This is a list of most of the books that have been mentioned on the December
list. The same as on the Links page, you'll need to make your own judgement
about what's good and what is bunk I'm blindly posting everything.
The comments next to the books are mostly whatever was posted on the list,
not my own words. -Valerie
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A Book Shopping Tip: Look for affordable books at the consignment
store that sells affordable maternity clothes.
Books About Shopping:
Bargains (2nd edition) by Denise and Alan Fields - They explain
what products are, give reviews, and where current best prices were when
they published. They have a top 10 list of baby equipment to have. They
discuss things like clothing and bedding, e.g. Classic Pooh is only
available from Red Calliope, and they give the phone number. They have a web
site where they have updates to the book (although there may be a brand
new one out), and also include reader feedback to their advice.
Books About Pregnancy and Childbirth:
"Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn - The Complete Guide" by
Simkin, Whalley, and Keppler. Very thorough - highly recommended. Tends to
say "people used to believe X but now they know Y is true", which is useful
information when people tell you that X is true.
"The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth" by Sheila Kitzinger -
great book! Nice international perspective. Highly recommended by a lot
of people on the list.
"A Child is Born" by Lennart Nilsson - Great pictures! The text isn't
so useful though. May be meant as a coffee table book.
"Protecting Your Baby-To-Be" by Margie Profet. Offers an explanation of
why we have morning sickness and what foods may cause birth defects. Has
lots of leading edge theories that haven't yet been proved or disproved.
"Immaculate Deception II - Myth, Magic, and Birth" - very alarmist, not
The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy - some people say it's funny and
informative; other people say it is full of weird assumptions.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
My husband and I laughed at "What to Eat When You're Expecting"
I don't know if it's out on the market yet, but another really good book that
is called "Pregnancy to Parenthood" or something along those lines.
I keep looking for it at our bookstores, but haven't found it yet.
It's filled with so much information that I loaned my copy to my doctor's
office so that my doctor could read it! One of the author's is Ginny
Brinkley, she's also co-written a few other pregnancy books too.
"Gentle Birth Choices" - Has some info about writing a birth plan.
Books About VBAC:
Natural Birth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide By Johanne C. Walters,
Books about Breastfeeding:
"The Nursing Mother's Companion" by Sheila Huggins. Great book -- very
open minded (says breastfeeding is best but doesn't get all preachy about
bottle feeding). Discusses how to breastfeed, and then has a huge number of
troubleshooting sections to discuss specific problems you might run into.
Has reviews of the various breast pumps on the market.
"So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamero. Very funny but filled
with excellent advice and diagrams.
_Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding_ has very sensible
recommendations along with some menus, recipes, and information about
breastfeeding and weight loss.
"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" has lots of good, helpful,
Books About Babies:
_What to Expect the First Year_
_The First Year of Life_
_Our Babies, Ourselves_ by Meredith F. Small
"Caring for your Baby & Young Child: Birth to Age 5" - Dr. Sheldon and
the American Acadamy of Pediatricians. Very helpful. It has several
sections. The first deals with before the baby is born, this you will need,
what to consider (i.e. breast-bottle, circ-no circ). Then it breaks down
the baby's development in age groupings. What they are going through in a
certain month, what developmental things they can do, etc. Then it has a
section on Emergencies - what to do, etc. This book is a very good
_Dr. Mom_ (Marianne Neifert)
Anything by T. Berry Brazelton.
Books About Baby Names:
"20,001 Names for Baby" by Carol McD. Wallace. Has names and their
"Beyond Jennifer & Jason" - Not a lot of "meaning" info, but plenty of
other useful info, like lists of ultra-feminine girls names, wimpy boys
names, US Presidents names, singular names (there's only one Oprah, for
Books About Parenting:
'The Discipline Book' by Dr Sears. He describes the attachment parenting
style at length. Also _The Pregnancy Book_, _The Birth Book_, and _The Baby
Book_ by Sears. Some Sears-related links:
Dr. and Mrs.
