Hi and Happy Mother's Day to all the Nap Time Crafter readers! I am delighted to be guest posting while Amy is spending quality time with her new little one. Congratulations, Amy! I've been a reader of Nap Time Crafters ever since I began my blog, so I am super psyched to be here! I'm Melanie, and I blog over a bear rabbit bear. It's a little place where I blog about a blend of faith, crafts, and DIY. Oh, and should I mention I usually have awesome give-aways?? :) Anyway, I hope you'll stop by bear rabbit bear soon and say "Hello!".
With all the talk of Amy's new baby, it made me think of the time right before I had my Princess. As a first time mom, I remember being so nervous about absolutely everything. Would I go to the hospital at the wrong time? Did I pick out the right mattress? Could I really hang in there and breastfeed for six+ months? I'm a reader, so I grabbed for every pregnancy and parenting book that I could find. Of course, the most recommended book was What to Expect When Your Expecting. I didn't like that one at all. I didn't like the format, and I thought it was a little dated. The only thing that book did was scare and confuse the heck out of me. Luckily, I discovered many other books and resources that were so invaluable I've saved them for the next time around..and I want to share them with you!!
Best Pregnancy Book
My replacement book for What to Expect When Your Expecting is this awesome book: Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. I actually lucked out and received this book for free from my health insurance company.
This Mayo Clinic Guide takes readers month by and month during pregnancy and has simple, easy-to-understand explanations. My husband and I used several of the recommendations in this book to make birthing plan decisions. Knowing what I know now, had I not received this book for free, I would have definitely purchased it.
Best Newborn & Toddler Survival Guide
In case a new parent needs help in feeding, bathing, determining when a child is sick- basically anything that has to do with keeping the new kiddo alive and healthy- the American Academy of Pediatrics Complete and Authoritative Guide to Caring For Your Baby and Young Child is invaluable. Hey, the title even says that it's complete and authoritative. Doesn't get much more descriptive than that. This book also has sections that go through each week of a newborn's life (since so much change is happening at this point!) and gives tons of helpful information and tips.
There is also a condensed version of the book that only covers the first year for those trying to save money or do not need/want the entire book.
Best Book for Keeping a New Parent's Sanity
Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block can best be likened to Caesar Milan's dog whisperer ideology. This book explains the reasons babies cry and how we as parents can help them adjust to their newfound environment.
I will say that I am not a fan of his second book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, because of all the evolution references in the book. However, The Happiest Baby on the Block doesn't focus on the origin of babies as much as how to soothe crying newborns.
Best Baby Food Book
I made most of my own baby food- including the meats. The Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel is excellent! She gives an overview of making your own baby food, followed by an entire book full of recipes. She also explains how to transition your own meal that you've made for the rest of your family into a healthy puree for your baby.
Annabel Karmel also has a few other baby food books on the market. I recommend them all to anyone who is making their own baby food.
Best Book for Baby Sign Language
We did baby sign language for our Princess, and the only regret I have is that we had started earlier with her and taught her more words! I ordered this Sign with Your Baby kit by Dr. Joseph Garcia from eBay.
The kit came with a DVD, a book, and a chart. Before Princess could even talk, she could express to her a few basic things that she wanted through sign language. Even now that she is two and talking as fast as a teen girl, she still uses the signs in addition to her words when she gets excited!
I hope you'll check out a few of these books! They would also make great gifts for new mothers at baby showers. What are your favorite baby books? Leave a comment if you have one to add to the list!
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