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The 4 Books That Got Me Through Becoming A Mom

By Stephanie Benavidez | 20 February 2021 | 0 Comments
Panic is setting in for me.Im in the home stretch and now starting to get alittle fidgety knowing my sweet baby girl will be here in 10 weeks (here's tohoping that Im right on schedule with my due date!l). So much to learn. Solittle time.Having a kid should come with a manual.

Since finding out l was pregnant, I've immersed myself in absolutelyeverything l can get my hands on. l spend countless hours on the Internetfrom the message boards and articles.Throw in some trips to the libraryand borrowed books from friends and family, I've been reading so muchdealing with pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting — with so much outthere to read, it can be hard to figure out what the best books out therereally are.
Here are my top five books for new moms (and dads) to be.There arecertainly others that top my list, but these books were the best commutercompanions:

1.Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth byJenny McCarthy

l read this laugh out loud book in like a day.This no-holds-bar memoirdoes not hold back on ALL the changes you will experience, and Jennydoes so eloquently in her belly busting handbook.

2.Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom ofFrench Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

Learn about "the pause" and other ways to be a hands-on parents withoutbeing a smothering mother! Other major takeaways touch on the
emphasis the French put on establishing a "cadre" or framework of
discipline and responsibility for their children; the importance of manners(it's not just please and thank you but hello and goodbye for the French);instilling a child's independence (i.e., not hovering over them on theplayground) and teaching them how to behave at the dinner table, all thewhile eating food that vastly trumps our "chicken tenders friendly"' menus.

3.The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

There is a long-awaited new edition! lf you are choosing to breastfeed, thiswill become your best friend and bible. l am still working my way throughthis one as well, but have found it very informative - from preparing forbreastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions toexpressing and storing breast milk.

4.The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr.Harvey Karp

Ok, so l cheated and watched the DVD, but its the thought that countshere! l've heard both good and bad with this book/DVD. In this book, theauthor describes a fourth trimester that a new infant experiences and howto deal.He recommends a series of five steps designed to imitate theuterus.These steps include swaddling, side/stomach position, shhhsounds, swinging and sucking.

So there's my list ladies, I hope you find them as useful as l did.What movies and books did you rely on?

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