The best parenting books for newborns are better than the intentions we bring back them. The great ones are both consoling and challenging, reminding us that to be a parent who is present, be kind, be forgiving, you want to be all these to yourself first.

The newborn baby in particular is totally incapable of offering any affection before the first genuine smile appears at about the age of one month. His or her crying—especially if there is a lot of it—may sound downright hostile to the mother or father who is looking for a little appreciation for all the effort, pain, and sleepless nights. If you are not sure—or are not happy—about your answers to these questions, you are not alone. No one has had perfect parents, and no one has lived a life free of mistakes and bad decisions. We are all on a learning curve, especially when it comes to parenting, and it’s never too late to make course corrections. Here a selection of recommended parenting books for newborns benefits to every parent.

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1. The Whole-Brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book. In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

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2. The Happiest Baby on the Block

The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

Never again will you have to stand by helplessly while your little baby cries and cries. There is a way to calm most crying babies . . . usually in minutes! Thousands of parents, from regular moms and dads to Hollywood superstars, have come to baby expert Dr. Harvey Karp to learn his remarkable techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep. With Dr. Karp’s sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies, will be able to transform even the fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block!

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3. Bringing Up Bébé

One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France’s amazingly well-behaved children, from the author of There Are No Grown-ups. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?

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4. No-Drama Discipline

The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child and The Yes Brain tackle the ultimate parenting challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.
Author: Daniel J. Siegel Tina Payne Bryson

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

5. The Happiest Kids in the World

How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids by Doing Less

Discover how Dutch parents raise The Happiest Kids in the World! Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.Calling all stressed-out parents: Relax! Imagine a place where young children play unsupervised, don’t do homework, have few scheduled “activities” . . . and rank #1 worldwide in happiness and education. It’s not a fantasy—it’s the Netherlands! Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison an American and a Brit, both married to Dutchmen and raising their kids in the Netherlands—report back on what makes Dutch kids so happy and well adjusted.

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6. Unconditional Parenting

Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

A groundbreaking approach to parenting by nationally-respected educator Alfie Kohn that gives parents “powerful alternatives to help children become their most caring, responsible selves” (Adele Faber, New York Times bestselling author) by switching the dynamic from doing things to children to working with them in order to understand their needs and how to meet them. More than just another book about discipline, though, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children.

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7. Girl, Wash Your Face

Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie. As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

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8. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen

A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7

Over 100,000 copies in print! A must-have guide for anyone who lives or works with young kids, with an introduction by Adele Faber, coauthor of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, the international mega-bestseller The Boston Globe dubbed “The Parenting Bible”. For nearly forty years, parents have turned to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk for its respectful and effective solutions to the unending challenges of raising children. Now, in response to growing demand, Adele’s daughter, Joanna Faber, along with Julie King, tailor How to Talk’s powerful communication skills to parents of children ages two to seven.

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9. Oh Crap! Potty Training

Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

Jamie Glowacki—potty-training expert, Pied Piper of Poop, and author of the popular guide, Oh Crap! Potty Training—shares her proven 6-step plan to help you toilet train your preschooler quickly and successfully. Oh Crap! Potty Training can solve all of these (and other) common issues. This isn’t theory, you’re not bribing with candy, and there are no gimmicks. This is real-world, from-the-trenches potty training information—all the questions and all the ANSWERS you need to do it once and be done with diapers for good.

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10. The Montessori Toddler

A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

Turn your home into a Montessori home—and become a more mindful, attentive, and easygoing parent. It’s time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery. Step-by-step ways to cultivate daily routines with ease, like brushing teeth, toilet-training, dealing with siblings, losing the pacifier.

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