Most new moms have a slew of anxieties and fears that arise post-partum. You might get nervous about bringing your baby out in public in case he cries, or maybe you're worried about maneuvering your stroller gracefully in a cramped café or restaurant. Sometimes strangers come to your rescue when you're struggling in public, but other times, you're forced to learn how to cope for yourself. Lessons abound when a new baby arrives, and if you're a new mom who's feeling anxious or worried, or just have a plethora of questions, we wanted to do something to fix that. We reached out to the MyDomaine Moms Facebook Group to ask for page-turners that make motherhood easier. Our readers came together to provide eight books new moms should read and why they were so helpful.
Tune in to appreciating the unexpected kindness of strangers who want to lend a hand, rather than letting anxiety over your baby possibly irritating others take over.
The Whole-Brain Child
"This is my go-to book for nurturing integrated brain development at all stages of life. It has pictures I can show to my child and even a refrigerator cheat sheet. It has helped me educate myself on how to be a better parent and what behaviors are normal along each developmental stage." — Shelley C.
Save Our Sleep: Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
"It's so informative and plans out everything for you, but the best part is it really works. I had several friends who used this with great success, but it wasn't until my sister did that she then bought it for me. I had a very fussy baby with colic, so this book really saved my life. It has great information around what and when to feed a baby, with sleep schedules to follow. She also has a Facebook community you can join and ask questions. It's very active and supportive." — Sacha S.
Precious Little Sleep
"It saved me from losing it with my baby and taught me to really understand baby sleep. There's also an amazing Facebook group by the same name made up of admins and members who generously help new moms (and repeat moms) with their baby sleep issues." — Lin K.
Parenting From the Inside Out
"[This book is] helpful because it makes sense of our own experience as children and how that experience could impact parenting. It's hopeful and helpful." — Allison G.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
"Another really helpful book for the intense first month of having a new baby was The Happiest Baby on the Block. It has some solid go-to's for how to soothe fresh babes." — Cara R.
Experimenting With Babies
"The book provides hands-on fun ways to help understand my baby. It explains how babies develop and includes ages 0 to 24 months. It would be of interest to any parent, I think, but its evidence-based approach has been particularly fun to explore for me as a mum with a science background and my own mum, who is a physicist!" — Miranda G.
Bringing up BéBé
"Bringing up Bébé was great. It set the tone for anyone who doesn't want to be a major helicopter parent but instead let their child have some space to figure things on their own." — Cara R.
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
"My midwife recommended this to me after the birth of my second son. Originally published in 1994, Lamott's take on the insecurities and delights of the first year of parenthood are timeless." — Talia K.