Essential Books For Expecting Moms
The Modern mama's boys, Constantine and Bobby
First time expecting moms always ask about books. Bookstores have entire sections devoted to pregnancy and parenting. With so many choices out there, which books are helpful to have on hand for your library? Here are a handful of books that I highly recommend.
On the pregnancy side of things, there are two books that I suggest having close by. The classic “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is a staple resource to have on your nightstand. For more than 25 years, moms have turned to this book for guidance. It is sort of an encyclopedia specific to pregnancy. This book covers preconception, conception and pregnancy. With chapters dedicated to each month of pregnancy, the book can give you insight throughout your journey.
A more laid back and fun read for your collection is the “Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine. This book reads like a conversation you’d have over lunch with your girlfriends. It tells you those things that “What to Expect” doesn’t really cover. Like cautioning against wearing spandex from head to toe during the third trimester.
For new moms, I recommend three books and a video:
* “What to Expect the First Year” by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E Murkoff and Sandee E Hathaway BSN. This book is play-by-play guide to raising a newborn. It covers with chapters dedicated to each month of development. There are also chapters on other related topics like fatherhood, postpartum care and adoption.
* Another must have book is “Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Recommended by Bobby’s pediatrician, this book is a must have. It details the importance of sleep for newborns and young children. It then gives step by step instructions for helping your child to get that sleep. Chapters are dedicated to different stages. It also has an entire section on different sleep problems and solutions.
• The last book I recommend is “Touchpoints - Birth to Three” by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. The other books I’ve recommended cover more the physical development of raising a child, whereas this one deals with behavioral and emotional development. Overall Brazelton has a way of explaining what kids are going through in a very understandable and compassionate manner. Chapters detail different ages and stages. Other chapters address specific concerns that arise along the way. For example, there are sections about fears and potty training. Personally, I’ll be turning to this often as Bobby will be venturing into the world of potty training soon.
The last resource I recommend borrowing or purchasing is the “Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvy Karp.” In this video, Karp shows parents how to soothe an upset baby. It works!
Mary Piasta-Valluzzo is the ultimate Sonoma Modern Mama who loves exploring the town with her eldest son, Bobby and her brand new baby boy, Constantine Joseph. She writes blogs about anything and everything related to parenting young children, including at her own site here. She is also a board member of the Sonoma Valley Mothers Club, an organization that supports women with young children in everything from parenting to socializing. The club is open to all Sonoma moms. For more on the club, visit sonomamothersclub.org or call 996-9890.