10 Great Baby Books Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Read

Pregnancy is one of the most special times in the life of any woman.  Her body goes through a myriad of changes–a full-on, non-stop  package of changes for 9 months.

It comes with both anxiety and the unbounded joy of bringing forth a fresh new life into this world.  We also find out the growing discomfort of all the body changes presents an additional set of challenges throughout the pregnancy.

No woman will forget these 9 months of her life  ( I know I never will!),  no matter how many times she goes through it.  This can also be a time filled with questions, anxiety, and nervousness for the father-to-be.  So what’s the best way to deal with all these changes to your physical and emotional body?  The answer is simple: Information.  You’ll want to be backed with all the information and support you can get.  Now, the online revolution has made everything, including pregnancy information, very “digital”.  But I’m still going to say, nothing can beat a good old book, packed with wisdom and advice of childbearing.  So grab a copy, curl up with your partner, and settle down for a peaceful evening with two steaming mugs of coffee  (decaf, of course for the mom to be)!

To help you with some great information, we’ve put together our Lil’ Baby Cakes list of the 10 great pregnancy bestsellers (definitely not to be missed):

1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff

What to Expect When Your Expecting

This one just had to make it to the top of our list.  It’s a book for the new moms of the new era.  It’s THE most thorough pregnancy book written in a friendly voice.  Dozens of questions like week-by-week fetal growth, pre-conception, and carrying multiples are answered.  Even issues with current trends in lifestyle like belly piercings, tattooing, and aromatherapy, are discussed in relation to your growing baby.

2. Your Pregnancy Bible by Anne Deans

Your Pregnancy Bible

It’s been around for years, and now it’s available in a new and revised version! It’s been written by an accomplished team of specialists and is filled with basically ALL that parents-t-be need to know – from the first trimester right down to the birth and care of your beloved newborn.  Emma’s Diary calls it, “The most comprehensive pregnancy manual on the market.”

3. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Lovine

Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy

In this one, the gun-loving author shares with her readers her personal experiences with pregnancy and also relays parts of her friends’ pregnancies. Definitely a good read if you’re looking for something a little toned down, yet still informative. She believes the best way a woman can learn and cope with all the challenges that come with pregnancy is through a fellow woman who has gone through the same process. Any questions an expectant mother may have from morning sickness to tender breasts have been answered.

4. Maitland Maternity by Marisa Carroll

Maitland Maternity

This is a fictitious and exciting story about a a mother and her pursuits for love. If you’re looking for a change from the regular informational tone, you should try this novel.  It tells the tale of a stubborn protagonist who ignores letters and heartfelt mementoes from a mother who gave her and her brothers and sisters up to adoption, 25 years too late. Simultaneously, Lana’s tribulations with raising her child with a foreign lover teach her how the decisions made in love aren’t necessarily easy all the time.

5. Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown M.D.

Baby 411

This book is in its’ 4th printing. It contains over 500 pages of useful information to guide the new mom in the care of the newborn . Tips about health, sleep, and nutrition are covered using a question and answer format which makes it easy to maneuver through the book and pick out the most timely topics. You’ll keep this as a ready reference as you begin the transition from being pregnant to becoming a mom. Lastly, the book features a decent glossary of terms and some reference pages that contain growth charts and additional recommended reading material.

6.  Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

Belly Laughs

You’ll simply adore this Jenny’s tone of writing. Fun, yet jam-packed with everything you need to know about pregnancy and child birth. Furthermore, this book has made it possible for women to discuss issues problematic issues such as hemorrhoids and bowel movements that occur during childbirth. Such topics have always been left unspoken in the dark ages, as it was not “lady like” or proper.

7.  The Pregnancy Journal; a Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris

The Pregnancy Journal

This book gives mothers the opportunity to write down their experiences right from conception to birth. You get to see the physical changes as well as those of the unborn baby on a daily basis. I know women have different opinions about keeping a journal so this may not be the best choice for everyone. But for me, I personally think over the years, this can be a timeless resource to go back and read to revisit some years down the road.

8.  The Bloke’s Guide to Pregnancy by Jon Smith

Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy

Finally something for our expecting daddy! If you or your partner are looking for some information and advice from a male point of view, this is your book. It’s been based on real-life stores and interviews from more than a 100 fathers. It’s going to teach the father-to-be what to expect, how to deal with it, and maybe even love the experience along the way.

9.  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

In this book, Ina May Gaskin, one of America’s top midwives, shares with you all the hidden secrets and wisdom relating to childbirth. Sharing a treasure box full of information that only comes from 3 full decades of experience, Ina gently takes you through everything from why the natural birth method is preferred to realizing the beauty of the experience. It tells you the true facts about what happens during labor and gives you invaluable tips. If you’re looking for those things your doctor didn’t necessarily tell you, this is a must-read.

10.  What to Eat When You’re Expecting by Dr Rana Conway

What to Eat When You're Expecting

With the help of this book, women learn more about the best foods to eat during pregnancy, not only better for her, but also to the advantage of the unborn baby. I know that nutrition can be hard to focus on when your body is doing “flip-flops” all the time but with some effort this book can really help with a critical part of your pregnancy.

I hope that these fantastic top-selling pregnancy reads help you and your partner to make your pregnancy journey as smooth and easy as possible. Maybe your favorite book is not on the list. If not, feel free to add a comment with your favorite and let’s make this post grow to be a resource for all the new moms-to-be out there. I know I had plenty of resources to read when I was pregnant, so I wanted to at least try to offer a starting list based on today’s most popular reads. Happy reading!

