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Old 02-20-2008, 07:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My sister is looking for books about being ready to conceive... her husband is very concerned about being prepared. Anyway, he feels that there's alot about having a kid that she hasn't thought of... and since she's my blood she's looking for books to read. Any suggestions? They aren't very "crunchy" btw.
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About being physically ready for pregnancy and conception? I'd recommend Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Or ready for parenthood/baby care/financial stuff?
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Oh, about parenthood/financial.
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Our Babies, Ourselves: how society and culture shape the way we parent. by Meredith Small.

Not at all a traditional "parenting" book, but an anthropologist's take on the subject. My dh especially liked it.
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Sounds interesting. Thanks.
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I don't remember the titles, but I know I have seen some on Amazon... but they got bad reviews for being sort of anal and depressing, overall. That even includes one that was naturopathically oriented.

Interesting that you'd recommend "our babies ourselves" that way zinemama... it's on my list of books to read eventually, but maybe I'll read it sooner.
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Interesting that you'd recommend "our babies ourselves" that way zinemama... it's on my list of books to read eventually, but maybe I'll read it sooner.
Yeah, I have to say that Small's book was the one that influenced our thoughts about parenting more than anything else. Before reading it we didn't know anyone with kids, weren't invested in any particular philosophy of parenting, hadn't read much on the subject, never heard of co-sleeping.

Dh is a scientist, and he really liked the way Small looked at the subject so objectively. I think it's ideal to read it before kids, because after...well, it's pretty tough to find the time to read, particularly in those early months. And it was Small's writing about babies that really influenced the way we approached life with ds from day one.
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