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16 Must-Read Books to Help You Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting


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There are so many books out there! It can really become mind-boggling. We have saved you some precious time by giving you our expertly recommended books to help you through your pregnancy, childbirth (although having a Doula is important too!) and also great parenting advice for babies and toddlers.

Remember, your natural mother’s instinct is what you can rely on the most…

1) The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

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With more than 1.3 million video views each month and over fifty-two million total views on her YouTube channel, Howland’s (a.k.a. Mama Natural) funny but informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. Now Howland is turning to the page, offering up the first week-by-week natural pregnancy book for soon-to-be moms.

Full of weekly advice and tips for a healthy pregnancy, Howland details vital nutrition to take, natural remedies for common and troublesome symptoms, as well as the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of interventions.

2) Parenting from the Inside Out

In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help you raise compassionate and resilient children.

3) Keep Calm: The New Mum’s Manual: Trust Yourself and Enjoy Your Baby

I love this book! It does not put parenting into one size fits all box. It is a lighthearted, sensible guide that is full of essential advice to build your confidence, and bring back mommy power.

4) The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality 

The postpartum period can be such a roller coaster for a new mom, but this book is an empowering guide through that tough time.

5) Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids  

 Tips on topics such as sleep, eating, baths, travel, and more.

6) The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep-Newborn to School Age 

The Happy Sleeper is a research-based guide to helping children do what comes naturally—sleep through the night. Woohoo!

7)  Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers 

Understanding the seven natural laws of breastfeeding will help you avoid and overcome challenges such as low milk production, breast refusal, weaning difficulties, and every other obstacle that can keep you from enjoying breastfeeding your baby.

8) The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

Based on a lifetime of research into developmental psychology, the author speaks from great depth. Her audience is both the layman and the professional for the work is an integration of her thinking on the way infants and children learn and become social beings.

9) Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Abilities

This is a great first book to RIE parenting. It provides a good foundation and background to how RIE was started and provides data/research based proof. If this approach resonates with you and If you’re looking for actual methods and words to use, I highly recommend Janet Lansbury’s “No Bad Kids” as a follow up.

10) Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby

Your Baby Is Speaking To You delivers the information parents crave in gentle, accessible style while giving parents the confidence they need to respond to their own babies way of communicating during the very first astonishing days and the months beyond.

11) Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect

Internationally renowned infant specialist Magda Gerber, M.A., the founder of RIE, offers a healthy new approach to infant care based on a profound respect for each baby’s individual needs and abilities.

12) The Happiest Baby on the Block 

 Never again will you have to stand by helplessly while your little baby cries and cries. There is a way to calm most crying babies . . . usually in minutes!

13) Touchpoints-Birth to Three

This is a fantastic book to read as your child grows and changes. I bought this copy for a friend because I love my own so much. Brazelton outlines what to expect in the cognitive, emotional and physical development of your child within ranges of ages because, as he notes, all children grow at different rates.

14) Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years

You will find answers in this book to almost any question about being a parent and the problems you could face. Very comprehensive and with literally thousands of real life examples.

15) Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms 

This book helps you develop a habit of taking five-minute “mindful breaks” that will keep you happy and healthy. This will be a life saver…I assure you!

16) Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming   

It is so important that a new mom keeps her sense of humor. That’s the best way to get through the first year while struggling to figure out parenting. Some milestone examples are, “First time holding the baby over your head and she pukes on you,” and, “First time you try to install a car seat and curse yourself for not getting that PhD in Theoretical Physics.” 🙂 

Enjoy your parenting journey!

 


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I have been a professional nanny working with children of all ages for over 15 years. My work has taken me all over the globe and I have had many amazing adventures with the families that I have worked with, all of which has taught me a great deal about how to make parenting less stressful.

I helped create Mothers Lifestyle in order to share parenting tips and secrets that I learned along the way, as well as to provide life-saving tools and advice from the world’s leading experts that I rely on every day in my professional life.