Books and Films for Parents-to-Be
Books and Films for Parents and Parents-To-Be
Sure, there’s always What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the other titles in the series, but you might want to check out these reads for ideas, inspiration and a variety of perspectives (sometimes controversial) on topics from pregnancy to parenting.
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul.
Paul examines (mostly from a scientific perspective) just how important these early stages of life are and how they can affect many areas of development, from diet and nutrition to stress and other environmental factors.
Pregnancy Haiku: Three Short Lines for Your Nine Long Months by Eugenie Olson.
In honor of the haiku form (three lines with five syllables in the first, seven syllables in the second and five syllables in the third), here’s a haiku to describe the book:
Fun and creative,
Poetry allows a voice
For expecting moms.
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we consider contemporary parenting styles, and maybe we weave a greater web when we share our ideas with others. Bronson and Merryman aren’t shy about this topic, though, and in their book they argue that most of the techniques and beliefs that guide us as parents might be ineffective, misguided and even dangerous.
Hatched!: The Big Push from Pregnancy to Motherhood by Sloane Tanen.
A humorous take on pregnancy and parenting, as chickens take on such subjects as gestation, epidurals, labor, stretch marks and being a parent.
There’s Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury.
A great story by the acclaimed writing and illustrating married couple, and a great story to share with your children to help them get ready for a new sibling.
Indestructibles (series). These are for the little ones, not for you, Mom or Dad! (Unless your stress levels get too high …) For ages 0 and older, these amazing, inexpensive creations are waterproof, bite-proof, tear-proof and economic recession-proof (OK, just kidding on that last one).
This documentary follows four families in different parts of the world as they raise their babies.
The Business of Being Born (2008).
The filmmakers of this documentary explore the possibilities that birthing is a profit-motive business, and explore alternative methods, such as home pregnancies.
Happiest Baby on the Block (2003).
This film (see also the book with the same title) features Dr. Harvey Karp’s techniques on calming babies, reducing crying and helping them sleep better and longer.
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