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Baby books and resources

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Created October 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I would like paleos to share and comment on good baby books, resources and supplements mostly focused on preconception and labor. I have stumbled upon on the following so far:

Book by Dave Asprey and his MD wife which is yet to come out:

http://www.betterbabybook.com/

Chriss Kesser his book/course and articles which is kind of expensive at 200 dollars. ANy feedback on that by someone who has used that would be greatly appreciated:

http://healthybabycode.com/blog

http://chriskresser.com/naturalchildbirth

Some good blog entries:

http://www.primaltoad.com/primal-pregnancy/

http://theprimalparent.com/2011/03/31/paleo-from-pregnancy/

http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2011/05/paleo-baby.html

Any recommended supplements, multivitamins, common maternal deficiencies?

I have found this good multi combination that lacks iron and has K2 and K1, but have not tested it yet myself.

http://pureencapsulations.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=MVCK1

Thanks for input, feedback and comments! Let's make this a great list of resources for all potential parents who want to have healthy babies.

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Cool. Thank you! My child's expected in April so that helps me out somewhat. ;)

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on November 11, 2011
at 12:27 PM

G, I was pretty convinced by what Nina Planck said in her book about Vitamin D which is that supplementation isn't necessary if you're eating a D-rich diet. I'd like to be able to expose him to daily sun, so I hope the end of this winter isn't too cold...

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:40 AM

"There is also Nurture Shock which aim is to return us to non baby friendly ways." As a friend of Ashley Merryman (one of the authors), I can tell you this is not the case. Po and Ashley's goals were to research the truth in an honest and thoughtful way. If you'd see how much work went into this book, you'd understand how groundbreaking many of their conclusions are...couple this book with The Fourth Turning, and you have an excellent overview of the pendulum swing of child-raising philosophies.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:17 AM

It's full of great info, if not a tad biased. ;)

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:15 AM

P.S. I'm glad to hear your review of Kresser's program. While I love his blog and his research, I was skeptical that the program would have anything more to teach me.

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:14 AM

G, are you going to give your baby Vitamin D drops? I just came across this practice from another pregnant friend of mine... Do you think perhaps we can just supplement D ourselves and give it to the baby thru breast milk?

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on October 27, 2011
at 01:16 AM

It's been awhile since I've read these, but Mother Nature by Hrdy and Our Babies, Ourselves by Small come to mind.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Attachment, by John Bowlby? Textbook, not parenting book.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Have read that. Thanks, though. I cant find another one which is as great as Liedloffs book.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff is one.

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:13 PM

+1 - Ditto the "What to expect when you're expecting" comment.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on October 26, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Wow. I need more information on that! Are there good books out there about natural parenting which explain the scientific background/our evolutionary history and development regarding nurture?

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Just was looking at that myself. Great resource for sure. I would add the following links as well: http://www.westonaprice.org/womens-health This is very interesting as it directly relates to wrong common advice: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/modern-baby-books

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:37 PM

In addition to all the WAPF stuff: Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

I bought Chris's program when it was first released but ended up returning it. I think it's a decent intro for people with little or no exposure to paleo/WAPF principles, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't know. Also, the price was too high. The content is a slim book's worth IMHO.

Regarding supplements, I'm personally taking both Green Pasture's fermented cod liver oil and butter oil, Carlson's Vitamin D3 drops, Folapro and an Innate Response prenatal multivitamin.

Also, http://perfecthealthdiet.com/ has some interesting things to say about protein intake during pregnancy.

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:15 AM

P.S. I'm glad to hear your review of Kresser's program. While I love his blog and his research, I was skeptical that the program would have anything more to teach me.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 11, 2011
at 03:14 AM

G, are you going to give your baby Vitamin D drops? I just came across this practice from another pregnant friend of mine... Do you think perhaps we can just supplement D ourselves and give it to the baby thru breast milk?

