When my cousin who lives in France found out that I was pregnant, she sent me two very long emails full of advice. Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes a deluge of both unsolicited advice and horror stories. But I was grateful to receive her emails because all of the advice was written down. Usually advice comes during a conversation, and it’s pretty much forgotten as soon as it’s given. How can I be expected to remember the lists and lists and lists of “crucial” advice that they’re giving me if it’s not written down? So I have only these emails from my cousin that I can refer back to as I get ready for the baby.
The first email talked about several books, three of which I’ll share with you. I think that these could help me out adjusting to the first few months of motherhood. (The comments in quotations are from her email to me.)
The Contented Little Baby Book
“You will hate it at first, her writing is terrible, and you will swear you will never be the cold-hearted parent putting baby on a schedule, BUT her schedules quite accurately frame the natural rhythm of most babies and it’s a life saver starting around month 4 if you take all her advice with a grain of salt and don’t become hysteric like some women who schedule to the minute. Babies really do better with some structure.”
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Great book, realistic, useful. Gives tips on how to help baby sleep instead of just saying to put them to sleep.”
“Great advice for the first months and a gentle transition to earth for baby.”
I would be interested to know if any of you have tried out these books. What did you think? What are other baby books that you would recommend?