Instead of buying the expectant parent on your gift list more clothes, furniture and gadgets for baby care, consider giving her one of these beautiful gift books. Both are sure to inspire parents-in-waiting by preparing their hearts and spirits for their new arrival:
Graceful Parenting: Simple Advice for Raising a Gentle and Loving Child, by Eve M. Dreyfus, Celestial Arts, 2002; $12.95. The author, a child psychiatrist, offers 25 guidelines for parents. From a suggestion that parents apologize when they’re wrong to a reminder that you may be frustrated with your child’s behavior because you’re expecting too much from a child too young, each entry is more than just a parenting suggestion – it’s a bite-size life lesson. Dreyfus’ wisdom is illustrated with endearing artwork created by her son. Parents are sure to read this book again and again as their children grow.
Pure, by Anne Geddes, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002; $49.95. Photographer Anne Geddes has once again focused her camera on the purity of babies. There are 123 black-and-white and full-color photos in this large-format volume. From a photo of hands cradling an infant’s head and mothers and babies photographed naked together to artistic photos of babies in utero and close-ups of pregnant bellies and engorged breasts, this volume captures the wonders of infancy and new motherhood. A must-have for expecting couples or anyone who wants to relive the magic of pregnancy, birth and those precious first few weeks. $49.95.
From United Parenting Publications, November 2002.