Pregnancy and Kid Books I’ve Read Lately


I haven’t read a ton of books since I got pregnant, but there are a few that have been invaluable up until this point, and a few that seem really great that I purchased already. I thought I’d share. Oh, and a quick update on me — I’m doing great!  The baby is very active kicking, so it’s feeling VERY real.  I’m 27 weeks now, so next weeks marks my 3rd trimester!

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

mayo clinicThis book is a great overview of pregnancy. It goes month by month so you know what to expect, and what’s normal. Very helpful. Just don’t read it before you go to bed — it may stress you out 🙂

“Women looking for authoritative, accurate information from a reputable source will appreciate this pregnancy book from the world-class Mayo Clinic. It provides hundreds ofpages of helpful information parents can use. Features include week-by-week updates on baby’s growth and month-by-month changes for mom, a 40-week pregnancy calendar, a symptoms guide, and a review of important pregnancy decisions. In this illustrated book you’ll also receive advice on how to get pregnant, meal planning, exercise, medication use and parenthood. Plus, you’ll find answers to difficult or embarrassing questions. This pregnancy book is the work of a team of pregnancy experts who find nothing in medicine more exciting and satisfying to experience than the birth of a child. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is an essential pregnancyresource for parents-to-be.”

And, here’s the Kindle Version, if you’re interested in that.

Baby Bargains

baby bargainsThis book has been a MAJOR lifesaver!  It goes through all major baby product purchases, and explains safety considerations, specific brands and products. They’re price conscious, so they don’t just recommend the most expensive product. Even if you’re planning on getting a lot of things used from friends, like I have, you should read this book to learn about which items are NOT good to get used, and other safety factors you should keep in mind.


baby 411This book is written by the same people who write Baby Bargains. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks like a good go-to guide for new parents, to help you figure out when you can freak out and when it’s just normal.

“You are having a baby! Congratulations! Now, the reality hits you—what the heck am I doing?  What if you could bottle the wisdom of all those parents who’ve come before you . . . and mix it with the solid medical advice from an nationally-renowned pediatrician? Baby 411 is the answer! Think of it as the ultimate FAQ for new parents. Inside you’ll learn:

 How to pick a pediatrician with savvy questions to ask and insider tips.
• Sleep. The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night.
• First aid—when to worry, when not . . . and what to do when baby gets sick. No-nonsense, down-to-earth advice you can trust.”

What Makes a Baby

what makes a babyThis book hasn’t even launched yet, but I heard great things about it from reviews, and the video seems like it’s going to be really cool, particularly for SMCs.

“Geared to readers from preschool to age eight, What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a twenty-first century children’s picture book about conception, gestation, and birth, which reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition. Just as important, the story doesn’t gender people or body parts, so most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.”

The Family Book

the family bookI love this book — it just talks in general about how all families are different — it’s a great message for any child, whether they’re from an SMC family or not.

“The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.

Parr’s message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships.”

Why Don’t I Have a Daddy

why don't i have a daddyThis book is GREAT for SMCs. It’s a story about a lion cub who was conceived by a donor.  And the mamma lion explains to him how that’s possible. It has great pics and uses kid language.

“As the little lion cub notices all different types of families, he starts to question his own family. His family consists of his mother and him. The little cub learns that while there is no “daddy” in his family, there is a donor lion who made his life possible. Through his mother’s love and nurturing, the lion cub understands how special he and his family are. This book presents the basic facts of anonymous donor conception in a simple but loving manner. By reading this story with a child who was conceived through the help of an anonymous donor, the child will start learning about and understanding his or her family and his or her origins, just as the lion cub does in the story. The delightful illustrations of various animals and their families make the subject accessible to small children. It is a book you can share with your child over the years, and with each reading your child will gain more insight and appreciation for his or her family – for his or her own special story.”

I’m also on a lot of email lists that I have found helpful during pregnancy, so I’ll post about those at some point soon!