I obviously advocate for reading and becoming educated, and becoming a new parent probably requires a bit of helpful information along the way. BUT I feel like reading too many baby books is like googling too much. They’re just a little… umm… preachy and hyper-focused on what can go wrong. Making an expectant mom even more terrified just doesn’t seem necessary. On the other hand, books can be a great resource when you need some mental reinforcement or encouragement along your journey in becoming a parent.
Here are some great baby reads that I found were lighthearted, fun, and didn’t make me roll my eyes ten hundred times!
The Baby Owner’s Manual: operating instructions, trouble-shooting tips, and advice on first-year maintenance by Louis Borgenicht. Even the simplest things, like how to hold the baby, are new to many people. And guess what? Even if you think you know everything, you don’t. This book honestly goes over the most mundane and the most complicated things with humor and ease. It doesn’t make you feel like a complete moron; instead it makes you feel like you’re not the only one who might not know something.
From Dude to Dad: the First 9 Months by Hugh Weber. This one’s obviously for dads, BUT, I’ve read most of it out of curiosity and I think women will genuinely appreciate the advice the author gives to dads, especially about how to treat their pregnant wives: basically, give them everything they ask for.
I Heart my Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert. It’s basically my favorite thing in the world that this book starts with a list of baby shit you don’t really need. Because you know how I feel about that. Seriously, it’s funny, realistic, and manages to slide in some practical advice and unexpected milestones that might otherwise have you questioning your sanity throughout your pregnancy and motherhood.
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. After working and giving birth in France, the author notices that French children somehow manage to sleep through the night, eat vegetables, and be polite. And, I’d hate to say it, but as someone who works with kids, I can’t exactly say that I’ve seen this great behavior from many American kids. Druckerman goes on a quest to figure out this dichotomy, and ultimately explains, simply, that French parents are different because they have a different view of what a child actually is. And I really, really enjoyed her perspective. It’s also my life long goal to be French so…
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. The Rosie Project (this is the sequel) is like my favorite book ever. This is probably my most recommended book series because I love how realistic and human Don and Rosie are… and how the author manages to use awkward humor to make his points about “by the book” human existence and emotion. Like how researching the shit out of things doesn’t necessarily work in all areas of life, like supporting your pregnant wife and raising another human. Also, I know this is fiction, but it’s really just good, old fashioned, light-hearted humor, and I’d venture to guess that almost every expecting mother could relate to something at some point in this book.