7 Must Read Books For New Parents

Although an entire category has now evolved to address and tackle ‘parenting’ writing- lets be fair, the general perception usually is that books will either cause one to puke or to snooze.

New parents are in need of help but parenting books may still leave a lot to be desired. Some of them are plain boring, some narrate horrors of the ‘new life’ (which frankly intimidate new parents even more), some try to be humors (but are not!) and some are plain bad.
The reality however is, there are some amazing books to give practical insights and set the right expectations- you just need to know where to look.

The list below shows what we feel are the best resources available for you to navigate your life as a new parent:

Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood by Anne Enright

This is a heartfelt, genuine account of a new mom- Anne Enright. The author discusses her career as a successful novelist before embracing this heartfelt work and how she managed to continue writing while her babies snoozed. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read since Anne Enright takes one through the glory and horrors of motherhood.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

This book is an authoritative guide to pregnancy and childbirth since it covers latest scientific research and cultural trends. It discusses information women need to make decision on aspects like prenatal tests, controlling pain, choosing birth options, guidance on fetus development and preparing for labor.

The Artful Parent by Jean Van’t Hul

This is an informative book by creator of the blog artfulparent.com- Jean Van’t Hul. The premise of the book is to motivate children to enjoy art as it promotes creativity, enhances problem solving skills and helps build relationships. The author has also suggested innovative projects and ideas for children, toddlers and even babies.

The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht M.D.

This is a must-read book for new parents as it encompasses clear, step-by-step instructions along with helpful illustrations to explain and explore the concerns of new mommies and daddies. Questions like how do I make the baby sleep through the night? When should I be seeing a doctor? How to swaddle a baby? etc are finally answered! Plenty of advice is provided to help aid learning of the basics of childcare for new parents.

Your Baby Week by Week by Simone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman

This informative book focuses on what to expect once the baby has finally arrived. New parents are usually unprepared for weeks of uncertainty which a newborn baby brings. This wonderful read gives information, assurance and advice on week by week progress of the baby in terms of development and patterns. Weeks are divided into sections in an easy to find manner and basics like sleep, feeding, washing, playing etc are fully covered. It’s a good read with handy tips and serves as a practical guide to tackle first 6 months of parenthood.

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

This is a brutally honest and humorous parenting guide for new moms who are trying to maneuver through ‘expert advice’ which is bestowed by seemingly everyone you come in contact with as soon as the new of your pregnancy spreads! The author manages to capture challenges of new motherhood in a simple yet wickedly funny manner and also includes practical tips on handling a new born. The narration is refreshing and also assures women to responsibly make their own choices- it provides motivation, support and common-sense advice.

Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes by Christia Spears Brown

This is an insightful guide for parents to focus and allow for their children’s unique strength to surface and nurture rather than following gendered stereotypes to more effectively bring out the best in a child. The author is a development psychologist and a mother of two, she has put together a guide which uses research to point out how over-dependence of a gender can limit development in children and makes it more challenging for them to transform into unique individuals.

The narration provides a fresh, witty and understandable perspective on issues parents should consider- from gender-segregated birthday parties to schools, sports and emotional intelligence. The book empowers parents to help kids break out from the ‘pink and blue boxes’ and become their authentic selves.

Welcome to Parenthood and Happy Reading!


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7 Must Read Books For New Parents

Although an entire category has now evolved to address and tackle ‘parenting’ writing- lets be fair, the general perception usually is that books will either cause one to puke or to snooze.

New parents are in need of help but parenting books may still leave a lot to be desired. Some of them are plain boring, some narrate horrors of the ‘new life’ (which frankly intimidate new parents even more), some try to be humors (but are not!) and some are plain bad.
The reality however is, there are some amazing books to give practical insights and set the right expectations- you just need to know where to look.

The list below shows what we feel are the best resources available for you to navigate your life as a new parent:

Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood by Anne Enright

This is a heartfelt, genuine account of a new mom- Anne Enright. The author discusses her career as a successful novelist before embracing this heartfelt work and how she managed to continue writing while her babies snoozed. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read since Anne Enright takes one through the glory and horrors of motherhood.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

This book is an authoritative guide to pregnancy and childbirth since it covers latest scientific research and cultural trends. It discusses information women need to make decision on aspects like prenatal tests, controlling pain, choosing birth options, guidance on fetus development and preparing for labor.

The Artful Parent by Jean Van’t Hul

This is an informative book by creator of the blog artfulparent.com- Jean Van’t Hul. The premise of the book is to motivate children to enjoy art as it promotes creativity, enhances problem solving skills and helps build relationships. The author has also suggested innovative projects and ideas for children, toddlers and even babies.

The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht M.D.

This is a must-read book for new parents as it encompasses clear, step-by-step instructions along with helpful illustrations to explain and explore the concerns of new mommies and daddies. Questions like how do I make the baby sleep through the night? When should I be seeing a doctor? How to swaddle a baby? etc are finally answered! Plenty of advice is provided to help aid learning of the basics of childcare for new parents.

Your Baby Week by Week by Simone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman

This informative book focuses on what to expect once the baby has finally arrived. New parents are usually unprepared for weeks of uncertainty which a newborn baby brings. This wonderful read gives information, assurance and advice on week by week progress of the baby in terms of development and patterns. Weeks are divided into sections in an easy to find manner and basics like sleep, feeding, washing, playing etc are fully covered. It’s a good read with handy tips and serves as a practical guide to tackle first 6 months of parenthood.

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

This is a brutally honest and humorous parenting guide for new moms who are trying to maneuver through ‘expert advice’ which is bestowed by seemingly everyone you come in contact with as soon as the new of your pregnancy spreads! The author manages to capture challenges of new motherhood in a simple yet wickedly funny manner and also includes practical tips on handling a new born. The narration is refreshing and also assures women to responsibly make their own choices- it provides motivation, support and common-sense advice.

Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes by Christia Spears Brown

This is an insightful guide for parents to focus and allow for their children’s unique strength to surface and nurture rather than following gendered stereotypes to more effectively bring out the best in a child. The author is a development psychologist and a mother of two, she has put together a guide which uses research to point out how over-dependence of a gender can limit development in children and makes it more challenging for them to transform into unique individuals.

The narration provides a fresh, witty and understandable perspective on issues parents should consider- from gender-segregated birthday parties to schools, sports and emotional intelligence. The book empowers parents to help kids break out from the ‘pink and blue boxes’ and become their authentic selves.

Welcome to Parenthood and Happy Reading!


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