Babies don’t come with instruction manuals! This is something the doctor and nurses neglect to tell you during all those prenatal visits. But fear not! You don’t have to face those late-night feedings unprepared. There are answers to let you dispel worry and know when to call the doctor. You can bond with your baby, even if you’re exhausted. And, believe it or not, you can conquer potty training. There are a wide range of books that can help you weather those first few stormy weeks of parenting and everything else coming your way. Here we will look at some of the top parenting books to check out.
Written by labor and delivery a nurse who has coached parents through labor and delivery for more than 20 years. This book explores topics that many others shy away from such as dealing with preemies and post-partum self-care. She also discusses practical ways to care for multiples effectively. If your looking for a book that helps you get the house ready for the baby, prepare yourself for breastfeeding and how to soothe your baby back to sleep after those late night feedings, this is a book to consider.
You may have already gotten to know this series through the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The first year is just a jam-packed with helpful info for new parents. It contains helpful hints to handle newborn sleep struggles, early fever, teething, colic and other common challenges. It also talks about preparing your baby for the wonderful world of toddlerhood, how to encourage social awareness and helpful little hints to make everything from feeding to bathing easier and happier for everyone.
This book, written by the American Academy of Pediatrics, guides every parent through those important formative years. It focuses on physical, intellectual, and social development. It includes in-depth discussion of everything from breastfeeding to allergies. It includes the latest recommendations for health and safety and has charts that outline the very best times to vaccinate for fullest protection. This is less of a book to sit down and read from cover to cover, and more of a reference book to keep handy to help you tell the difference between poison ivy and chicken pox.
New moms aren’t the only ones that need guidance through the first year of life. Dad’s need help too. They not only feel the urge to protect and care for the new baby, but they also want to support their wife as a new mother. Each chapter in this book focuses on a month in the new baby’s life. It helps the father know what to expect and how best to help. It also looks as overarching topics such as how technology has changed fatherhood and the ways society views the role of father. Editorial cartoons and little jokes keep this book from becoming too serious and help to keep the joy of new parenting at the forefront.
While it isn’t a true owner’s manual, this book gives a humorous and helpful advice for your future computer geek. Presented in the best geek terminology, the book includes technical schematics for such conundrums as swaddling, sleeping through the night and when to bring your baby to the doctor for servicing. Full of practical advice this book can be lifesaver even as it’s a sanity saver.
This book, written by the Sears family of doctors, acknowledges that there is no one perfect way to parent every single child. Instead of proposing a single parenting style, this book explores different styles, all aimed at trying to help new parents find what works for themselves and their new family. Beyond parenting styles, the book also addresses the basics in baby health and development, making this book an all-round parenting manual.
Long before your baby has the ability to speak, he has wants and needs. Unfortunately, without the means to express himself, frustration inevitably sets in and can lead to tantrums and crying. That’s where baby sign language comes in so handy. Teaching your baby only a few simple words in sign language encourages your baby’s desire and need to communicate. This book not only teaches you the signs that are most helpful, but also explores the research that supports the technique.
This completely tongue-in-cheek book explores the darker side of that first year. Nothing is too frightening or sacred to tackle from all those tiny buttons on the dress from grandma to decoding the color of exploding diapers. It even talks about the emotional changes that every new mom faces with candor and humor. So, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, or just find a tip on how to take a shower with a newborn around, check this sh!t out.
Your baby is learning new things every day, so why shouldn’t they teach you something? This book gives you fun experiments you can do with your baby that show you how she sees the world, learns new things and even develops such things as balance, language and a sense of right and wrong. Based on scientific (and safe!) studies done in such places as Harvard and Yale, this book can open your eyes to the world of your new bundle of joy.