Being a first time parent isn't easy. Besides the influx of unsolicited advice (and both positive and negative comments) that you will possibly get, you will have clueless moments throughout the day and even in the middle of the night. Of course a support group of fellow mommies would really help tons, but it is good to have information ready just in case your mommy friends are in dreamy dream land when emergency strikes!
The best thing to do is to be prepared. So while waiting for baby to arrive, start reading up on how to care for your baby. If there is only time for two books in your baby care library, these are the two that I would recommend (based on personal experience). Too many books can drive you crazy! Leave the other questions for your moms or mommy friends to answer ;) A combination of text book information and first hand experience is always best to guide you on this new journey called parenthood!
The Baby Book by Dr. Sears:
This book was an easy read and I would keep referring to it all throughout my baby's first year.
I was really glad that three of my mommy friends told me about this book. It really helped me a lot.
From the What to Expect Series:
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Everything about baby's first year was presented in a very organized manner in this book. I really loved it! And it was usually on point for each month. Either I had textbook babies or this writer had done her research pretty well.
Your friends may have other recommended books for you but do pick ones that will go with your parenting style. These two books not only provided me with the information that I needed at the time but agreed with my parenting philosophy so it was easy enough for me to apply the recommendations :)