20 Life-Saving Books Mom Needs To Read Before The Baby Arrives

Congrats are in order, and we've just told our friends and family that we're pregnant with our first child. Our mind is swimming with questions, and since we have only just begun this amazing journey of pregnancy, we don't really have any answers yet. It can feel confusing because we don't even know where to begin when it comes to finding the information that we need.

Having conversations with friends and relatives who have been there when it comes to parenting can be useful. They can give us real advice and tell us all of the things that they had to learn the hard way in the hopes that we won't have to go through the same stuff (but, of course, we probably still will because there are certain realities of having a baby).

Thankfully, there are many books about pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and parenting that are incredibly helpful. Books are the best resource because they're written by experts who really know the score. Once we learn that we're pregnant, we should grab a healthy snack and a glass of water and curl up on the couch with these reads.

When the stick turns pink, mom should read these books ASAP.

20 Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year by Ari Brown and Denise Fields


As soon as you learn that you're pregnant, Baby 411 by Ari Brown and Denise Fields is a great choice. It's $11.52 and will tell you everything that you need to know about the first twelve months of your baby's life. When your little one has colic, can't get their beauty rest,  and what you need to know about finding a doctor -- these are all in this book.

A new mom shared in a review, "It was first recommended by our pediatrician, which gives it some authority." She continued, "Whenever something's come up and I've read multiple perspectives, this book has always felt the most logical and doable, and made me feel best about how I'd been doing things. Specifically, I've read the chapter on sleep probably five times."

You can find the book on Amazon

19 What To Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel


What To Expect When You're Expecting is a classic, and that's just one reason to add it to your list once the stick turns pink and you want to learn more about pregnancy and babies. Another reason that you should definitely read it? The latest edition, which was published in 2016, has recent information about grass-fed food, juice bars, and more.

The book is $11.97 and, according to the description, there are 18.5 million copies in print.

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As one mom shared in a review, "I wish I have had this book when I had my first child (18 years ago!). Lots and lots of very useful information, especially for those mommies (like me) that are a bit apprehensive or anxious and get easily concerned. The information is presented very thoroughly, yet in a way that is very warm and sympathetic."

18 The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp


Another great book to check out once the stick turns pink is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. This second edition was published in 2015 and is $10.85.

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Dr. Harvey Karp has four major ideas that you will read about: "The Fourth Trimester", "The Calming Reflex", "The 5 S's" (which is described as "Five easy steps to turn on your baby's amazing calming reflux" and "The Cuddle Cure" (which is using the five 5 S's).

According to this new parent's review, it really helps: "BUY THIS BOOK it is essential if you're a new parent. I've torn through this book for my daughter (who's 6 days old at the time of this writing), and my ability to quiet her down in under 10 seconds has amazed my friends and family. Everyone thinks I'm a baby savant or have had previous kids, but I'm simply following the "5 S's" in this book and it works like a charm."

17 The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond by Dawn Dais


Of course, now that the stick has turned pink and you're getting ready for your little one, you want to know more about the next few months.... plus what it will be like to have your baby.

The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy by Dawn Dais, which is $10.87, is another awesome read. The author has written several other books (one about the second baby, one about toddlers) and she is known for her sense of humor, which you will definitely appreciate. A woman shared in a review, "This was an easy read and included information that I could easily relate to! I love the truth and am a realistic and practical person myself and prefer to be prepared for the good AND the bad and this book is perfect with a hint of sarcasm."

You can see the book on Amazon

16 The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide To Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, And Restoring Your Vitality By Kimberly Ann Johnson

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Another good book to read ASAP when the stick turns pink, The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson will help you feel super prepared for the period after you have your baby. Are you wondering when it will be okay to work out after having your baby... and how to even do that? What about dealing with how you feel after this big life change? That's all in there, and the book is $12.76.

You can find it on Amazon

As a pregnant mama wrote in a review, "Every mother/to-be and those that support early maternity should read this book! Even though I am personally pretty well-versed in mother/baby care value systems, as somebody who is in the middle of my first pregnancy (which has been riddled with physical and emotional challenges), this book has been like a good friend telling me how it all really is in a calm clear manner."

15 The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior — Beyond the Basics by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau

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With a book title like The Baby Whisperer, you know that this is something that you definitely need to read, right? This book by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau, which is $12.33, will be a huge help as you navigate having a little one.

According to the description, the authors talk about "the Twelve Essential Questions to recognize potential problems" and you will learn "the Twelve Principles of Problem Solving—simple troubleshooting techniques for everyday situations." That sounds great, right?

