Thursday, April 26, 2012


So, in preparation to become a first time mum, I thought I'd borrow some baby related books to learn about what will happen, what to do, etc etc etc.

But why, oh why, these books have so many words?!

There, I said it. And this is coming from a book lover. Someone who loves to read non-fiction even.

One doesn't usually read baby-related books until you need to. Like, when you are pregnant. And when you are pregnant, you really just don't have any energy or attention span to read a book with many, many words... yes I know you want to back up what you said with history, background, research and all that. Usually I appreciate that, and in fact, would be leery if you don't.

But right now, I just want a summary. Just tell me what to do in bullet points. If it doesn't work then I'd move on to another method to see which one will suit the baby.

What happens to writing to your target audience?!

(Granted, not all books like like that, some are very THIN and CONCISE and SIMPLE and has PICTURES. But I admit I put a lot of books back on the shelves when the many, many words in it gave me a headache. Scared me even.)

I hope my reading will return to normal after baby is here. I know, I probably won't have as much time to read. But at least I hope I won't be too put off by books full of beautiful words anymore...

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  1. Ha! I feel ya! I was the same way.

    My husband had one that was minimal words. It was called "Show Dad How (Parenting Magazine): The Brand-New Dad's Guide to Baby's First Year". I got it from him.

    They've since come out with one for moms (I haven't read it yet). It's called "Show Mom How (Parenting Magazine): The Handbook for the Brand-New Mom".

    I also got allot of videos from the library.
    For some reason, films were just easier for me.

  2. lmao - I joined iVillage Parenting discussions to get the info I needed, the best thing I did. Other moms having a child the same month I was, sharing info and some of the moms had been there done that what better advice in a simple way to get.

    I enjoy Belly Laughs, as I needed a laugh but all the other books I never finished. If you want to try breastfeeding that would be a good book to find.

    Fun post Christa, I know its the truth, been there :-)

    1. Great advice.

      I did the videos.
      Mr. Whimsy joined the mommy boards and reported back his findings.