3 New, Must-Read Books for Expectant Parents
There are countless guide books floating around out there. Guidebooks on fly fishing, on decorating, on fashion. But as a new mom or dad, one of the most helpful book genres — hands down — is guidebooks on parenting.
Fortunately for parents, new parenting books consistently hit the market, which means mom and pop will never have a shortage of parenthood must-reads to add to their list.
Today we’re highlighting three relatively new parenting guidebooks that are particularly helpful for soon-to-be or brand new parents.
“Secrets of an Organized Mom” is just the abbreviated title of this must-read parenting book for mothers across the USA. The long title goes a little something like this: “Secrets of an Organized Mom: From the Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas: A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining Your Home for a Happier Family”.
This informative book — penned by organizational expert, author and mother Barbara Reich — is great for new parents trying to figure out a way to both make room for baby and keep up with the inevitable, growing chaos around the house.
“I wrote “Secrets of an Organized Mom” based on my 13 years of mom experience, providing information that I wish I had before my twins were born,” Reich tells Pregnancy Corner. “For new moms, this book is designed to help them get organized and to put a system in place that their family can embrace and grow with.”
The book starts with Reich’s 10 commandments of organizing and then takes the reader on a room-by-room journey explaining how to declutter and organize your home.
These days, food and nutrition are a hot topic. Especially when it comes to our children. With the obesity epidemic at our doorstep and all sorts of dietary fads hurdled in every direction, it’s hard to know how — or what — to feed your baby.
Cue Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen, a duo of registered dietitians and mothers who’ve declared themselves on a feeding mission.
“We believe fear has taken over the kitchen table with more information to sort through, more pressure to feed kids right, more allergies, more obesity, more body image concerns and not enough time, credible information or cooking skills,” they write.
This comprehensive nutrition guide covers a multitude of topics with an easy-to-understand approach.
“Fearless Feeding provides step-by-step guidance for feeding children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence, including what to feed them, how to do it in ways that help build a desire to eat healthy for life, and lastly, the developmental reasons why children behave the way they do with eating,” Castle explains to Pregnancy Corner. “These three things — the what, how and why of feeding — change throughout the course of childhood. Fearless Feeding is a guidebook they can use to anticipate and correct nutrition challenges along the way—something that has never been done before.”
The whole parenting and baby guidebook world seems inundated with “for mom” books. This one, however, was written specifically for dad, by a dad.
The mission of Dadspiration’s The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood is to help dads understand just how important their role is (especially those first few months) and to develop a strategy that’ll make the first 100 days as a dad truly successful. It also includes an actionable checklist of ideas to help you become “the best father you can be” and addresses issues you may encounter along the way.
“As a first-time dad, I had no idea what awaited me in the first few months of fatherhood. Life was busy enough helping out my wife where I could, busting my butt at work and trying to plan for our future. I had little time to talk, listen or read about becoming a dad. In hindsight, that was a mistake,” says Densmore. “When my wife announced she was pregnant with our second child, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait this time around. So, I created this book to help my fellow man; a strategy that will give you the important things to know and some fun ideas you can do that will show you how to be that Super Dad you aspire to be.”
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