, labor, and baby’s first year. It is definitely a man writing to another man. My husband found this book easy to read, entertaining, and insightful. It doesn’t really layout care instructions, but is more of a mental prep for a new dad to be.
Another book written from a dad for a dad. This book offers more practical advice on care and baby supplies needed. It is another easy simple read, which is perfect for a guy who doesn’t really enjoy reading. There is some information in this book that is a little outdated (mentions concerns on spoiling a baby. Just want to reiterate here, you CANNOT spoil a newborn baby by caring for it’s needs and providing love). But other than that, it is pretty good on explaining what happens when the baby is home.
Both my husband and I still have plenty of books to read, so I will continue to share with you what we loved in another post! What were some of your favorite baby books? Let me know in the comments below!