One mom wrote that this book helped her baby sleep: "UPDATE: As I sit here sipping my morning coffee and my son goes on his 12th hour of sleep, I couldn’t help but think of how far we have come with his sleep- and how big a part this book played in that. I read chapters of this book several times in order to truly understand how babies sleep."

You can find the book on Amazon

14 Your Baby's First Year Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler


What to buy for your baby, making sure that your baby sleeps, helping your baby play, whether you should give your little one formula or breastmilk... These are all things that new moms think about, and thankfully, this book talks about all of them (along with many more).

Your Baby's First Year Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler is another book to check out as soon as the stick turns pink. According to this mom's review, "I ordered this book while I was still pregnant in hopes of reading it before I had my son. Unfortunately, I was unable to do that but I think that worked out for the best. Since this book has week by week 'chapters' I can read the chapter that my son is currently the same age as."

You can also check out Your Pregnancy(TM) Week by Week by these authors.

You can find the book, which is $12.66, on Amazon

13 Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science And Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition by Lily Nicols


As soon as you become pregnant, you want to know how you should change your eating habits, right? Lily Nicols has covered it all in her book Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition. Lily Nicols is an expert (she's both a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator) so you will be in good hands.

One mom shared in her review, "If you're thinking about getting pregnant, already are pregnant, or even just want to learn more about how to eat quality, whole foods, GET THIS BOOK! Just do it, you won't regret it!! This book is backed by science and research, and has all the information you need to know to help you grow a healthy baby. I wish that this book had come out before I had my first two children."

You can see the book, which is $26.96, on Amazon

12 Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents by Alexis Dubief


Okay, as soon as the stick turns pink, this is what you're thinking about: is your baby going to get any sleep? Will you? How tired are you going to be?

Thankfully, there is a great book out there that will help you out. Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents by Alexis Dubief will give you information about everything that there is to know about sleep. You will learn about how to make sure your baby doesn't wake up the whole night and even how to help your baby once they become a toddler as there is advice about napping.

One mom shared in a review, "I just had another baby and read this book cover to cover in the last week or so, and it is a huge breath of fresh air. It is evidence-based, funny, and tremendously helpful. Alexis gives a wide range of suggestions for a wide range of problems and parental approaches."

You can find the book, which is $14.39, on Amazon

11 Strong As a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy To Parenthood: The Only Guide To Taking Care Of YOU! by Kate Rope


Another great book title, Kate Rope's Strong As a Mother, which is $12.91, is a guide about being pregnant, having your baby, and becoming a mom.

As the description says, "This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block." Who doesn't want that?!

One new mom shared that she really related to it: "I picked up "Strong as a Mother" ten months after my first child was born, and this is the first book I've read that focuses on YOU, the mom. I am so grateful this book came out at the same time I'm experiencing motherhood for the first time!"

You can find it on Amazon

10 Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth for Mother and Baby by Jeanne Faulkner, Christy Turlington, et al

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Jeanne Faulkner's Common Sense Pregnancy is definitely a book that pregnant mamas want to check out. She is an expert and mom with four kids (she writes a column for Fit Pregnancy and is also a labor nurse) so she knows what she's talking about. This book is like a good friend telling you what to expect.

It really does give you the "common sense" information that you need, like practical advice for being exhausted during pregnancy. The book is meant for any mama, whether you want an "all natural" or "all medical" birth so you will be able to relate no matter what.

You can find the book, which is $12.99, on Amazon

9 Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling: A Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers by Kenn Apel Ph.D and Julie Masterson Ph.D.

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This book, which is $14.49, will help you feel super prepared once your baby arrives and your little one starts growing up. It's all about language and speaking, and it's going to be something that you pull out again and again as you watch your baby learn to talk. It also gives advice for helping your kid learn to read, write, and spell.

According to this review, "Since this was written by speech-language pathologists, it's my favorite baby gift for new parents. The information is written clearly and in an interesting fashion, and it's very useful." Another review notes that the book is "Well-researched and yet very accessible."

You can buy it on Amazon

8 Baby And Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents' Top 150 Questions By Tanya Remer Altmann MD FAAP


Of all the books that you should read ASAP when the stick turns pink, this is a great choice because it helps you feel prepared since you'll be learning about babies and also toddlers.

Dr. Tanya Remer Atlmann's Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents' Top 150 Questions is $9.62 and it's information that moms can trust since she is a doctor. The book has a Question and Answer format, which will be especially helpful since that will make the information seem really easy to digest.

