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Kate’s top 5 books for expectant, first-time mums

Kate’s top 5 books for expectant, first-time mums

I’m a reader (Em isn’t!) — and my friends know it. I was gifted no less than 15 books (!!) from friends and family when I shared I was pregnant.

In no particular order, here’s the ones I found most valuable:

  1. French Kids Don’t Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman

French Kids Don’t Throw Food (or Bringing up Bebe if you’re from the US) is my go-to book and the one I talk about the most with my mummy-friends. Druckerman covers a lot of topics: sleeping, eating, adjusting to having 2+ kids, living in a city and adjusting to nursery. 

Personally, I haven’t found any other book that encapsulates what I hope to be as a mother. There has been some controversy recently in the US as to whether the book was a fad or something that impacted American society — more on this from us later because we obviously have an opinion!

          2.  What to expect when you’re expecting

A classic. An invaluable manual to flip through whilst soaking in the bath (again) whilst 8 months pregnant and wondering what the f*** is happening to your body and baby.

          3. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Half birth stories (and pictures, eek!), half essentials of birth — This book covers every topic you can imagine. A result of May’s 30+ years of experience in delivering 2,900+ babies, she covers all the eventualities that could happen when you’re birthing your baby. Immersing myself in the 300+ pages did a world of good for managing my pre-birth anxiety. Disclosure — it’s US focused.

          4. The Happy Birth Book by Bev Turner and Pam Wild

An antenatal programme in a book — it’s that simple. Bev and Pam are an amazing team who dedicate so much of their time to educating expectant parents in West London. If you can’t join their antenatal course, reading the book is a must.

  1. The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford

In the UK, Gina Ford is controversial to say the least. If you can ignore the controversy and approach the book with an open mind, you’ll see how INVALUABLE it is for understanding your babies sleep patterns, needs and how you can coach your baby into a healthy sleeping pattern. Moment of honesty: I may have studied this book like it was an exam, including making notecards to put on the fridge…

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