The experience of being a new parent can be one of the most exciting and challenging times in your life. The first few weeks with your newborn are full of sleepless nights and nonstop cries, but those moments eventually give way to bonding time where you get to know each other’s personalities.
You’ll soon find out that you’re not the only one who has been through this–many parents have shared their experiences and what they learned along the way in books written over many years. Here is a list of ten must-read books for new parents:
Must-Read Books For New Parents
Life would be so much easier if babies came with a guide to proper care and maintenance.
Finally, parents now have books – these top books on parenting – to help them out.
If you and your baby need a little help, these top parenting books are the perfect place to start.
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Raising your son or daughter to meet life’s challenges is difficult, but this guide will help you nurture your child’s brain. Pick up pointers on how to encourage the integration of thoughts in order to raise a self-aware individual and find out what different parts make up the child’s brain.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
A baby’s incessant crying is one of the most vexing issues new parents face, yet a child’s survival depends on how his or her parents respond to screaming. You can try these five S’s when your baby is crying: swaddling, side position, shushing, swinging, and sucking to trigger the calming reflex.
The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy
Raised by strict Chinese parents who pushed her to work hard instead of encouraging her, the author of this insightful and controversial memoir delves into the differences between Asian-American cultures. She explains why she chose a stern but loving “tiger mom” approach when it came to raising her own children.
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
The French have a reputation for raising polite, happy children. In this eye-opening exploration of the culture’s approach to parenting, their secrets are exposed. French parents are known for their parenting skills. Learn what it takes to raise a French child and how you can accomplish this with just a few changes.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
One of the most popular parenting books today, this guide offers a unique approach to communicating with your children in order to help them thrive. This book can help you foster more civilized conversations with your child of any age and how you can minimize tantrums while also fostering their independence.
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
The author argues that parents these days are overprotective and are robbing their children of important skills such as self-reliance, which is needed in the world today. By taking a more low-key approach, you can raise your child so they are more well-rounded and less dependent on you for things like approval and love.
The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis
Modern preschools often focus on personal development rather than individual needs, inhibiting children’s natural skills. Instead of sending kids off to school young, parents should cherish the fleeting phase when children are full of wonder and before they become serious teenagers.
How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson
This bestselling parenting book will teach you how to get your children out in the great outdoors by offering helpful hints and clever tactics. Children who grow up with access to natural spaces, like parks and forests, show better emotional development and can learn a greater breadth of skills than those who grow up primarily in urban areas.
Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner
Faulkner’s book will guide mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, including explaining what to eat, who to call for help, and what kind of birth is ideal for you. The author’s book is a guide for all those expecting their firstborn. She covers possible challenges and how to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally before the baby arrives.
What No One Tells You By Simon & Schuster
For pregnant women, it can be difficult to realize that their emotions are changing too. In this book, reproductive psychiatrists explain what’s going on in mind during pregnancy, from the hormone changes and dealing with “mommy’s brain.”
How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids By Carla Naumburg
Dr. Naumburg helps parents by discussing how to identify the triggers that cause a confrontation, then working through strategies for effective apologies when tempers inevitably fray.
Weird Parenting Wins By Hillary Frank
Hillary Frank, the creator of the parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time, surveyed 800 parents to find out just these kinds of tidbits. They are often hilarious but can also be heartbreaking because they are instantly relatable and speak to such a diverse range of experiences.
Parenting is a rollercoaster ride, and the books that offer guidance are invaluable. I hope this article helped you find some new titles to consider reading or revisiting as your child grows older. What other parenting books would be on your list? Share in the comments!