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If you are looking for great pregnancy, birth and babies books and products, here are my favorite!


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I created an Amazon Store where I have gathered all my favorite products, tools and books.
These are some of the things I used (or wished I had used) while I've been raising my 3 boys.

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Great pregnancy books to read


I do NOT recommend What to Expect When you are Expecting... this tells you everything that can go wrong and tells you to expect it. 


I DO recommend BABY-EGG Pregnancy Countdown Calendar to have a wonderful visual of your growing baby and their development.  Beautifully done and especially wonderful for families who already have children.  So great to see and learn how the baby is growing, without any negative information at all. 


For a good reference book on pregnancy  Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Revised, Expanded Edition) by Penny Simkin has good information presented in a positive way. 


What about exercise during pregnancy?  I will be honest, this was not my strong suit.  I was told about this book, Maternal Fitness: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery after I had Bryson and it sounds like a perfect solution, for those who don't love exercising, but want to prepare for their birthing time!  I guess even moms who love exercising would like it too!  :)


Great birth books include


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin and The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer. These two books pretty much have it all, good birth stories, great information to make good choices during your pregnancy and birth and inspirational ideas to help your birth go more smoothly. 


Birth Without Violence by Frederick LeBoyer is a beautiful book that I remember from reading when I was in high school.  Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth is another classic book with good basic birth information.  These two books are not necessary if you take the Hypnobabies course as the important information is cover in the course.  But if you want more, or are not taking the course these are good reads. 


Another great book filled with POSITIVE, empowering birth stories is Journey into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth by Sheri Menelli. It seems like a lot of birth stories moms here now are negative and scare pregnant moms.  These stories will inspire you and help you trust in your body and the beauty of birth!


My favorite breastfeeding book


Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher. I love this book because I learned a lot from reading it, even after nursing 3 babies! In fact I wish I had read it BEFORE I had Bryson, as we had some challenges I could have avoided if I had read this book first. I think every mom who wants to breastfeed should read a breastfeeding book BEFORE they have their baby and really this one is great.


My favorite newborn baby book

The Happiest Baby on the Block - The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer (DVD) by Harvey Karp, this book really helps make the transition from pregnancy, to having a baby go much smoother. He even has a DVD, which is Better than the book, because it is easier to SEE how all the pieces work together and because then Dad can learn it too. J

My favorite sleep book overall is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth.  It is supportive of co-sleeping parents AND parents who want their baby in the crib.  He basically goes over the pros and cons of both and says, whichever you decide is fine and here are ways to make it work for you.  I love that he goes over what is healthy sleep and it is broken into small sections by age, so it is a great reference guide.  I still use it with my big boys who are 6 and 9 and of course Bryson too. 



Skin Care for Mom and Baby -

I have bought quite a few different products from Earth Mama Angel Baby and have loved them all. 

Here are my the ones I have personally used.  Again, I have liked EVERYTHING from there, so I would be willing to try them all...

Natural Nipple Butter - I got the typical lanolin for my breasts before I had Bryson.  I hated the stickiness of it and it stains clothes.  I was so excited to find this Nipple Butter, it is so smooth and wonderful.  Just no comparison between the two. 

I had a 3rd degree tear with Bryson and had a long recovery, when I called the OB to ask for help, they had no good ideas.  Then I found New Mama Bottom Spray and it really helped me feel better quicker.  I only wish I had found it sooner.

Bryson has very sensitive skin.  I love their Baby Body and Hair Wash, it comes out foamy so easier to soap the baby up with. 

The Baby Lotion.  Bryson's skin loves it too. When I ran out of some of the lotion I tried Aveeno Baby lotion... BAD IDEA, Bryson broke out in a horrible rash.   I felt so bad, I went back to the natural product that he knew and loved.  It smells so good too. 

recommendations by
Sheridan Ripley Proud VBAC mom, Lactivist, Hypnobabies Instructor, Positive Birth Story Collector, Doula and mom of 3 busy boys.  
Her Hypnobabies Website is www.enjoybirth.com
Positive Birth Stories and birth video www.pregnancybirthandbabies.com