"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." ― Benjamin SpockYou must be dissilient with joy to discover that you are about to have a baby (yay!). Parenthood is no walk in the park; it requires patience, understanding, and bountiful love. There's so much to do and prepare for, before the baby arrives―you need to titivate a baby's room, buy all sorts of newborn essentials, sign up for Lamaze classes, and baby-proof your home, among other things. While it may be exhausting to keep up with your baby's demands and needs, the experience will be as miraculous as the conception itself.
There are all kinds of parenting books out there that promise to make it a smooth-sailing 9 months, but not many can effectually help you through the process. You'll need to circumspect what you pick up from bookshelves that are replete with books begging for attention, where it's always better to see what a larger audience has to say by reading reviews of to-be parents. No one can tell you better than a parent about which books helped them immensely, compared to others that lacked the substance to be of assistance.
Top Parenting Books for New Parents
The Portable Pediatrician, by William Sears, MD, et al.
This book serves as a lifesaver for to-be parents, where its 500 and more pages reveal everything you need to know on―illnesses, proper nutrition, home remedies, how to choose a baby doctor, school sports, allergic reactions, and more. Its exhaustive spread of helpful tidbits will come in handy no matter what situation is thrust into your lap. Because the book is gargantuan, parents should give it a leisurely read before the baby is born.
Stuff Every Mom Should Know, by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss
Nothing is quite perfect than a book that covers every little detail that moms need to know about. New mommies are clueless about how to care for a baby, where their moms are more than happy to help. But sometimes you need a book to tell you about the sort of things your mother didn't know of back then. From potty training and how to swaddle a baby, to quick meal preparations and birthday party arrangements―this read is revelatory.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
How about giving birth the old-fashioned way? Forget what modern-day "experts" say about childbirth and what it entails. Ina May Gaskin is a leading midwife with more than 30 years of experience when it comes to the intricacies of birthing. She elaborates on her many instances with mothers and offers golden advice that will definitely have you glued to every page that she lovingly fills with her wise words.
She offers invaluable tips on how to avoid postpartum depression and bleeding, work well with doctors and the like, give birth naturally, including the risks involved in cesarean and anesthesia-supplied childbirth. If parents are worried about what's to come, this book will quell your troubles.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
We know how difficult things are going to be, especially when it comes to a good night's sleep. We've seen enough movies and heard enough stories of parents being awoken in the middle of the night, by the demanding shrill of their baby. Nothing to fear now with Weissbluth's book on how to manage something as critical as nap time. He helps expectant parents deal with issues related to sleep, like how to deal with the crybaby syndrome, differentiate between day and night sleep patterns, outline a nap schedule, understand sleep cycles of quiet and hyperactive babies, and much more. Not only is Weissbluth a leading researcher and much sought-after expert, but a father of four who knows exactly what he's talking about.
Teach Your Baby to Sign, by Monica Beyer
What can we say, this book is sensational! Baby signing is the talk of the town, especially with moms who want their babies to be more than just quitodian grownups. What exactly does that even mean, right? This book not only helps you teach your baby to sign-language, but to talk sooner, have a closer bond with you, cry less, articulate better, and eagerly engage in a love for books. What's more, the book promises that once you and your baby master sign language, they're more likely to have higher IQ scores and indulge in complex play.
A segment on Oprah featured the art of knowing how to sign language with a baby, where this monumental parenting crutch is still going strong. The book has colored photos of baby sign language and more than 200 signs that parents can make use of. You'll find in the following list, an extension of must-read parenting books for new parents that you'll not want to miss out on reading either.