After a hectic day of parenting, I like to relax when my kids are asleep to decompress myself. I understand the importance of Me-Time, though I don’t religiously do that as I am tired of daily chores that I love to simply doze off. But whenever I get time for myself I follow a good skincare regime and do some reading specifically books for moms to get information on all aspects of life as a mother. It’s a great way to relax and learn something new. It helps to wind down after a crazy day with kids.
I was always passionate about reading books and they were a great source of information back then. Now, as a mother, I try to dedicate my time to read books that can help me as a woman, a wife, and a mom. There are plenty of mom books out there, but today I am going to share with you some of the best books I love as a mother.
So if you are searching for some seriously good books if you are a mom or expecting, here are books every mother or mother-to-be can benefit from. These books for moms will guide you from pregnancy to finding balance and happiness in your life as a mother.
BOOKS ON SELF-CARE
I wanted to start with this topic as this is an important one for me and I want you to prioritize this as well. When we are single, we often spend our time to good look and we divinely feel good about ourselves. As soon as we become mothers, we tend to lose this sensation and when it comes to taking care of ourselves we feel selfish. The truth is you should highly prioritize self-care habits in your routine because you operate at your best when you feel good.
These books that I am going to share with you guys today are the best books for moms to feel good about themselves, to minimize stress, manage emotions and organize your life.
This book written by Cassandra Aarssen is a professional organizer who once had trouble with organization. Cassandra was able to reap the benefits of becoming organized and through this book she was a great help to others. This workbook comes with a checklist and worksheets to assist you in organizing. It’s a great book, though it’s not as brutal as the Konmari method but it’s very doable.
I suffered from a great deal of depression about my house being cluttered and I had no time to sort anything out. I, personally, started seeing YouTube videos and came by her YouTube Channel, Clutterbug. She gave the motivation to start small and work big. Through this book, you can simply get organized and the best part is the organizational tips are totally economical like you use what you have. She has a great sense of humor and uses her own life as an example which is a very much honest attitude. This book has all printables, guides and sheets you totally need. Everything is pre-designed for you to just cut and use. There are a few additional links to free downloads in the book so I believe it’s a win-win.
So, for those who want to get organized and prevent clutter, this book provides effective tips on decluttering and organizing your life. She was able to reap the benefits of becoming organized and works to help others do the same. The book has a good common sense coupled with thrift, humor and pretty nice format. Above all, this book has great reviews and was a highly successful one. You can find its Kindle version, but I recommend the paper one as you can write in it!
This book is written by Sara Blanchard, a Harvard graduate, who initially struggled with being a SAHM but figured out an effective system to balance and happiness. This book is highly recommended for stay-at-home moms who want to find time for pursuing their passions in addition to raising their children. This is another best book for moms to read. It’s entertaining, inspiring and practical “how-to” kind of book that provides women to embrace their roles in society gives hope to not only survive but thrive as we navigate through our lives. This book allows you to reframe the judgments and expectations to enjoy and support each other, to find enjoyment in motherhood which is applicable to everyone’s life and made quite easy by Sara.
This book is a joy to read and one can typically relate to Sara’s story mentioned of her own life and women show knew and finally implement those strategies the discussed. This book inspires you to become better at motherhood, career and engaging with the community. It addresses the struggles that many of us face as mothers and teaches us how to maintain sanity and purpose. It teaches you about positive psychology and life coaching principles to balance everything you want to do.
BOOKS ON PREGNANCY
A lot happens when you’re pregnant and it’s hard to keep up with the challenges be it morning sickness in the first trimester or to cope up with the labor pain before delivering a baby. It is important to keep track of the stages of pregnancy and what to expect during them. If you are a first time Mom, you need to keep books in hand covering all aspects of pregnancy and delivery. They will answer tons of questions and alert you to new and fun things your body will start doing. These two books will serve you this purpose.
This book is written by Heidi Murkoff and it explains almost everything that happens to you during your pregnancy. The best part is, it has diagrams to show you how your little bundle of joy looks like from month to month. This book is practical and unbiased unlike most of the other books and its full of help from pregnancy and postpartum to carrying a baby.
If you are just like me, who keeps a journal to help you remember everything as your mind slowly slips away into pregnancy, then this book is the one. Sure, you can get a blank journal, but if you have no ideas about what you need to record or remember, then this book serves as a journal and organizer. It has separate sections to document all doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, and a space for a daily journal to remember all pregnancy fun and ridiculous moments.
Most importantly, if you would be having any issue related to pregnancy, this book has an answer and you can be instantly relieved that it is just a part of normal pregnancy. Or if it is not, this book assures you to call your doctor so you can get a checkup done. There are many pregnancy books out there, but you can’t really get the same reassurance as you can have with this one.
This book is written by renowned pregnancy-author (and doula) Penny Simkim and other professional female childbirth educators. Penny has helped deliver over 10,000 babies in her lifetime If you’re looking for an all-in-one must-have, this is the book for you. It is another data-rich book that is best for people who want to buy a single comprehensive book that covers entirely pregnancy, labor, postpartum and early infancy. This book serves balanced and unbiased information on issues such as breastfeeding, childbirth, etc.
This is a great book that considers the individual needs of a woman and her family. The book provides at least 3 sample birth plans and discusses all aspects of pregnancy and delivery. These plans range from mothers who are considering reasons to give birth at home to mothers to prefer epidural and decides to give birth in a birthing center. I highly recommend this book for people looking for little more information on what you can do proactively as you’re preparing for childbirth. This book is supportive of both drug-assisted and drug-free deliveries. So, this is a plus one if you are in search of books for moms.
