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Pregnancy and childcare update


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  From time to time, different sections of the library collection need a close look to see if they are still useful and accurate. Books on some subjects, like poetry and philosophy, can stay on the shelves as long as the bindings hold up. Others, in rapidly changing fields such as medicine and technology, are seldom useful more than a few years beyond the publication date.

  Keeping the collection up to date is a high priority, and recently we noticed that our pregnancy and early childcare sections were looking a little tired. Those titles deemed too dated to be useful anymore are being retired, to be replaced by these fresh takes in the coming weeks:

  Fit & Healthy Pregnancy: How to Stay Strong and in Shape for You and Your Baby by Kristina Pinto. Pinto is a running coach, and her co-author, Dr. Rachel Kramer, is an obstetrician. The very pregnant woman smiling in mid-stride in the cover photo should be your first clue that this book is geared toward those who are super fit before pregnancy. If that describes you, this is a solid source of information for continuing your fitness routine while expecting.

  The New Pregnancy Bible: the Experts’ Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood, 4th ed. As the title suggests, this one covers everything from conception to newborn care, written and edited by experts in the field.

  Pregnancy Health Yoga: Your Essential Guide for Bump, Birth and Beyond by Tara Lee. This accessible volume includes a DVD and explains how yoga breathing, stretches and postures can help with every phase of pregnancy, childbirth and recovery.

  The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby by Laura Wattenberg. This is a revised and updated version of the bestseller originally published in 2005. Wattenberg explains name meanings, and tracks usage and popularity trends over the past 100 years.

  Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to Five Years by Harvey Karp. I always said I could handle anything my kids could throw at me during the day, if they would just let me sleep at night. Dr. Karp debunks common sleep myths and gives practical advice for creating healthy sleep habits for the whole family.

  Successful Infant Feeding: Ensuring Your Baby Thrives on the Breast or Bottle by Heather Welford. Whichever method you choose, this volume includes the basics, plus advice for handling special situations such as feeding multiples or preemies, and accommodating a feeding schedule while working or traveling.

  The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby by Keya Chatterjee. The author, director of international climate policy for the World Wildlife Fund, offers sound, practical advice based on both personal anecdotes and up-to-date research. For those interested in raising a baby with a minimal environmental impact, topics include childbirth, feeding, baby care, family size and, of course, diapering.

  Finally, if you feel like you’re just not ready for any of this, find relief in our humor section with Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by popular blogger Kelly Williams Brown.



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