10 MOMS NAME THEIR FAVORITE BOOK FOR NEW PARENTS

Have you ever spent hours, days or maybe even weeks searching the internet, the local bookstore or the library for THE book to answer a parenting question? We have. Not just once but over and over again as new questions come up. Have you ever wished for a list of recommendations from other moms like you? We have as well.

So we asked our Mighty Mamas to share their thoughts and here is what they said.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO BRAND NEW PARENTS?

"I loved the book "Bringing up Bebe" by Pamela Druckerman so much that I bought a few extra copies to give to my friends."

-Hannah, Mom to four, Freelance Writer and Seamstress

"Any book by Dr. Sears especially The Attachment Parenting Book & The Baby Sleep Book! He has great insight on so many parenting issues. If you're going to be breastfeeding, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a wonderful resource, too!"

-Beth, Mom to two, Domestic Engineer

"Honestly I didn't really get attached to any one book for pregnancy or the first couple of months. I found the most comfort and support by reaching out to other moms that I know and trust. They were never afraid to reassure me, gently guide me or tell me their own "mom fail" moments which were all needed while first navigating motherhood. There is so much information out there that is readily available to read but in my opinion nothing beats having a conversation with someone who has a bit more experience."

-Samantha, Mom to one, Student

""What To Expect The First year" probably has the most information spanning a wide range. I always recommend this for new mothers."

-Jasmine, Mom to one, Stay at Home Mom

"On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. A friend recommended it to me when I just had my son, so I downloaded the audiobook to listen to during feeding sessions. I can’t say I followed the advice 100%, but some of it was helpful for us in helping our son sleep well through the night. Sleep is everything."

-Michelle, Mom to one, Construction Company Manager, Artist, and Blogger

"I would highly recommend any book in the Baby 411 series. This book is like an encyclopedia for any parent - new or experienced. It has a reference and support for most baby topics."

-Kim, Mom to two, Stay at Home Mom

"I don't actually recommend any one book! I tell my mom friends to borrow different ones from the library and peruse them. In my opinion, no one book is an end all, be all parenting solution for all of us. We all have different styles and preferences when it comes to parenting. Different books for different folks!"

-JeeYoung, Mom to two, Consultant

"Bringing Up Bebe! I gift it to all my new momma friends.

I liked the "realness" of the book, meaning that a lot of baby books talk a good game about parenting but I like how this book shares some blunders as well as good tips.They give real life examples and I feel like their suggestions really fit into real life.

I read this book 3 times before my first was born and then again before my second was born. I know a lot is parenting style, baby temperament, etc but both of my kids are fantastic sleepers and great eaters and I credit this book with that. "

-Brynn, Mom to two, Registered Dietician and Stay at Home Momma

"Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. This book is definitely not for kids, but when you’re a new parent and suffering through sleep deprivation, sometimes you need a little humor to help you cope. My son wasn’t a good sleeper (still isn’t), and it was the irreverent & funny books that got me through the rough nights. They reminded me to keep my sense of humor, to not take myself too seriously and to remember that this phase doesn’t last forever. Because if you can’t laugh about your circumstances, you’ll cry."

-Ceci, Mom to three, Freelance Writer and Blogger

"For parents themselves I would definitely recommend a baby book. I chose one that asked me details about health, milestones, holidays, firsts, development, and birth. It didn't require many photos or other trinkets from the first year which was awesome - when you're in the trenches, who has time for that? With a near two year old I still read my baby book often and am so glad I wrote down the detailed memories that I did so I can one day pass it on to my son upon the birth of his first child. If you're looking for a new book for babies/toddlers I definitely recommend Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle I may or may not (ahem, may...) have this book memorized because it's that adorable! I'm still not sick of it and it's helped my son learn about friendship, animals, and helpfulness. I'll miss the day that this is no longer our go-to book! "

-Abi, Mom to one, Graphic Designer, WAHM, Stay at Home Mom


WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO BRAND NEW PARENTS?

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