So these are the seven books about having a baby that we’ve had on our bookshelf since basically we started trying to conceive in early 2015. Not wanting to jinx myself, I basically read one and put them all away until the good news came in.
With, say, three days of knowing I was pregnant, I read all but one of them. Well, two I scanned through, I’ll admit, as I couldn’t find anything to really dig into. Here’s what my thoughts are thus far, with a check mark next to my top picks:
- √ Bebe Day by Day – Love love love this book. It’s by the same author who wrote Bringing up Bebe, which a girlfriend of mine had highly recommended while she was pregnant with her first, and whose philosophy around parenting has been quite similar to mine (i.e., this baby is NOT the Lion King and my husband and I will still preserve our own relationship while also becoming parents.)
- √ Belly Laughs – I don’t care what anyone says, I adore Jenny McCarthy. She’s funny, she’s bawdy, she’s fearless, she’s smart, she’s irreverent, and most importantly, she tells it like it is. I got through this in a couple of hours and it made me laugh out loud at a very high volume. She’s so kickass.
- Green Babies, Sage Moms – Yawn. This is basically another textbook “go green” manual which, while they aim it towards moms (why not include dads, for gods sake?!), it really for anyone who’s got an ounce of sustainability acumen, not all that shocking. BPA – duh. Low VOC paints – duh. Processed foods – duh. Environmentally friendly cleaning products – duh. They could have gone so much deeper and didn’t. Boo.
- √ Having a Baby, Naturally – Awesome!!! Finally a manual that makes sense for ME. I’m not one of those “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” generic, have-baby-in-hospital-no-matter-what expectant mothers (and obviously if you medically require a C-section or something serious like that, this is not the group I’m referring to…I’m referring to the “the only safe place for a kid to be born is in a giant hospital lying flat on your back” crowd). This book gives Pros & Cons of everything available, from home birth to birthing centers to hospitals, along with addressing the emotional and spiritual sides of becoming a parent…and respectful of all views. The author knows it’s not a one-size-fits-all world, and I love that. Also, my husband has finished the first chapter and loves it as well.
- The Complete Organic Pregnancy – a disappointing clone of Green Babies, Sage Moms. Nothing new to learn that any existing eco-friendly gal doesn’t already know.
- Teach Your Baby to Sign – This is the only one I haven’t dug into, but came highly recommended by a number of dads at a client lunch I hosted, who happened to be chatting about how it’s changed their lives. Will report back…
Anyone got any other recommendations? I dig the holistic take on childbirth and everything before and after. I’m pondering Ina May Gaskin’s book thus far, but otherwise am reading books on unrelated topics as I don’t plan on spending every waking moment obsessing. After all, as my husband reminds me, we’ve got a Big Red Hairy Baby at home as it is waiting to meet the kiddo!