I’ve passed the halfway mark of my pregnancy. 21 weeks down, only 19 to go!
As I get further along I keep thinking about things I did while pregnant with or shortly after giving birth to SweetPea that made things easier for me. And while there are a lot of things I did, a few books keep popping up. These are the books that I keep recommending to my pregnant friends and kept mentioning to husband/family/friends about how they saved my life/sanity/marriage.
I’m a pretty laid back mom, and I like to think that some of that relaxed attitude rubbed off on my daughter, because she too is pretty laid back. But maybe I just got lucky…either way, hopefully I can maintain that attitude and infuse this next with some of that low key vibe. But as laid back as I was, I still try to do my very best, and sometimes that involved the help of others. Especially people with more experience with kids. Such as the authors of these books.
So I have three books that I think are quite possibly the best books for new parents. Seriously, the best. So if you’re looking for some good advice, knowledge, or recipes…this is what I recommend. Not that there aren’t other amazing books out there, these just happened to teach me exactly what I needed to know (at least at the time). Without further ado…
1. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. This book helped my sanity so much. There were so many things about babies and their sleep that I just didn’t know. For example: I thought babies would just fall asleep when they were tired…I didn’t know that if you put them down to nap it might take a few minutes but that they would fall asleep. And most importantly they needed that sleep. Another example: babies/kids/adults who get overly tired will have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. So putting babies/kids/parents to bed earlier will enable them to sleep better throughout the night and to sleep longer into the morning.
Now maybe this book is full of hogwash. All I’m saying is that my kid rarely fusses about going to nap or bed. And she is happily in bed and asleep from 8pm until 7:30 or 8am (sometimes as late as 9am). And I know how lucky I am. I also think that this book helped us get on that sleep schedule, and for that I am eternally grateful.
2. The second book I needed to read was The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. This book was amazing. The tricks we learned from this book worked more often than not. They also helped us feel a little more empowered during the time when our entire existence seemed to be controlled by a 5 pound twerp. This book gives several methods to calm a fussy and crying baby. And as we all know, a fussy and crying baby leads to a fussy and crying mom (or was that only in my house), so having methods to minimize the fuss is priceless.
When we were in the hospital after delivery we had to watch the dvd for this book. I must admit, that dvd was even better than the book. Actually seeing/hearing some of the methods was incredible. The shushing is so much louder than what I imagined it while reading the book…it’s actually kind of harsh to my ears, but it was sweet music to my baby. If you have the opportunity, you should watch this dvd.
3. The last book is one you probably won’t need too much during that first year, but if you’re interested in cooking healthy foods that your toddler (and husband) will actually eat, this book might just be your ticket. The book is Weelicious by Catherine McCord. The recipes in it are very healthy. They also are presented in different ways to keep kids interested in trying new flavors and textures. Also, a lot of recipes make pretty big batches, so you can freeze a bunch and keep them on hand. It’s pretty nice to have a stocked freezer ready to go for those days when I’m not so motivated to cook.
This book also has a website, called Weelicious.com (easy enough). So if you want to check out some of the recipes I highly recommend you head over there. There are lots of recipes not found in the cookbook on the website (and some in the cookbook that aren’t on the website). It also has some videos going through recipes. It’s a really good resource for toddler food.
I also mentioned a weelicious recipe in another post, you can read about that here.
So there you have it. If you or someone you know is having a kid (or recently had a kid) here a couple pretty amazing resources.