Our Top 5 Books on Newborn Care


Touchpoints-Birth to Three, 2nd Edition

By T. Berry Brazelton MD. De Capo Press, 2006.

In this newly updated edition Dr. Brazelton offers sound advice and information on prematurity, sleep patterns, early communication, toilet training, co-sleeping, play and learning, safety and many more topics. This comprehensive book takes parents well beyond the newborn period.


Your Child at Play; Birth to One Year

By Marilyn Segal, PhD. Harper Collins Publications, 1998.

This easy to read book is organized in a month-by-month format. Each chapter focuses on the developmental stage for each month.  It offers suggestions of ways to interact with your baby taking into account his intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.  Subsections focus on motor skills, seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing the baby.  Simple games encourage parents and caregivers to engage with their baby during daily activities like mealtime, bath time, diaper changes and quiet time.  


Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Fathers

By Gary Greenberg. Simon and Schuster, 2004.

A wonderful book written in the style of a Scout Manuel is meant to be an indispensable survival guide for the burgeoning new dad.  The wry sense of humor gives new dads insight into important things like changing a squirmy baby in a packed stadium, how to baby proof a hotel room in four minutes flat and tricks to stay awake (or at least upright) at work after a long night with a newborn.


The Baby Book; Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Two Years

By William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN et al. Little Brown and Company, Revised Edition, 2003.

A practical guide for new parents focusing on the basic needs of babies and toddlers while answering the questions that are the greatest concerns to today’s parents.  The authors appreciate that there is no one way to parent your baby and offer basic guidance to find the techniques that best suit you and your child.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

By Harvey Karp MD. Bantam Books, Reprint Edition, 2007.  

Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp explains the confusing period of early infant development and offers 5 S’s to help calm a crying newborn. Swaddling, side lying, shushing, swinging and sucking can trigger the “Calming Reflex” bringing peace and quiet back to the household.