As my due date gets closer, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read during my pregnancy. Though, not all are exclusive to parents, I found these particularly helpful in feeling more prepared and less out of control.
The Happiest Baby On The Block by Dr. Harvey Karp - This book came recommended to my by quite a few people, so I picked it up. I don’t have a baby yet, so I can’t make any claims about it’s effectiveness, but it really helped ease my worries about dealing with colicky and fussy babies. My recommendation is to buy used or borrow a copy from a friend or the library. It’s not something you need to own for eternity for reference. A lot of the criticism the book gets is that the information could fit into a pamphlet, but instead is a 200+ page book. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are short on time you could read this quick break down.
Healthy Child, Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan - I LOVE this book. I constantly reference back to it. Its full of helpful tips for greening your home, but also striking a balance so you don’t go crazy. I’ve read it three times already. Though, it’s aimed at parents, I think there is a lot of value in it for anyone who wants to green their homes.
Happy Baby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months by Dr. Robert Sears - I picked this up at the library last week, just because I saw it on the shelf and I was going a little “check out crazy.” I thought I would give it a quick flip through and return it early, but I ended up devouring it. This was a very simple guide to baby’s nutrition from birth to two years old and includes a great guide for mom as well. Dr. Sears is also great at acknowledging that parents often don’t have the time or money to make their own organic baby foods, so he offers suggestions for different kinds of green parents. I intend on buying this one to keep referring back to.
The Honest Life by Jessica Alba - Not gonna lie, if Jessica Alba jumped off a bridge, I’d follow her. I love her dedication to living green, but not sacrificing style. This book is inspiring, beautifully shot and full of practical tips.
It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow - I know a lot of people hate her, but I am obsessed with this book. I picked it up at the library last week, again, thinking I would flip through it, get a recipe or two and send it back. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of yummy recipes, with few ingredients and simple instructions. I’m not a gourmet chef, so the easier to make and the less ingredients, the better. So far, I’ve tried 3 recipes and have a whole bunch planned for next week. Delish.