Stop Reading Baby Books! Your Surprisingly Durable Baby and You
As a mum-of-three and the editor of a parenting website, I thought this book was hilarious.
It isn't really a typical baby book - which I suppose is evident in its title - but more of a series of opinion pieces from US parenting writer JJ Keith.
From my current perspective and with the benefit of hindsight, much of the ideas in this book resonanted with me. It cuts through the swathe of parenting 'gurus and philosophies and gets to the point. The point being that you've got a baby - congratulations - and you won't know what type of baby you've got until you 'feel it out and make some mistakes'. She says the only thing that works 'is figuring out as the baby grows - which I know is maddening, because it is not instructive. There aren't any simple answers'.
Keith uses her humour to discuss all those issues, ideas and debates we've come across as parents such as birth stories, sleep training, parenting groups and the media trend of pitching mum against mum.
It is a refreshing read with some great one-liners.