5 Great Baby Care Books

Make parenting easy with these helpful books

As a soon-to-be parent, especially a soon-to-be, first-time parent, you're going to get a lot of advice, whether warranted or not. Everyone has their own parenting tips and techniques to divulge, but for first-time parents especially, it can be difficult to decipher what advice is actually worth heeding. These five baby care books reflect the diverse, ever-evolving ways that we raise children, and they offer unadulterated advice you can seek out voluntarily.

"Babycare for Beginners" by Dr. Frances Williams

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This book is sure to be a great help for first-time parents and caregivers. It includes step-by-step instructions for all those baby care tasks you will take on during the first days of your child's life, and offers clear, colorful photos of every process. In addition, the book's binding has a built-in easel mechanism so that you can stand it up while caring for baby without having to turn pages.

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"101 Essential Tips: Baby Care" by Elizabeth Fenwick

If you're a parent or caregiver who likes quick, easy-to-digest instructions, or if you need a baby care refresher course, then this is the book for you. The book is compact, making it easy to stash away in a diaper bag, and it has an index to help you quickly find the information you need.

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"Parents Picks: Baby Gear"

There are so many baby products on the market, but only some are completely necessary. If you're a first-time parents who's having trouble deciding what you really need, this book is a fantastic resource. It's written by editors of Parents magazine and includes years of informative articles and reviews, so it really packs a punch.

This book gives advice about when to take hand-me-downs and when you absolutely should buy an item new, and suggests which items you'll need and which you can live without.

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"The Baby Owner's Manual" by Louis Borgenicht, M.D. & Joe Borgenicht

Even if you learn nothing from this book, it's sure to keep you laughing. But learn you will, as this book answers all the questions you have about baby care with a touch of humor. As the title suggests, it's written more like an instruction manual than your standard baby care book, and I think it will be a hit with dads and other male caregivers.

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"The Girlfriends' Guide to Baby Gear" by Vicki Iovine with Peg Rosen

Like other books in the "Girlfriend's Guide" series, this one covers everything you want to know and makes you feel like you're having a conversation with your best friend. It has down-to-earth advice about "what to buy, what to borrow and what to blow off." It includes details on which name brands will last and which won't, and it also offers special advice concerning what moms should keep on hand for themselves and their babies.

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