Advanced search

Which books do you wish you had read before you became a parent?

(11 Posts)
nickdrakeslovechild Thu 05-Sep-13 16:23:28

Someone gave me a copy of the jools oliver book while I was pregnant and thought it was awful, a while ago I read the Mel Giedroych books (from here to maternity and going ga ga) and they were fantastic. A much more realistic view of motherhood.

BucketsnSpades Thu 05-Sep-13 16:13:52

Kate Evans, the food of love, it's all about breastfeeding but she also introduces a quite laid back approach to parenting. I read this book before the birth of my second baby and really wish I'd discovered it earlier.

The books I read before y first baby were Gina Ford, contented little baby and Tracey Hogg, baby whisperer, given to me as a gift, both made me think there was a scientific approach to raising babies when in reality they are all different. I could have managed much better if I'd never read either, I thought I must be doing it wrong when my baby just did not conform.

BotBotticelli Thu 05-Sep-13 16:10:26

Definitely avoid Gina ford and her routine book. I read it when pregnant, not really knowing much about it, and it totally screwed with my head once DS arrived. I got really upset and thought I was failing cos he would not have a 2 hour sleep every afternoon like Gina said he should. I now know that her book is laughable: newborn babies do whatever they like and you chase around after them trying to keep them happy! You cannot put a baby into a routine (not when they are tiny anyway) a you have to pick up their cues and follow their lead on when they're hungry and when they want to nap - which will probably be at different times every day for the first 6 months or so :-)

vladthedisorganised Thu 05-Sep-13 15:57:32

I really liked The Wonder Weeks, and I was quite skeptical of everything else. For me it seemed to answer 'why has my child suddenly gone weird?' with a 'probably because of X'; it was quite reassuring.

Later on, Dream Babies is wonderful- not a parenting guide but a history of parenting guides. It made me grin a lot!

happydaze77 Thu 05-Sep-13 15:24:40

If you're planning to breastfeed: Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

Sunnysummer Thu 05-Sep-13 11:33:43

Second the No Cry Sleep Solution. I also really liked Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child - it's less about strict rules and guidelines that may not fit for you anyway, and more about explaining from a developmental perspective where a child is at different stages and why, with some gentle tips. Also good for interesting research is a new book Baby Meets World - more about entertainment than guide, but we found it really interesting!

marzipanned Thu 05-Sep-13 11:22:32

Thanks for your thoughts all. Will pop down to Waterstones and have a flick through the ones suggested to see which I think would 'suit' me.

noble I'm definitely steering clear of anything that says things must be done in a particular way smile

noblegiraffe Thu 05-Sep-13 10:47:02

Didn't read any and am glad as I would have thought I was doing it all wrong.

However, I am glad that I had MN to read and ask questions of, especially with bfing.

Seaweedy Thu 05-Sep-13 10:39:13

Honestly, not to sound jaded, but I wish I had read fewer books! They really didn't help in any way. Maybe Naomi Stadlen's What Mothers Do, which isn't a baby 'how to' book, but which was calmly encouraging about being a first-time mother adjusting to having a mysterious small baby.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Thu 05-Sep-13 10:10:58

Can't link as on phone but:
First time parent, good non judgy book.
Your baby week by week, comes into its own once babyhere
Then later I've liked the no cry sleep solution, i would recommend reading before baby arrives.

Or just read the parenting forum!

You're right that some of it is instinctive but i found i needed a reference. Otherwise you can tend to panic at the first bright green poo!

marzipanned Thu 05-Sep-13 09:29:23

Just that really. I read a couple of pregnancy books during the first few weeks and was really disappointed by them (found much of the info a bit fluffy or obvious, e.g. eat five fruit and veg a day and do gentle exercise).

This will be my first baby so I do feel like I should be reading something but I also feel, perhaps very naively, like a lot of things should be instinctive.

Given experience with the pregnancy books I suspect I'm probably more interested in science/developmental based books, though am mainly interested in which books other women actually found genuinely useful!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now