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Best Parenting Books for New Parents & Expectant Parents

Today we will share Best Parenting Books for New Parents & Expectant Parents. The influence of family education on children is self-evident. Good and correct family education concepts and methods can allow parents to cultivate an excellent child, while wrong family education concepts and methods can mislead parents and cause the child's life.

There are so many educational books on the market, how should parents choose to read the best parenting books for new parents? With so many parenting genres, who should parents believe? Which books can withstand scientific argument? Which books are on paper? 

In this issue, I will share with you several classic best parenting books for new & expectant parents recognized by thousands of people. If you find it useful, remember to share.

There must be a lot of mothers who like to read all kinds of parenting books, and they are accustomed to flipping through the books as soon as they encounter some confusion during the process of bringing a baby. 
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However, there are all kinds of Best parenting books of all time on the market nowadays, with various genres and experts. The concept of parenting is constantly emerging. The most terrible thing is that when facing the same problem, one expert said that he must do this, and another expert said that he must not do it, which makes people feel dizzy. How to choose parenting books? What kind of knowledge is most helpful to mothers? 

It is a headache for many new parents to raise a baby well. If there are professional parenting guide books, it is very good. Below we will recommend 15 parenting books for new parents so that they can happily and scientifically parent children. Next, let's take a look.

Best parenting books for new moms with toddlers and babies


    Best Parenting Books for New Parents & Expectant Parents 2021


    1. We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy


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    We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy" by Adrian Kulp 

    The book I bought for R’s father-to-be, I can read the entire book in just over an hour with a few pages per week. I asked R to read according to my pregnancy progress, and he didn't think it was very useful. It’s funny that he started urging me very early on why the hospital bag hasn’t been collected yet. 

    The book says that it should be ready at this time. It turns out that he reads too fast. He was pregnant when I was in the second trimester. It's late...If dad-to-be wants to be lazy, you can take a look, but the amount of information is average, if there are other books, this one won't be necessary.



    2. What to Expect When You're Expecting  


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    What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff

    This is a reference manual for pregnancy. When you need it, you can search for relevant knowledge points at any time when you have questions. It is not suitable for reading the whole article, because you can't remember it completely after reading it.

    Regarding pregnancy, in the early stage, I will basically study the relevant precautions in a short time to do a systematic study. In the next few months, I go to the hospital for examination on time, and another related knowledge supplementation is relatively slow.

    In other words, in the early stages of pregnancy, the utilization rate of this book will be relatively high, and then the utilization rate will gradually decrease. When encountering a problem, there is about half the probability that the book can give an answer, but it is only for reference. 

    We will go to the hospital for real questions and find the doctor to give the best choice instead of listening to a book. book. Furthermore, the book written by foreigners still feels a bit of distance from our real situation, so this book cannot solve the real problems encountered during pregnancy. As a supplement to pregnancy-related knowledge, it is still possible, such as some precautions.

    In fact, in the beginning, I had a very high enthusiasm for learning, but this book is too thick. Although I filled in some relevant knowledge in the process of reading, this knowledge did not change much. When I really encountered a problem, I couldn't find the answer in the book, so my enthusiasm for reading naturally weakened.

    The overall feeling is: when you have this book, it means that you will have your own baby. It is worth celebrating, but the real problem is that this book can’t solve the problem. Put it on the shelf, and another friend will be pregnant. You can give it to them.



    3. The Happiest Baby on the Block


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    The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Harvey Karp

    This book promotes a view (the baby is born three months early, so it has to go through a fourth period, at this stage, parents should provide it with a womb-like experience) and a set of practices (5S method, namely, wrapping, shushing) Sound, lying on the side, shaking, and nipple are integrated into a set of hug therapy, which can quickly calm down a crying child).

    I believe this method is very effective for American parents who are busy at work and have little time to spend with their children but effectively does not mean beneficial. I think the first consideration in raising children is whether our behavior is conducive to the growth and development of the child, not whether it can calm the child down. 

    The starting point of this book is to quiet down the child, so I questioned the method, which may bring some potential side effects while quieting the child. Although the author has made a lot of explanations in the book in advance, I still reserve the right to question, and I hope to see the critical views of others, and I also look forward to seeing more effective and helpful experiences from parents.



    4. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child 


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    Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth M.D. 

    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

    Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that
    • Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
    • Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
    • Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
    • Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
    • Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
    • Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule
    Rest is vital to your child's healthy growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems.



