Raising a child without any sort of guidance can feel quite daunting, that’s why we’ve rounded up the best parenting books to help you navigate this new chapter in your life. With options concerning a whole host of topics from mental health to race, home life, learning how to tame tantrums and keeping yourself calm, there really is something for everyone. Remember, not every book works well for every parent, which is why we’ve made sure our list is varied.
Here’s what we think are the best parenting books for 2022…
The Little Book of Mum Hacks by Kate Murnane
This lovely little book by Kate Murnane is packed with over 150 tips, tricks and hacks that will help make your home happier and your life easier. And who doesn't want that? There are tips on cleaning and tidying to cooking and playing, as well as a section dedicated to those first few these months taking care of a newborn.
Keep Calm: The New Mum's Manual: Trust Yourself and Enjoy Your Baby
This baby guide written by mum-of-two, Dr Ellie, will help you stress less so you can actually enjoy bringing up your baby. With chapters covering a range of topics from feeding to sleep, weaning and even vaccinations, this light-hearted read will fill you with confidence and teach you to trust your instincts again. After all, no parenting style is ever the same!
Your Baby Week By Week
This isn't a 'how to' book, instead it's more of a 'what to expect'. It takes you through what you can expect from your newborn up to six months, including how much you can expect them to sleep to how many times they'll want to feed. If you're a bit of a worrier, this book will put your mind to rest and is definitely for you.
Nobody Told Me
If you don't fancy a hardcore parenting kind of book, but still want an insightful, entertaining read, then this book full of fun poetry from Hollie McNish is a great choice. Inside, the poet recounts her own experiences of pregnancy and parenthood (she's even written a poem about morning sickness). Solidarity is what this book will offer new parents, about the joys and trials of being one.
Baby Bomb: A Relationship Survival Guide for New Parents by by Kara Hoppe and Stan Tatkin
This one is all about you and your other half. Written by a psychologist and relationship expert, Baby Bomb offers powerful tools based in psychology and neurobiology to help you and your partner co-parent and co-partner as a solid and supportive team―while also cultivating your love for each other.
Five Minute Mum: On the Go by Daisy Upton
This is the ultimate companion to any journey, staycation or holiday and is full of games to keep your little one happy and occupied when you're out and about. There are even games suitable for big groups on holidays or at parties so nobody is left out of the fun.
But Why? by Clemmie Telford
If you haven't already had them yet, you will soon but all parents experience tricky questions from their kids and it can be tough knowing exactly how to answer them. Tackling a wide range of topics including bodies, bullying, mental health, sexuality, money, social media and anxiety, the book aims to help us parents tackle those awkward questions that can floor the best of us.
Mummin' It by Harriet Shearsmith
Full of bite-size chunks of information and time-saving tips, Mummin' It is a parenting and lifestyle book that is relatable, helpful and fun. We love the idea of Mum's Meal Bingo, helping you to figure out what to cook on a wet Wednesday. With chapters on Food, Home, Travel, Body Positivity and Life, Harriet covers all aspects of what makes a family home tick and offers survival hacks and down-to-earth practical advice to help your home function more easily.
Know Your Worth by Anna Mathur
We are huge fans of Anna Mathur and although this book isn't directly aimed at mums, we know you'll get a lot out of it. In Know Your Worth, Sunday Times bestselling author and psychotherapist Anna uses her personal and professional insight to guide you to a place of balance that will allow you to recognise and appreciate your self-worth, build your self-esteem, grow in confidence and worry less about what other people think. And who doesn't need more of that?
A Bump in the Road: A Story of Fertility, Hope and Trying Again by Elle Wright
You may already know Elle's first Sunday Times bestselling book Ask Me His Name following the death of her three-day-old son Teddy. In her second book, Elle reflects the reality of becoming a parent for thousands of people who have difficulty conceiving in the UK today. It details Elle's journey to her rainbow baby born in July 2020, comforting those who need it through beautifully written and comforting words.
Tap to Tidy by Stacey Solomon
If your as big a fan of singer and presenter Stacey Solomon as we are, you will adore her new book Tap to Tidy: Organising, Crafting u0026 Creating Happiness in a Messy World. Describing the book, Stacey wrote: "I find it hard to sit still, but losing myself in a craft project or tidying a drawer is my form of meditation. It's a chance for me to forget about the things going on in the world around me for a minute. I hope this book helps you to lose yourself for a moment, too - and that you enjoy reading it and even, maybe, having a go at some of the bits inside."
Pregnant Then Screwed by Joeli Brearley
Did you know that before the Covid-19 pandemic, three quarters of working mothers faced workplace discrimination? This fantastic book from activist and mother Joeli Brearley is a complete toolkit of modern motherhood, with all the challenges from getting pregnant, maternity discrimination, the Coronavirus crisis, the motherhood penalty and more. It looks at how and why we need to solve these problems and the practical tips we can all take to help.