Lil’ Baby Cakes Coupon Code for any Diaper Cake

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There’s only a few days remaining this month to take advantage of our coupon code good for 10% off any diaper cake.  It’s easy to use our coupon.  Just select the diaper cake of your choosing on our site and then during check-out add this coupon code:  halloween

Your diaper cake will be promptly shipped within 48 hours to the new mom or mom to be.

Happy Halloween from Lil’ Baby Cakes.

Our Lil’ Pumpkin 4 Tier Diaper Cake

Our Lil' Pumpkin 4 Tier Diaper Cake
Our Lil' Pumpkin 4 Tier Diaper Cake

I’m happy to introduce the return of Our Lil’ Pumpkin 4 Tier Diaper Cake as a seasonal entry to our themed based diaper cakes.

I really like the Gund Brighton Bear that comes with this cake.  Gund offers such great quality products and is really a mainstay in the baby gift world.  This bear will sure be something the new baby grows to enjoy over the years as a keepsake.

Since this is a 4 tier design, we include 70 Pampers Swaddler 1 diapers along with a Halloween themed onesie that says Baby’s 1st Halloween.  A silicone pacifier and candy corn themed infant socks are also included.

As always, your comments are appreciated regarding any of our diaper cake designs.  I hope you will consider this design as a practical baby gift for the new family to be in your life.  Since we are featuring this item as our October 2010 cake of the month, we are including free shipping (a $12.95 value) anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Happy Halloween!

Limited Edition Diaper Cakes are Here

Sports Theme Limited Edition Diaper Cake
Sports Theme Limited Edition Diaper Cake

I’m happy to inform our customers that we have released our Limited Edition Diaper Cakes.  This is a new category of newborn diaper cakes for our company.  I designed these to match popular baby themes at specific price points that would be attractive to baby gift buyers.  I worked with our suppliers to find cute items that would work for this line realizing that supplies would be limited.

The Limited Edition initial release consists of the following 3 tier diaper cake designs:

1. Sports Theme
2. Blue Elephant Theme
3. Pink Elephant Theme
4. Lil’ Treasure Theme
5. E-I-E-I-O Farm Animal Theme
6. Lil’ Blue Bear Theme
7. Lil’ Pink Bear Theme

We’ll be continuing to add to this line moving forward as these cakes sell out.

As always, I appreciate your feedback on our offerings.  I hope you enjoy this new line up.  The complete press release regarding this line can be found here.

Why Baby Shower Diaper Cakes Make Unique Baby Gifts

One thing I have noticed from attending baby showers myself, is the overwhelming amount of baby clothes the new mom receives.  I think many people buy the clothes because it’s a “safe” baby gift or in many cases because they really don’t know what to buy or have the time to find a unique gift.  The reality is the new baby is most likely to grow out of all the new clothes the new mom receives before they can even be worn.  And it the grand scheme of things, are clothes really going to be the most memorable baby gift the new mom receives?

Other bigger ticket gifts, like strollers, car seats, etc… are typically purchased by immediate family members and are obviously required items for the care of the new baby.  Friends and co-workers don’t usually purchase these items because of their cost or highly personalized preferences by the mom regarding these items.  This leaves a pretty big void in terms of what kind of baby shower gifts to buy.

Based on my experience owning Lil’ Baby Cakes, I have put together 3 reasons why a baby shower diaper cake makes a unique gift based on my interaction with my customers over the years.

1.  Baby Shower Diaper Cakes are Practical

One thing is for certain, new baby’s require lots of diapers!  In fact, for about 2 years of so, diapers will be one of the ongoing expenses the new family will have in the care of the baby.  While a diaper cake is not going to make a huge dent in the quantity of diapers the new mom needs, it’s really a unique way of offering diapers as a gift item to get the mom started.  Since many diaper cake designs offer baby care items (lotion, shampoo, etc…) and baby toys, the new mom and baby will surely benefit from this assortment of items.

2.  Baby Shower Diaper Cakes are Offered to Match Many Themes and Budgets

I have tried to design my diaper cakes to match the most popular themes available today.  I realize that people have many different budgets to work with so I want to offer the best selection of theme based designs all at different price points.   Jungle themes, ducks, and contemporary designs continue to be very popular and really offer a can’t miss gift for the new mom.   I also routinely get requests for custom designs which I really love.  These designs, which are typically 5 tier cakes, are the focal point of the baby shower.  Many of my customers design their whole baby shower around their custom diaper cake.  Whether you are looking for a simple 2 tier design or a “one of a kind” unique custom design, I’m confident we can accommodate you.

3. Makes a Memorable Gift

When I look for gifts to buy my friends or family members, I’m always on the look out for something memorable.  After all, we want the recipient of the gift to really love it and remember it because it was unique.  My feedback from our customers is that diaper cakes truly are memorable gifts.  I get many emails from new moms stating they are not going to use their diaper cake, but instead want to keep it as a decoration in the baby’s nursery.  Since many of our designs also feature plush animals by Gund, the new baby will have a memorable keepsake they can cherish as they grow older.  I’m sure many of use know kids who still have that first teddy and can’t let go of it!

We’ll I hope these reasons will help you if your unsure about a baby gift to buy for that upcoming shower.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to write.  I’d love to hear from you.