Best Books for New Parents


Recommended Best Books for New Parents

Our Top Pick
Over the last month, our team of dedicated experts has spent its evenings reading dozens of new parenting books so that we can finally reveal that our best book for new parents is ‘What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff.

This new revised edition simply covers everything, from nutrition, all round baby care to how to get a good night’s sleep. Heidi is a world renowned expert in the field of baby care and the level of research she has put into this book is astounding. We were unable to find anything that falls within the normal day to day realm of caring for your baby that has not been covered in this book.

We were particularly impressed with the month by month system, Heidi outlines to try to make the journey into parenthood as easy as possible. This truly is a fantastic, all round book for all of you looking for help on caring for your new baby. If babies really did come with a manual, What to Expect the First Year would be it.

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What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year

If you are looking for the definitive book for new parents, then this is the book we recommend. Now on its third ...

User Rating: 3.85 (1 votes)
2 Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

This book is crammed full of weird and wonderful solutions to some of the problems we all face when becoming a ...

User Rating: 2.75 (1 votes)
3 The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year

If you are looking for a less glamorous version of parenthood that few other books dare to portray then this is a ...

User Rating: 4 (1 votes)
4 Ella’s Kitchen: The First Foods Book: The Purple One

Ella’s Kitchen: The First Foods Book: The Purple One

This book from the famous Ella’s Kitchen is not necessarily the first book you would think of when looking for a ...

User Rating: 3.75 (1 votes)

Why do I need a book and can it really help?

For thousands of years, books have been the primary source of knowledge that can be passed down from generation to generation. Since the invention of the printing press, the number of books available to the public has exploded, while their cost plummeted. This invention sparked what could be called the first information age.

Though nowadays a quick internet search can reveal a short answer to any questions we might have, our learning is often limited by what we already know. Reading a book written by an expert in that particular field will not only answer any questions you might have, but will also guide you step by step through so many facts and viewpoints that you will never have thought existed.

Reading a well-researched and well written book on parenting has helped millions of people worldwide over the last 60 years. These books are packed full of facts and techniques to cope with parenthood, while disgusting every aspect of being a parent, from nappy changing to feeding. Many of the topics, such as breastfeeding are ones that people might be too embarrassed to talk about face to face, but in these books can be laid bare, without embarrassment for people to learn about.

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To this end we employ a full time team of experts who are passionate and dedicated to the field of baby care. Over the last several months we have all wiled away our lunch hours and spare time reading as many books on parenting as possible.

Finally, to reward all our team’s hard work, we can now announce our top 4 books for new parents.

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Kokopax Top Choice: What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year Review

If you are looking for the definitive book for new parents, then this is the book we recommend.

Now on its third edition, this book has proved a worldwide success, selling more than 11 million copies to date. This success is down to it being incredibly well researched and the fact that it lays bare everything you need to know about being a parent.

We loved the books simple step by step approach, which breaks down the first year into a month by month guide that seems to lift a huge weight off the sometimes overwhelming experience of being a new and inexperienced parent.

What to Expect the First Year

This success is down to it being incredibly well researched and the fact that it lays bare everything you need to know about being a parent.

This book covers everything from day to day bay care, to breastfeeding, feeding and getting your baby to sleep. With helpful tips and advice, the book features illustrations to make things even clearer to follow.

Finally, the new addition now features a fantastic new buyers guide for all the modern toys and products that your baby might need. This book covers everything and one that we simply cannot find fault with, unless you are looking for a book that actually raises your baby too.


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Ella’s Kitchen: The First Foods Book: The Purple One

Ella's Kitchen: The First Foods Book: The Purple One Review

This book from the famous Ella’s Kitchen is not necessarily the first book you would think of when looking for a baby book for new parents. We found this book so helpful and useful that it really does deserve the runner up place on this list.

This is not a book that is concerned with teaching you how to raise your baby, but rather on how best to feed it to ensure that its diet is as healthy and nutritious as possible.

The book features 130 delicious recipes, which range from simple purees to more complicated dishes. Compiled by a team of dedicated chefs and nutritionists, this book has step by step guides on how to introduce the world of food to your little baby.

Ella's Kitchen: The First Foods Book: The Purple One

This is not a book that is concerned with teaching you how to raise your baby, but rather on how best to feed it to ensure that its diet is as healthy and nutritious as possible.

