What to Read When You’re Expecting or a New Parent

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August 28, 2014 by Evin

So, part four in my week-long series about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood as an expat in Ireland is taking a breather for a light-hearted post about some of the things I found useful to read as well as a few things I’ve bought and loved over the last three years. Mostly, this buys me some time to finish writing tomorrow’s post about being a new [expat] mother in Ireland. So, here we go…

In addition to the main expat differences, I also read up on what was coming next. There are many books and articles we read to expand our parental education. At the time, we realised it wouldn’t cease, but will be a lifelong growth for us. Little did we know how little time to read we’d have! Here are links to some of the things we read:

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? by Paul Tough, The New York Times (Sept. 14, 2011)

Ireland’s Health Service Executive National Infant Immunisation Schedule

The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting by Christie Mellor

Parenting Tips to Encourage Empathy by Marilynn Jorgensen, MA

5 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child from Parenting Magazine

The No-Cry Parenting Guide by Elizabeth Pantley

Real Parents Offer You Their Best Advice from Discovery Health

Advice for Brand New Parents? by Lisa Belkin, The New York Times Blog (Sept. 9, 2009)

Top Tips for New Moms & More Formulas for Success for Babies from Parenting Magazine

8 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make & 5 Tantrum Stoppers That Work from Parenting Magazine

Advise To Pass On from Dy-Dee’s

Easy DIY Baby Food & Raising an Adventurous Eater from Parenting Magazine

A Lesson in Greeting from Parenting Magazine

Stress-Free Travel with Baby from Parenting Magazine

Autism: Symptoms from the Mayo Clinic

And things…

The Original Sophie the Giraffe Teether Toy 

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube 

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case 

Baby Banz Retro Banz Oval Baby Sunglasses 

Adventure BanZ Baby Sunglasses 

My Little Seat Infant Seats, Blue Fish 

Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

MAM 3 Pack Anti-Colic Bottle Boy, 8 Ounce, Colors May Vary 

Lucky Baby City Chic Sling – Large

Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs Uncorded NRR33 (20 Pair) 

Honey-Can-Do LBG-01146 Hosiery Wash Bag, White 

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

Orla Kiely Diaper Bag

OtterBox Universal Defender Case for iPhone 4 (White Silicone & White Plastic)

Set of 3 Mini Freezer Blocks – Pink 

Ahoy tightsFun Guy tights or Hampton tights for the little man to wear under his pants this winter

Nursing Breastfeeding necklace – teething toy -Babywearing from bysiki

Sea Stones nursing necklace – blue, gray – accessory for slinging moms, teething necklace, gift for her from FrejaToys

Meerkat Mail


Mister Magnolia (Red Fox Mini Treasure) 

Ready-To-Go Blank Board Book: 12″ X 12″ Square (Create & Treasure (C&T Publishing))

Ready-To-Go Blank Board Book White 8″ X 8″ Square (Create & Treasure (C&T Publishing))

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Tickle Time!: A Boynton on Board Board Book (Boynton Board Books)

Noodle’s Knitting 

Boys Don’t Knit!

Knitting Nell

The Knitting Gorilla (World of Happy) 

And then as we approached LB turning eight months old, these are a few things that crept into our shopping lists.

Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck

My First Gruffalo Little Library

Charlie and Lola: My Especially Busy Box of Books: Little Library

Prince Lionheart Corner Guards (Chocolate)

Ahoy tightsFun Guy tights or Hampton tights for the little man to wear under his pants this winter

How to Catch a Cold written by my brilliant friend Adam Newman

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Compatible Cassette (3-pack)

Safety 1st Adjustable Multi-Purpose Strap Pack of 12 Straps

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Latches Board

Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer For Toddlers

Babydan Anti Tip TV Strap

BRIO 30147 Blocks (Coloured 50 Pieces)

How to Catch a Cold written by my brilliant friend Adam Newman

Green Toys Tea Set

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Original, 4 Count These things clean everything! Use dry to gently restore your MacBook or iBook keyboard to its original brightness. Use with distilled vinegar to deep clean floors. Use with water to remove marks from the walls.

Then as he reached two years old…

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Hair Brush – Black and Gold And also on Amazon.com because he tangles my hair.

Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack (Styles May Vary)

Creative Options Thread Organizer (which actually stores Hot Wheels cars perfectly!)

Swoop Bag Original Toy Storage Bag + Playmat, RED

Lay-n-Go Lite, Green/Blue

Tomy AquaDoodle Magic Water Pens Twin Pack – Blue

Blaze Orange/Olive Heavy Duty Survivor Case for iPhone 4/4s

4 Pcs Orbrium Toys T-Track with Female-Female and Male-Male Adapters Set for Wooden Railway Fits Thomas Bro Chuggington Melissa Doug Imaginarium

Prince Lionheart Jumbo Toy Hammock

Navy Herringbone Toddler Bow-tie from PlumLovelies on Etsy


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