As a doctor and mom shared, this book was amazing when her baby had a stomach virus. She wrote, "I have always turned to Dr. Tanya when I need child health and parenting advice, but her new book, Baby and Toddler Basics is a lifesaver for parents of babies and toddlers."

You can find the book on Amazon

7 Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chidi Cohen

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Erica Chidi Cohen's Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body is a book that moms should read ASAP when they learn that they're expecting. As it is written by a doula, you can rest easy knowing that this book comes from an expert. You will learn a lot about the process of childbirth along with holistic ideas for each trimester of pregnancy.

A mom shared in a review, "Can I give this 6 stars? Reading Nurture is the closest thing an expecting parent can do to hiring an experienced, knowledgeable doula." She continued, "I would wholeheartedly recommend it to expecting parents as the one book to read that would prepare them for the full-gamut of the birth experience."

You can find the book, which is $15.60, on Amazon

6 Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year


When you're looking up information about pregnancy and babies online, chances are you have come across the Mayo Clinic. This is a beloved resource and that's why the book Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year is a good idea to read when you learn that you're having a baby. This book will be useful when your baby gets sick or when you want to know what to expect from each month of your little one's life.

According to this parent's review, "The Mayo Clinic provides real answers backed by medical data. Best baby book out there for the analytical-minded that want real answers by educated individuals."

You can find the book, which is $12.01, on Amazon

5 Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5 by American Academy of Pediatrics


When the stick turns pink, this is another book to read ASAP. Since it covers such a large age range, it will be a book that you turn to time and time again as your baby grows and you want to refer back to it. There are so many subjects that are talked about, from car seats to how your baby's brain is growing to technology.

As this dad shared in a review, this helped him and his wife: "This book has been great. From breastfeeding, to tummy time, Coombs positive newborns, etc, this book has had an answer to every question we've wondered about so far."

You can see the book, which is $9.84, on Amazon

4 The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland

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It's always helpful to read as much as you can about pregnancy, and this book by Genevieve Howland will be the perfect addition to your to-read pile. Howland is the expert behind MamaNatural.com and she also has a YouTube channel, so after you read the book, you can check out even more information from her.

The book is $12.91 and tells you all that you wanted to know about thriving and feeling good during your pregnancy, along with info on a "natural birth." A mom shared how great it was for her: "Now, with my second baby, I feel more empowered in my education and decisions...but it wasn't easy to get there. (This book arrived about a month after my second little bundle, but being the baby junkie that I am I had to get my hands on it ASAP!)"

You can buy it on Amazon

3 100 Things I Wish I Knew in My Baby's First Year, 2nd Edition by Lorri Gorno and Randy Dean

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The book title says it all: 100 Things I Wish I Knew In My Baby's First Year by Lorri Gorno and Randy Dean, which is $14.95, will ease your mind as you start this journey into motherhood.

The best part about this book? Since it's about 100 things, it's divided into sections, so you can skip to different parts once you've read it through the first time and always find what you're looking for. As a woman wrote in her review, "I would recommend this book to any parent or grandparent with a newborn family addition. Reading it ahead of the challenges as they present themselves and having the answers ahead of time.....priceless!"

You can find the book on Amazon

2 First-Time Parent: The Honest Guide to Coping Brilliantly and Staying Sane in Your Baby's First Year by Lucy Atkins

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This book by Lucy Atkins sounds perfect to read once the stick turns pink. It's $21.69 and will be a great roadmap as you transition into motherhood and adjust to life with your sweet newborn. Breastfeeding, crying babies, eating solid food -- these are all topics that are talked about in the book.

As a parent shared in a review, "This book was helpful as a first-time parent. I started to read this and noticed that it is a U.K. book. Some of the terminology is different but it was still very useful!" Another wrote, "This is a brilliant combination of being both informative and fun."

You can find the book on Amazon

1 Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year by Scott W. Cohen


Dr. Scott W. Cohen is a pediatrician and he penned this book after having a baby of his own. The combination of his expert advice and his first-hand experience is what makes Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year stand out. This is definitely another book that you should read as soon as the stick turns pink.

The book is $14.97 and, as the description says, it even has "humorous daddy vs. doctor sidebars that reveal the learning curve during his first year as a dad."

As a pediatric nurse shared in a review, "Each person has told me how much they LOVE this book and how much it has helped them in raising their OWN child! This is my go-to gift for new moms."

You can see it on Amazon

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