Reading List for Expectant Moms & Nannies


44102035_woman-reading_203-203_spl-150x150Originally written and posted here.

While pregnancy is new to me, babies are not. Being a nanny has totally prepared me for this next stage in our life with our own child. I have found myself re-reading old books, now relating to them towards raising my own child.

Nannies can prepare for a new child just as expectant moms do. They can be a support  to families by offering their experience along with learned knowledge from experts.  I asked a question to moms and nannies on Facebook that got some great responses. 

“I am writing an article on must reads with a baby on the way. What do you recommend?”

Here is the collaborative go-to list (in alphabetic order):

  1. A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists – Michelle LaRowe
  2. Baby 411 – Denise Fields & Alan Fields
  3. Baby Bargains – Denise Fields & Alan Fields
  4. Changing Your Word One Diaper at a Time – Marla Taviano
  5. Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to-Sooth Baby – Dr. Bryan Vartabedian
  6. Great With Child – Debra Rienstra
  7. Happiest Baby On the Block – Harvey Karp
  8. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby – Dr. Marc Weissbluth
  9. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years – Jim Fay & Charles Fay
  10. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way – Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
  11. On Becoming Baby Wise – Gary Ezzo
  12. Pregnancy Sucks: What To Do When Pregnancy Makes You Miserable – Joanne Kimes
  13. Raising Godly Tomatoes – L. Elizabeth Krueger
  14. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby – Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau
  15. Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
  16. The Baby Book: Everything You Need to KNow ABout Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – Williams Sears
  17. The Baby Care Book: A Complete Guide from Birth to 12-month Old – Jeremy Friedma
  18. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pregnancy – Michele Isaacs Gliksman, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
  19. The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom’s Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice, and Soul Reflections – Brooke Burke
  20. The No-Cry Series – Elizabeth Pantley
  21. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
  22. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – Gwen Gotsch
  23. Twelve Hours in Twelve Weeks: A Step-by-step Plan for Baby’s Sleep Success – Suzy Giordano
  24. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff
  25. Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week – Glade B. Curtis & Judith Schuler
  26. Your Pregnancy Week by Week – Glade B. Curtis & Judith Schuler

Hopefully this list gives you some books to add to your reading list! For some reviews, sample chapters, or summary of  a book check out

What baby book has made the biggest impression on you?



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