Elevate those tootsies, mamas and papas, grab a book, and dare we say - relax! You both deserve some moments of calm! Plus, these books below are very productive reading! Check out the Little Steps guide to some of the best books on pregnancy, caring for a newborn, and life with older kids.

 

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy. Crude, rude, and funny! Sometimes you just need a good laugh about all those pregnancy woes. This book will do the trick. Available on Kindle.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. A thought-provoking and educational book by the well renowned midwife on natural childbirth. While the focus is on natural childbirth, Ms. Gaskin shares insights that can help with many types of deliveries. Available on Kindle.

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. If you can look beyond the unnecessarily conservative advice on pregnancy, this book is a good resource and outlines what is happening to you and your little bean of a bambino from week to week. Available at Book Depository.

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads by Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein. This book covers the entire experience of preparing for and having multiples! It's practical and straightforward, with lots of sound nutritional advice and stories from real parents. Available on Kindle and at Book Depository.

How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: Your no-nonsense guide to pregnancy and birth by Clemmie Hooper. Everything you wanted to know but were too embarrassed to ask – a guide to pregnancy and birth straight from the midwife’s mouth. Available at Bookazine

 

Bringing Home Baby

The Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford. This book provides very specific insights into your baby’s sleep, eating and play schedule from the moment of birth.  It is most famous for encouraging a stricter schedule of eating and sleeping in your baby. Available at Book Depository.

Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana and Jennifer Shu. From the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is a practical and intelligently written guide to what it is like to have a newborn into your life. Available on Kindle.

I Love You Rituals by Becky Bailey. A great compilation of parent-child games, songs and other traditions you can establish from infancy to express your unconditional love for your child. Available on Kindle.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg. Why does your baby cry? This book explains that there are many different reasons for baby’s cries. It guides on consolidating feeds, on getting your little one to sleep longer stretches at night, and putting your baby on a routine. Available at Book Depository.

Parent Hacks by Asha Dornfest. On every page find unconventional solutions for those everyday challenges arranged by category from Pregnancy Postpartum through Sleep, Food & Mealtime, Travel & Outings, and more. Plus dozens of useful lists. Available at Bookazine

 

Just For Dads

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year by Armin Brott. Humorous and engaging, this book comes complete with cartoons! It focuses on questions dads have surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, finances, and work with a newborn at home. Available on Kindle.

Commando Dad: How to be an Elite Dad or Carer. From Birth to Three Years by Neil Sinclair. Written by ex-Commando and dad of three, Neil Sinclair, this manual will teach you, in no-nonsense terms, how to: survive the first 24 hours, prepare and plan to Prevent Poor Parental Performance, maintain morale in the ranks, feed, clothe, transport and entertain your troops and much, much more. Available at Bookazine

 

Older Kids

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Charater by Paul Tough. An outstanding look at how character-building and not just cognitive learning determines children's success in life. Available at Book Depository and on Kindle.

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber. It's never too early to help your kids forge a lifelong bond. A must for parents of multiple kids. Available at Book Depository and on Kindle.

A Work In Progress by By Ron Leaf, John McEachin, Jaisom D. Harsh. A comprehensive must-have guide for any parent with Autistic children. Parents of newly diagnosed children will find this book to be an invaluable resource, offering practical ABA-based behavioral intervention strategies along with a detailed curriculum that contains 54 clear, step-by-step exercises. Available to purchase at Autism Partnership.

Parental guidance recommended: How to raise emotionally healthy children by Dr. Louise Porter. The book will help parents to prevent behavioural problems in children, support children who are distressed, be assertive when our own needs are not being met, and solve problems collaboratively. It also offers ways to solve persistent behavioural problems and reminds us to be compassionate towards ourselves. Available at Bookazine

How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids For Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Beware this book is not for tiger moms! A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood. Available at Bookazine

 

Working Moms

Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Duckerman. An American’s view on French parenting from living in France. According to this book, most French women go back to work within the first year of their children’s lives. It also offers an interesting perspective on feeding children and discipline. Available at Book Depository.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. While the book's general focus is on women and their careers, the Facebook COO also offers many insights on pregnancy and motherhood in the workplace. Available at Bookazine.

Career Advice for Ambitious Women by Mrs Moneypenny. Written by the beloved Financial Times columnist, this is more than a book about work and motherhood and having it all (or not?). It's a great for working women, those taking a break from the office, and those re-entering the workforce. Pass it on to your friends, colleagues, interns and daughters! Available at Bookazine.   

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life by Arianna Huffington. In this deeply personal book, Arianna Huffington talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives. Available at Bookazine

Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump. Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills Ivanka Trump learned on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women--now and in the future. Available at Bookazine