    5. Boys Should Be Boys  


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    Boys Should Be Boys" by Meg Meeker

    Ten years of trees, 100 years of people, to educate an excellent, healthy, and strong-hearted son is the wish of every mother.
         When the son fell to the ground, the parents thought with tears, as long as they are healthy, everything is fine.
        
         When the son is healthy and smart, the parents greedily hope that the son will be better than the children of the same age, and go all out and run around for this. And the beautiful name is that this is for the future of the child. In fact, asking yourself maybe for your own vanity, for your own son is not worse than the neighbor's son, for your own son to study better than the son of classmates, for. . . .
       
         So have we thought about what kind of person you want your son to be when he is twenty-five years old?

         Many times parents are exhausted every day, letting their children learn various subjects. At the end of the day, when they are twenty-five years old, they found that he did not learn more than other children, but less.

         When we were young, we knew the rule of 7+1>8, that is, the efficiency of learning for eight hours is far lower than the principle of taking one hour in the middle of learning seven hours. But when we switched to our own children, we forgot to let them shuttle in various classes on holidays, piano, violin, saxophone, ballet, national standard, English, composition. . . . .
         
         After reading this book, I reflected a lot.



    6. The Wonder Weeks 


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    The Wonder Weeks" by Frans X. Plooij & Hetty van de Rijt (Author). 

    If you don’t finish reading, you won’t be starring. The basic concept is that, just as the body has a prolonged period of rapid growth, there are also stages of rapid development of brain development, accompanied by regression of sleep and eating well, no reason to cry. After downloading the app that matches the book, you can track the baby's leap growth stage.

    Parenting reference books, new mothers can take a look, there are detailed introductions and examples for several leap periods. I think the most important function of this kind of book is to prevent novice mothers from anxiety and let novice mothers have books to rely on. 

    Tell you that sometimes stepping back a little bit maybe for better progress later. It is more fragrant with the matching app, you can set up multiple children, record and view the leap period, possible abnormal behavior, and tell you how to solve it.



    7. The Sleepeasy Solution 


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    The Sleepeasy Solution" by Jennifer Waldburger & Jill Spivack  (Author). 

    Is your child a night owl or a nap resister? Help has arrived with "The Sleepeasy Solution!" Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger have earned their reputation as two of America's leading experts on children and sleep because they give parents the key ingredients for success- a customized sleep plan, clear step-by-step instructions, and plenty of emotional support. 

    Their'least-cry' approach ensures that healthy sleep habits are established quickly without any guessing and without any guilt. Teach your child to sleep through the night and take regular naps. Say goodbye to early morning waking. End bedtime battles. Find easy solutions to common problems such as teething, illness, traveling, and managing multiple siblings.



    8. Cribsheet by Emily Oster 

    A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

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    Cribsheet" by Emily Oster

    As a professor of economics at Brown University and the mother of two children, the author uses the perspective of a scientist to study whether the modern popular parenting concept is supported by data, and proposes a framework that can be used in decision-making. 

    From breastfeeding, early education, rule-making, to infants, vitamin supplementation, it covers almost all the topics that parents care about from the birth of the baby to preschool. The biggest feature of this book is also the most precious. It does not tell you what to do but guides you to make the most suitable choice for your family in a scientific and rational way.



    9. The Good Sleeper  


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    "The Good Sleeper" by Janet Krone Kennedy Ph.D. 

    Cry it out or co-sleep? Bassinet or swing? White noise machine or Bach? How many hours anyway? For something so important, there's too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. 

    This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome brand new baby home. This book is written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting. 

    With polarizing figures and techniques dominating the marketplace―and spawning misinformation across the internet―Dr. Kennedy's methods and practices create an extensively researched and parent-tested approach to sleep training that takes both babies' and parents' needs into account to deliver good nights and days of sleep, and no small dose of peace of mind.

    The Good Sleeper is a practical, empowering―and even entertaining―guide to help parents understand infant sleep. This research-based book will teach parents the basics of sleep science, determine how and when to intervene and provide tools to solve even the most seemingly impossible sleep problems.



    10. Your Baby and Child 


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    Your Baby and Child" by Penelope Leach

    This is Penelope Leach's classic childcare manual updated for 21st-century parents. In the 21st century, we know a child's psychological development and well-being are just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together key new scientific evidence about the way infants think and react to their parents and the outside world. 

    Find guidance on sleeping, feeding, playing, and washing as well as stage-by-stage advice on your baby's physical, intellectual and emotional development from birth to five. You'll learn how to respond to your child and achieve a happier, more harmonious family life. 