All of the recipes we tried were truly delightful and were surprisingly easy and fun to cook up. We loved the weekly food planners that certainly ensure that your baby is getting all the nutrition that its little body needs.


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The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year

If you are looking for a less glamorous version of parenthood that few other books dare to portray then this is a wonderful book that will definitely get you laughing out loud.

In order to appeal to their ‘market’, most books try to gloss over some of those moments in early parenthood where you find yourself wondering if you are the only one who has every felt like this?

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year offers you a no holes barred, firsthand account of being a new parent. It uses humor and lightheartedness to guide you through all the trails of caring for your new baby.

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year

The book is packed full of tips and helpful information, which it keeps lighthearted by telling hilarious anecdotes to really let you know that you are not alone in your struggle. This is a great book that you will really find hard to put down.

The book is packed full of tips and helpful information, which it keeps lighthearted by telling hilarious anecdotes to really let you know that you are not alone in your struggle. This is a great book that you will really find hard to put down.

Cons:

  • The book relies a little bit too much on negative stereotypes of parenthood for humor, something we found a little off-putting at times.

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Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

This book is crammed full of weird and wonderful solutions to some of the problems we all face when becoming a parent. We loved this book for its innovative and lighthearted approach to problems that in the past we have all been bashing our heads on the wall about.

This is not a day to day guide to parenthood, but rather a humorous approach that is as much to make mum and dad laugh as to actually help with baby.

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

This is not a day to day guide to parenthood, but rather a humorous approach that is as much to make mum and dad laugh as to actually help with baby.

On more than one occasion we roared with laughter as the helpful illustrations guided us step by step through the 134 ingenious ideas on how to deal with everything from how to trim your baby’s fingernails while carrying it, to how to hide a wallet in a diaper at the beach to make sure it is not stolen.

Cons

  • Not meant to be taken seriously, rather a book designed for humor.

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Our Final Thoughts

Being a new parent is an incredibly stressful time of our lives. Finding a good book that not only helps us to cope with this new found parenthood, but also helps to relax us and make us laugh now and then is something we could all do with.

We loved all the books on this list, but it really depends on what you need from the book. If you are looking for the best baby book for advice on how to bring up your baby, then we recommend as our top book for new parents, What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff. It is a great read that has everything you need to know about raising a baby.

If you are looking for lighthearted humor on the other hand, then we recommend Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. With every turn of the page, this book simply made us roar with laugher and really made light of the more difficult side to being a parent.

What are the top books for new parents in 2017?

It seems like every week there is a new book on parenting released. Being a parent is undoubtedly the hardest job in the world, though when you get it right is the most rewarding one too. After the very first parenting book by Dr Spock, which was published way back in 1946, there have been thousands upon thousands that have followed.

Finding a good book on parenting is not hard, though we strongly recommend that you consider some of the books on this list if you really want a top book for new parents. Otherwise, another good solution to finding the best book is to do your homework and read as many reviews and customer feedback comments as possible before selecting the best one.

With so many top books for new parents, how can I choose the best one for me?

The answer is that it really is not easy to make sure you are getting the top book for new parents. However, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you have the best chance of finding the best book for you.

Firstly, ask friends and family who already have children as to any book or books that they recommend. Most people think that finding one definitive book is the goal, but we actually have found it better to use several, as they will offer a wider perspective on coping with the challenges you face.

Secondly, we recommend reading lots of reviews from reputable baby experts like ourselves. We offer impartial advice to try to give you the best possible chance of finding the book that you really need.

Finally, getting any book is no guarantee of success, so if you don’t like it or feel like it is missing what you need to know, then try again with another book until you find what you need. Reading is a great exercise for the mind that not only uses your intelligence and gives you new ideas, but also is relaxing and therapeutic too.

Where is the best place to buy the top book for new parents?

You can buy both new and second hand books through the thousands of online stores on the internet, though increasingly, finding books on the high street is becoming more and more of a challenge. EBooks are also now becoming a much more popular way of reading too.

We recommend you buy second hand books as this not only saves you money, but will ensure a better world for your little one to live in in the future. Lots of sites such as Amazon.com, offer a good and transparent sales service with guarantees to make sure you are getting what you paid for also.

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