As someone who meets tons of new parents I try never to give too much parenting advice. I am very much not-an-expert in parenting, sleep habits, eating habits, behavior management or just life in general even after having three children of my own. I have found that trial and error (lots of errors) works most the time. Every baby is different, every family chooses routines, feeding and sleeping habits that will work for them. Sometimes a little professional advice or cute quips will help on a particularly bad day or conquering a dreaded milestone like sleep regression.
Book Stores are one of my favorite places to just hang out in the quiet. Pre-children you can do that. After children, you can go for story hours, mom dates and to buy lots of books you will put on your shelf and not have time to finish.
Here in Lansing, Leavenworth and the Kansas City area we have The Book Exchange, located at 2920 S 4th St # F, Leavenworth, KS 66048
The Book Barn, located at 410 Delaware St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Books-A-Million, located at 1859 Village West Pkwy f101, Kansas City, KS 66111
or the trusty Barnes and Noble located at 8625 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153. KCK, KCMO Book Stores are a great way to find a story hour, play date area and all the books you can imagine. You can also visit your local libraries and borrow some of these top picks for free! We love our libraries.
If you don’t want to get out you can always order online so I will leave some order links as well. Let’s start with some book suggestions that might help with your new little one and maybe your metal health during the trying times that are new parenthood.
1. Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids by Hunter Clarke-Fields
“In Raising Good Humans, Hunter Clarke-Fields shares her wisdom and personal experience to help parents create peaceful families. Readers will find information and exercises to enhance their ability to ride the rollercoaster of raising kids while maintaining their own sense of emotional equilibrium.”
2. The New Dad’s Survival Guide by Scott MacTavish
"No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies — just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood. Seasoned father and master infant-tamer Scott Mactavish breaks the Baby Code down and lays it out in straight-up guyspeak."
3. Managing the Motherload: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood by Rebecca Burahki
"Managing the Motherload is about navigating motherhood with vulnerability, grace, and self-forgiveness. It's a book about making room for ancestral healing. And this is a book in which yo
u'll find your own ways to create a life that's reflective of your values. Rebekah's way of sharing is gold for us all."
4. LACTIVATE!: A User's Guide To Breastfeeding by Jill Krause and Chrisie Rosenthal
“As the modern mother looks to return to work postpartum, Lactivate provides a framework for breastfeeding that empowers her to feel confident and powerful in her choice! As a working and breastfeeding mother, this book is chock-full of tips, resources, and support to not only stress less about pumping at work but also provides me with encouragement to provide the most optimal nutrition for my newborn.”
5. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Carp
"Dr. Harvey Karp's "Happiest Baby on the Block" promises a new way to calm your baby's crying and help her sleep longer. What more could a new parent want? The book, which has sold well over one million copies, aims to transform a crying and colicky baby into one who is carefree, happy, and effortlessly calm."
"Parents can use this understanding of their baby’s developmental leaps to help them through these often confusing times in their new lives. You will better understand the way your baby is thinking and why he acts as he does at certain times. You will be able to choose the right kind of help to give him when he needs it and the right kind of environment to help him make the most of every leap in his development."
7. Go the F**k to Sleep (Go the F**k to Sleep Series #1) by Adam Mansbach
"Go the Fuck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award–winning author Adam Mansbach’s verses perfectly capture the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdity."
8. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep by Marc Wiessbluth
“In this fully updated fourth edition, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, one of the country’s leading pediatricians, overhauls his groundbreaking approach to solving and preventing your children’s sleep problems, from infancy through adolescence. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles."
9. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn
"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. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids tackles the last taboo subject of parenthood: the startling, white-hot fury that new (and not-so-new) mothers often have for their mates."
10. What to Expect when you are Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
"What to Expect When You're Expecting is a famous, must-have book for every expecting mother or father. Now in its fifth edition, this classic text includes information on all aspects of pregnancy, from the development of the baby, the symptoms the mother can expect, and how best to stay healthy during the process."