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Five of the Most Highly-rated Guide Books for New Parents

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 15, 2015

Often new parents have no idea what to expect in terms of welcoming their little one into the world. The good news is that there are plenty of books to help you out. There are guidebooks for new moms, guidebooks for new dads, journals, humorous antidotes, and much more.


Some books offer all of these, and others are more focused on a central idea. Many of these books even come in ereader, audiobook or video formats so you can pick the style that works best for you. This post is specifically about a few of the bestselling guide books to help you know what is happening to your body and throughout the first year of your child's life. 

What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, is probably the most well-known parenting book, and with good reason. It was written by a mom, for moms.  The book is currently in it's fourth edition, and it just keeps getting better. Each new edition includes updated research and tips for the new generation of expectant readers. Topics include answers to all your questions, tips, healthy eating guides, and much more. This book is part of a whole series of books including Eating Well While You're Expecting, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expecting, and What to Expect the First Year.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block, written by pediatrician and child development specialist Harvey Karp, can be a sanity saver once the baby is born. All babies cry and fuss. Dr. Karp provides the results of his research, and gives parents tips and methodology to calming even the most colicky baby. He helps readers understand babies with a method of calming them and improving their sleep habits. His method includes understanding the "5 S's" which are simple steps to triggering the calming reflex. The S's include swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swaying, and sucking. He then goes on to explain the "Cuddle Cure" method which uses the 5 S's to soothe even the fussiest of babies. There is a white noise CD that you can buy to go along with this book, as well as The Happiest Toddler on the Block which details how to talk to your toddler.

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, written by the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic, offers accurate information from experts. Because this book is written by the experts at Mayo Clinic, you can be assured you are getting the most accurate and up to date research on pregnancy and childbirth. This book features week by week updates about your babies growth and what changes to expect to your body along the way. There are also answers to questions, including embarrassing questions, and tips for surviving all those unpleasant symptoms.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, written by the nations most well-known mid-wife Ina May Gaskin, is full of birthing stories and advice. Her book focuses on a more natural childbirth and gives tips for going through labor and childbirth without medications. She also has tips for working with doctors and healthcare providers. 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is written by expert from  La Leche League International. The book has been revised and updated with the latest information.  It's basically a "meeting in a book" including answers to questions expectant mothers, new moms, and even seasoned pros have about breastfeeding. Women in all stages of pregnancy or motherhood will benefit from the advice, stories, and detailed information and research given in the book. There is also a resource section that lists online resources and finding local La Leche League support sites and groups. 

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