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Best books for new parents

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Best books for new parents

If it’s your first baby, and you're about to become a new mum or a new dad for the first time, you’re bound to have so many questions.

Family, friends and the internet will give you a combination of old wives’ tales, truths and experiences that make up different expectations of bringing up a child. But as much as you love your family and friends, they are sometimes a little bit too close to you to offer you the best advice.

And, we all know that the internet will leave you in a rabbit hole, where you’ve diagnosed them with an allergic reaction when it’s probably just a nappy rash. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and don’t feel bad, because it’s always good to check!

Covering everything from sleeping patterns to cradle cap and fussy eaters, you’ll find everything that you need to know in these helpful books. So, whether you’ve just had a baby or have a little one growing in your tummy, here are the best books for first-time parents to help prepare you for bringing them up in this world. What are you waiting for? Pop at least one of these into your basket now.  

Giovanna Fletcher has told all about what it means to be a mother and win Celebrity Mum of the Year. This book isn’t about creating the perfect family but is an honest and upbeat personal account of her own experience. Learning about other mother’s journeys can help shape your own and encourage you to be confident in your skills as a parent.  

Find out how mother-of-three and health journalist Lucy Atkins has raised her children. It includes medical aspects from childbirth through to the funny reality of day-to-day of being a first-time parent. If you haven’t already, pick up your copy and learn about the concerns of all new mothers.

If you’re looking for a read that is a judgement-free guide, this book will be perfect for you. Instead of laying out the law on what makes the perfect parents, this book looks at the bigger picture. It’ll help you understand your own upbringing and how that may affect your parenting skills.

For thorough information on what to expect when having a baby, you won’t get much more detail than with this book. This extraordinary publication covers every single day for your baby’s first 12 months. All this great info has come from leading paediatricians, midwives, psychologists and nutritionists so it really is expert advice.

Want to help your partner get some tips on becoming a dad? This honest account provides lots of facts and figures to help with pregnancy and what to expect when it comes to fatherhood. Its recommended that they read the book a month at a time, to find out about other Dad’s experience simultaneously.

Emma Bunton, aka, Baby Spice may be most famous for being in the Spice Girls, but she's also a very proud mum of two, so has written a book all about motherhood and the challenges we face every day as parents. Emma hopes the book will give other parents confidence, strength and knowledge to feel like you've truly got this! 

From the creators of and the Dirty Mother Pukka podcast, this book is an honest guide for parents that'll have you laughing and crying. Written from both the mother and father perspective, so is a great one for both parents to have a read of. 

After finding out she was pregnant and researching all the best baby products, Candice Brathwaite got thinking, "Where are all the Black mothers?". This prompted her to start blogging about how motherhood is portrayed in the British media and how Black mothers are unrepresented. This book explores all the hurdles Black mothers have to face from pregnancy to primary school. 

  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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