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Advice for first-time moms and dads

Pregnancy Planner: Essential Advice for Moms-to-Be
By Ziba Kashef and the editors of Parenting magazine
Chronicle Books, $19.95

This journal–information guide combination gives a mom-to-be a space to write down different feelings and experiences week to week. Each week’s entry is accompanied by tips from moms as well as expert advice on topics ranging from formula versus breastfeeding and working out while pregnant. Tabs on the side make it easy to navigate from lists of necessary gear to criteria for choosing a good pediatrician. The book also provides space to write down important, not to be forgotten moments from the delivery day.

The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook
By Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
The Experiment, LLC, $18.95

A baby’s transition to solid foods is an exciting (and messy) time for families, and this cookbook provides recipes that are healthful and nutritious for new eaters. Each meal introduces your little one to new flavors and menu items that are easy for little hands to grip. These simple recipes are easy to make and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The book also suggests ways to get your baby to eat unassisted, which will allow extra freedom to set his or her own pace. Vegetarian and vegan parents are also given ideas for giving babies the appropriate amount of iron and protein.

Baby Medbasics
By Luke Hamermann, M.D. and Tara Summers Hamermann, R.N., B.S.N.
Running Press, $12.00

This simple guide discusses what to do in worst scenario situations. Parents are taught the best way to handle a fever, allergies, burns, poison, and more. While the book only covers children from birth to one year, some of the advice is also applicable to older children, and it includes the most recently released American Heart Association guidelines for performing CPR on infants. Tabs on the side separate the book by type of emergency and the book’s small size makes it easy to carry in a diaper bag or backpack for quick reference.

The Baby Nurse Bible
By Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN
IBCLC, $15.95

This book is full of real-life scenarios that Arsenault is asked about daily from both expectant and new parents. Arsenault also shares quick tips useful to parents at different stages of pregnancy or parenting. The book covers a time period ranging from the first trimester through the baby’s first three months. Arsenault addresses many issues new mothers face when breastfeeding and offers tips to keep dads involved in feedings.

Your Baby in Pictures
By Me Ra Koh
Amphoto Books, $19.99

Since most new baby budgets don’t include a 24/7 photographer, Koh teaches parents how to capture the faces and moments perfectly. Novice photographers need not panic: The book starts out explaining camera features and shot techniques, none of which are difficult. Lighting elements and camera settings are explained throughout the book, which is illustrated with samples of Koh’s work.

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