The 10 Best Baby Books For New Parents

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Having your first baby can be both terrifying and wondrous, and oftentimes new parents don’t know what to expect with their incoming bundle of joy. Thankfully, there are myriad books available to make the process of raising a child less daunting and more manageable, and we've compiled a list that covers the spectrum — from comprehensive guides penned by experts to comical, lighthearted titles. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. What to Expect

2. The Good Sleeper

3. Bringing Up Bébé

Editor's Notes

January 17, 2019:

To cater to parents of all backgrounds, our list contains diverse, highly-rated books that address many concerns, with a few humorous tomes thrown in for good measure. Included What to Expect and Caring for Your Baby for consumers who crave authoritative, encyclopedic options, Bringing Up Bebe and Welcome to the Club for uplifting and laugh-inducing selections, and added dedicated volumes for sleep therapy and breastfeeding.

4. Caring for Your Baby

5. Welcome to the Club

6. The New Father

7. Baby 411: Clear Answers

8. The Happiest Baby on the Block

9. Work. Pump. Repeat.

10. Experimenting with Babies

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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