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20 Books Every Parent Should Read ASAP

Parents, you are NOT alone.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community which books have been most helpful in raising their children. Look below for the full round-up of reads that may make your own life as a parent just a tad bit easier.

1. Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, a read guaranteed to make you laugh at the joys and challenges of the endless — and often pointless — parenting advice every new mom encounters.

“This book is hilarious and laid-back. It really put my mind at ease when I was freaking out about doing everything wrong after I had my daughter. All parents should read this!” —Anna B

Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).


4. Heathy Sleep Habits, Happy Child to offer you techniques that'll improve your children’s sleeping habits from their days as a newborn through their adolescent years.

“This book is a total sanity saver! You will learn so much about the sleep needs of newborns, infants, toddlers, and kids.” —Lindsay

Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).


7. Bringing Up Bébé to incorporate French parenting strategies into your own home, providing some new tools that may make your children even MORE amazing.


“I cannot say enough about this book. You will thank yourself, your kids’ teachers will thank you profusely, and your kid will thank you when they're grown up. It will help them be successful, well-adjusted, and allow you to still have a life!” —Megthiemed

Get it from Amazon for $2.05+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback).

8. The What To Expect series, which includes books dedicated to the first year, mommy-to-be eating tips, and even advice for anyone planning to start a family.

10. The Toddler Survival Guide for a laugh-filled take on those precious little monsters you call your kids and how to tote them through toddler life.

“As a first-time mom with a brand-new toddler, I was in over my head. This book put everything in perspective and had me laughing along the way. The best feeling is knowing your are not alone when it comes to raising a toddler. Finding the humor in it is key!” —Leah Lewisl

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle and hardcover).


11. Brain Rules for Baby, which is packed with tips that'll better equip you for raising your little one from a newborn to 5-year-old.

“It's a great science- and fact-based book that covers a variety of topics regarding pregnancy and the early years.” —KTPT

Get it from Amazon for $8.63+ (available on Kindle, paperback, and audiobook).

14. Everything I Never Told You as a reminder you should let your children follow their own path in life and always communicate openly with them.

“This is a story of parents putting pressure on their child to make up for lost dreams, while simultaneously pushing away a child for reminding them of themselves. All of their problems could have been fixed with communication.” —Jamie O

Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).


17. The Wonder Weeks for a detailed breakdown of your newborn’s developmental stages and how to navigate them.

“This book helped me a ton with my first kid. It's about how all kids go through predictable, fussy periods as they hit different developmental changes. It was really helpful to know why my usually happy, chill baby was being clingy and grumpy. And that it was a phase that would pass.” —T49

Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available on Kindle and paperback).

18. On the Night You Were Born to celebrate your kids and let them know they are truly something special. AND that they are pretty damn cute, too.

“When I was pregnant with my first, it was a way to really celebrate becoming a parent. With my second, a much wanted baby who has faced challenges, it reminds me that his birth, which was not normal, was still a miracle and still something to celebrate!” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and board book).


19. Loving Our Kids on Purpose, which provides parents tools to guide their children while still allowing their kids to navigate and manage their own life paths.

“This book is incredible! I found it super helpful to me as a parent. I have raised three other children to adulthood, then adopted a teen late in life. I'm starting all over again, and this book put me on the right track. It helped me get through some pretty tough times with our daughter's outbursts and meltdowns. I'm so very thankful my son-in-law recommended this to me when he did!”—Gramma

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook).

20. And If You Give a Mouse a Cookie so your children can learn an early lesson about patience and understanding when the world — or their first customer service job — is demanding everything and damn more from them.

“I’ve worked customer service longer than I care to admit, and this is the most accurate book I've ever read about the experience. If you haven't read it, the plot is simple. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to want a glass of milk. If you give him milk, the little bastard will keep pushing it until you want to tear his adorable little head off. And the only thing that stops him is he gets tired and eventually falls asleep. With the economy the way it is and every child possibly looking forward to a career as a part-time customer care representative at an online retailer, go ahead and give them a look at the bleak future that lies ahead. Sweet dreams, you little rascals!”—Brick Strongo, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available on hardcover, paperback, audio cassette, and board book).

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.