5 First Baby Books-A Must Read

Hi there,

Welcome to another exciting time of sharing  information. Today, I am going to review 5 first baby books that I think will be a great addition to any  parent or care givers ,more so, for first time parents.

One thing I have come to realize is that information keep changing and one must keep up to date with what is happening .The way we were raised in the past is not the way children should be raised now. With the advent of technology, new  school techniques and styles and also the fact that most mothers are now gainfully employed, parents need to keep up to date with what is happening and find new ways to parent in this changing time. Therefore, having the relevant information on hand helps one to incorporate new information and hence give great ideas as to how to make child rearing a better experience.

A must read for new parents

So here goes:

The Child whisperer by Carol Tuttle

This book tells of how to treat each child as an individual. Each child is different and hence a parent’s approach should always be specific to the infant.There is no one shoe fits all concept when it comes to raising a young one.This hand book gives great insight as to how to do that. It details different personality types and help parents to recognize the difference so that can relate to the child better. Child whisperer also help parents learn more about themselves and how to relate to others around. This manual can also be a great tool for teachers who are teaching young children.

This reading material can be a bit boring for someone who has read other how to books but nevertheless a great help for first timers.

The Baby Owner Manuel by Louis Borgenicht  practical book on how to raise a baby

This is a fun and practical book suitable for all first timers and  cargivers. It has  lots of diagraphs on how to help make raising children fun and stress free as possible especially for first time fathers .Great ideas and insights for all. Simple language therefore easy to follow.

Repeat parents may find this book too simple but for hands on people this is a God sent

Work. Pump. Repeat. by Jessica Shortall    A guide to mothers who wants to continue breastfeeding and going back to work

A new mom’s survival guide to breastfeeding and going back to work. Useful material for moms who intend to keep breast feeding after the three months maternity leave. As you know it is best to keep breast feeding up to two years. This is helpful to build the infant’s immune system .Eczema is one sign of the many allergies that can develop if the infant’s immune system is not developed properly so old adage that’ breast is best’ still lives on.

It addresses practical issues for example, how to pump, keep your milk levels up, how to discuss with management your intentions to continue breast feeding. Also it discussed the internal and external struggles faced as a new mom. A must have as a collection.

Of course this will not be appropriate for those mothers who for any medical reason is unable to breast feed.

What to expect In The First Year Heidi Murkoff     A useful guide for parents and caregivers

Practical and user friendly book. It tells what to expect as the months progresses, the milestones that the infant should have accomplished  in that month  as well as common conditions that can occur and how to deal with them. It also has a section on children with special needs, an area that prepares a father  for what to expect and discusses common child hood diseases. It also give ideas on home remedies on how to deal with certain conditions. A really great reference guide for parents on the whole whether first or second time parents. Also for care givers who are taking care of the infant while the parents are at work.

The Happiest Toddler On The Block Harvey Karp  Manual on how to deal with Tantrums

A useful handbook on how to eliminate tantrums and raise a patient, respectful and co-operative one year to four year old child.

As the baby grows in to toddler years and strive towards independence, new challenges develop as the true character develops .This manual gives great insight on how to deal with this common yet stressful period especially for new parents.

Knowing how to deal with tantrums and power struggles will definitely add in creating a peaceful and less stressful environment for both parents and child.

Mr Harvey gives a practical, straight and to the point  ideas as to how to deal with these issues. Of course not all ideas will be appropriate for every child  as they differ but yet this is a great tool that parents should have.

Feel free to leave a comment on any other book that you found to be useful and any other insight you would like to share with others. I would like to hear from you.

Until next time.




14 thoughts on “5 First Baby Books-A Must Read”

    1. Thanks Joan they are indeed a great read for parents because one never get enough information when it comes to child care

  1. They say parenting doesn’t come with a manual. Looks like you have found some books to counter that theory. These should be an excellent read for any first time parent. It is amazing to note that while maternity leave in the U.S varies by state and employer. Some countries not only have year long maternity leave some have paternity leave as well. I think it is great for parents to get to spend as much time as possible with the new baby to help bond and connect.

    1. Hi Maryann,
      I agree with you the more time parents can spend with the baby the better and these rules vary from country to country

  2. Hi,
    I love Carol Tuttle, I would like to check that book out. I used what to expect your first year when my kids were little. Great recommendation. I am here looking for a suggestion for a friends baby shower for their first child and you’ve given me some titles to check out. Thank you.

  3. Hi Maryann,
    Those 5 books are excellent suggestions. Also, I do agree parenting back in the day was different to now. What to Expect The First Year is an excellent book for new parents.

  4. Hi Charlene,
    I’m a mom of three kids and I remember reading some of the books.
    The Whisperer is a great help when you don’t have any experience and don’t understand your baby’s needs yet.
    I had to pump at work and at home and was exhausted from it. And my milk stopped between 4-6 month every time. I wish I knew how to prolong breastfeeding, as my children’s health is the most important thing for me.
    I’m sure the books you mention can help many new moms to survive the first months of the motherhood.

  5. Hi Charlene,

    These are some good books. I am a father of 3 kids and like you rightly said, each child is different and there is no standard way of bringing them up. But the methods in these books can definitely be a guideline to follow. Reading through more of your posts.

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