The 7 Best Baby Books for Expecting Couples

the 7 best baby books for expecting couples

Perhaps, this is your first pregnancy, or maybe it is your third time having a baby, and now you have decided that you want to better educate yourself on raising children. If this is the case, that is fantastic news for you and your children. Anytime, we take our time to learn more, especially when it comes to children, it improves our lives and those around us. Take a peek at some of these pregnancy baby books that will help you on your journey. 

1)   How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

When dealing with babies, you have to be prepared because you are dealing with different creatures, even though babies are humans, you should know that yelling when you are angry will not help the situation (It doesn’t really help with adults either.) I believe communication is one of the key ways to connecting the family together, and with a newborn arriving in your house, this book will help you to improve relationships within your family and with those soon-to-be-daycares, elementary schools, and everyday interactions.


2) Brain Rules for Baby

by John Medina

John Medina is a molecular biologist and a father who wrote this book to share advice on how raise smart and happy children. Like most parents should know, too much TV is bad for the child. Medina explains a plethora of reasons why children under two-years-old should not watch TV. The book uses exciting facts and science-driven data to help in your understanding of raising babies.


2)The Baby Book

by William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert Sears, M.D., and James Sears, M.D.

This baby book will guide you through the proper methods on what babies should be eating, how much they should be sleeping, and their vital health patterns. If you are interested in learning more about your baby’s emotional and physical needs, then this book is a good start.


3)   What to Expect When You're Expecting

by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

This book is one of the best pregnancy books and more than 14 million copies have been sold in the last 25 years. There are frequently revised additions of this classic work, and it covers a general perspective of your whole pregnancy process, from your spousal relationship and on until each phase of your pregnancy.


4)   Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D. & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D. 

This book highlights how important it is for children to play in order for their brains to develop in their school subjects. While academics is important, the book gives a healthy diagnosis in stunning detail of how vital playing is to a child's development.


5)   The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

by Harvey Karp

If you are not already, then you probably will want your child to Go-To-Bed! Many women have said that this is the best parenting book they have read so far. However, it is always important to consider what subject matter you need. This book is fantastic for learning techniques on how to offer your kids a better way to stop crying and sleep through the night. 

Positive Discipline

by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

Most parents have the problem of learning how to properly punish their kids. Are they going overboard? Are their punishment techniques effective? This book has helped parents for more than 25 years, and it focuses more on the mutual respect aspect of parenting your children, not punishing them. Jane informs parents on how to cooperate, communicate, and love one another in a respectful environment.

The books listed above should be a great starting point for you if you are currently pregnant, or planning on having children soon. Having children can be a very rough, but gratifying experience if you allow it to be. These books will help you love and understand your children, and inform you from all aspects of the journey.

By Preston Copeland