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#1 shazburger

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 07:57 AM

As i know you are a wealth of knowledge. Can you please advise which books you think i should look into buying for myself and Paul after all is confirmed on Friday...

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#2 Hana

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 08:41 AM

Up the Duff - for pregnancy

Baby Love - for baby information

So You're going to be a Dad - for Paul


I bought a few others. I really didn't like 'What to Expect when you're expecting'. Kid Wrangling by Kaz Cooke is really funny but I don't think it has as much useful information as Baby Love.

Once you book in with your hospital you will get HEAPS of reading material too.
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 08:52 AM

QUOTE (Hana @ Feb 25 2004, 09:41 AM)
Baby Love - for baby information

My mum is a midwife and she buys this book for friends, family etc, anyone who is having a baby. She swears by it and says there's more practical and relevant information in there then in all the others. (I believe the book was written by a midwife?) I've had a look at it a few times since we kept giving it to people and it looks good, lots of great tips! My cousin says it's her bible, there's nothing about babies thats not in it. Mum says not to worry, she already has a copy waiting for me! Pfft - not for a while yet thank you!

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE (Hana @ Feb 25 2004, 09:41 AM)
So You're going to be a Dad - for Paul


Can someone please tell me a bit about what type of topics are covered in this book, and how easy it is to read? Is it about pregnancy or babies or both?
Shane isnt really a reading kind of guy (unless it is a triathlon or mens health mag, LOL!) so I dont want to buy something that he wont end up reading.
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:14 AM

So You're Going to Be a Dad is excellent, Calli!
It's very easy to read and very funny. Obviously it's written by a bloke for blokes, so it doesn't have that condescending tone that some baby books can have when aiming things at men (IFKWIM?)
It goes through pregnancy, birth and home with new baby so covers lots.
I would really recommend it, even for non-readers like Shane! Daryl loved it, and actually wants to read it again before the baby is born.

Why don't you go into the bookshop and just have a flick through - read a few pages and you'll get a feel for what it's like.

I'm looking forward to buying his other book for Daryl when our baby is a bit older - I think it's called Dad's, Toddlers and the Chicken Dance! The title's enough to make me want to read it!!
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:21 AM

I am personally a big one for books.

I have Up the duff- good lighthearted and pokes fun at things you find impossible to laugh at some days - and succeeds!

What to Expect when you're expecting
- some people find this 'over information' but I love it because I can pick it and use for reference whenever I want. It covers just about everything. You can also get 'What to Eat when your expecting' included in it, where the 'best odds diet' is in (basically gives you the list of what to/what not to eat) there is a condensed version in a chapter of What to expect.

Baby Love - is my new friend, bought that a couple of weeks ago and already know that will be our 'bible' after birth.

There are a couple of WW small books which I've found really useful when putting my list together of what I need - seems to be better than the ones in the magazines... 'Baby Basics' is a really good buy @ $4.95 at newsagents.

Go get yourself a copy of the current Cosmopolitan Pregnancy too - that's excellent!! Can't wait 'til the next one is out!

So you're going to be a Dad is a MUST for Paul. Best you get that one today! He will love it!!

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:29 AM

QUOTE (Callinda @ Feb 25 2004, 10:06 AM)

Shane isnt really a reading kind of guy (unless it is a triathlon or mens health mag, LOL!) so I dont want to buy something that he wont end up reading.

Hi Calli

Alex too will only read Triathlon books and the occasional Mens Health as well (hmm maybe Shane and Alex are the one person....) But I bought him "So you are going to be a Dad" and he LOVED it!!

It was a funny but practical look at how his life will change being a dad.

I wrapped this book up with the first HPT and gave it to him when we first found out- actually that is HOW he found out!!


definitely reccomend!

By the way- I bought Up the Duff and love it but my doctor has ordered me to throw "What to Expect" out the window, citing sometimes too much information can be a bad thing!!!

Good Luck!

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:42 AM

Oh bugger, my post got lost!

Basically, I agree with Hana's suggestions but I would add:

Dr Howard Chilton's Baby On Board - great for understanding your baby from birth with interesting information on things like Vitamin K injections, immunisations, circumcision, etc. Excellent theory on colic. $23

Dr Miriam Stoppard's Your New Baby - a slim book with easy how-to instructions and step-by-step photographs of things like changing your baby's nappy, dressing them, bathing them, etc. I think this is great value for $15.

Your Pregnancy Companion - a beautifully photographed and presented book with a week by week guide to the pregnancy for the mum and baby, with room to write notes, add photos etc. I LOVE this book!

On Baby Love - personally, while I think it has some fantastic information in there, some of it is a little bit odd in my opinion. For example, SIDS says you must have a new mattress, ie, don't have a second hand one. She says a good airing will be fine. I think 95% of parents would disagree with her theory on teething too - apparently, it's a myth. I also think she has a bit of an attitude that men do absolutely nothing with a baby and while, sadly, this is sometimes the case, the majority of men I know don't see looking after their babies as "helping" or "babysitting". They call it "parenting"!

Mark quite liked What to Expect ... but I really didn't like it, like Hana. Far too much focus on food, weight and diet. Just plain irritating.

I also found a great book called "What To Expect When You're Breastfeeding ... and What If You Can't". It's not by the What To Expect ... mob but is written by an English lactation specialist / midwife and is very good.

I've also got Active Birth by Janet Balaskas which is very good.


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Posted 25 February 2004 - 09:50 AM

Well, that was weird! My post wasn't lost at all. Oh well, since I largely repeated myself, I've deleted the first one, but wanted to add the AWW $5 books from the newsagent. Very handy for list making etc.

The Choice Guide is often recommended but I think it better to join online for one month, print out all the reports you can find and go from there. I'm not 100% convinced on the Choice Guide. Because they base some of their recommendations on their testers' opinions, you can't always guarantee that what they don't like about the product will be something that you will dislike.

I didn't like their cot report, for example. The best cot was an IKEA cot because it was the safest. However, it was the safest because it didn't have any moving parts, ie, no dropsides. Not best for parents' backs!
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 10:14 AM

Up the Duff is a Must!
What to expect when you're expecting - it was pretty useful especially at the end of my preganacy when things went a little awry.
Just a comment on So you're going to be a dad, Mark hated it, he said he felt like he was being treated like a moron who knew nothing - another POV only!
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:58 AM

Up the Duff and Conception Pregnancy and Birth

I found that What to expect when you are expecting was too heavy going it tended to focus on the bad parts of pregnancy IMO whereas Conception Pregnancy and Birth was very factual without being down on everything

As for So your going to be a dad, Andrew hated it but he is a reading type guy he didnt find it very factual more a guy waffling on about nothing and every so often mentioning that his wife was pregnant, I myself havent read the book so cant comment
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 03:21 PM

QUOTE (vickichiki @ Feb 25 2004, 01:58 PM)
As for So your going to be a dad, Andrew hated it but he is a reading type guy he didnt find it very factual more a guy waffling on about nothing and every so often mentioning that his wife was pregnant

Maybe that's why Daryl liked it so much - he's a champion waffler himself tongue.gif
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 04:27 PM

I liked up the duff for the laugh - plus it has all the other relevant information and is quite informative - and in a nutshell, talks about the reality of pg and birth rather than the "fluff". I actually have my copy for sale - read once wink.gif

Another one I like is "A child is Born" by Lennart neilsen (I think that's how u spell it). it has fabulous pictures which sometimes say more than words.

I also had a great pg diary - Sheila Kitzinger - "Pregnancy Day by Day" - heaps of recording spots and a practical diary like calender for appointments and milestones etc. (I think you might have to order it online though).

I find the pregnancy mags are all good and give you a cross section of information.

Have fun!

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 06:16 PM

I find Baby Love fantastic - easy to access info when you're in a hurry!! laugh.gif (for instance - why on earth is David crying while I'm breastfeeding him?!)

I also recently read Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, which I liked for the information on a baby's way of communicating. She strongly believes in 'flexible routines' which may be good for some, but just hasn't worked for us as yet.

If you're passionate about health and nutrition a great book is A Natural Way to A Better Pregnancy by Francesca Naish. It has loads of info on nutrition and looking after yourself for the benefit of your baby. Has some info on herbs which can assist in the labouring process (which I found very beneficial for when I saw my naturopath as I understood what he was saying about the different herbs and what they do).

My personal word of advice would be... don't read too many books. Most of them have different opinions on all subjects, i.e. none of them really agree on anything (to a degree). I read so many books while I was pregnant that when David arrived I was a bit dumbfounded and didn't really know what to do. Do I try and get him into a routine or do I feed on demand and potentially go mad?? Do I indulge in a dummy or let him suckle all day? Books are good, but it's very hard to make up your mind how you're going to do things and which author you are going to believe until you actually have the screaming baby in your arms laugh.gif

Having said that... enjoy the reading cause it does prepare you for the days and weeks after you give birth. It's very hard to think about that without any external encouragement.

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 07:15 PM

I want to add as well - Baby Love by Robin Barker, is the best book I have had, and was so my bible after Elliots birth, it covers all the things I needed to know at the time, especially info on routines and weaning etc.
I also had Up The Duff by Caz Cooke, a very funny light hearted look into pregnancy.
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