Being a good parent is hard work. It’s the kind of work that you have to roll your sleeves up and just jump into. No advice from any person or any other job will prepare you for the role of being a mom.
(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to books I recommend and found highly valuable in preparing for a new baby).
The good news is that being a mom is the most rewarding job ever. Besides that, there are great resources that can help new moms navigate everything from sleep schedules, to deciding what items to put on the baby gift registry. So whether you are a new mom or a mom that needs a refresher, here are my five book recommendations for new moms.
Baby Bargains was recommended to me years ago with our first pregnancy. It helped me navigate the types of items to put on the baby registry. Even listing pro’s and cons of each item, along with a letter grading system. Definitely worth the purchase especially for type A personalities like myself.
What to Expect When You are Expecting
This book is such a classic. I go back to it time and time again. Just for reference, our daughter is 4 and your newest edition is 7 months old.
Again, I think that this book more lends itself to “Type A” personalities. So if you are good at sticking to schedules or at least want to be, then this is the book for you. I have to tell you, I read this book cover to cover and have been pretty diligent (most things) on employing the techniques mentioned. Two words. It works.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
I read this book the first “go around” and the approach is totally different than Babywise. Think more relaxed or for “Type B” personalities. So if like the idea of a “baby led” vs parent-led” approach, then this is the book for you. I like the idea of reading both.
Wholesome Meals for Babies and Toddlers
Introducing foods to a baby can be quite daunting at times. So if your looking for sample feeding schedules and even tasty wholesome recipes, I highly recommend this book. I found Wholesome Meals for Babies and Toddlers by accident about 5 years ago, it was on clearance at the book store. Since then, it continues to be one of my top recommendations for parents figuring out the “food scene” with their babies. I highly recommend it.
By the way, this book has recipes for children up to 4 years old. So if introducing whole, nutritious food is a priority (and it should be), this is the book for you.