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on November 11, 2011
at 12:27 PM

G, I was pretty convinced by what Nina Planck said in her book about Vitamin D which is that supplementation isn't necessary if you're eating a D-rich diet. I'd like to be able to expose him to daily sun, so I hope the end of this winter isn't too cold...

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 14, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Cool. Thank you! My child's expected in April so that helps me out somewhat. ;)

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I read all of these: Birthing from Within: http://www.amazon.ca/Birthing-Within-Extra-Ordinary-Childbirth-Preparation/dp/0965987302

Hypnobirthing: http://www.amazon.ca/Hypnobirthing-breakthrough-approach-comfortable-birthing/dp/0757302661/ref=pd_sim_b_3

Childbirth Without Fear http://www.amazon.ca/Childbirth-without-Fear-Principles-Practice/dp/0953096467/ref=pd_sim_b_6

STAY AWAY from "What To Expect When You're Expecting". I found it to be alarmist and and full of worst-case experiences. My doctor was the one who recommended that I not read it just because she ends up talking so many patients down thinking the worst when all they have is some prenatal heartburn!

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:13 PM

+1 - Ditto the "What to expect when you're expecting" comment.

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Here is WAP's main children's health list of articles:

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health

Here is one of theirs specifically about crucial vitamin's for fetal development:

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/vitamins-for-fetal-development-conception-to-birth

D7b01bbfd0b91a12c4aea43fb20adf15

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Just was looking at that myself. Great resource for sure. I would add the following links as well: http://www.westonaprice.org/womens-health This is very interesting as it directly relates to wrong common advice: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/modern-baby-books

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on October 26, 2011
at 11:43 PM

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, I think it's called.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:17 AM

It's full of great info, if not a tad biased. ;)

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on October 26, 2011
at 10:00 PM

FWIW, I'm signed up to take Food Renegade's Beautiful Babies e-course:

http://www.foodrenegade.com/beautiful-babies-ecourse-sneak-peek/

I also second the Nina Planck book. I'm actually planning to re-read it in the next few weeks.

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on October 26, 2011
at 04:19 PM

My favorite book at the moment is Dr. Sarah Buckley's Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.

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on October 26, 2011
at 11:33 AM

A very comprehensive and readable review about natural and evolutionary inspired parenting:

http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/ep05102183.pdf

Not about diet.

Read it!! Really!

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff is one.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on October 26, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Have read that. Thanks, though. I cant find another one which is as great as Liedloffs book.

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:16 AM

It's been awhile since I've read these, but Mother Nature by Hrdy and Our Babies, Ourselves by Small come to mind.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on October 26, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Attachment, by John Bowlby? Textbook, not parenting book.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on October 26, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Wow. I need more information on that! Are there good books out there about natural parenting which explain the scientific background/our evolutionary history and development regarding nurture?

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:57 PM

There are good baby books and there are good books for babies! Check out the latter at the not-for-profit site www.babybooknook.blogspot.com

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on October 26, 2011
at 11:42 AM

I was recommended this book:

LET'S HAVE HEALTHY CHILDREN by Adelle Davis [not findable]

I didn't read it tho, but many people told me that they raised kids according to it with fascinating results.

Chriss Kesser and his 200$ book bring feelings like "I don't go to that site again". Anyone that wants to get rich on babies is on my ignore list. Too bad, he seemed like a nice guy.

I was reading more mainstream book, written by ortodox MDs which you could find around for free [findable]. If you are interested, I can latter search my library for the name.

There is also Nurture Shock which aim is to return us to non baby friendly ways... I did read parts only, it's short and I would give it a go [findable], if nothing else then just for information balance which now tend toward baby friendly ways.

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:40 AM

"There is also Nurture Shock which aim is to return us to non baby friendly ways." As a friend of Ashley Merryman (one of the authors), I can tell you this is not the case. Po and Ashley's goals were to research the truth in an honest and thoughtful way. If you'd see how much work went into this book, you'd understand how groundbreaking many of their conclusions are...couple this book with The Fourth Turning, and you have an excellent overview of the pendulum swing of child-raising philosophies.

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