Hi Mommas! Before JR was born I started reading as many parenting books as I could. Making sure I was prepared for my new role as mom was the most important thing to me. I searched the local dollar bookstore and found some great books with a variety of parenting techniques to help give me a well-rounded idea of what would be the best and healthiest environment for my new little one. Keeping an open mind and taking bits of advice from each expert has made the newborn stage relatively easy.
Top 3 books every first time mom should read
Happiest Baby on the Block : Dr. Harvey Karp
This is a MUST read, hands down best and most effective techniques for soothing an upset baby. There is a supplemental video that you can find at your local library as well that really helps by showing the soothing techniques in action. The entire book is based around the 5 S’s: Swaddling, Swinging, Side, Sushing, Sucking. I utilize the swinging (jiggle jiggle motion), sushing (white noise machine) and swaddling (HALO sleepsack swaddle) every single day and it really does work like a charm.
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer : Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau
This was a great book outlining the benefits of a routine for the baby in your life. Instead of following a rigorous by-the-clock schedule this pick provides the framework for the E.A.S.Y. method. Throughout the day the baby will wake-up, eat, have awake/ activity time, back to sleep and during sleep the new parent has you time. As the baby grows older the nap times will get shorter and the awake times will get longer but, the routine will stay the same. I try my hardest to follow this routine during the day but, I have been known to nurse to sleep on occasion.
Bringing Up Bebe : Pamela Druckerman
French parents have perfected the minimalist parenting technique and this book follows an American now living in Paris, while she tries to mimic the effortless mothers she regularly encounters. I enjoyed this pick because it helped to put things into perspective and allowed me to step back from the American helicopter parenting that can come naturally to us in the states. I have definitely applied the less is more idea, which helps when I’m trying to wrangle all of the stuff that has overtaken our tiny apartment.
There are so many other books that have been recommended to me and I did read a few others but, these were the best in actually preparing me for motherhood. I knew there was a lot to learn and that parenting techniques in theory are completely different than actually being in the trenches but, I wanted to prepare myself as much as I could so, that when I was exhausted, hungry and frustrated I had a game plan. All in all I have to say, things have been much easier than anticipated and I have to owe it to my pre-natal reading selections.
What are your favorite parenting books? Did reading and researching parenting techniques before baby arrived help you or did you find the information useless? Let me know what you think below!