The best baby shower books 📚

Browse the best books on baby showers as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Peek-A Who?

Peek-A Who?

By Nina Laden

Why this book?

This book ushers you into one of the great joys of parenthood: reading to your child. Peek-a-Who is a marvel, a simple but compelling read-aloud that manages to draw babies into the book experience for the very first time. You’ll read it again and again, as your child comes to know each page and eagerly anticipate what comes ahead. Enjoy.

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The best books for expectant parents with curious minds

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Book cover of Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

By Jamie Glowacki

Why this book?

I know, I know  – potty training might seem a long time off, but before your expecting friend knows it, the need to begin potty training will be upon them, and trust me it is not for the faint of heart. What better way to face potty training than to laugh through each chapter of this hilarious, brilliant book? With the six-step process shared in the book, we were easily able to get our daughter ready for daycare in plenty of time. So tell your friend to set it aside and believe me they will thank you later.

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The best books to give at a baby shower

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Be Pregnant: An Illustrated Companion for Moms-To-Be

By Eugenia Viti

Why this book?

I’ve never been pregnant before, but Viti’s book is one of the few things I’ve ever read that makes the idea seem appealing. Not because she sugarcoats the rougher parts, but because I now know that if I do get pregnant, I’ll have this hilarious book to keep me company. I’ve shared this book with all my friends who have ever been pregnant, and they agreed that it was a wholly original take on the endeavor. 

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The best humor books to make you laugh out loud

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I Love You to the Moon and Back

By Amelia Hepworth, Tim Warnes

Why this book?

It’s never enough to show love to your children. Telling love stories to your little one is very important. This book shows the love between a bear and a cub, who are together every single day. They show their love for each other in many ways. The illustration and story of this adorable book make the bear and cub so real and came right into my heart. For me, it is one of the best real love stories, love in a way how it means to be.
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The best children's books to stimulate development

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Book cover of The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You)

The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You)

By Janet Krone Kennedy

Why this book?

The Good Sleeper was recommended to me by a mom in my neighborhood who instantly noticed that I was struggling with my new role. While my daughter was keeping me up most of the night, her baby was actually sleeping for sustained periods of time in his crib. Sure enough, after reading this book, I was finally able to understand the science behind what was happening with my baby and how I could best meet her needs. I read and reread each chapter as I tried the strategies until I found the right ones for my child. It’s no exaggeration…

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The best books to give at a baby shower

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Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd

Why this book?

This is another book that I really didn’t appreciate until it became a bedtime standard in our home. It seemed simple and repetitive at first and I dismissed it. But due to popular demand, I had to read it regularly and soon found that there is a magic to it. It is playful and sweet and as you read it out loud you can’t help falling into the lulling sway of the words as they gently lay your little one down to sleep.

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The best bedtime books for young children

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