a list of the sources that we found the most useful before giving birth

 

Books:

1. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracey Hogg - loved this book about respecting your baby, communicating calmly with him or her, and getting into an 'Eat - Activity - Sleep' routine which is sufficiently flexible to allow you to have a life while trying to help your baby eat and sleep well.

2. The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford - this book is criticised by many for having very strict routines (that it is almost impossible to get a baby to adhere to) but nonetheless we found it has some useful advice and can be helpful so long as you don't get upset when baby doesn't immediately conform...

3. What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff - everything you need to know about each stage of pregnancy.

4. Your Baby Week by Week by Caroline Fertleman and Simone Cave - useful book for ongoing reference

5. The Complete Sleep Guide by Gina Ford - a great handbook for the first 12 months on the reasons behind babies changing sleep patterns.

Websites and Apps:

6. Babycentre.co.uk - sign up and you get weekly emails relevant to your stage of pregnancy and baby's age.

7. NHS website

8. My Baby's Beat App - if you have an iPhone you can download this app, hold your phone against your tummy and listen to baby's heart beat.  Very cute :)

9. Babylists.co.uk - obvs.

Other

10. NCT classes are informative about some aspects of labour and parenthood

11. Friends who have been through pregnancy recently are great sources of information (parents seem to have a selective memory...)