Best books for new mums

Whether you're looking for a more thoughtful present than a pack of muslin squares, or you're a new parent in search of some practical advice, we have a selection of books to answer your needs. All that is left for you to do is make a cup of something caffeinated, handover baby and (somehow) find some time to read.

 

The New Mum's Notebook by Amy Ransom (2017)

As more experienced parents know, nothing really prepares you for your first child until that tiny bundle arrives and changes your world for good. The New Mum’s Notebook won't be able to rock your baby to sleep or bring you a cup of tea in bed, but it is helpful in many other ways. 

Alongside beautifully illustrated diary pages for you to capture the good and more challenging moments with your newborn, author Amy Jones provides helpful tips and reassuring advice every step of the way, from what to expect in those joyful and anxiety-inducing first days to an essential list of TV and movies to binge-watch while you are feeding. In Jones’ own words: 'every moment is a phase, it will get easier and you are doing brilliantly!' Comforting words that every new parent needs to hear.

 

Baby: A Soppy Story by Philippa Rice (2020)

New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Philippa Rice used her own experiences with her first baby to create this beautiful, relatable and - as the title suggests - extremely soppy graphic novel based on everyday moments of parenthood.

The highs and lows of pregnancy and life with a newborn are captured with charm and humour. One of our favourite scenes sees mum ask her frazzled partner, as he struggles with the car seat, why he hadn’t practised earlier. 'I did!', he replies 'Just not with a baby in it!'

 

Letters on Motherhood by Giovanna Fletcher (2020)

In a recent episode of her podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Giovanna Fletcher chatted to fellow mother of three who is rather well-known – The Duchess of Cambridge. As they discussed pregnancy, mental health and family life, Fletcher explained that 'Talking to different mums; everyone has something in common it doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, what you do. There are so many elements that overlap and that we connect through.'

This is a sentiment the bestselling author weaves into her new book, a compendium of letters, dedicated to the family and friends who have supported her through motherhood. Capturing the priceless, laugh out loud moments she shares with her boys to the devastating lows of dealing with anxiety and attempting to rediscover her own sense of identity, this is a book that any new parent can come back to along the challenging and wonderful years ahead.

 

Mum, Tell Me by Elma van Vliet (2019)

If a Baby Record Book has already been crossed off the gift list then Mum, Tell Me is the perfect alternative. Each page of this guided journal prompts mum to share her memories, dreams and wishes from her own childhood up to motherhood. There is a question for pretty much everything - her favourite band as a teenager, the subjects she enjoyed at school to how becoming a mother changed her.

With plenty of space to write and add photos - or even doodle, for the creatives – once filled this companion will soon become a time-capsule for littles ones to read when they are older. Oh, and there is also one for Dads.

 

The Little Book fo Self-care for New Mums by Beccy Hands and Alexis Stickland (2018)

For many, especially first-time mums, pregnancy can be a blissful period when family and friends encourage you to put your feet up, you have the perfect excuse to indulge in a trip or two to the spa (someone needs to paint those toes...) and a packed schedule of midwife appointments offering support and advice every step of the way. 

Yet for most parents, once you have left the hospital and you’ve had your first night at home, self-care becomes the last thing on your mind. Which is why this book, written by Beccy Hands and midwife Alexis Stickland, is the perfect remedy. With plenty of practical tips and advice spread across beautifully illustrated pages – designed especially for tired eyes to dip in and out of – it provides a helpful guide to mum’s emotional and physical postnatal recovery.

 

The V&A Children's Classics

There are countless wonderful things about being a parent, but for bookworms sharing all of your favourite children’s stories has to be somewhere near the top of the list. And where better to start than with the classics?

These beautiful jewel-toned hardbacks feature exquisite cover designs based on the V&A Museum’s William Morris collection. You can choose 3 for £33 on the Penguin Shop and give both mum and baby the adventure of a lifetime - whether that’s stepping into a secret garden, flying to Neverland or following a certain timed-pressed gentleman with whiskers down a rabbit hole.

 

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