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Top 5 Book Recommendations for New Moms

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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). 

Book recommendations for new moms

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

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.

Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, strollers, maternity wear and much, much more!

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.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition


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.

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep

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.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

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.

What books have you read or are you reading as a new or “not so new mom”?

  • Comments ( 6 )

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    I am a big Baby Wise fan too. I didn’t buy the book with my first child but I scoured the internet to learn about all the tricks and insider tips from those who loved the book. With baby #2 I bought it. Both children have been excellent sleepers, nappers, and overall great kids and I credit B.W. for some of that. I’ve also heard great things about The Happiest Baby on the Block. With my 1st I read part of “What to Expect…” but all the monthly reminders of illnesses that could potentially plague your pregnancy freaked me out too much to read on.

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      I too wish I heard about Baby Wise earlier. Found out about it this time around and I now recommend it to any parent that is looking for sound advice for their new bundles.

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    Anna Hettick

    Love these recommendations. I read What to Expect cover to cover multiple times with both of my pregnancies.

    • avatar

      Anna the funny thing is someone told me if I used it for once, then I would not need it again. Boy were they wrong. I refer to it time and time again. It is surprising how much you forget.

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    Hi, thanks so much for linking up with Book Musing Mondays. I am promoting your posts on book linkup Pinterest page too:

    • avatar

      Thanks for the great link up Mary!

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