In early January, I wrote about the plethora of books I had gathered on the subject of pregnancy, babies & everything in between.
Well, I’ve now got more. And thought I would share some of the cream of the crop with you. I also wanted to point you towards the new page on the blog. A joyful space devoted to books, complete with my brief reviews & recommendations. Hope you find it helpful. (Unless you’re not pregnant or have kids. In which case, probably not that relevant for you. Soz.)
What Every Parent Needs to Know by Margot Sunderland; RRP £15
This is less about theories & more about using evidence from scientific and psychological studies to advise on best practise for rearing babies & children. Sunderland draws from thousands of studies & walks you through the basics of human brain development (e.g., the ‘human brain’ in charge of cognitive thought doesn’t begin to develop until the child is x years old vs the ‘reptilian brain’ in charge of survival, which is ‘online’ from birth) & the effects the likes of stress hormones, through to why you should or shouldn’t leave your child to cry & the effects on attending nursery at a young age. I have studied psychology in the past, so this particularly appeals to me. Just remember to read it (as with all these books) with a critical eye. Sunderland doesn’t know your baby. She only knows the outcomes of these studies & one size doesn’t fit all.
Baby-proofing Your Marriage by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill & Julia Stone; RRP £12
These three ladies have had me laughing in spite of the potentially depressing subject matter: your relationship will take the backseat over the next few years, it’s gunna be tough & unless you take responsibility for it, it’s gunna go down the drain. Welcome to parenthood. Yey. The authors have interviewed numerous couples, both men & women, to get a fair view of life with kids from both sides of the gender line, the common issues and the common misunderstandings. And if you leave it here, I think it’s great. I certainly have more of an understanding where Bump’s dad is coming from on certain issues (though one chapter talking about the woman wanting housework done & the man ‘not getting it’ definitely doesn’t apply to us!)
However, I think they could have benefitted from a male co-author. Bump’s dad has read some bits that I’ve flagged for him, but he’s said he finds that sometimes it’s a bit patronising towards men, harking on about men’s stereotypical failings.