10 Best Parenting Books for New Parents

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You’re in your rookie year of parenting and you and your spouse have no idea what to expect or where to begin. “How do I get my little girl to stop crying?” “How do I communicate with my baby boy if all I can get out of him is the occasional burp?”

Moms and dads, you no longer have to worry about what to do in any situation. You can even stop calling your in-laws to ask for help. We’ve put together a list of the best parenting books that will help you conquer all your fears.

Here are the top 10 best baby books (in no particular order) for new parents:

1. ‘Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs’

Mind In The Making Book

Parents, get your highlighter ready because you’re going to want to keep track of all the helpful and essential advice Ellen Galinsky has to offer. She walks you through seven important life skills, including focus and self-control, perspective talking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-distracted, engaged learning.

2. ‘Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby’

'Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby'

The New York Times bestseller by Tracy Hogg is a miracle book. It provides parents with the ability to understand every whimper and cry, helping them decipher whether the baby is tired, hungry, angry or in needs of a little more loving. Hogg shares how to get a baby to eat, play and sleep on a set schedule. Through her program “Tracy’s Three Day Magic,” she teaches you how to work through and change bad habits – both your’s and the baby’s.

3. ‘Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year

Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year

Featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” Dr. Ari Brown and Denise Fields provide answers to all the baby basics: picking a pediatrician, getting your baby to sleep during the night, proper first-aid tools, how to deal with a fussy baby, nutrition information, growth and developmental concerns, tips on how to get your baby to talk, how to introduce solid foods, how to baby proof the house, etc. All your basic questions are successfully answered in this book.

4. ‘On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleeping

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleeping

Leading experts on infant management concepts, Dr. Robert Buckram, M.D., and Gary Ezzo co-wrote this trusty sleeping manual to help parents who struggle during bedtime. The guide gives parents pointers for naturally synchronizing their child’s feeding time in addition to morning and nighttime sleep cycles. Additional reference material includes taking care of the baby and mom, a timeline of
what to expect and when to expect it, sleep training problems and solutions, monitoring baby growth and healthy growth charts.

5. ‘The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior — Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood’The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior — Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood book

Tracy Hogg has done it again with another New York Times best-seller, this time with co-author Melinda Blau. The pair walk new parents through advice, insights and techniques to help you become a caregiver. The authors help you recognize potential problems and provide solutions to help troubleshoot them. Additionally, it teaches you and your spouse to be patient and conscious parents.

6. ‘Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn — and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less’

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn — and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

This award-winning book is the creative work of multiple highly credentialed child psychologists that illustrates the trend of accelerated learning. Before you enroll your little one in preschool, read this book! The psychologists’ message to parents is to let your child learn through play rather than academics. Research shows that play is essential for child development skills like verbal communication and self-awareness in addition to academic subjects such as math, reading, science.

7. Toddler Tactics’Toddler Tactics book

Pinky McKay provides new parents like you with realistic advice including but not limited to communicating with your toddler, potty training, good eating habits, discipline and proper manners, sleeping/playing routines and overall family dynamics. The book will teach you patience and provide you with skills on how to handle your growing (and sometimes moody) toddler.

8. ‘The Secret of Happy Children: Why Children Behave the Way They Do and What You Can Do to Help Them to be Optimistic, Loving, Capable, and Happy’

The Secret of Happy Children: Why Children Behave the Way They Do and What You Can Do to Help Them to be Optimistic, Loving, Capable, and Happy

Dubbed the “childhood guru,” psychologist and family counselor Steve Biddulph provides parents with instructions regarding child communication all the way from those baby to teenage years. He walks parents through the mind of their child and provides helpful tips on being confident caregivers.


9. ‘The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child’The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child

Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, R.N., focus on the benefits of of attachment for both parents and the child. The book discusses the six “Baby B’s” that are crucial in this form of parenting: bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, bedding close to baby, belief in the language of value of baby’s cry, beware of baby trainers. By reading this book, you’ll be able to achieve all your goals as a new parent, from getting to know your child to helping them feel right to enjoying parenthood. The authors explain that attachment parenting improves child development, makes discipline easier and promotes independence.

10. ‘Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too’

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

If you’re having twins or plan on having a second child in the future, pick up a copy of this New York Times best-seller by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Through this book, parents will learn tools for coping with conflict, encouraging cooperating and reducing competition. Additionally, parents become familiar on how to treat their children unequally yet fairly. Additionally, it provides tips on how children can channel and effectively use their hostility for a creative outlet.

Gina Russell is a lover of Thai food, feminist prose, and music of the indie rock persuasion. When she’s not writing or reading up on health and education, she’s drinking coffee or binge watching “The Office.”