Best Resources for New and Expectant Mom’s

If you are looking for the non-traditional but super helpful gifts for a new or expectant mom then you have found the right place.  Are you a  mom looking for more information about becoming a mom…we have you covered too!

This post is part of a gift guide collection that focuses on gifts for new or expecting moms which you can check out here.

One of the things I did when I was pregnant was read.  I read all about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding so that I could be ready for this wonderful thing called parenting.

Looking back I have no regrets over the days and nights when I couldn’t sleep spent reading about something that was suppose to seem all so natural but yet I felt like I had no clue about.

If you are an expectant or new mom or shopping for one then the gift of information is a POWERFUL one.

Here are the books/products/resources I would recommend every new parent get their hands on:

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Birth Books


Ina May’s Guide to Child Birth:  If you or someone you know is terrified of giving birth than this book will help to make you feel a bit calmer.  Ina May is a famous midwife who has tons of information about the process of childbirth and what to expect.  The book is full of stories from woman that have given birth and had a powerful and joyful experience.  She gives strategies and techniques that she has had moms use to  ease the pain of childbirth in her 30 years of being a midwife.  The importance of mind/body connection is evident when looking to have a positive birth experience.  To check this book out click HERE.

Hypnobirthing:  This book provides you with a strategy to have a calmer pregnancy and delivery.  It also comes with a CD to practice. If this is a method of child birth that you are interested in, then this book is a great place to start.

This book helped me to connect to my body and to feel less anxious about the huge life event that was in my near future. To read more information about this book click HERE.

Breastfeeding Resource


Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding:  This woman knows what she is talking about.  Breastfeeding sounds so natural, and for me it was.  That is not everyone’s experience though and this book walks you through everything you need to know about it.  If you are passionate about breastfeeding or know someone who is then this book is a wonderful resource.

Baby Resources

Happiest Baby on the Block:  I read this book and watched the DVD.  This book contains simple strategies that you can use to calm your baby.  Dr.  Karp’s 5 S’s method for soothing babies worked wonders for our little guy.  If you haven’t heard of the 5’s you can read a brief description here.  They are easy to use and very effective.

My husband was so glad he watched this DVD because he had no clue what to do when it came to babies.  If you don’t have time to read the book then definitely go for the DVD as they actually show you the strategies on real babies.  I liked the DVD better and it was the only chance I had at getting my husband this information before my son was born.  Actually seeing Dr. Karp do the 5 S’s was very helpful!  Once our son was born we both had confidence in knowing how to calm our crying upset baby and how to understand his cues.

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One minute milestones is designed to help encourage your baby's development in all areas including: cognitive, motor, self help, social, and language. Use simple strategies during your daily routines to help your baby learn.

One Minute Milestone Activity Cards:  Helping your baby learn does not require an extensive curriculum or fancy toys.  It requires you to be mindful in the moments that you have with your little one throughout the day.

One Minute Milestones (0-12 Months) covers simple ways to encourage development in all areas including:

  • Cognition
  • Motor
  • Language
  • Social Emotional
  • Adaptive

When do you do these activities?  While you are doing the daily routines and activities that you are ALREADY doing.  Such as:

  • Diaper Changes
  • Car Rides
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Feeding Your Baby
  • Story Time
  • Laundry
  • Bath
  • Kitchen Time

This system is simple and easy to start implementing from the moment you download it.  Once you purchase it you  will receive the digital download to either look at on your phone, computer or print off for your use.

If you are looking for SIMPLE ways to encourage development through daily routines then you need to check out One Minute Milestone Activity Cards.

Need some more ideas?    Check out these Christmas gifts for Expectant Moms!

Parenting Resources

Love and Logic For Early Childhood:  Practical Parenting From Birth to Age 6:  I read this book long before I became a parent and it has stuck with me ever sense.  This book covers everything from potty training to temper tantrums and makes parenting seem a bit more simple.  It gives actual strategies on how to handle the situations that can be difficult for any parent.  Reading this book before becoming a parent is wonderful..but if you don’t read it before make sure you at least have it on the shelf when you need it the most!

Parenting Super Bundle:  I have recently joined the “Can not finish a book in the library’s allotted check out period” club.  That includes the extra two weeks you can usually ask for in addition to the original checkout period.  Although I love reading and learning I don’t always have big enough chunks of time to do it.

That is why I have fallen in love with e-books and e-courses.  You can keep them on your phone or tablet and when you actually get a couple of minutes to yourself you can dive in.

I stumbled upon Ultimate Bundles when I was actually looking for resources to learn about blogging.  I bought my first bundle and I have been hooked ever sense!  I wish I would have know about this bundle when I became a new mom.

This is a wonderful resource for new moms because it has TONS of information that any parent would find helpful from birth on up.

Here are just a few of the great e-books that are included:


Parenting with Positive Guidance: Building Discipline from the Inside Out by Amanda Morgan ($17.00)

A Mom’s Practical Guide to Baby-Led Weaning by Brittany Dixon ($14.99)

Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating and Help Your Kids to Love Veggies by Dr Orlena Kerek ($15.00)

Babes, Tots and Kids: 52 Weeks of Preschool for Children Ages Baby-5 Years by Raegan Disharoon & Valerie Plowman ($19.50)

Potty Train in a Weekend by Becky Mansfield ($9.99)

Teaching Toddlers at Home by Amanda Stockdale  ($67.00)

The Toddler Journey: 100 Hands-On Activities for Toddlers by Angela Thayer ($10.00)

Tot School Printables A to Z by Carisa Hinson ($12.00)

Troubleshooting Toddlerhood by Kara Carrero ($4.99)

When Baby Becomes Big Sibling by Paula Rollo ($9.99)

These are just 10 of the 80 resources that any new mom would find helpful.  Just these 10 resources add up to $180.46…so even if you buy the bundle for just a few of them then you get your moneys worth because it will only cost you $47!

What I ABSOLUTELY love about this company is there is a 30-day money back guarantee.  This means there is absolutely no risk for you to buy this.  If you do not feel it fits your needs you can return it and get your money back.  You can check out the bundle for yourself HERE.

So I encourage you to take a look at it.  The categories that are covered in the bundle include:

  • Activities & Crafts
  • Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Special Needs
  • Parenthood
  • Chore Charts & Planners
  • Education
  • Dicsipline
  • Faith
  • Food
  • Homeschooling
  • Outdoors and Travel
  • Special Occasions

A product like this perfect for a new mom because she has all the resources on hand before she actually NEEDS them.  There is no need to spend hours searching the internet for answers and trying to piece it all together.  The resources are all there for you when you need them the most.

If you haven’t created your baby registry on Amazon make sure you do so!  That way people can buy you any of these items or anything else you may need!  Click below to start your registry.

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About Kayla ONeill

This is me and my beautiful bouncing baby boy! Before my little guy arrived I earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education Birth to 21 as well as my Masters in Education. For six years I worked as an Early Interventionist serving children and families from birth to age three before becoming a stay at home mom to be with my son.

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