what i’m reading | baby edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I'm Reading | Baby Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Since finding out I was pregnant, I’ve amassed quite the collection of baby-related books. I will be completely honest and tell you that I jump around from book to book, never really completing any of them (where did this ADD come from??), but all of them have been super useful and inspiring in one way or another. Here’s the stack that I keep on my nightstand:

– Great with Child. After seeing a few recommendations for this book around the interwebs, I figured I would check it out for myself. Good move on my part. It is SUCH a great book, written in the style of letters from a seasoned mom to a new mom.

– Mom, Inc. I actually bought this book about a year ago, long before I knew that I would be having a baby anytime soon. I love anything pertaining to small business and working from home, so I figured it would be a useful read. It was then and it is now!

– On Becoming Baby Wise. This book was recommended to me by a few different people and despite it’s controversial nature, I like having these tips and tools in my back pocket should I decide that sleep-training is something I want to pursue.

– What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I mean, what pregnant woman hasn’t paged through this book? To be honest, I only refer to it on occasion when I remember that I own it (the internet is just so much faster), but it’s definitely a great resource to have on hand.

– The Honest Life. Okay, so maybe this book isn’t 100% baby-specific, but Jessica Alba touches on several different child-rearing topics that are so fascinating, plus the photos are beautiful. I love books that I can pick up and jump in anywhere.

– A Child Is Born. My mom bought this book for me and it’s chock-full of amazing photos of fetuses at various stages of development. Some of the birth photos are a tad bit graphic (okay, a LOT graphic), but the good news is, you can always turn to the next page!

– Bloom. My friend lent me this book quite some time ago, but I didn’t actually begin reading it until I knew I was pregnant. The story is incredibly sweet and touching. I highly recommend it. (And no, it didn’t make me worry any more than I already would have about Down’s Syndrome.)

– The Glow. Because decorating a nursery is THE MOST FUN EVER and because I frequent the blog version of this book on a regular basis, it was a no-brainer that it would eventually end up in my cart. I love going through the pages when I need a burst of decorating inspiration. Plus, the pink spine looks pretty killer on a shelf. Just saying ;)

  • Melissa

    I agree, Babywise is definitely controversial. The older versions I believe are much more hardcore than the most current book. I found some of the tips useful like instilling a routine from early on amongst other things. I just thought of it as a good reference for picking and choosing certain tips…I definitely didn’t use it verbatim! Everyone figures out what works for them – parenting wise.

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  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing these! I’m 17 weeks preggo and it’s been 6 years since my last pregnancy, so I’d forgotten so many things! I added several of these to my Amazon wish list. :)

  • jennifer martin

    I’m going to be annoying and throw just ONE more book your way ;) The womanly art of breastfeeding literally saved my life when our bae was first born. Especially if you are planning on breastfeeding, the information it gives you is incredible, helpful and in depth and despite the title is not just about breastfeeding. Plus it’s super easy to read and it covers a wide range of topics, since a majority of what happens in baby’s early days all circle back around to their eating. It was actually the ONLY book I ever returned to consistently for questions and answers.

  • Jeni

    Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. Loved it. Was life changing for me.

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