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Wow! Thanks for the great list! You've read all of these? I'm so impressed!!

Speaking of attachment.. I have a Moby wrap that I would love for you to have (if you're interested, of course). I hauled Charlotte all over the place with it for just over a year. It also really saved my back, and was a blessing when it was time to nurse. Here's a link to the design of the wrap (only difference is the wrap itself is black, and the print is a maroonish-red. http://www.mobywrap.com/p-214-designs.aspx

I washed it only in Dreft (no fabric softener, EVER!!) Let me know if you're interested!

PS - your reading list put me to shame. I thumbed through "What to Expect When You're Expecting." OH YEAH!!! If you're planning to breastfeed, a great resource is "The Nursing Mother's Companion," which I would be more than happy to send to you as well.

More suggestions for the little one:

Baby 411 and The Portable Pediatrician
-- Practical advice for real parents. The Portable Pediatrician is written by a British pediatrician who is slightly sarcastic and irreverent. Used both of these profusely in the first couple of years.

AVOID: The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

I threw it out because I realized it was amplifying my PPD by insinuating that anyone who doesn't do attachment parenting and breastfeeding full-stop is messing with their child's development/future. As the mom of a preemie with issues, it was not possible for us to do it.

And with all your reading, the lesson to take away: THERE IS NO "RIGHT" WAY! No matter what the experts say about whatever the topic, you and your kid will have to work it out for yourself.

An oldie but a goody regarding attachment: The Human Significance of the Skin- by Ashley Montague. 1971 Excellent physicalparenting information from an anthropologist...

A little sense of humor is always good. Pregnancy is a serious matter, but it can also be fun and exciting. Especially for first-time moms, reading on what to expect during pregnancy would be helpful. The books you suggested on pregnancy humor sound interesting.

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