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PreBaby Reading

Many of you are probably like me and have been reading up on several books regarding fertility, pregnancy, and infants. If you have, what books have you read and what would you recommend [other than TCOYF of course!]?

Also, there are at least two different theories regarding infant parenting that I've read; Dr. Sears's cosleeping and ondemand feeding, versus Baby Wise's parent directed feeding. Have you researched these, and what are your thoughts and opinions?
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  • Have yet to read a parenting book. Don't really intend on reading any either.

    Oh, and fuvck Baby Wise for a newborn. Denying food to a hungry infant is child abuse.

     

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    I have the book What to Expect When You're Expecting. Haven't started reading it yet. Maybe I will when I actually am expecting.
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    Have yet to read a parenting book. Don't really intend on reading any either.

    Oh, and fuvck Baby Wise for a newborn. Denying food to a hungry infant is child abuse.

     

    Well that made me feel better. I was starting to feel weird about not reading baby or parenting books yet.

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  • I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 
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  • I bought The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.  Other than that I haven't really bought anything and I only read the ttc chapters of that book so far.  I don't want to get so wrapped up in this process that I drive everyone else in my life crazy and reading all that stuff would have it on my mind even more.  I'll buy more books later if I feel so inclined but I'm not going to go ape when I have no reason to yet.

    ETA: I'm open to suggestions if this thread has anything life altering that I just have to read. 

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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

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  • Aside from the FF tutorials, I haven't read anything. The only thing I might read, if and when I get pregnant, is a book that tells me when the normal baby milestones happen because I honestly have no idea when they should walk, talk, etc.
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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    it was a lot of different recipes, how to make more than 1 serving at a time, and how to safely store it in portions. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I'd probably refer back to it for the different recipes.  

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  • I have several books on pregnancy, but I don't plan on reading them until I'm pregnant. I'll also probably read a book on the Bradly Method with DH, since we're interested in it, but again, not until I'm pregnant. I found a copy of What to Expect Before You're Expecting, but I've only browsed through it.
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    Have yet to read a parenting book. Don't really intend on reading any either. Oh, and fuvck Baby Wise for a newborn. Denying food to a hungry infant is child abuse.nbsp;

    Yup. DD is 13 months and I never read anything before she was born. But I'll admit my sister sent me that DVD of the 5 Ss and they actually worked. But it was kind of common sense stuff that I hadn't thought about because having a colicky newborn frazzled my mind.

    I agree about Baby Wise. Only ondemand feeding for us.
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  • In terms of infant care I would suggest looking into RIE or anything by Magda Gerber.  We use it in the infant and toddler rooms where I work and I know I'll use it when raising my future kids. I really like the principles behind RIE- though I realize it's not for everyone.    

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  • The only sort of parenting book I've started is Bringing Up Bebe. I'm not really reading it for parenting purposes. I just find it interesting.
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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    it was a lot of different recipes, how to make more than 1 serving at a time, and how to safely store it in portions. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I'd probably refer back to it for the different recipes.  

    http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/

     

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    Have yet to read a parenting book. Don't really intend on reading any either. Oh, and fuvck Baby Wise for a newborn. Denying food to a hungry infant is child abuse.nbsp;
    Yup. DD is 13 months and I never read anything before she was born. But I'll admit my sister sent me that DVD of the 5 Ss and they actually worked. But it was kind of common sense stuff that I hadn't thought about because having a colicky newborn frazzled my mind. I agree about Baby Wise. Only ondemand feeding for us.

    The 5 S's are magic. They went over those in our infant care class. 

     

    And by all means, if you want to read 500 books, knock yourself out. We have been pretty fortunate that our go-to method of parenting (whatever the hell that is) has worked well for us and j. That doesn't always happen, and it's not anyone's fault. Sometimes you need outside inspiration on different approaches.

     

     

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    Many of you are probably like me and have been reading up on several books reg fertility, pregnancy, and infants. If you have, what books have you read and what would you recommend [other than TCOYF of course!]? Also, there are at least two different theories regarding infant parenting that I've read; Dr. Sears's cosleeping and ondemand feeding, versus Baby Wise's parent directed feeding. Have you researched these, and what are your thoughts and opinions?


    When I was 34 weeks pregnant with my LO I was hospitalized with pre-e. I knew the baby would probably come a little early but I was not ready and had read no parenting books. I panicked and ordered a variety of books off of Amazon.

    What a waste of money. Several of the books left me shaking my head. They are mostly other people's opinions backed by anecdotal evidence. Some of it just seemed made up.


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  • I figure, when I get pregnant, I'll read a pregnancy book.  When I have a kid, I might read a parenting book.  Right now I have to many gardening/decorating/fun books to read :)

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  • Oy, I haven't made it past books about trying to get pregnant. I probably won't read up on parenting until I'm actually pregnant. 
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    The only sort of parenting book I've started is Bringing Up Bebe. I'm not really reading it for parenting purposes. I just find it interesting.

    Ditto! I just thought the cultural differences would be entertaining to read about.

    I plan on reading the Mayo guide and prolly the Ina May Gaskin guide. Reading these books is something I'm looking forward to once I'm actually pregnant. I doubt I will be needing to read parenting guides the first year.

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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    it was a lot of different recipes, how to make more than 1 serving at a time, and how to safely store it in portions. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I'd probably refer back to it for the different recipes.  

    http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/

     

    thanks! I'll bookmark that for future reference too! 

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  • I read some pregnancy books while pregnant but have yet to read a single after the baby is born/parenting books. We just sort of wing it. Nearly three years in and so far so good. 
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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    I lurk all the time here, but I totally agree with this.

    And yet it comes up all the time on other boards. How does it not make sense? I really want to know how that topic can fill up an entire book...

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    I figure, when I get pregnant, I'll read a pregnancy book. nbsp;When I have a kid, I might read a parenting book. nbsp;Right now I have to many gardening/decorating/fun books to read :


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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    I lurk all the time here, but I totally agree with this.

    And yet it comes up all the time on other boards. How does it not make sense? I really want to know how that topic can fill up an entire book...

    True story! I think part of it may be that some people have never actually steamed anything or have never operated a food processor. Although, I have to admit that I'm intrigued about the baby led weaning I've been reading about while lurking.

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    I read a sleep training book, a how to make your own baby food book, a fearless parenting book, a creativity encouraging book, and a stories from motherhood book. They were all freebies from amazon for my kindle and were pretty light and easy reads. I really like the fearless parenting one because it gives real life examples of how to teach your children instead of doing things for them...which is more of the parenting style I think I'm planning to use. 

    Put food in blender, blend, transfer to bowl, transfer to baby mouth. That requires a book?

     

    Do you have a thing against people reading how to books? Or just books in general? People come on here to read advice, what is the difference of getting advice from a book?I only knew how to make sweet potatoes for my kids, a recipe book was a must IMO.
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    The only sort of parenting book I've started is Bringing Up Bebe. I'm not really reading it for parenting purposes. I just find it interesting.


    I've been reading that too. I don't agree with everything in the book but it is interesting.

    I've read What To Expect When You're Expecting. It wasn't all that impressive although it was ok to start with. The format is weird. Topics kind of jump around.
  • I haven't read a lot of books yet, but I did read What to Expect Before You're Expecting and that was a total waste of time.  Unless you don't know how long your period is, but I'm thinking you have figured that out already.  The only shocking info I found in that book was that a pig ejacualtes a full cup of jizz every time.  So I recommend that you don't waste your time on this book.  My friend told me to read the Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy but I haven't gotten it out of the library yet.
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    Oh, and fuvck Baby Wise for a newborn. Denying food to a hungry infant is child abuse.

     

     

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