First Time Pregnancy
Six Books about Raising Babies


Babies don’t come with a manual, and that’s a shame, especially when something you’re not prepared for suddenly pops up. But don’t despair. There are a number of books that can give you a hand when you’re feeling totally lost. Here are some of them:

1. Your Babycare Bible: Your Complete Guide to the Baby and Toddler Years
For first time-parents, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and intimidated by the sheer amount of baby care information. This book puts order into the mass of info. It covers a wide range of topics, from baths and breastfeeding to developmental milestones and unexpected concerns. Lactation consultants, nutritionists, and neonatal physicians also lend their expertise and practical advice.
Available at Amazon and National Bookstore

2. The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance
Check out this funny, handy book that’s available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Filled with step-by-step instructions and diagrams, first-time parents will be able to try unravelling the latest marvel of the human race with as little short-circuiting as possible.
Available at Amazon and at Powerbooks through special order.

3. First-Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know
Dad, your life is about to change. Baby care is not just about changing diapers or rocking little angels to sleep. Read on and discover things about yourself that will steer you towards a lasting father-child relationship filled with joy and adventure.
Available at Amazon in Kindle

4. Dad’s Guide to Newborns: The How-To Guide
Some Dads aren’t too keen on reading a thick book. Thus, this short and concise book is certainly refreshing for Dads who want to know about swaddling and putting baby to sleep. There’s even a section on infant first aid to save first-time Dads from panicking in an emergency.
Available at Amazon in Kindle

5. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
Through interesting and funny stories, Dr. John Medina helps new parents understand how a baby’s brain develops. He helps bridge the gap between science and parenting practicalities. It shows that what we do from pregnancy to the first five years of a child’s life has a life-long effect on our kids. But take heart, he emphasizes that smart and happy are inseparable in the brain, so raising happy kids is raising smart kids. Let him show you how.
Available at Amazon

6. Natural Treatment for Babies During Infancy
For those who wish to follow an organic path to baby care, this book will give new parents a sense of how to partner up with Mother Nature. It’s a handy guide to using natural products for hygiene, treatment, and overall well-being.
Available at Amazon in Kindle

If you’re still floored with an issue or something your baby does that you can’t find in the Table of Contents, relax. You’re not the first parent to have given birth to a force of nature in diapers. Ask your doctor, your parents, and parent-friends for advice and recommendation. Take things in stride and trust your own instincts.

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Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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