The books I’ve read this past year look pretty different than my usual repertoire. As I’ve prepared to have a baby, gotten pregnant, given birth, and navigate raising my daughter, these have been my favorite helpers. Here’s why you should read them too!
1. Women Who Run With the Wolves – Get in touch with your inner wild woman, instinctual, perceptive, and powerful. Pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood are not easy tasks. I believe it’s important to know who we are before we attend to them. This book will help you do just that. One of my all time favorites.
2. What To Expect When You’re Expecting – The title says it all! So not much to be said here. This book is a classic for a reason. I loved reading it month by month. It was a real comfort. Also, have your partner read along too! It’s a great way to help them connect with what’s going on inside of you!
3. Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth – While Clarissa Pinkola Estes and her wolves empower your soul, Ina May Gaskin will empower your body. Read positive, raw, and real birth stories from women just like you. Prepare to become excited about giving birth!
4. Cribsheet – If numbers, facts, and statistics make you feel safe, this is the book for you! It’s as close to a baby “how to” manual as you’ll get. Emily Oster takes all the conflicting information out there about how to be a good parent, crunches the numbers for you, and serves it to you in a beautiful, easy to read, and understand book!
5. What To Expect The First Year – Again, the title says it all. It’s been super helpful to me and my new mom anxiety whenever I have the question, “is that normal?” If you’re about to be a mom, you will have that same question too, many, many, times. Also, If you don’t have time to read the whole book (which I recommend doing BEFORE the baby arrives) no worries! There’s a cliff notes version on pages 105-114!
6&7. Montessori From The Start/The Montessori Toddler – Ok so guilty admission here… I actually have not read these two books yet! BUT! based off of online reviews, these two were among the best to get if you intend on implementing the Montessori lifestyle within your home! The Montessori concept is so neat in that it encourages independence, respect, simplicity, and curiosity! Those are just four reasons I can’t wait to read these books and get started! Again, I recommend reading these books BEFORE the baby arrives! You simply just don’t have as much you-time once they get here.