What to Expect Review and my Baby Registry Checklist

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When you think of pregnancy books one book comes to mind: What to Expect® When You're ExpectingIt's iconic, and there's good reason why it's been so long-running on the New York Times Bestseller list. When Travis and I were in Pensacola this past weekend I stopped in Barnes & Noble and checked out their parenting section. Aweekend6Clearly it's a popular book! So, does it live up to its hype?

I was sent three of the What to Expect® books a few weeks ago to review. I actually already owned one of them, What To Expect® the First Year, so I was excited to check out the other two.

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Here are some thoughts on each of the books:

  • What to Expect® When You're Expecting: Absolutely a great resource to have for expecting mothers. It covers everything you could possibly want to know about pregnancy, and I found myself reaching for it numerous times when I had questions and wasn't sure if symptoms I was having were normal or not. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with information when pregnant and I made the mistake of buying about half a dozen pregnancy books when I found out I was pregnant the first time (that ended in a missed miscarriage.) I could have saved a lot of money  by just going with this classic!
  • Eating Well When You're Expecting: Since I'm such a health nut I already knew a lot of the information this book presents about eating healthy. However, if you don't know a lot about nutrition and how you should be eating while pregnant then this book is perfect. The basics they go over about eating well apply to pre and post-pregnancy as well, so it's a great book to have. About half of the book is recipes which was nice because I found myself feeling 'meh' about eating virtually everything I loved before becoming pregnant, so trying new things helped keep me interested in eating well.
  • IMG_9429What To Expect® the First Year: By far my favorite in the series. When I say I don't have a lot of experience with babies, I mean I have literally zero experience with babies. I've only held one once for about 10 seconds. I used to be a nanny for two boys when I was in high school (they were 3 an 5) and changed the younger ones diapers but that was 15 years ago. I've never burped a baby, bathed a baby, tried to soothe a crying baby ... nothing. So, I'm pretty much going to wing a lot of this whole 'parenting' thing. I'm planning to read through this book month-by-month as the baby grows so I have some what an idea what to be expecting, what's normal or not, and safety concerns for each month. Did you know you shouldn't put band-aids on babies? They could come off and choke on them. I had no idea!

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In addition to this book I've been watching youtube videos on how to do a lot of the baby care basics. I'm sure most of it will come naturally once he is here, but I'm still trying to educate myself as much as possible. IMG_9435One of the first things I did after reading the book was create a baby registry checklist. I had no idea what I genuinely needed to buy for the baby (versus things that are just 'wants') so I used the books suggestions to come up with this checklist. I must have made this back in February and as Travis and I purchased, or received, items for the baby I've been checking them off.

http://www.ericadhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Baby-Registry-.pdf IMG_9420These books have been a staple on my nightstand for months now, and I'm so excited to finally use the advice and information in when little man arrives!

What were your favorite pregnancy/parenting books?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.