Four Books for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

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New moms and moms-to-be have a LOT going on in their lives! But one thing is for sure – moms always want to do the very best for their babies. Of course, with all of the information readily available, you may be confused by what you should be doing. 

The best answer is that you do what works for you! 

But if you want some additional information to help you make decisions – whether it be about swaddling, or sleeping, or transitioning to solid foods, then there are a lot of good books out there. Here are four that you might want to check out as you navigate motherhood.

  1. What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
    • Some things about babies, happily, will never change. They still arrive warm, cuddly, soft, and smelling impossibly sweet. But how moms and dads care for their brand-new bundles of baby joy has changed—and now, so has the new-baby bible.
    • Announcing the completely revised third edition of What to Expect the First Year. With over 10.5 million copies in print, First Year is the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated.
    • Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever—packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too.
    • Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals—crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements—are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today’s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear. Also new: tips on preparing homemade baby food, the latest recommendations on starting solids, research on the impact of screen time (TVs, tablets, apps, computers), and “For Parents” boxes that focus on mom’s and dad’s needs. Throughout, topics are organized more intuitively than ever, for the best user experience possible.
  2. The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis Borgenicht M.D. and Joe Borgenicht
    • At Last! A Beginner’s Guide to Newborn Baby Technology
    • You’ve programmed your DVR, you’ve installed a wireless Internet connection, you can even check Facebook on your cell phone. But none of this experience will prepare you for the world’s biggest technological marvel: a newborn baby.
    • Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Baby Owner’s Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: What’s the best way to swaddle a baby? How can I make my newborn sleep through the night? When should I bring the baby to a doctor for servicing? Whatever your concerns, you’ll find the answers here—courtesy of celebrated pediatrician Dr. Louis Borgenicht and his son, Joe Borgenicht. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for anyone who wants to learn the basics of childcare.
  3. Managing the Motherhood: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood by Rebekah Borucki
    • A candid, humorous, and heartfelt guide to self-care in motherhood from a meditation expert and mother-of-five.
    • Managing the Motherload is a practical system for sanity from a happy, ultra-productive, and sometimes tired mother of five. This five-part system will help readers create a life that they love while allowing all the items on their to-do list to flourish in their own time.
    • In the book, meditation guide and popular YouTuber, Rebekah “Bex” Borucki features her favorite healing and stress-reducing modalities, including her signature 4-minute meditations.
    • Deeply personal, heartfelt stories of her struggles and tender moments raising five children are highlighted throughout the book. As a birth doula and meditation guide, Bex offers a wealth of personal and professional experience in managing the demands of motherhood and the need for self-care and stress management.
  4. 50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year: The First-Time Mom’s Guide for Your Baby, Yourself, and Your Sanity by Amanda Rodriguez
    • Indispensable advice for flourishing in baby’s first year.
    • Discover the sanity-saving, must-have manual for every new mom! From nursing and teething guides to managing anxiety and finding support, 50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year is bursting with simple and straightforward tips, plus plenty of encouragement.
    • You’ll find the most important information for making the most of your baby’s first year—including suggestions for ways to get enough sleep and be your best self.
    • 50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year includes:
    • Baby care begins with self-care—From reconnecting with your partner to refreshing your wardrobe, make sure you remember you between all the diapers and doctor appointments.
    • Easy-to-navigate—The book is divided into three-month sections, making it easy to locate the tips you want right now—and the ones you’ll want soon.
    • Expert help is here—Get supportive advice for making it through baby’s first year from experienced professionals, including doctors, nutritionists, doulas, preschool directors, and more.
    • Take a deep, cleansing breath and relax—50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year is here with the baby (and mommy) care help you need!

If you have a new baby or a baby-on-the-way, you probably have lots of questions. And yes, there are lots of places you can go for answers! But why not check out a couple of these books and learn what the experts recommend? You might just find some great advice!

(**All book descriptions courtesy of Amazon)

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