What are your favorite/most useful books to read in preparation for birth and/or parenting? What are books you hated and wouldn't recommend?
Off the top of my head:
USEFUL: I found Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Orgasmic Birth, Dr. Sears' Vaccine Book all to be quite good
The Better Baby Book (more of a "before you get pregnant" book) has TONS of great bio-hack-ish and "reducing toxins in your environment and life" information, but I honestly can't see most people doing everything in that book (I'm doing a lot of it, but not everything)
I *think* the Birth Partner book was good (but I'm not the one that read it... lol)
So far the Infant Potty Training, Teach your Baby to Swim, and Womanly Art of Breastfeeding books are good, but I haven't finished them. Babygami (a gift - about different swaddling techniques) was cute, but I don't know if I'll actually use anything in the book).
NOT USEFUL: Gentle Birth Choices, Hands of Love, and The Bradley Method (all "required" reading from a midwife we ultimately weren't pleased with, but I didn't like the books even before she fell out of my favor) - I felt these were either too vague or too specific, conflicted with what I envisioned...
I'm finding the Attachment parenting book kind of useless... but that's because most of the information seems to be things I already know or things that seem intuitive to me...
HATED "Starting Solids" - given to me as a shower (*RAGE*) gift... one of the first lines in the book is that breast milk doesn't have enough nutrition for the baby beyond 6 months... they lost me about there, plus there's a lot of "recommended" stuff that is processed/refined foods that I wouldn't eat, and I just can't see prepping or feeding my kid... I also don't think steaming and pureeing a vegetable should count as a "recipe"
Edited by PrimalMom - 2/4/14 at 11:42am