Make Mother’s Day memorable and stress-free with these 5 parenting books!
When the springtime sun rises high in the sky and mimosas finally flow on the patio of your favorite brunch spot, Mother’s Day is near. Sons and daughters of all ages gather to organize a relaxing day for the ladies in their lives who do it all. But as time passes and a daughter suddenly finds herself becoming a mother, she enters a season of her life that can be described as anything but relaxing. Make your loved one’s first Mother’s Day a breeze with any of these valuable titles for the brand-new mama:
1. First-Year Baby Care by Paula Kelly, MD
This helpful guide by a pediatrician and mother of two, Paula Kelly, walks new parents through a number of crucial baby care topics including tips for working mothers to breastfeed, childproofing your home, choosing the right diaper, and more. The expanded medical section features information for about 40 different emergencies and illnesses to ensure Moms and Dads are prepared for anything.
2. Bumpology by Linda Geddes
First-time parents most often receive advice about pregnancy and childbirth from eager family members and friends. Though well-intended, not all of this advice may be informed by science. So, how do you know which bits of wisdom to trust? Renowned science journalist Linda Geddes brings up-to-date research to answer plenty of parents’ burning questions, including: “Can I eat peanuts during pregnancy?” and “How much do babies remember?”
3. How to Rock Your Baby by Erin Bried
For those looking for a more light-hearted guide, Erin Bried’s recent addition to the baby advice canon reads like a conversation with a trusted friend. Full of time-tested techniques and retro-inspired illustrations that are as relevant as ever to modern mamas, this book includes advice from remarkable women like Esther Safran Foer (mother of novelist Jonathan Foer), Elaine Maddow (mother of MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow), and Sunchita Tyson (mother of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson).
4. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Roger Harms & Myra Wick
World-renowned nonprofit Mayo Clinic brings more than a century of healthcare expertise to their collection of pregnancy tips. This volume is chock full of no-nonsense information concerning the baby’s development in the womb, self-care tips for side effects like morning sickness and back pain, and even helpful charts detailing how to handle “troublesome signs and symptoms” that may pop up during every stage of gestation.
5. Pregnancy and Birth by Christoph Lees
Expert obstetrics consultant Dr. Christoph Lees teams up with experienced midwife and mother Grainne McCartan in this easy-to-read manual that spans all the way from preconception to your baby’s 6th week. Divided by topic and organized in a simple question-answer format, this book includes both professional and personal insights to help guide first-timers and veteran parents alike. Detailed illustrations enhance the learning experience.
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This post was written by Nina Calabretta, a client experience representative at BookPal. She is currently reading Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future by David Grinspoon.