William and Martha Sears,
Ask the Sears
Dr. Bill & Martha Sears on ParentTime.
"Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care" - Dr. Spock. Great book, good as
a quick reference. You may or may not agree with his dietary
"Parent Power: A Common Sense Approach to Parenting in the 90's and
Beyond" - John Rosemond.
"Babywise" by the Ezzos - very controversial book; talks about taking
charge of your baby rather than letting the baby run the household.
Many people feel that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of
SIDS. Dr. Sears has a very good book on this subject called "SIDS: A
Parent's Guide to Understanding and Preventing Sudden Infant Death
I confess I don't have a general purposes baby book in the house, but
one of my faves is Dr. Mom by Marianne Neifert, who is a ped. with 5 kids.
Most of Dr.
Books For Stay-at-Home Moms:
Miserly Moms - Living on one income in a two income economy, by
"Staying Home Instead: Alternatives to the two-paycheck family."
"Coming home to raise your children - a survival guide for moms"
"Home by Choice: A Decision every mother must face" Brenda Hunter
"Staying home: from full time professional to full time parent" Darcie
Sanders and Martha Bullen
"At home Motherhood - Making it work for you" Cindy Tolliver
Twelve Months of Monastery Soups -- Brother d'Avila-Latourette. Has
loads and loads of wonderful soup recipes, many of which do not use any meat
at all. Every recipe we've made has been great!
Another book on a similar theme that we use that again, we have found to
be great. It's got basic recipes and also special breads for holidays and
celebrations. It's called Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking; the author is
Brother Curry. They may be celibate, but if these recipes are any
indication, those guys eat well.....
A co-worker told me about a book she bought that has a lot
of good information on what foods are age-appropriate, and what to look
for when buying them, as well as how to prepare them, etc. Apparently this
book is not available in stores, so the ordering
information is as follows - Contact:
The cost was about $20.00 or so. The author's name is Ruth Yaron.
There was a new edition published in July.
You can also call the publisher at 717-876-1896 (I have NOT confirmed
this number), or write to them at F J Roberts Publishing, P.O. Box 34,
Archbald, PA 18403. The website for this book is
One of my favorites that we use for the whole family is _Baby, Let's
Eat!_ Creative and nutritional recipes for youngsters and everyone else.
11865 SW Tualatin RD, #99
Tualatin, OR 97062
e-mail address - D-T-M4@MSN.COM
Books by Dr. Ferber.
"Raising Strong Daughters" - Gadeberg. A lot of mothers on the November
1996 list recommend this reading.
The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever
by Daniel N. Stern, Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, Alison Freeland
Motherless Daughters" helped me [Susan B.] immensely understand how my
girls could be feeling at specific times in their life. Even though they
have a mother now, there was a period of time they went without, and I'm
sure times now, when they yearn for their birth mother. Great Book.
Author: Hope Edelman
The Hip Mama's Survival Guide - it's a riot... but also full of sane
How to Childproof Your Dog
Baby Let's Eat! by Rena Coyle has helpful information on nutrition, and
the recipes are divided by age of the child.
Planning a Precious Goodbye - a book that offers help for parents of
babies who are terminally ill.
Books for Kids:
The little board books by Boynton
Pat the Bunny and Goodnight Moon are classics
The Eric Carle books (like _The Very Hungry Caterpillar_) are
available in board books
Board and cloth books are good for young children as they are less easy
to tear up, and a baby would as soon put them in his mouth as look at them!
The Runaway Bunny
Good nursery rhymes, Mother Goose books or Dr. Seuss books.
The Ann Geddes books. There are some alphabet and number ones, and one
on colors. They have great photos -- the ones I have found for babies
have no soft pages, all hard cardboard pages.
"Baby, Oh Baby, The Places You'll Go" - a book to read to a fetus before
it is born.
Go to the library a LOT.
Several people on the list like the books by
Gabaldon. She writes a series called either "Outlander" or "Cross
Stitch", depending on what country you are in.
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