As with everything I do, when I was pregnant I researched the hell out of the upcoming event. I thought in order to be the best mum – I must be prepared with enough information to be able to handle any situation. So I read…a lot actually. And made sure I had a few books to cover anything that could pop up. Was any of it useful…well – yes and no. This is one area practical experience definitely beats theory!
There are however, a lot of great books out there that do come in handy as a reference point. I think the secret to finding the best one for you is to read one most suited to your “approach” to life. For example, if you don’t like strict routines, the Save our Sleep book may not be for you! In saying that, the ones I have reviewed are quite routine based – I’m sure there are others out there that are not so.
Given the few I have on my bookshelf, I have penned my thoughts to assist anyone looking for the best baby books for their needs:
Technically a “pre-baby” book, however this one is so good I had to include it. Here you’ll find week by week accounts of what’s happening – both for you and the baby. Know cool facts like what fruit the baby is similar in size to (if you’re into that) each week and when the hands develop etc. There are also chapters on labour, multiple births, Dads and complicated pregnancies.
Don’t bother buying it if you already have a child – I can assure you it will barely be touched (anyone want a second hand copy?!)
Who is this book for: any expecting parent who is interested to track their progress each week and understand what is happening to their developing baby.
Written by an experienced pediatrician, this book focuses on settling crying babies in the first three months of life. It explains why babies behave the way they do and offers easy to follow techniques for settling upset infants. This book is a must for any parent and I can vouch for the fact the techniques work! As a side note, if you find a copy of the DVD of the same name watch that, great fashion tips…
Who is this book for: every new parent – the tips for settling babies are invaluable & really work!
A great general resource for new mums – refer to this book instead of google! This book has information on practically every issue that could arise and discusses how to deal with general health concerns. It covers the first year in three monthly intervals and includes information on growth and development.
Who is this book for: parents who would like a resource that covers most health concerns that may arise. If you are a “googler” then perhaps not for you!
Tizzie Hall’s Save our Sleep (SOS) website is an excellent source of information and products (not just books – comforters, bedding etc.). There are forums you can join to ask questions from her team and other parents.
In her original book Save our Sleep (she has published many), she lays everything out for you – step by step. Her routines go into great detail and explain timings of when to carry out your various daily activities (feeding, expressing, baths etc) and change with age. Her routines are quite strict, but of course you can adapt them to suit your needs.
She also offers a lot of information on feeding, settling and weaning in the book.
Who is this book for: parents who thrive on set routines and like to know what’s happening at any given time of day. It is a great reference point for anyone experiencing sleep or feeding issues, as she has answers to many common problems.
Tracy Hogg’s E.A.S.Y (the name she gives her style) approach is in fact, easy to follow. Her style is more flexible than Tizzie Hall in the sense she doesn’t give set times for activities to be carried out.
I love her approach to families, being that each baby is different and an individual who needs to be respected. Adopting this outlook makes it easier to understand your newborn. Her routines are simple for anyone to follow and if you adopt this approach you generally feel like you are getting a break.
She also covers issues on feeding, settling and other complications.
Who is this book for: parents who would like a guideline on how to set a routine, but don’t want a prescriptive timeframe.
Any great books you think I have missed?
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