Reading is one of the first ways that Nick and I prepared to have kids. Well, it’s how I prepared while I was waiting for Nick to agree that it was time to start trying. Some we’ve read, some we haven’t, but plan to read soon. Really soon, since we only have a few more months. So here are the books (I’m linking them all to amazon, though some are rather old so who knows if they’ll be there):
Brigette’s Reading List
- Happiest Baby on the Block– This was interesting, if not a little boring. It’s about using a special soothing method for your baby. I liked that it gave and explained the method (though you can also google it). What I didn’t like is that a good half of the book is about how babies don’t cry because they have colic and then went on to explain colic and reasons babies cry. I didn’t care about that. It seemed like useless information because I was just reading it for the method.
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting– I don’t understand why people hate this book so much. It’s much better than googling; you never know what answers or horror stories you’ll get from googling baby questions (WARNING: DON’T GOOGLE BABY QUESTIONS because I’m sure someone will have died or lost their baby, or something else terrible because of the same reason you googled). Every week I crack open this book to see what my baby is up to, what my body is up to, and what I can look forward to. I definitely did not read it cover to cover. Would I recommend it to someone who’s pregnant? If you like books, go for it. However, it gives you all the same information that the What to Expect app and all other pregnancy apps give you. If my sister didn’t loan me the book I probably would have just used the apps.
- Bringing Up Babe– This was a great book! It was funny and interesting. All about how French people raise their kids as observed by an American living in France. I thought some of the ideas were genius, like, “talk about food” and, “everybody needs a curse word.” It definitely isn’t a book bashing how other countries raise their kids. Just lots of great ideas. It was entertaining how the author handled many of the nuances in France that one probably never encounters in the US. I also loved that, at the back of the book, it has “100 Keys to French Parenting.” So if you forgot everything you read (like I did) you just have to reread that last section with all the clever ideas on how to raise your little nugget.
- A Child Is Born– I borrowed this book from my sister. It’s SUPER dated, so if you love looking at people all decked out in 80’s or 90’s garb, this is definitely your book. What I liked about it was you could see actual pictures of what the baby looks like at each stage of development (up to about 15 or so weeks). It wasn’t really a book to read (well, it might have been; I didn’t read it). Really, I just used it for the pictures. A word to the wise though: where most pregnancy books date the baby from your last missed period, this book dates it from conception. So you might be 4 weeks pregnant according to most sources but only 1 week in according to this book. It’s all about the age of the zygote/embryo/fetus and not the age of the pregnancy.
- Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding– Just started reading this one. I’ve actually started it a few times but, I’m not breastfeeding yet, so it’s not very relatable yet.
Nick’s Reading List
- Dude, you’re Gonna Be a Dad!-This book has been an excellent addition to my nightstand. I look forward to opening it someday.
- The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood– a frat bro’s guide to pre-fatherhood. Definitely a must-read for language, alone. This is also a super fast read; I managed to finish an entire third of the book in less than 30 minutes. Finally, this book taught me that it’s okay to have an occasional drink while Brige is abstaining. Someone’s gotta stay sane in this house.
- Father to Daughter: Life Lessons on Raising a Girl-I love this book. It was a gift from my parents, and it contains bite-sized tips for guys raising gals. Growing up with two brothers, I don’t have much experience with the female race. Here’s hoping the information in this book is accurate.
- the baby owner’s manual– This was given to me by a coworker of mine who recently had a daughter of his own. According to him, it was the only book he read cover to cover over the course of his wife’s pregnancy. If you’re a car guy, this book is for you. If you’re a soon-to-be dad guy, this book is also for you.
Books we have yet to crack:
- The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year
- Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years
- The Parent’s Phrase Book
- The Breastfeeding Book– I almost bought this book so I was super happy when a friend lent it to me. I’m excited to have it as a resource as I hear that breastfeeding is super hard. (Ed. Note: I’ve never personally had trouble eating before. Hopefully the baby inherits this trait from me)
- What to Expect: The First Year– We won’t have to read this until the baby comes. Also, it seems like these books are more of a resource to look up ages and questions than to actually sit down and read.
- Heading Home With Your Newborn– Not gonna lie, this book seems a little terrifying. We haven’t read it yet because we are too nervous to see what it says.
- The Birth Partner– Nick is my birth partner, so he should read this, right? (Ed. Note: now that the Patriots are out of the Superbowl, I suddenly have some substantial free time) I’ll probably end up reading it too. It was recommended to us as a great preparation book. We’ll get to it before the baby comes.
- How to Exercise When You’re Expecting– Ha! (Ed. Note: Ha!) I had good intentions. That first trimester kicked my butt and I haven’t really exercised since. At all. I know it’s not the best idea for a healthy pregnancy. This book has a whole section on how to get your body back after baby, so I’ll work on that.
Looks like we’ve got some reading to do still. Any other book recommendations (just kidding we have enough to read).