Kids & Parents

Expecting? Keep Calm and Carry On…to the Library!

The exciting news keeps coming and and I'm keeping a tally by marking the 6th baby due date in my calendar (and secretly admit being glad I am not expecting this time!).

With the announcment and hugs comes the real conversation about worries, concerns and even baby names!

As a veteran mom I am glad to guide new parents through information overload and overwhelming checklists (similiar to my usual library role!).

Whether this is your first baby or your third time around, it is natural to have stress or anxiety about parenting (and ensuing childhood memories).

With each child, I have layered on more anxiety and countless hours of sleepless nights spent researching and preparing in order to be that super parent I hope to be. But being a super parent does not mean you won't fail, in fact it's almost guaranteed (yelling, impatience, and packing lunches are daily struggles for me).

What defines a super parent is that despite those failures, you continuously try to do better each time. 

Be assured your child will view you as a super hero, especially when you make time for them.  

Looking back, I've learned my anxiety lessened when I opened up and became a part of a circle of parents. It is by connecting with others, having relationships in our community, sharing of tips and supportive listening that we magnify our abilities and overcome challenges.

Please connect with us and others in our community as you visit the library for resources throughout your parenthood journey.

We're passionate about supporting your family not only through print and digital resources, but also offering educational and entertaining programs (play is part of our motto!) for any member of your family.

Look through my recommended list (slimmed down) that while started as library checkouts, have since found their home in a easy to reach wall shelf for they have stood the test of time from my first baby all the way though my fourth!

Let's hear your voice through posting below on the best resources you have experienced!  

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer : How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer : How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

By Tracy Hogg

This book was gifted to me by my library coworker and has kept me sane in planning a daily routine for baby. You'll learn to understand what your baby is saying by the different types of crying you hear and relate to plenty of real life couples' stressful situations and solutions.

The Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

The Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

By William Sears

A baby health reference that is a late night life saver. From topics sush as diarrhea to stopping a high fever and when to head to the ER, this resource gives solid advice and peace of mind from a family of pediatricians.

The Happiest Baby on the Block : the New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

The Happiest Baby on the Block : the New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

By Harvey Karp

Dr. Karp explains how to calm your crying baby in 5 steps which include swinging and swaddling.

The Nursing Mother's Companion

The Nursing Mother's Companion

By Kathleen Huggins

Like a lactation consultant in your hands, this complete resourse for nursing features survival guides based on baby's monthly age. 

The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers : Practical Answers to Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, And More

The Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers : Practical Answers to Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, And More

By Anthony Porto

A resource all about mealtime from nutritional issues to typical daily menus. Created by a team of experts in medical and nutition fields with monthly age chapters that include milestones, feeding options, medical concerns, recipes and more.

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