Babies change everything. This is the adage that new mothers everywhere hear, and for most of them it rings true. The addition of a little person is bound to shake up any household and force you to rearrange your schedule, priorities, and more or less entire life. Fortunately, there are some great books every woman with kids should read to help her navigate this major life shift.
When you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of motherhood, you can take solace in the knowledge that you are not alone. Plenty of women — even those who appear to be picture-perfect mothers in every way — face the same struggles that you do. After all, spit-up and tantrums are universal realities for any mother.
Some of the books moms should read cover factual information to help your baby through early childhood illnesses, as well as activities that will help your child’s development (and keep you entertained as well). Others are merely fun novels that feature relatable, baby-focused protagonists — who have a sometimes neurotic approach to the task of child rearing —who may feel comfortingly familiar. And then there are a few memoirs from fellow mothers to drive home the fact that the joys and struggles you face every day are just a part of the job. Whatever you prefer, there's bound to be a book on this list that relates to your struggles as a woman with kids.