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Best Books for a New Parent

Posted on 9/10/2012 in Pregnancy & Baby & Well-Being

Becoming a parent for the first time is a scary undertaking, and not a job to take lightly. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic books out there that cover a variety of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting-related topics that can help even the most stressed out parents-to-be. The following are just a few examples of the most popular books for new parents.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway

Most people have probably heard of this popular pregnancy book, and it is definitely a must read for any expectant mother. It covers a broad range of pregnancy topics, such as a monthly summary of physical changes that mum can expect; what the doctor’s visits will be like and what questions should be asked; and what kinds of issues could arise during pregnancy and a guide for dealing with them. This book can help you with anything from how to buy maternity clothes to emergency signs that you should look out for.

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads
by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden

This book makes for a fantastic gift for new dads, and is an excellent read for dads that want to play a more active role in child rearing. It’s written in quite a funny style and offers light-hearted and practical information for everything from performing CPR on an infant to constructing a diaper out of common materials and duct tape.

Dr. Spock’s Baby & Child Care
by Benjamin Spock

New parents have found this book to be extremely helpful when it comes to all the basic things they need to know how to do in those critical first few weeks. It can help with everything from learning to cut your baby’s fingernails and the proper bathing techniques to tips for nursing mothers (such as how to get the baby to latch on), what kind of nursing tops to wear, and how to use a breast pump effectively.

Super Baby Food
by Ruth Yaron

If you ever had any questions or concerns about how to feed your baby, this book should become your new go-to baby food bible. Not only does it teach you how to make your own nutritious baby food, but it also helps new parents know when it’s time to start introducing certain foods and how to deal with picky eaters.

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
by Harvey Karp

This book also comes in a shortened DVD form, which is especially helpful for the tired new parents of a very fussy baby. The tips and tricks given in this book work like magic when it comes to soothing babies that seem to never stop crying -- especially colicky babies. If you’re sleep deprived and your baby seems to be unhappy, definitely try reading this book.

The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
by William and Martha Sears

This book on attachment and nurturing is especially helpful for adoptive parents. Since adoptive parents are not there to bond with the baby immediately following birth, it can be difficult to develop that connection later on. This book provides a variety of methods to help achieve attachment bonding so that you and your adopted child can begin to feel that strong emotional connection.


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