Tonight Lucas got out the baby books I currently own:
Here is a list of them and whether I like them or not.
1. The 24-Hour pediatrician by Christina Elston: I really enjoy this book whenever the boys are sick I look up the symptom to see if there is anything I can do for them at home before having to take them to the doctors. Example Earaches: First response, over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or Tylenol, ear drops there are many hospitals and doctors that will recommend ways to make your child more comfortable. They also tell you what they do not recommend and of course when you need to call the doctor. I would recommend this book it helps me keep sane when my perfect children are not so perfect.
2. The new Mom's Manual by Mary Jeanne Menna with tips and advice from hundreds of Moms for baby's first year. This is a fun book to read but as with any advice book especially from non professionals you have to decide what is best and what would no longer be considered wise like you don't give an infant cereal in his bottle just because he is not sleeping. Sometimes you will think wow that is a great idea or the opposite wow that person is a complete idiot and shouldn't be allowed to raise a hamster let alone a baby but they still keep me entertained, so yes I would say this is a good book because moms need to be entertained.
3. Salt in your Sock by Lillian M. Beard, M.D This is a home remedies book another book I really enjoy. It provides remedies you might have at home instead of conventional medicine now I don't recommend going out and stocking up on unusual herbs but if it is stuff you have on hand already and is safe for your child it is worth trying. Example; constipation first it explains the ailment which I think we know then it gives the conventional treatments like giving prune juice once the baby has been introduced juices or massaging their lower left part of the abdomen then it list the Parent's report and this is the home remedies it also gives warnings about anything that should not be given to children under a certain age or if the doctor says this is not a good idea and can be dangerous. I have used this book many times for different things when the boys are sick, I even use it when I am sick and while some of the ideas are a bit loony there are usually some good ideas that are more natural then OTC medicines.
4. 97 ways to make a baby laugh by Jack Moore: This is just your basic book of ideas to make your baby laugh-#5 would make anybody laugh: Play rap music while Grandma does an improvisational, non repetitive break dance. This sounds funny no matter what age you are.
5. The happiest baby on the block by Harvey Karp, M.D- even if your baby doesn't have colic they are bound to get fussy once in a while and this is a good book for explaining how to swaddle your baby and other ways you can calm your baby down or just keep your baby calm and happy even if there are no major problems cause let's face it a happy baby=a Happy mom.
6. Baby and Childcare by Benjamin Spock- No not the guy from Star trek and I probably wouldn't recommend this book it was a book my mom had when she had me and I think things are a lot different now then they were back then.
7. What to Expect the First year by Arlene Eisenberg. I really enjoy this month by month guide it lets you know what to expect at your babies appointments and gives you ideas for questions you might ask but didn't think of or forgot for the appointments. It also explains things you might not ever heard of before such as Jaundice Carl had that when he was born and I had never heard of it before but it sure did scare me thankfully my stepfather Jeff bought this book and I read what it was about and was put at ease that while it is scary if not treated it is easily treatable.
8. What to expect the toddler by Arlene Eisenberg: Basically leaves off where the first year ends. I enjoyed this book too though I don't remember if I read it as much the second time as I did with Carl but still a very good book.
9. Dr. Mom's Guide to breastfeeding by Marianne Neifert, M.D. If you are breastfeeding I would highly recommend this book if you aren't then I don't unless you think it will change your decision but don't expect it to give sympathy if you aren't its not that type of book. It actually explains how breastfeeding works or how milk is made and released. Explains common problems encountered by breastfeeding women and even how to wean your baby when the time comes. it explains both the advantages to your baby when you breastfeed and to the mom. Breastfeeding is a natural part of child rearing and no one should feel ashamed for doing what nature intended for us.
10. The baby book by William Sears, M.D and Martha Sears, R.N.
This book focuses on attachment parenting- Connect with your baby early-Have your baby placed on your stomach right after its born unless there is something medically wrong and it needs help but as soon as you can place your baby on your bare stomach and your baby is also naked or a diaper if you don't want a surprise. Dad's can also participate in this because it is called attachment parenting not attachment mommying. Read and respond to your baby's cues if your baby is upset take care of your babies needs are they hungry, wet, tired just need to be cuddled no matter what it is your baby doesn't have the means to take care of it on his own and you need to take care of your babies needs until they are old enough to be taught and do so on their own, letting them cry it out is ridiculous if you build the bond between you and your baby of letting the baby know you will be there and can be trusted it will make it easier when they are older and it is time to drop them off at preschool because they know they can trust you to pick them back up and they are safe. Breastfeed your baby This is about as close as a bond you can have between a baby and her mother of course while the dad can't partake in this he can be supportive to the mother and even give bottles of pumped milk and still do the skin to skin contact while giving the bottle letting the mom have a break.
Wear your baby-this is very popular today find a sling or other baby wearing device you can do this while your cleaning such as vacuuming sometimes the noise of the vacuum might actually lull your baby to sleep. I would be careful doing things like cooking as you don't want to accidentally burn your baby then you should put him in his bouncy seat or crib. Sometimes at stores it is easier to wear your baby then to bring the stroller and usually when they are very young the front of a grocery cart isn't that practical when your baby can't support his own neck muscles.
Share sleep with your baby this is very beneficial for mom and baby especially if the baby is breastfed mom can stay in bed and simply nurse her baby when she senses the baby is rooting and is getting hungry usually the baby can nurse while sleeping preventing loss of sleep for both mom and baby. I think this is a very good book if you are comfortable with the ideas of course you might like some of the ideas but not all and that is perfectly fine you have to take what is best for you and your family.
11. Toddler wise: This is a very structured book and some toddlers need that structure but others do not you have to decide where your toddler falls and be warned that some babies/toddlers are so structured that when mom or dad wants to try something different even as simple as rocking your baby to sleep versus having baby lie in bed with parents the baby/toddler doesn't' respond well and gets upset I think some schedule structure is good but it is also good to be flexible with your babies schedule so that if something occurs and has to be changed your baby will be ready for the unexpected.
So those are the books I have and I plan to review them again soon .