New Moms have a lot to deal with, and given today’s changing family structure, most of us have to do it without much support. Of course, there’s Google, but sometimes there can be so much contradictory advice that can make you more confused than before! That’s when a good ol’ reliable book can come in handy; one which you can go back to and refer whenever the need arises.
But sometimes, all a new Mom needs is a good laugh with her friends. While going out to a cafe might not be possible when you’re at a newborn’s constant beck and call, you can make new friends in some books written by Moms just like you and me. Knowing that you’re not alone in this is a lovely relief!
So considering the needs of a new mother, we have here a list of 10 useful and fun parenting books for new Moms; which are just as useful and fun for Dads too!
10 Useful (and Fun) Parenting Books for New Moms
1. The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
If you’re a parent or soon to be one, you’ve no doubt heard of Dr. Sears. The Baby Book by the Sears Library is the ultimate, most comprehensive guide for babies and toddlers for the modern world. Whatever your problem, you’re likely to find a solution in this book! At over a thousand rupees, it seems a little pricey for the Indian market, but if you were to buy just one parenting book, this would be it.
2. The Happiest Baby on the Block
For every parent, a new baby throws up many challenges, and all you want are simple ways to deal with them. This book is perfect for new and expecting parents, and helps to create an environment of peace and calm for the new baby. Take Dr. Karp’s advice to deal with problems without panicking or getting stressed. Soon you’ll be happy parents with the happiest baby on the block!
3. The Sleep Book for Tired Parents
One thing common to new parents across the world is sleep deprivation! Taking care of a baby is extremely trying, and chronic sleep deprivation can affect your life and your parenting. This book doesn’t just go about suggesting one method and insisting that it is the ‘right’ one. Instead, it provides a number of strategies for sleep and you can choose the one that fits your family and lifestyle the best.
4. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)
Every woman who has ever tried breastfeeding knows that it’s not as easy or natural as it looks, but requires a lot of effort and determination. Many women have just stuck it through the pain and discomfort just because of not having the right help. This book by the La Leche League provides a lot of information and support for all kinds of breastfeeding situations and is guaranteed to make your breastfeeding journey a comfortable one.
5. Dr. R.K. Anand’s Guide to Child Care: Parenting the Indian Way
Most of the popular parenting books are written by non-Indian authors, and while many problems of new Moms are universal, some solutions might not apply in an Indian household. This is exactly the gap that Dr. R.K. Anand seeks to fill, as he sifts through the myths to provide matter-of-fact, sensible advice. Must buy!
6. The Essential Stay-At-Home Mom Manual
We know a lot of our readers have become stay at home or work from home Moms, and sometimes it can get really overwhelming! Well, this guide offers a helping hand amidst the chaos, and in a warm, friendly tone too! Learn how to organize your life and home, so that you can find time to workout, make healthy meals and play with your child too!
Now, for some fun!
7. Confessions of a Scary Mommy
The Scary Mommy website is quite popular among new Moms, and you’ve probably seen articles from it shared far and wide. This book by the site owner is one of the most brutally honest books on motherhood, but in a hilarious way! The author tells it like it is, and you will find yourself nodding your head and feeling a sense of deja vu throughout the book!
8. Sorry I Peed on You (and Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy)
Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking as he squirts right while you’re changing his diaper? If yes, then you’ll find your answers here! Written in the form of several short letters from babies and toddlers, this is one heartwarming yet hilarious book to read!
9. Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us
Admit it, as a Mom, some days are just full of you-know-what, and you end up feeling like the worst Mom in the world. But this book lets you know that you are not alone, and whatever you’re going through right now, another Mom somewhere in the world is going through the exact same thing! An honest and hilarious take on motherhood, this will make you laugh on a bad day!
10. Porn for New Moms
No, no, no, this is not what it looks like!! We know new Moms don’t get the time or opportunity for romance, but this book is not about that, sorry! This book features a new Mom’s real fantasies – Dads changing diapers, washed dishes, empty laundry baskets, Mom going to the spa while Dad watches the baby – you get the idea! Makes a great funny gift for a friend who’s expecting or is a new Mom!
All these books are available in India, and you can shop for them from the comfort of your home! So start reading, and make motherhood a fun and stress free journey!
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