Here is a list of the top 5 books to read when you are anticipating a new baby!
1- The Expectant Father, by Jennifer Ash and Armin A. Brott, 2001: With all the focus being on mom, it’s nice to see a great book dedicated to the expectant father.
2- The Baby Owners Manual by Louis Borgenicht and Joe Borgenicht, 2003: This is a great go-to guide for basic support and information. We love it!
3- The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley , 2002: As one of our foundations for sleep support, this book is a gentle guide to sleep for your baby.
4- The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin, 2001: A great guide to how to support your partner through birth. This is one of the best “Daddy doula” books available.
5- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and The Newborn, by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding: If these books were in order of preference, this would be #1. This is such a great guide to pregnancy, without all the fear and the “What To Expect” stories. A must have for every expectant mother.
When it comes to being prepared, a great book is the best place to start. It is so helpful to find books that support your belief and ideology about birth. Finding books that view birth as empowering, normal, and positive are a must for expectant couples.