Resource Guides

10 Resource Guides All About Newborns

One of the most well-stocked areas of any local bookstore is the parenting section; particularly the shelves dedicated to the care of newborns. First time parents often have no practical experience with babies, and want to educate themselves as much as possible before their little one arrives. These ten resource guides are among the most popular with moms and medical professionals alike.

  1. What To Expect: The First Year (Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway) – In the world of pregnancy, labor and delivery and childcare books, few series pack the punch of the famous What To Expect collection. Practical advice on care and feeding, monthly developmental milestones and strategies for maximizing sleep time are all contained in this revered volume.
  2. Happiest Baby On the Block (Harvey Karp)Hailed as “the most important parenting book of the decade,” Dr. Harvey Karp’s methods are lauded by medical professionals as well as new moms. Praised by both celebrities and local pediatricians, Dr. Karp tackles tough issues like colic and sleep problems.
  3. The Baby Whisperer (Tracy Hogg) – The beloved Baby Whisperer series takes the issues of feeding difficulty and feeding problems of early infancy with the same gusto as the potty training and behavior problems of toddlers.
  4. Your Baby’s First Year (American Academy of Pediatrics) – Endorsed and compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Your Baby’s First Year is a comprehensive infant care guide. Special sections on multiple births, vaccinations and allergies accompany basic information about newborns.
  5. The Baby Book ( Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears) – Regarded as a modern-day Dr. Spock, Dr. William Sears is one of the most popular voices in infant care today. Written with his wife Martha Sears, The Baby Book draws upon their collective knowledge as parents of eight in addition to the medical training of Dr. Sears.
  6. Baby 411 (Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown) – The realistic and practical approach of Baby 411 has made it a favorite of new parents in recent years. Sections on vaccination controversy, product bans and other current issues facing modern parents offer a clear perspective, while chapters covering feeding, sleep habits and development round out the volume.
  7. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, April Bolding, Janelle Durham) – Currently in its fourth edition with more than one million copies sold, the award-winning Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn helps new parents through every stage of pregnancy and early infancy with clear information.
  8. Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality (Laura A. Jana MD FAAP and Jennifer Shu MD FPPA)Penned by a duo of moms who also happen to be pediatricians, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality is a frank and realistic guide that candidly covers the down-and-dirty parts of early parenthood.
  9. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night (Elizabeth Pantley) – One of the most notoriously difficult parts of early parenthood is the sleep deprivation that comes home with new parents from the hospital. Elizabeth Pantley’s guide to helping a baby sleep through the night is a clearly outlined, step-by-step process. Tips and hints for creating a schedule and reducing a baby’s dependence upon feeding and pacifiers to self-soothe accompany the plan, making The No-Cry Sleep Solution a blessing for tired parents.
  10. Your Baby’s First Year For Dummies (James Gaylord) – The bestselling “Dummies” books cover every subject imaginable; newborns are no exceptions. This lighthearted but informative book is filled with information and tips about the needs of a baby through its first year of life.