Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Recommended Reading

Ok moms, what books do you recommend I stock up on for AFTER the baby is born?  The internet is a wealth of information for pregnancy; but, I know some people just swear by certain books on actually raising a baby into a healthy and happy little person.

I've already read Babywise and intend to put at least some of the major principals into practice.

We also have The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and will, definitely, try out those ideas.
And, I am currently reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby. It has been strongly recommended by a couple of friends.

What else should I add to my Kindle wish-list (we don't have cable, so I intend to do a lot of late night reading & feeding)?  What was your "Baby Bible" that first year?  Please share!!

8 comments:

  1. My doctor *and NPR, I LOVE NPR) recommended It's a Boy! Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18. YOu can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Boy-Your-Development-Birth/dp/0345493966/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I5MVXBXQLWX87&colid=1290WYI1BP2V

    As a teacher as well, I was very concerned about how to make Gianluca successfu; in school and this book details how to go anout doing that. It mentions that most classrooms are designed from girls, who can sit quietly and work on worksheets and boys don't jearn that way. So, we have to come up with alternative ways at home to gelp them be successful. So, since you're having a boy, and you're a teacher, I thought this was a good recommendation for you!

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  2. i would recommend a good breastfeeding book... like la leche league's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (haha babywise and la leche disagree a lot though!) or the academy of pediatrics book on breastfeeding. and in my experience, books tended to make me a little more confused than actually helpful, so take it all with a grain of salt. love you :) :) :) ) :) :)

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  3. I just found you blog and am enjoying it very much!

    Books for mom:
    Real Food For Mother and Baby by Nina Planck – I have enjoyed reading through this book whilst being preggo and now with a little baby boy. I work as a dietitian for a children’s hospital so food is always on my mind.
    Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp – every Christian parent needs to read this. I love it!
    Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – hilarious and fun to read. I was exhausted just reading it. Chinese mothers have an endless amount of perseverance. The main difference between myself and Amy’s kind of Chinese mothering is our worldviews do not match. I would love for my child to be the best violinist in all the land, but before that I want him to know and love God.
    Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman – this was recommended by friends and with everything else I am reading through I haven’t gotten to finish it. What I have read so far I like.

    Books for family:
    Training Hearts Teaching Minds by Starr Meade – we use this book for our family devotions even though our little man is only 7 month old. It is based on the Shorter Catechism. Children are never too young to hear God’s Word, am I right? (1 Timothy 4:12)

    Books for Baby C:
    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (a clever take on Psalm 139)
    The Bedtime Book by Sylvia Plath (just beautiful)
    Yellow and Pink by William Steig ( a unique book on creation)
    Anything by Sandra Boynton (love, love, love this author)

    As you can see, I love books and my never-ending quest to find the right ones has turned up a few gems.

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  4. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding (or some other breastfeeding book, if you're going that route) :)

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  5. I don't want to start a huge blog debate, but I would caution your use of Baby Wise scheduling techniques. There's much controversy surrounding HIS methods.

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  6. I would add Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson. I read "Bringing up Girls" for Lillianne - and loved it. Now I will get the "Boys" book for Hudson. Everything I have read from him is practical, useful Biblical advice. Highly recommend!

    I am glad you read and enjoyed Babywise! I pulled it out again for round 2 - and little Hudson started sleeping through the night on week 7!

    Waiting for the news,
    Chantry

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  7. I loved Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp. It doesn't really apply to the first year, but you'll probably have more time to read it in the first year than you will later :)

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  8. I don't want to start a debate either, but I'm with the above post...just be weary of ALL of babywise! I read it and liked it and picked and chose some things about it, but I couldn't implement it all. I found this post below and loved it. Can't wait for you to hold your sweet baby boy!
    http://parentingfreedom.com/cry-it-out/

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