Are you waiting for your baby to arrive – with curiosity and wonderment? Not sure how to prepare? Start by strengthening your marriage, getting your finances in order, freezing a bunch of meals, and taking a photography class.
If you still have a bit of time on your hands before baby arrives, you may want to take a peek at these three resources (my current favorites):
Raising Baby Green by Dr. Alan Greene: The wealth of information in this book is astonishing and it’s presented in a concise, easy-to-read format.
You’ll learn how to make simple lifestyle changes for your baby in the womb, in the labor and delivery room, in the nursery, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and beyond (those are the chapter titles). You’ll find out what it really means to buy organic (and how to get started), how to choose baby care products that are free of harmful chemicals, and how to treat ear infections (without antibiotics).
Raising Baby Green is the best all-around baby care book that I have read thus far.
The Business of Being Born (DVD; on-sale at Amazon.com for $5.79): Created by Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Director Abby Epstein, this film promises to “make a compelling argument for more humanistic approaches to birth, challenging the ideals of our technocratic society which places absolute faith in machines and technology.” It definitely succeeds in fulfilling that mission.
I recommend that every mom-to-be watch it, regardless of your views on childbirth.
AskDrSears.com (a website): Operated by the Sears family – a family of pediatricians with a practice in Southern California – this website is my “go-to” site for questions about pregnancy, parenting, breastfeeding, vaccinations, and more. I sincerely appreciate the Sears’ more “natural” approach to medical issues and their gentle way of encouraging parents to do what is best for their families (even if it goes against the status quo).