When you’re pregnant with your first child, approximately one billion questions are racing through your mind and all you want are the answers to ANYTHING/EVERYTHING that lies ahead (that’s not so much to ask, right?).
The unknown is super scary and will send you into a frenzy of anxiety; the thought of keeping a tiny infant alive doesn’t exactly sound like a walk in the park. And since you already have zero control of your growing belly, delivery or postpartum life, it would be nice to at least feel like you have a *few* things figured out.
That is where these 5 essential baby prep books come into play (even if you only have time to skim them). We guarantee they will help put your mind at ease and have you armed and ready (because knowledge power, obvi) to take on the beautiful chaos we call motherhood!
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting—Pamela Druckerman’s guide to French parenting shares the secrets that French women live by when raising littles (seriously, what don’t they know)—everything from how to get your baby sleeping through the night to the keys to getting your toddler to eat and play the way you want. Best part, this book reads more like a funny narrative than a list of what to do and not to do.
The Happiest Baby On The Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer—Dr. Harvey Karp’s “Fourth Trimester” concept and his “5 S’s” method are crucial to surviving the first few months with a newborn under your roof. He will have you shhing, swaddling and swinging your baby to a soothing sleep like a pro.
What To Expect The First Year—Your baby is constantly changing so much in the first year—it’s hard to keep up. Place this book by your bedside for a month by month guide. Pick up whenever you are in doubt, need a quick recap or a heads up on what is around the corner.
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant The Gift of Nighttime Sleep—Don’t let your new cub stop you from going out and about. Scheduling can be your best friend (no need to be intimated) and help you plan ahead ensuring a more successful outing. We promise this read will have your baby (and mama) napping like a champ and sleeping through the night in no time.
Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work—Heading back to office life and dedicated to breastfeeding? This book will seriously change your life. And super helpful if you need travel tips and pumping hacks (from storing to cleaning) in general.
What are you reading? We’d love to hear your favorite baby prep books.