Books we love

Monkey & Mama does not accept incentives for book endorsements. The books and websites here we genuinely love and recommend.


Parenting books

The Good Birth Companion

If you read one book before you go into labour make it this one – make sure your birth companions read it too.

Good Birth Companion

Baby Wisdom: The World’s Best Kept Secrets for the First Year of Parenting

Sadly out of print, but worth tracking down secondhand – a fascinating and amusing look at diverse parenting norms around the world that will give you the confidence to parent in your own unique way.

Baby Wisdom

What Mothers Do: Especially When it Looks like Nothing

Grounded in the verbatim experiences of new mothers, this book is guaranteed to reassure you that whatever you are feeling or doing others have been before. A great morale boost in the tricky early days.

What Mothers Do#

Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain

Guaranteed to make you feel good about making extra time for cuddles with your little one. This book explains the scientific basis for the importance of love and how early relationships lay the foundation for later emotional and physical health.

Why Love Matters

Nurtureshock: Why everything we think about raising our children is wrong

Covering topics that range from the inverse power of praise and the importance of sleep to learning, to infant language acquisition and the science of teen rebellion. Grounded in scientific research, this will make you think twice about what you thought you knew about raising kids.

Nurtureshock

Elevating Child Care: A guide to respectful parenting

In the midst of much unhelpfully polarised parenting advice – parent-led routines vs child-led attachment parenting – Janet, and the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach offers a sense of balance. Pragmatic yet empathetic Janet’s writing most closely echoes the approach we take to parenting our son. She also has a great, searchable blog (see link below).

Elevating Child Care


Parenting websites

KellyMom: Evidence Based Breastfeeding

Not technically a book, but so useful to all breastfeeding mothers, I couldn’t not include it. Balanced, evidence-based and covering everything you could possibly need to know.

KellyMom

Elevating Child Care: Janet Lansbury

In the midst of much unhelpfully polarised parenting advice – parent-led routines vs child-led attachment parenting – Janet, and the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach offers a sense of balance. Pragmatic yet empathetic Janet’s writing most closely echoes the approach we take to parenting our son.

Janet Lansbury

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