2020 Top Ten Must Reads for Expectant Parents

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Learn from world class experts or have a laugh through the first year of parenthood. Here I have collected the top ten books to help you through pregnancy, birth and the early years of parenting.


9 Months: The Essential Australian Guide to Pregnancy by [Matley, Ruby, Addenbrooke, David]

 9 Months: The Essential Australian Guide to Pregnancy By Ruby Matley and David Addenbrooke.


Can I still dye my hair? Is it safe to sleep on my back? Why is my friend's bump bigger than mine? Can I eat soft cheese? How do I know my waters have broken? What is colostrum anyway?

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. It can also be one of the most confusing, thanks to rapidly evolving science and the sheer amount of information (true, false and otherwise) now available via the internet.

Into this fray comes 9 Months, written by an Australian country obstetrician and father, Dr David Addenbrooke, who in his daily practice sees women of all ages with widely varying conditions, and a health scientist and mother, Ruby Matley. They combine forces to provide clear, compassionate and up-to-the-minute advice for soon-to-be mums and dads.

The Wonder Weeks – A Stress–Free Guide to Your Baby`s Behavior By Xaviera Plas-plooij, Frans X. Plooij and Van De Rijt Hetty.

With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this unique and award-winning guide is based on ground-breaking behavioral research that explains how babies experience 10 magical leaps during the first 20 months of life. It reassures parents that fussiness, regression, and wakeful nights are necessary for growth and wont last forever. 

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year By Dawn Dais.

A laugh-out-loud guide to the first year of motherhood filled with helpful advice and wisdom from real moms who aren't at all afraid to tell it like it is

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (The New Father Book 1) by [Brott, Armin A., Ash, Jennifer]

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be By Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

We are expecting! The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical—yes, physical—effects of impending parenthood on men. Thanks to this handy reference moms-to-be will know their partner understands and supports them during this anxious and exciting time, and that he has all the tools he needs to be a fantastic, hands-on dad.

Doodle Diary of a New Mom: An Illustrated Journey Through One Mommy's First Year By Lucy Scott

The perfect gift for Mother's Day and baby showers, this fun doodle collection will draw in new and experienced parents who are in desperate need of a laugh. This book does not have to be read from cover to cover, allowing busy parents to flip through at their leisure and discover new doodles every time. The book releases just in time for Mother's Day but also makes for year-round fun.

What to Expect the First Year By Heidi Murkoff

The world's best-selling, best-loved month-by-month guide for parents, comprehensively adapted for Australian readers.

Raising Boys in the 21st Century: How to help our boys become open-hearted, kind and strong men By Steve Biddulph

The most popular book ever about raising boys is back, significantly updated to help raise sons in a world that offers gender equality, respect and a whole new kind of man, but is still haunted by toxic masculinity.

The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths By Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi.

The average pregnancy lasts 280 days—and the suspense can be excruciating! The Pregnancy Countdown Book counts down the biggest milestones every step of the way, with one page of helpful information for each day of your pregnancy. Here are tips from doctors and mothers, amusing anecdotes and quotes, and all of the uncensored details that other books won’t tell you.

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother By Heng Ou

The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou's own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of "confinement," in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, The First Forty Days revives the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.

Birth With Confidence: Savvy Choices for Normal Birth by [Dempsey, Rhea]

Birth With Confidence: Savvy Choices for Normal Birth By Rhea Dempsey

One of Australia’s foremost thinkers on the subject of childbirth explains why normal birth is almost impossible in our current birth culture and what women can do to beat the odds. 




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