Since finding out I was pregnant, I went a bit crazy trying to find out as much as I could about pregnancy and motherhood. I'm a bit of a nerd about learning (I wish that had been the case at school!).
When it comes to baby books, I've purchased well over ten but would only recommend three of them.
The first two are from the What to Expect series - 'when you're expecting' and 'the first year'. These books are brilliant for dipping in and out of because of how they're laid out - great when you want to find out something fast. They are also absolutely massive and contain so much information on almost all the topics you could want to know about. They've answered most of the pregnancy and baby related questions I've had, and have stopped my resorting to Google - which can be dangerous for any of us with anxious minds!
The other book I would recommend is The Blissful Baby Expert by Lisa Clegg. This book is more about how to raise and guide your baby than What To Expect in the First Year, which is more fact based. I find that Lisa's book is slightly more middle ground in terms of routines than some of the other books I have read (such as Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby). But having said that, I still probably won't be trying to put in place as strict a routine as she advises. I think it's a great, easy to read book to help prepare you that gives you a bit of guidance and ideas about what you could do when your little one arrives.
I bought The Blissful Baby Expert on my kindle, which I wish I hadn't because I would much prefer to be able to highlight and bookmark sections. I know you can do this on the kindle but I find it much easier with paperback. So if you are thinking about buying it, keep that in mind.
One thing I would note...
When it comes to reading up and preparing for your baby's arrival I honestly think books and classes can only help to a certain extent, because at the end of it all, every baby is different and every family is different. I find a lot of what I've read has slipped from my mind somewhat and I'm still bloody scared about the arrival of my baby even though I've done loads of 'research'.
Have you got any book recommendations? I'd love to hear how you prepared for your baby's arrival!