Best Parenting Books
Best Parenting Books
November 18, 2022

Best Parenting Books

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Best Parenting Books

Now that baby’s here, you may have a lot more questions than you did when you were expecting!

We asked Babylist families about their favorite books that got them through the first year, and here’s what they told us. (And don’t worry. You’ve got this!)

Helpful Options

This book focuses on how to tune into your baby’s calming reflex and can be really helpful when it comes to soothing babies and increasing sleep. Babylist parent Lindsey C. says “As a first time mom, I was worried if my ‘mom instinct’ would kick in immediately. This book gave the proper tools and tips I needed to feel confident to succeed in soothing our little one. It gave reassurance and affirmation to many questions I had. I really enjoyed this book!”

Confident Decision-Making

With so many parenting books out there (and so much conflicting advice), it can be difficult to feel like you’re in control of your own parenting style. Enter economist Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, who’s done her research on all things parenting—from trends to expert advice. The result? A data-driven book that shows you options, debunks myths and gives you the confidence you need to make your own parenting decisions despite all the misinformation out there.

Babylist parent Rebecca L. told us “[this] book left me feeling informed and comfortable with the choices I made and will make for my family.”

Budget Pick

This book covers a variety of standard parenting topics, with a focus on trying to understand what your baby is attempting to communicate to you as well as talking to your baby. The author advocates a middle-of-the-road approach between strict (parent-led) and flexible (baby-led) parenting approaches. Stephanie tell us, “I loved it! It prepared me for bringing home the baby and what caring for her would be like.”

Baby's Sleep Expert

If you are looking to put your baby on a schedule, this is the book for you.

Babylist parent Tabitha says, “The book is about feeding/sleeping schedules and how to implement a routine. I liked the example schedules. If I had to list a dislike, it would be how the book made you feel like your child wasn’t meeting expectations if they weren’t sleeping through the night by 2-3 months of age. If you take this with a grain of salt and focus on a schedule, yet adapt when needed, you’re golden.”

The book is helpful, but it’s important not to be too rigid in following its advice. This book was criticized in an American Academy of Pediatrics journal and can be controversial. We found this article helpful in understanding why some parents love and other parents hate the book.

Informative and Practical

This is a deep reference guide with a glossary in the back that you can use any time you have a question. It covers pretty much all the important topics in your baby’s first year, and people say it’s a nice alternative to calling your pediatrician all the time.

Research Based

Written by an American mother in France who noticed French children were better behaved, this book blends the author’s personal story with studies and research. She says French parents are more comfortable with settings limits for this kids and teaching them to be patient. Also, they “know how to be involved without being obsessed,” she writes. One Babylist parent says, “I loved it. I felt like even though it was a parenting book it still read like an actual book. Plus it had all the important points listed in the back for my husband, who didn’t want to read the whole thing.”

Realistic Winner

The book explains the difficulty of parenting a new baby in a hilarious way and helps new parents realize they’re not alone in finding parenting to be a less-than-idyllic task. One of the chapters is called, “No One Is Loving This as Much as Their Facebook Posts Would Have You Believe.”

Parenting is crazy hard, and you’re not alone in your frustrations. All parents suffer through this stuff, but at least with this book, you can laugh about it! Babylist parent Kimberely S. recommends this book because “it’s so real and raw, and as I’m going thru being a full-time mom, it’s so relevant. Even my baby’s daddy has his own copy. We read and report back to each other what we learned, liked or can relate to.”

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