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Helpful Baby Books?

Popping over from August 2013 - I hope you don't mind the intrusion.  Now that you all are new moms (congrats!), are there any baby books you have found particularly helpful?  I've heard good things about Happiest Baby on the Block - thoughts?  Other recommendations?  TIA!

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  • Yes, definitely Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp!. It was particularly helpful for me, seeing as I had very limited experience with newborns and would not have known how to soothe my little guy. My LO can be rather fussy at times (he especially was in weeks 2 through 7) and the tricks in that book calm him down and help him get to sleep quickly most of the time.
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  • I second HBOTB and also recommend Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and Super Baby Food. 
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  • evertzevertz
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    For Happiest Baby I recommend not getting the book but just getting the DVD and watching the video. His techniques are easier to understand visually than they are verbally, IMO.

    Baby 411 is a good one too.

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    Thanks so much!  I have zero infant experience, and as my due date approaches, I'm starting to get a little panicky because of it.  I think doing some reading will calm me down.

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  • I would probably skip Happiest Baby book and go straight for the DVD.  There are a lot of books to read, and the author repeats himself about 100 times.  The video gives you the main info you need to know, so you can watch it and learn the 5 S's in 25 minutes and move on to other things.

     

    We used the Mayo Clinic book as our week by week guide, and found it to to be good and much better than excerpts of What to Expect that we had read.  Also got Baby 411 but haven't had time to read through it yet. 

  • A friend gave me a copy of "Heading Home With Your Newborn." I haven't read it covertocover, but have read relevant sections. It's very simple, straightforward, basic...great.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1581104448/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1368721032sr=81pi=SL75

    The only other parenting book I've read is "Bringing Up Bebe," I really enjoyed it, particularly the section on "The Pause." It's also just an interesting glimpse into another culture.

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  • Definitely Happiest Baby on the Block. Also, there's a book called Eat Sleep Poop written by a pediatrician who is also a dad that I thought was great. It breaks things down very simply, and will help alleviate a lot of FTM worries.
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    I would probably skip Happiest Baby book and go straight for the DVD.  There are a lot of books to read, and the author repeats himself about 100 times.  The video gives you the main info you need to know, so you can watch it and learn the 5 S's in 25 minutes and move on to other things.

     

    We used the Mayo Clinic book as our week by week guide, and found it to to be good and much better than excerpts of What to Expect that we had read.  Also got Baby 411 but haven't had time to read through it yet. 

    Word. Watch the DVD instead.

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  • Nicb13Nicb13
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    Honestly, books didn't help me AT ALL. Sure I got basic information but these boards seem to be way more helpful! I like having real life stories from people going through what I'm going through. Wish I would have gotten on here when DS was a newborn.

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  • MrsJ723MrsJ723
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    Baby 411 is helpful

    Love this book! Very reader friendly and has good information. Highly recommend!
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    image ShadyKull:
    Yes, definitely Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp!. It was particularly helpful for me, seeing as I had very limited experience with newborns and would not have known how to soothe my little guy. My LO can be rather fussy at times (he especially was in weeks 2 through 7) and the tricks in that book calm him down and help him get to sleep quickly most of the time.

     This exactly! I loved that book, and found it so helpful.  I also liked Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Ferber, and the Mother of all Baby Books.  I'm currently reading Brain Rules for Baby, and am really enjoying it and finding it helpful so far. 

  • My most helpful book was understanding milestones/growth spurts: The wonder weeks : how to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy, phases into magical leaps forward by Hetty van de Rijt and Frans Plooij. One other book Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana, Jennifer Shu , and DVD of Happiest Baby on the Block.
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