For new moms, the first few months of motherhood are a time filled with wonder and love, but also great exhaustion, anxiety and confusion.
Listed below are some useful titles (available as ebooks on Overdrive) that can serve as parenting how-tos, help answer common questions, and give practical advice and tips about baby and child care; a couple of titles are funny and candid looks at motherhood. Read them as new moms or better yet, read them before the baby comes!
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell
A raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up.
Attachment Parenting: Advice, Tips and Solutions for Caring for Your Baby by Lacie Rader
Over 500 tips and gentle solutions specifically tailored for attachment parenting.
Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting,from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster
Economist Oster examines the elusive data on sleep training, breastfeeding and more riddles of parenthood and turns it into a readable, succinct guide that answers hard-to-answer questions.
The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby by Lauren Smith Brody
A funny, tells-it-like-it-is guide for new mothers coping with the demands of returning to the real world after giving birth, packed with honest, funny, and comforting advice from 800 moms.
5 Days to a Perfect Night’s Sleep for Your Child: The Secrets to Making Bedtime a Dream by Eduard Estivill & Rachel Anderson
This quick, no-nonsense guide is all you need to get your child to sleep through the night (pillow not included).
The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated:The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp, M.D.
Dr. Karp’s highly successful method is based on four revolutionary concepts: The Fourth Trimester, the Calming Reflex, the 5 S’s and the Cuddle Cure.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding: From the Nation’s Leading Midwife by Ina May Gaskin
Explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible.
The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year by Dawn Dais
A laugh-out-loud guide to the first year of motherhood, filled with helpful advice and wisdom from real moms and dads who aren’t at all afraid to tell it like it is.
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel
Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated, keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time,
The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Hetty van de Rijt & Frans X. Plooij
How to stimulate your baby’s mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward.
Relaxation for Mom and Baby on Hoopla
Hoopla has a huge selection of lullabies to lull the little ones to sleep.
New moms can find some quick comfort and calm with titles like Meditations for New Moms or Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5 minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms, and much more!
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian