Recommended reads for parents
There are so many books aimed at new parents out there that it may seem difficult to choose which ones to buy and when. Here are a few recommended reads.
When What to Expect When You’re Expecting was originally published in 1984, this classic was considered a must with good reason: in fact it’s the world’s best selling pregnancy manual (it’s even led to a film adaptation). The week-by-week guides offer honest and straightforward advice in a friendly voice. The updated edition also includes a section for expectant dads as well as information about multiple births and it’s been totally revised to include current trends and concerns.
Gina Ford is the author of many bestselling baby books. Her most famous is probably The Contented Little Baby Book, which has been fully revised with the most up-to-date information. If you’re unsure, you may prefer a set pattern that starts at week one, includes all the family and aims to help babies stay contented and sleep longer at night. Not all parents agree with her advice but her books are a worthwhile read for new parents, even if you don’t eventually choose to follow her methods.
Once you’ve got the hang of the day-to-day, you might want help through the next milestones. Whether that’s potty training or weaning and meal planning, you’ll find the book that will answer all your questions.
If you’re the parent of older children why not choose The Bumper Book of Family Games or this guide to Gardening with Kids? They offer brilliant inspiration for weekend activities that’ll get the whole family involved. They’re a great choice for grandparents too.
What about a few books for the little ones? A book at bedtime is a lovely way for children to wind down at the end of the day and it’s an ideal opportunity for some quality time. You never know, sharing stories may inspire a life long love of reading. You can’t go wrong with established classics such as Peter Rabbit but you could always opt for a modern favourite like The Gruffalo or Peppa Pig.