New mums, hello! We're here, you're not alone. We know how hard it can be and we are here to help.
First of all, well done on making it this far, you've survived pregnancy, grown a little life inside you and brought it into the world successfully - you deserve a standing ovation. Now comes the easy(!) part, all you have to do is raise them. The prospect can be scary at times and you'll find yourself learning on your feet. There may not be someone there to answer every little question you may have about being a parent, so do what Matilda did, turn to the magic of books.
We've rounded up a list of 11 of the best parenting books to help you in a variety of different ways. From caring for your post-partum body, to learning the foolproof way to soothe your baby to sleep, through to hilarious parental anecdotes that will have you in stitches, and just how to navigate going back to work - we've got it all!
The best parenting books 2019:
All this parenting really takes it out of you, you're up all night and sleep has become a thing of the past. So when you get a chance to sit down, baby sleeping softly by your side, pick this up and have a read. Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults does exactly what it says on the tin, with excerpts from old favourites like The Secret Garden and Wind in the Willows, the tales will leave you feeling cared for and parented. And sometimes that's exactly what you need!
1. Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults, introduced by Lucy Mangan
Are you a mumma to a lovely little boy? If so, this really is essential reading for both you and your partner. Navigating the current climate can be hard when everyone seems to have an opinion on the importance of gender and how to raise your boys. But really, all you've got to do is raise him to be kind, compassionate and to respect women - that's not hard surely? This book has some great pointers and is a really interesting read.
2. Raising Boys in the 21st Century, by Steve Biddulph
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is a lovely, funny book by Yorkshire-born nurse and television presenter Tracy Hogg. Known for her ability to sooth any baby to sleep, Tracy's advice is invaluable for any new mum. An all-rounder kind of book, you won't be be able to put it down and will be sure to put her techniques to good use.
4. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg
Parenting can sometimes seem every serious. But this hilarious parody book for adults is guaranteed to lighten the mood of any new parent - making a brilliant present! From the bestselling authors of 'We're Going on a Bar Hunt', this parody of a much-loved storybook is a must-have in 2019.
5. The Very Hungover Caterpillar, by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees
'A practical parenting guide from a mum you can trust.' We have to say, if we're going to trust any celebrity baby book, it's one written by the nation's sweetheart, Holly Willoughby. Gather up as many tips as you can from the lovely Holly, including a cookie recipe that is said to promote lactation in new mothers, and how best to bath your new-born. First time parents will love all the practical advice.
6. Truly Happy Baby: It worked for me, by Holly Willoughby
A hilariously candid account of one woman's quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice. Part fiction, part memoir, we bet you'll devour this in a matter of days. We did!
7. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids, by Jancee Dunn
The wonderfully comical Hollie Mcnish has written a book of poetry and anecdotes to get you through the first year of being a new mum. Recounting her own experience of pregnancy and parenthood, you will relate to almost everything she writes, from morning sickness to toddler tantrums. A fabulous read!
8. Nobody Told Me, by Hollie McNish
This one is all about you. A handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this book is a lifeline for new mums!
9. The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums, by Beccy Hands Alexis Stickland
This is the only book you need as a mum going back to work. A definitive guide, Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the “Mummy Wars” and the judgment on breastfeeding choices. With genius hacks and a lot of humour, Jessica shortall provides you with the moral support you need to deal with the guilt of going back to work. Don't succumb to it - you're a boss mum!
10. Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, by Jessica Shortall
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