7 Must-Read Books for Any First Time Parent

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Many first time parents feel overwhelmed from the moment they find out they are going to be parents. And even those who already have a child will tell you they still don’t exactly know what they are doing. There isn’t a step-by-step guide to being a parent to your exact child. But there are a lot of parenting books to help steer us in the right direction. Parenting book recommendation lists have been written over and over again, but there are just so many great books to choose from, each appealing to different readers. Therefore, since everyone enjoys different kinds of books, we have compiled the parenting categories you could choose from to get some parenting advice, along with a few examples!

Find a book on Newborn Care

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Newborn 101: Secrets From Expert Nurses On Preparing And Caring For Your Baby At Home by Carole Kramer Arsenault RN IBCLC- Includes tips for home safety, breastfeeding, techniques to help your baby sleep, and more all from a nurses’ experience.

Find a book on Parenting Styles

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How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting by Milan & Kay Yerkovich-This book helps you to assess your parenting (or how you think you might be if you will be a parent) and shows parents how to overcome the predictable challenges that arise out of the five love styles.

Parenting From The Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel-A book to help you become a better parent by knowing who you are.

Find a book to encourage Parenting With Your Partner

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Good Parents Bad Parenting-How To Parent Together When Your Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart by Lisa Dunning-This author explains how our different childhood experiences shape our parenting and how you can work with each other to parent your own children.

Find a book with parenting tips/stories about Being A Mom

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Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures, by Amber Dusick-This is a humorous book with drawings to depict what motherhood is really like.

Deep Breaths: The New Mom’s Handbook To Your Baby’s First Year by Michelle Pearson-This well-known vlogger gives her advice to millennial moms in a way that we will find relatable.

Chicken Soup For The Mother’s Soul by Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff- Heartwarming stories to cheer you up when you need it after a hard day of mothering.

Find a book about Child Development

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Whole Child Parenting: Infant (Birth to 12 Months) –A step by step guide that helps you raise smart, creative, happy, and healthy children by providing the tools needed to understand each age and development stage.

The Wonder Weeks: How To Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Frans X. Plooij-Understand your child’s developmental changes and help him or her to learn and grow through it.

Find a book on Teaching Your Children

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Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky-Here the author writes about skills children need to develop that are essential for their adult life. The essential skills are focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, self-directed, and engaged learning.

How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way, 2nd Edition by Tim Seldin-This is a guide to help you raise your child by building independence, creativity, and confidence using Montessori learning techniques.

Find a book with Baby Games

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Baby Smarts: Games For Playing and Learning by Jackie Silberg-Contains developmental games based on the latest brain research and includes lists of developmental milestones.

Child’s Play: Montessori Games And Activities For Your Baby And Toddler by Maja Pitamic-This is a Montessori-inspired activity book with ideas for children ages 1-3.

With so many amazing parenting books out there, you are bound to find some that are right for both you and your family. Remember that each parent has a unique experience with their children, but with your own intuition and good parenting books, you can be equipped to be an amazing parent.

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