I spent much of my pregnancy preoccupied with just that, pregnancy and then of course the birth. I will openly admit that I was a little relieved when my OB told us a C-section was inevitable, I could finally put the birthing books to rest and leave it in the hands of the professionals. I read the one printed page of information and signed on the dotted line and for the next few weeks avoided reading too much into it all because it was completely out of my control. And then they handed me a baby and despite my years of experience in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Applied Child Psychology, some serious doubt crept in. So I filled my kindle with books… and made it ten times worse. I started off reading the likes of Tracey Hoggs, Gary Ezzo and Gina Ford and quickly realised these were not for me, I personally feel like they set me up for failure in those early days – when my baby didn’t do what the book told me she would do I ended up even more stressed out. It turned out that I was not looking for something prescriptive, but instead I was seeking reassurance.
Someone said to me ‘you’ll read until you find what you want to hear’ and I did just that. These books aligned very much with the ideas I already had about parenting, they just gave me the confidence I needed to put it all into practice.
+ Baby Calm: A Guide to Calmer Babies, Happier Parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
+ The Gentle Parenting Book by Sarah Okwell-Smith
+ The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
+ The Psychology of Babies by Lynne Murray
+ Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respecful Parenting by Janet Lansen
+ Sleeping with your Baby: A Parents Guide to Co-sleeping by James J Mckenna
And by the way, you’re doing just great! Trust me, I read the books 😉
I would love to here your recommendations in the comments or over on INSTAGRAM