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."
"We saw the video in an infant care class we took, and the Â5 SÂsÂ techniques for minimizing crying and calming the baby really did seem to work for us. Like magic. Seriously. If you can get it, itÂs 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!)"
"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 wasnÂt that much of an exaggeration. Lots of laughs, lots of tender, wonderful moments."
"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."
"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."
"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 childÂs perspective."
""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."