Being an adult is difficult – what more with a newborn baby on the way or already with you. Loads of first-time parents are struggling to juggle life and just taking care of baby, but in truth, there are a lot of guidebooks out there for them. This Christmas, be their guardian angel and gift them a parenting book that will help them navigate this confusing phase.
1. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Written by neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, the book offers a scientific approach to the science behind healthy brain development in babies and kids. It comes with 12 key strategies to foster healthy brain development and explains how a baby’s mind is wired and how it matures. This book will give you insights on why your baby acts the way he or she does and will help you combat any outbursts or arguments by turning it into a chance for learning.
2. Instant Mom by Nia Vandalos
This isn’t your usual parenting book. Nia Vandalos, also author of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, chronicles her struggles and lessons when adopting a pre-schooler. She talks about the challenges she faced in a humourous way, which will be relatable to all new parents.
3. Dr Spock’s Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock’s book has endured the years. It has been in print for 7 decades and is still being updated throughout the years with new info and to cover relevant topics today. Considered as one of the best parenting books out there, we’re sure mom and dad will appreciate having this book to help them navigate newfound parenthood.
4. Baby Calm by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Sometimes new parents just need someone to understand what they’re going through. In Baby Calm, Sarah Ockwell-Smith gives gentle advice on how to cope with the various sudden outbursts and unexpected habits of baby. Ultimately, there are other ways to handle being a new mom besides strict baby routine.
5. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
We have a confession to make: this isn’t a parenting book at all. But trust us, reading Confessions of a Domestic Failure will help mom or dad unwind after a tough day and will make them feel better about themselves. This book tells the story of a career girl turned mom, who tries her best to navigate motherhood, but of course go through some difficult bumps.