    More than a guide to childcare-this insight from Penelope Leach into your child's needs, thoughts and behaviors will help you to really communicate together. You'll get support and learn to trust your parenting instincts and gain the confidence to live by your baby and child, not by the book.



    11. The Fifth Trimester  


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    "The Fifth Trimester" by Lauren Smith Brody

    The Fifth Trimester is your new best friend: a brilliant, tells-it-like-it-is guide that helps moms cope with the demands of the real world after the baby arrives The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry days ) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. No matter what the job or how you define work, you're going to have a lot of questions. 
    • When will I go back? 
    • How should I manage that initial "I want to quit" attack? 
    • Flex-time or full-time? 
    • How can I achieve 50/50 at home with my partner? 
    • What's the best option for childcare? 
    • Is it possible to look like I slept for eight hours instead of three? 
    • Why is there never a convenient space to pump? 
    Whether you're in the final stages of pregnancy or hitting the panic button on your last day of leave, The Fifth Trimester is your one-stop-shop for the honest, funny, and comforting tips, to-do lists, and take-charge strategies you'll need to embrace your new identity as a working parent and set yourself up for success. 

    Based on interviews with 700+ candidly speaking moms in wildly varied fields and incredible expert advice, The Fifth Trimester tackles every personal and professional detail with the wit, warmth, and inspiration you need to win when you head back to work. 

    Like What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Happiest Baby on the Block, this is an indispensable guide every new mom needs on her shelf.



    12. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids 


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    "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids" by Jancee Dunn

    "Even when they are asleep, infants as young as six months react negatively to angry, argumentative voices..."

    "At ages three to six, children assume they are the cause of the fight. By ages of six to eight, they tend to side with one parent."

    "...when parents battle, it is the father's relationship with his kids that takes a major hit. Most moms were able to compartmentalize and reported a quick recovery, and even an improved relationship with their child. But fathers had a much greater tendency to let the negative marital tension spill over into the rest of the family."



    13. Bringing Up Bébé  


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    Bringing Up Bébé" by Pamela Druckerman

    It was written by an American journalist who married in France and found out that French families and American families have very different parenting methods during the process of having children in France. 

    Mainly from the perspective of criticizing American parenting methods: the kind of parenting method that overemphasizes giving up self to be intimate with, always praise, let children learn everything early, and worry about children in every detail.

    A quite witty narrative, but there are inevitably some exaggerated descriptions that Americans use. According to the author, the mothers of French families are elegant and calm, and the children are well-behaved, but I still believe that there are children everywhere. 

    Of course, the author still analyzes from all levels of government, history, and social environment why French mothers look easier to take care of their children. Actually, I want to give 3 and a half stars. As a parenting reader, it is worth reading to understand some different perspectives.



    14. Operating Instructions 


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    Operating Instructions" by Anne Lamott

    I would like to recommend a book to every novice mother. How can Anne Lamott, a frank and self-deprecating writer, convey her charming tone in the Chinese translation (seems not yet)? After reviewing this diary after four or five years, I am still amazed by the words that accurately capture the movements of the baby boy, and laughed at the humorous metaphors and associations. 

    "Sometimes he's the Dalai Lama, and sometimes he's like a cross between a bad boyfriend and a high-strung puppy." She became a single mother when she was thirty-five. A good girlfriend (the most powerful helper in life) also started chemotherapy after suffering from cancer this year. 

    The final part of the diary writes about her son's first birthday, and then a record, two years later, her girlfriend died of illness. I checked the wiki, and now Anne Lamott has become a grandmother.



    15. And Now We Have Everything  


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    And Now We Have Everything" by Meaghan O'Connell

    Everyone’s production process is different. Some people are surprisingly smooth, two or three hours to complete, some people like the author’s twists and turns for more than forty hours or even more dangerous. And this kind of experience will directly shape you, and it's also very random when you think about it.

    In short, before giving birth, you must understand all the risks and sufferings you may face (severe unsuccessful production process may cause severe pain for dozens of hours, and may cause major sequelae including but not limited to organ damage. 

    Depression, loss of libido, career hindrance, husband and wife/couple relationship frustration, no freedom anymore); you have to discuss with your partner or figure out how to bring your children, whether to breastfeed exclusively, or whether to make meals by yourself Infant meal, do you want to be responsive to your child, or give your child the best meal beyond your ability.

    But there is still good news, that is, the hardest part of raising a child is at the beginning. When the child grows up and becomes a real person who can express himself and take care of himself, everything will get better and better.

    In addition, this book proves once again that young women have a deadline even in the United States and New York. You need to find a partner before the deadline to give birth.



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