Since I will become a parent for the third time next spring, I got to thinking about the books that I have relied on and enjoyed during pregnancy and baby/toddlerhood. Here are some of my favorites:

  • A to Z Children's Health_optThe No Cry Sleep Solution – I briefly tried the Ferber method, and I honestly don’t think I lasted one night. I just couldn’t do it. After a super exasperating night of sleep deprivation, I started googling books that could help me. I discovered the No Cry Sleep Solution, and I think it had a lot of useful information and valid points. To me, it just felt right. We incorporating some of the techniques we read about, and it did work for us. A new e-book was just released with an updated and enhanced version of the No Cry Sleep Solution and some bonus videos from the author.
    • The Baby Book Book (from birth to 2 years) by Dr. Sears—I have always liked Dr. Sears approach to birth and parenting. I feel like we pretty much see eye to eye on a lot of issues, and I could relate to a lot of what was written in this book. It’s great for all of those baby stage questions!
  • Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method—While I did get an epidural with J and C, I read this book before C was born and found it to be very helpful. It was accompanied by a CD that had meditations on it that I listened to almost every night. It would put me to sleep in seconds and definitely helped my relax. I give it some credit for my relatively smooth and fast labors. Winking smile
  • The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parents Guide from Birth to 10 Years – This book is like an encyclopedia for all ailments/issues you find while raising your child! I love the way it’s organized: alphabetically by ailment/condition. It also has great pictures that can help you better understand certain conditions: think rashes, etc. It’s simple and easy to understand too.
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30 Something Mother Runner received an electronic copy of the enhanced version of the No Cry Sleep Solution (I bought my own first edition!) and a copy of the A to Z of Children’s Health for my review.

Jessica Morrison

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