We are a generation that tends to read and learn in preparation for anything, and being a first time parent is no exception to that rule. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that families (in the Western World at least) are more nuclear families, either by choice or because of other circumstances like work (which is our case). And because of that child rearing isn’t learned through extended family members. Thank goodness for the internet and books!
A few of our friends are pregnant with their first child, and I have been asked for recommendations for their respective baby registries. The one book that both my husband and I give a ringing endorsement for and highly recommend they put on their registry is The Wonder Weeks. It is written by two Dutch psychologists and the book is based on psychological research (that has been empirically tested; SCIENCE!).
Why we love this book above all others? It’s based on science, it isn’t patronizing, and, for the most part, spot on regarding our son’s mental development. I think my husband loves it more because it also provides activities parents can do with their child to help them through each developmental leap.
The book was recommended to us by other friends, and now we are paying it forward to future parents out there. Go get it! You can get the app, which is a great succinct version of the book. But if you want to be completely thorough I highly suggest you order the book from Amazon. You don’t have to read the book in one go either. You can just read the chapter when your kid is about to enter their next developmental leap. And if you sign up for their e-mail alerts, they will e-mail you a week before they are entering a leap to remind you to read up.