Five best books for second (or third)-time parents

When our first child was born, it took two of us to bathe him – one to do the bathing, the other to read aloud from Penelope Leach’s “Your Baby And Child." By the time our third child arrived, our baby-book needs were much more specific. Here are our top book recommendations for second- or third-time parents:

3. "Waiting for Birdy," by Catherine Newman


3. "Waiting for Birdy," by Catherine Newman. A weekly pleasure of my first pregnancy was reading Newman’s column, “Bringing up Ben and Birdy.” The book version focuses on the year that Newman’s second child was born, showcasing Newman’s gift for taking near-universal feelings and articulating them in a way that makes them feel heartbreakingly new. Odds are good that you’ll recognize a piece of yourself in Newman’s life, as she pinpoints daily pains and daily joys on the way to adding a new child to the family.

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