Thinking back to my own new mom days, which both seem like yesterday and ages ago with an 8 and 6 year old; I’m struck by how much I actually did read. Sleep deprived and feeling helpless, books were both a source of laughter and comfort and sometimes preachy irritation. There are as many books on the market for new and newish moms as there are opinions, so any you read have to be taken with a grain of salt. Just like advice you get from those “helpful” strangers at the supermarket or Target… if you actually took them all seriously you might find yourself crying your eyes out in the bathroom.
For my list, I’ve picked two books that are actually serious and helpful as references. Every new mom needs these types of books to help stay sane and reinforce her common sense. The others are very much tongue-in-cheek, humorous looks at the trials and tribulations a mom faces every day because laughter is sometimes the only thing to help you deal with yet another poop explosion.
1. “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age Five” by American Academy of Pediatrics: Unless your pediatrician allows you to have him/her on speed dial, you will want this comprehensive reference.
2. “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Marc Weissbluth: There is never a “one size fits all” sleep solution; this book addresses many of the common issues.
3. “The Three-Martini Playdate” by Christie Mellor: Best baby shower gift I ever received.
4. “Ketchup is a Vegetable and other Lies Moms Tell Themselves” by Robin O’Bryant: Self-deprecating humor from a mom of three little girls.
5. “Honest Toddler, A Child’s Guide to Parenting” by Bunmi Laditan: Visit this toddler’s blog and Twitter feed and you’ll understand.