10 Incredible Books For First-Time Parents

Bringing a child into the world is a big, exciting, thrilling, stressful thing. There are so many actions to take, thoughts to process, emotions to feel… and books to read! Yes, one of the best ways to prepare for baby is by reading. From learning about the changes a mother’s body will go through and tactics on how to best raise a kiddo to humorous and inspiring lessons about parenting in general, there are tons of books out there for expecting parents.

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If anyone here is about to become a mom or dad or if anyone is looking for a gift for a first-time parent, these are the 10 incredible books that we suggest.

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10 The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

A baby is just like a computer, right? There are instructions to follow, tips to try out when problems arise and maintenance tasks to perform. That being said, these two authors - a board-certified pediatrician named Dr. Louis Borgenicht and a dad who turns to his own father for advice and who is named Joe Borgenicht - wrote this funny and efficient book that can serve as a literal owner’s manual for anyone and everyone welcoming a new baby into the world. Full of instructions, tips and advice, this is a great gift to give and to receive.

9 The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year

Babies are bundles of joy, but they are also these tiny humans that can do so much. The bodily functions, the crying, the sleepless nights they put parents through… Who knew so much power could exist in such a tiny body?! Author Dawn Dais believes there is a conspiracy out that which hides the truth about parenting. It is a bittersweet thing, so her book offers advice and anecdotes, in order to provide the encouragement needed to survive the first year of parenthood. It is not all pretty, it is not perfect, but it is worth it, with that adorable little person.

8 When We Became Three: A Memory Book for the Modern Family

Baby books and family photo albums are both time-honored traditions, and with this gift, growing families can keep up with everything from pregnancy to parenting in a one-of-a-kind family journal. There are checklists to go through, prompts to encourage writing, a place to write down baby's first words and even a section for parents to record scores for baby’s Olympic events, like speed sleeping and the long distance spit-up!

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This keepsake is super special, and future generations will enjoy looking back at the humorous and honest memories, recorded in unique and beautiful ways by new parents.

7 We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook

Dads obviously play a big role here, too, and this handbook is just for the dudes! Why does an expecting wife have heartburn? What is there to know about a new mom and breastfeeding? Questions like these and more are explored in this book, which features tips, goals, milestones, suggestions and information to help expecting fathers be prepared and willing during this crazy, beautiful, confusing, wonderful time in life. So when shopping for a new mom and a new baby, don’t forget the man in their life… This makes the perfect gift for new fathers.

6 The Pregnancy Guide: Straight Talk for Expectant Parents from Pregnancy Test to Birth

Next up on this list is a book full of straight talk on every aspect of becoming a parent. See, pregnant women are feeling so much, and that is an understatement. That is where this guide comes into play. It helps women understand how to prepare, why certain things are happening and which steps need to be taken throughout a pregnancy, during the delivery process and then when baby is home.

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Any expecting mothers out there? This is a must-have book! Anyone searching for the perfect baby shower gift? This is a super good one, which offers comfort, techniques and more.

5 Letters to My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

Another way to capture the memories when welcoming a child into the world is with this Letters to My Baby book. It includes twelve envelopes with memories and hopes for that little bundle of joy.

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Parents can write letters, postdate them, seal them and save them as a gift to baby at a later time. There are also unique prompts, which assist moms and dads in writing on topics like the day a kid was born, wishes for children and home. This is another smart and special option to consider when buying for someone who is about to become a parent!

4 Raising Baby: A Pocket Guide to Baby's 1st Year

This 80-page, spiral-bound pocket guide can be given to parents, babysitters, family members and others who are getting ready to help take care of a new child. It covers everything from child development, nutrition and sleep to the health visits to keep in mind throughout the first year. There are tips to read, charts to reference and sample schedules to follow. Raising Baby is all about simplifying this time, in order to make it as enjoyable and as memorable as possible, so we suggest keeping a pocket guide in the diaper bag, in the nursery, at the grandparents’ houses...everywhere!

3 The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People

Okay, new parents will be receiving tons of advice in many different ways, but this next book on the list mixes things up a bit… This is an activity book filled with quizzes, mazes, fill-in-the-blanks, journal pages and funny musings. It will keep pregnant people busy and distracted and will also result in tons of laughter, with pages such as a “Bad Baby Names” list and a quiz called “Which $1500 Stroller is Different?”.

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If anyone out there truly wants to stand out during a baby shower and keep a soon-to-be-parent entertained, then this is the gift and the book to give!

2 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!

With all the advice comes all the ways to take care of baby… but expecting women need to care for themselves, too! This guide offers a smooth start to motherhood, with tools, advice and support. Mothers will be dog-earring numerous pages, as they learn how to set boundaries, ask for help, make self care a priority and enjoy this tough yet incredible new job. So, yes, ladies, make sure that growing family is happy and healthy, but make sure Mama is, as well (and know that this gift will help with that in a big and real way).

1 The Congratulations, You're Expecting! Gift Set

Two of the bestselling pregnancy and parenting guides out there can be purchased and enjoyed via this gift set; What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect: The First Year answer all the questions of mothers- and fathers-to-be. Both have been read by many generations, recommended by many professionals and given at many baby showers, so continue the trusted tradition by giving one of the "Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years" in this fun and thoughtful gift bundle. Parents of all types will appreciate the tips and tricks found here, so this is another must-own suggestion!

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