Taking Care of You and Your Baby: Humor, Spirit and Good Information

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The list author says: "If you're getting ready to have your first baby, it may or may not have occurred to you that at some point, you might want to trade a few of those pregnancy and birth books in for some books that have something to do with what to do with the baby once it arrives. Here were the books that I read and found most helpful, uplifting, and, perhaps most importantly, funny during my first year as a mother."
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition)
1.  Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition) by Penelope Leach
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  "I got to be on a first name basis with Penelope, a British child care expert often compared with Dr. Terry Brazelton. Her advice is practical, thoughtful, and delightfully free of dogma."
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Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What I've Learned in My Never-Ending Quest to Become a Dalai Mama
2.  Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What I've Learned in My Never-Ending Quest to Become a Dalai Mama by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The list author says:
  "Amy Krause Rosenthal achieves my favorite mix of funny, sweet and insightful in this book."
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The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year
3.  The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year by Louise Erdrich
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  "A beautiful and poetic meditation on pregnancy, children, dogs, birds, and other important things."
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Mothering as a Spiritual Journey: Learning to Let God Nurture Your Children and You Along with Them
4.  Mothering as a Spiritual Journey: Learning to Let God Nurture Your Children and You Along with Them by Ann Linthorst
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  "Some amazing insights on the spiritual work parenting requires."
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How to Avoid the Mommy Trap: A Roadmap for Sharing Parenting and Making It Work (Capital Ideas)
5.  How to Avoid the Mommy Trap: A Roadmap for Sharing Parenting and Making It Work (Capital Ideas) by Julie Shields
The list author says:
  "This book provides innovative and creative ways to make sure both parents are involved with all the big and little jobs of parenting."
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The Happiest Baby on the Block
6.  The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
The list author says:
  "We saw the video in an infant care class we took, and the ď5 SísĒ techniques for minimizing crying and calming the baby really did seem to work for us. Like magic. Seriously. If you can get it, itís even better to be able to see the techniques on the video, rather than just reading about them. (If you're in Portaland, Oregon like me, you can get the video from the library!)"
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Baby Bargains, 7th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much more! (Baby Bargains)
7.  Baby Bargains, 7th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much more! (Baby Bargains) by Denise Fields
The list author says:
  "Basically Consumer Reports for baby gear. Provides a ton of helpful information about what you need and what you donít based on your lifestyle. An absolutely fantastic resource."
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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
8.  Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott
The list author says:
  "Anne Lamott is a kooky, funny, spiritual lady with addictive tendencies who, when she got pregnant, decided to keep her baby and become a single mom. I read this before I had a baby and thought she was exaggerating how hard it was. I read it again after I had the baby and realized it wasnít that much of an exaggeration. Lots of laughs, lots of tender, wonderful moments."
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Baby Play (Gymboree)
9.  Baby Play (Gymboree) by Wendy S. Masi
The list author says:
  "Even though it's not obvious from looking at them, babies can do a lot of fun stuff. This book wil give you dozens of great ideas for what to do during those precious moments of their active-alert state."
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The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
10.  The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning by Martha Sears
The list author says:
  "If youíre breastfeeding and itís not easy for you, the extremely detailed and well-organized info in this book by William & Martha Sears will be quite a help."
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Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: The Best Toys, Books and DVDs for Kids, 2007 Edition
11.  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: The Best Toys, Books and DVDs for Kids, 2007 Edition by Stephanie Oppenheim Joanne Oppenheim
The list author says:
  "A guide to the best age-appropriate toys for babies. Also includes fun games to play with stuff around the house. Wonderful resource."
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Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months, with Tools You Probably Have around the Home
12.  Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months, with Tools You Probably Have around the Home by Arte Johnson
The list author says:
  "Thatís just funny stuff. And the illustrations kick it up to a whole other level of funny. And it will never be funnier than during the first few months with a newborn."
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Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional and Practical Guide
13.  Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional and Practical Guide by Stephen James
The list author says:
  "Written for dads, though I found it helpful for me as well. Not consistently great all the way through, but was very useful in its recommendation to spend some time examining your relationship with your own parents, your perception of your childhood and your preconceived notions about what it means to be a parent in preparation for becoming one."
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Mister Rogers Talks With Parents
14.  Mister Rogers Talks With Parents by Fred Rogers
The list author says:
  "While it's geared more towards parents of older children, I found it helpful to begin to understand and cultivate the attitude Mr. Rogers advocates toward my baby and other children. Especially good at helping you remember what it was like to be a child, and reminding you to see things from a childís perspective."
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Child Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development
15.  Child Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development by Frances Lillian Ilg
The list author says:
  ""Child behavior does make sense. Happily, the more you as parents know about it, the more sense it will make..." Those words from Chapter 1 "How Behavior Grows" are beautiful, beautiful words. This book is a compilation/overview of the Gesell Institute's research on child development. Amazing, wonderful, informative resource."
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Qualifications: first time mom with an overactive mind and a sense of humor
Last updated: 4/25/11
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