5 Must Have Books and Websites for New Parents and Parents-To-Be 1


It’s 4 am and your belly is having regular little spasms. Your mind instantly starts racing, “Is the baby okay? Is it in distress? “Do I need to wake hubby up and go to hospital?” Whatever you do, DON’T Google, or worse yet, Web-MD it because the internet will tell you that you are dying. Good news, you are not dying, your baby has fetal hiccups.

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There will be a few moments throughout your pregnancy and as a new parent like the one above. In a time where we Google everything, it is easy to just whip out our phones and search for the answer. Please spare yourself the anxiety attack and buy some reputable reads to answer your questions when concerning times arise. Check out my list of 5 Must Have Books for New Parents and Parents-To-Be:

  1. What To Expect When You’re Expecting
  2. The Complete Book of Breastfeeding
  3. Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad
  4. What to Expect – The First Year
  5. Caring For Your Baby and Young Child

1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (click the titles for link)

Did you know that 99% of questions you will have about your pregnancy will happen at 2 am in the morning? (Not a real statistic but it sure did feel like it) This book was a life saver when it came to the many questions I had about my pregnancy, including the incident regarding hiccups mentioned above. Turns out that hiccups for a fetus are completely harmless and don’t bother them at all. In my last trimester they were a several times a day occurrence. The book What to Expect When You’re Expecting is written in a Q&A format. Real questions asked by real moms in all different stages are answered. It even answers some of the more cringe worthy questions you have been dreading asking your O.B.

2. The Complete Book of Breastfeeding

This book was lent to me by Bryan’s cousin. She went through the whole baby having thing right before me and was a great “go to” for all my questions. Breastfeeding is a very private subject for some but for me, I wanted to know everything I could in order to be successful. This book answered all the nitty-gritty details of breastfeeding. Including the fact that breast feeding burns calories, helping mommy loose weight. Eat up baby!

3. Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad

Awesome book for Dads-to-Be. It is written in a way that helps dad’s know what they can do throughout the pregnancy to help mommy out. The book is full of helpful tips, must-haves, and daddy do’s all in a humorous way which keeps you reading.

4. What to Expect – The First Year

So you have gone through the pregnancy and had your beautiful baby boy or girl, now the fun and worrying begins. If you are anything like me, you are a tad bit of a worry-wort. Babies get runny noses, fevers and lumps and bumps (which you can read about here) but when is it time to really worry and take your little one to the doctors? This handy book is written in a Q & A format and features real parents asking the questions you want answered.

5. Caring For Your Baby and Young Child

This literally has everything you could image regarding you child in it from Birth to age 5. It provides expert advice for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You couldn’t help yourself, you whipped out the phone to look for the answer! Read below for 5 trusty websites that wont give you a heart attack.

Trusty Websites: (click the titles for link)

Scary Mommy 

A hilarious site of mommies that speak about the unspeakable truths of being a parent.

Baby Center 

Babycenter.com covers it all from pregnancy to baby care and development. It also has an amazing form of mommies (and daddies) who ask and answer the questions you may come across.

Parenting

Parenting.com is a site I use a lot for ideas of what to do with my baby. It covers topics for moms-to-be and new moms and also has a great forum.

Lamaze

Lamaze.org offers resources for expectant parents, including articles on a wide variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth and babies.

What to Expect 

This is the site that accompanies the book (mom bible) mentioned above. It is broken down into sections to be your ‘go to’ as you progress along your journey as a parent. It includes information on conception, pregnancy, first year and toddler.

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Leanne is a first time mom to Charlotte and figuring things out as she grows. She has temporarily put her career as a teacher on hold to be a stay at home mom. Follow her for entertaining blog posts on the good, bad and ugly truths of being a mom. She covers topics from pregnancy to having that sweet little baby in your arms.

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  • Cynthia

    Great compilation Leanne. I enjoyed dipping into ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’. My favourite books were the ones I read after my baby was born. Buddhism for Mothers (the entire trilogy is brilliant) by Sarah Napthali and The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary are both insightful and really help put raising a baby, and a navigating parenthood, in perspective. And I totally agree with you, don’t google anything and don’t doubt the power of meditation in pregnancy and birth – pure magic.x