Books to Help You Survive the First Year of Parenthood

12 May Books to Help You Survive the First Year of Parenthood

The earliest days of parenting can be a wonderful and terrifying time. There are a lot of ups and downs as well as difficult questions you will have to work through. With so many parenting guides out there, it can seem overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered this Mother’s Day!

In this article, you will find a list of our favorite titles to help navigate that difficult first year!

How to be a Happier Parent
by KJ Dell’Antonia

How to be a Happier Parent draws on years of experience and a wealth of research to bring parents practical solutions to finding joy and happiness in the inevitable chaos of life with a baby.

First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers
by Dana Angelo White MS

At around the six-month mark, your pediatrician is going to give the okay for your little one to start on solid foods. It’s a fun, albeit messy time. Deciding what to give your baby and when can be tricky, though. We all want our babies to eat healthy and enjoy a varied, nutritious diet. First Bites is a quick and concise guide to accomplishing just that, making it a great resource for everything from early forays into solids to those picky toddler years.

The Confident Parent
by Jane Scott, M.D. and Stephanie Land

Parenthood, particularly the first month or two, can feel all-consuming — and in many ways it is. However, it’s important for both your well-being and that of your little one to maintain your core self. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of insecurity and anxiety when it comes to caring for your baby, and The Confident Parent is a practical guide to finding your way back out.

Bringing Up Bébé
by Pamela Druckerman

Bringing Up Bébé offers fascinating insight into the cultural nuances of parenting and could change the way you view everything from sleep training to feeding schedules to family dynamics for the better.

What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?
by Anish Sheth, M.D. and Josh Richman

One thing no one ever tells you about being a new parent is just how much you’ll talk about your baby’s poo. We have many conversations with other parents about it. This is a thing and you should be ready for it. With a nice balance of humor and insight, this book delves into everything from digestive quirks to the dreaded poo-splosion to potty training.

First Bites: Homemade, Nourishing Recipes from Baby Spoonfuls to Toddler Treats
by Leigh Ann Chatagnier

Start your baby off right with real food to nourish their every need. First Bites teaches you the ins and outs of introducing food so good, even you will want to eat it! This adorable and innovative cookbook is packed full of easy recipes that are bursting with flavor and nutrients to expand your baby’s palette and give them the vitamins they need to thrive.

What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler
by Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D.

What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler combines simple, delicious recipes with a month-by-month breakdown of what to incorporate into your child’s diet for their first two years. In effect, the book is precisely what the title suggests: a no-nonsense guide to feeding your little one. It also has tons of information about common challenges, like dealing with picky eaters, food allergies, and food safety.

Weird Parenting Wins
by Hillary Frank

In the hilarious and relatable Weird Parenting Wins, Hillary Frank collects advice from parents who’ve done what they had to do in the moment to overcome a child-rearing challenge. It serves as a welcome reminder that every parent wings it sometimes.