A Must Have Resource for All New Parents!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been a new parent, but I clearly remember the day when I found out we were pregnant with our first child.
And a tad bit of fear.
I had a lot of questions. What’s going on inside of my body right now? What should I be doing to help this baby grow well? Why am I suddenly getting this horrible heartburn? What foods should I avoid? Is it okay to highlight my hair (seriously, I asked this)? What’s going to happen next?!
I had two books on my nightstand during my first 2 pregnancies: my Bible and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It was my lifeline to what was going to happen next. I remember using the book as a way to count down to the baby being born. As I moved from Month 6 to Month 7 to Month 8, my anticipation (and anxiety of how this huge baby was going to get out of my body!) grew. I remember being SO EXCITED when it was time to flip the page to the next month, and I’d share the most interesting things with Jake as we lay in bed, reading before turning the lights out.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is celebrating 600+ weeks of being on the New York Times Best Seller List. Seriously, that’s a long. time. It’s the number one pregnancy book and it’s no surprise why. It gives moms and dads a detailed week-by-week look into how the little bambino is growing inside momma’s tummy, explains what in the world is going on with the changes to momma’s body, as well as helps parents think through some upcoming decisions they’ll need to make. I personally love these books because they do a good job of objectively sharing multiple perspectives on debated topics without trying to be persuasive to make one choice over another.
And of course, it is a go-to guide when the new momma is thinking, “IS THIS NORMAL?!”
Not to let the new parent down, What to Expect also gives guidance through baby’s first and second years. Similar to What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the books are filled with questions that we’re actually asking.
- Is my baby spitting up too much?
- What does it mean if my baby has _______ colored poop?
- Is it normal for my baby to be crying so much?
- What common house plants are poisonous that I should keep out of my baby’s reach?
- How can I raise my baby on a vegetarian diet?
- What are some ways I can deal with my toddler’s tantrums?
- Are things I can do to get my toddler to talk more?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.