Firsthand advice from experienced moms is invaluable when you’re a new mommy, but remember to check out book recommendations from other moms as well. When the time comes for sleep training, potty training, discipline techniques, or if you just need a “how-to-guide” for infants, I found these three books were my favorites:
Baby 411 (by Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown): An amazing flip through guide for any question you might have about your infant throughout the first year. Written by pediatricians, this book touches on any possible question you might have about your infant regarding care and feeding, sleeping advice, developmental milestones, and basically clear answers and smart advice for new parents and their babies. Here is the table of contents of the book, Baby 411. I strongly encourage you to join their Facebook page too because they have great advice to share online as well. The authors also have a book for the expectant mom (Expecting 411) and a book for toddlers (Toddler 411).
The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems (by Tracy Hogg): This is more of a chapter book that you need to invest the time to read but it’s an excellent resource for introducing a new parent to the different stages of child development and learning how to listen to your baby. When I first was pregnant with Harrison, I had never heard of “sleep training” until I had talked to a friend about what excellent bedtime habits her son had. I don’t remember if he was even a year old at the time but I watched her simply put him in his bed after his nightly routine and he would put himself to sleep. No rocking. No tug of war for him to lie down. He simply put himself to sleep. I asked her how she did it and she said, “Baby Whisperer. You must get this book!”
Who would have thought that you would need to teach your baby how to sleep? But as I started to read the book and learn about the different stages of falling asleep and looking out for the signs of sleepiness in your baby, I was instantly hooked and wanted to learn more. Think about it this way, when your baby was in the womb, they ate, slept, and entertained themselves in there. There was no clock. They just went about their business. Now we have to teach them how to do those things in the outside world. Breastfeeding and learning how to sleep at night are just two quick examples of that. It’s all an adjustment period and Baby Whisperer teaches you how to help your baby adjust to their new world and create expectations for them so they can be more relaxed and happier babies.
The Happiest Toddler on the Block (by Harvey Karp): There is a baby version to this book but I was introduced to this author when I was in need of help in the toddler stage. Life was pretty hectic in our household when Harrison really became a “toddler” and by that I mean “the boy who found his independence, started tantrums, and was getting into everything”. Yeah, that guy. We moved, had a baby, and I went through an major illness right when Harrison was sowing his oats and becoming less of a baby and more of a big boy. I started reading this book and within the first chapter I didn’t feel like I was crazy anymore. It was reassuring to read that everything I was experiencing with my little boy was completely normal. Sometimes just hearing that confirmation is all you need to feel better when you are facing the challenges of parenting and motherhood. My favorite thing about this book is it’s a straight forward and honest read. It’s modern and offers great examples which I love! My favorite is the basic comparison between toddlers and cavemen.
I hope you get a chance to check out these books and if you live in CT and want to borrow my copy, let me know!
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