BOOKS ON PARENTING
There are plenty of books for moms to read regarding parenting. There is no end to the list but just to narrow down your niche, I have selected two of the amazing books for you to read. These books are excellent choices for stay-at-home moms. Reading books on the topic of parenting is highly recommended as they teach us how to raise a happy and healthy family. Although, making mistakes is a human thing and we definitely learn from them, but a couple of tactics can help to minimize them and helps you and your family to grow and flourish.
This book is written by Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson. This book explains how your child’s brain function so it’s easier for you to control and handle their tantrums or any other issues with greater eased. This book explains how to encourage the healthy development of your child’s mind. It gives a better understanding of how the brain functions, the left-right and the upper-lower brain in addition to how-to guides with examples.
This is a book through which you can easily understand why a child behaves how he behaves and what’s typically going on in his mind. There are many alternatives to how you can reign discipline in a family and various iterations of you should respect your parents, etc. There are numerous age-appropriate strategies in this book, along with illustrations to explain important concepts to your child for his/her mental development. If you really read this book and stick to the guidelines mentioned, I’m sure you can your child can have a stronger and healthier relationship. If you’re a mom like me, I would definitely recommend this as one of your books. You’ll get some important understanding for a very low price of a book.
This book is written by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman which is, in my opinion, one of the hits for nursing and expecting mothers. There is no secret that breastfeeding is 100% recommended way to nourish and nurture your baby alongside other benefits it has.
It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the 100% recommended way to nourish and nurture your baby. La Leche, an International non-governmental organization that provides education and training related to breastfeeding, has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers of this Their classic bestselling book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, has been updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. You may be a stay-at-home mom, or a working mother, a single mother or mother of multiples you can get benefit from this book. It has tons of information from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding your child. The book explains the best positions and variations on how to store breastmilk. It has got everything covered the difficulties and how to manage them, the weaning and much more.
There are other books as I mentioned but this can’t be beaten. Those books often don’t cover things in depth while this book answers them and gives great tips so it’s a high recommendation. It’s the best breastfeeding guide you’ve been looking for.
BOOKS ON HEALTH
“Health is wealth” you might have always heard, and that’s an absolute truth. When you neglect your health, you will eventually find yourself sick and losing your sanity as well. We, as mothers, often forget to take care of our health like we take care of our family during the hectic day. As mentioned earlier, self-care is more important than anything because a healthy mom grows a healthy family. So, it is important to have a mixture of both health and self-care books on your shelf to help you make time for both yourself and your family. There is this one book I will recommend that exactly includes all that what you have been searching for be it health, self-care or organization, etc.
This book written by Sara Gavira, is a must-read book for women that is starting the motherhood journey, where Sara walks us through how to continue practicing self-care after a new baby joins the family. This book teaches you how to take care of yourself after having a baby. It is perfect for any and every woman who is riding the motherhood roller coaster. Reading this book is like talking to a friend about how to still make ourselves a priority in a moment when our lives completely revolve around kids and family.
As, moms especially stay-at-home moms, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. So, here is a thing, it doesn’t matter how many kids you have got or what type of mom you are, this book reminds you of the simple steps of self-care. as you know, when you are feeling your best, you will have more patience, energy and love to give to your family.
Normally mothers during pregnancy search for books about expecting mothers and by the last trimester the book is about babies and depression symptoms. But in this book, Sara shares her researches about skincare, healthy eating, and exercising tips, organizing your life and making time for fun in a simple and direct way. She also gives tips on how to keep your house organized and to cultivate a peaceful life. I love her homemade smoothies and facial masks recipes,they are simple to be added to your daily routine and see the improvements on the skin and feel more energized.
BOOKS ON MONEY
Money is another important topic I wanted to learn about and I am sure, many Moms would want to learn more about it too. When you are proactive and improve your financial knowledge, you can save thousands of dollars every year and wisely invest your money to grow your wealth. This knowledge will later be passed down to your children to make them prepared for the world they are about to enter as adults.
This book is written by Erin Odom which is also a blogger behind “The Humbled Homemaker”, a blog that has millions of readers. She is known for her inspirational and practical content. For many moms, the desire is to stay home is strong but due to circumstances, often out of reach. This book is a guide to living a happy life on a budget as a stay-at-home mom. Whether or not you desire to be a stay-at-home-parent, I think the financial health of a family can benefit from what Erin says.
There are like 100 money-related tips in this book so you can make most out of every dollar and generate additional income. Erin gives you helpful ways to make your own household items, even your own natural makeup, and hair care products. This way you don’t have to spend an outrageous amount on this stuff. There are many ways in this book to learn about side income ideas, inexpensive educational and enrichment activities, and even low-cost date ideas.
This book is written by an entrepreneur, author, and popular blogger Crystal Paine of “Money Saving Mom Early”. This book discusses what financial freedom is, because you need to find what motivates you and will continue to motivate you when times are hard. Crystal allows you to brainstorm what are your abilities, talents, and passions. This is important to understand what passion could easily translate to business. There is some very helpful and practical advice on how to get your momentum going. Crystal shares personal stories of things that didn’t work for her and all the hits and misses. It is a very encouraging step to learn from your failures and seek opportunities to earn from home. She shares the secrets of building income at home, using her own example as well as the stories of other women from all walks of life.
This is not a “how to make money quick” book. It isn’t filled with instant ideas to but it’s a guide to help women to find out what their talents on how to bring in an income from home, and what to do after they start that business. Make sure you have a notebook next to you while reading this book so you can write down all the new ideas you get along the way so you can immediately start applying them.
Reading the right books for moms makes being a stay-at-home mom easier. Whether you are planning to get pregnant or already have children, you can benefit from reading these books. But, it is better if you read books about self-care, health, money, and parenting before having your first child. This will help you be better prepared for the challenges that come your way. So, did we miss any books that would be good reads for stay-at-home moms? What were some books for moms that you read during your pregnancy or after your baby that you found helpful?