The best 13 Family Planning books

Babies are a source of joy and wonder, but raising them also comes with its own set of challenges and questions. Understanding the various aspects of baby care, development, and parenting can make this journey smoother and more enjoyable for both parents and babies. That's where our carefully curated book list comes in.

This list offers a comprehensive exploration of baby-related topics, providing insights and guidance to help you navigate the world of parenthood. So, why not embark on this enriching journey and discover the secrets to raising happy, healthy babies?
The best 13 Family Planning books
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Family Planning Books: Becoming Attached by Robert Karen

Becoming Attached

Robert Karen
First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
3.8 (90 ratings)
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What's Becoming Attached about?

This book is about the importance of children’s first relationships, especially with their primary caregiver, typically the mother. It offers insights into the ways that attachment can positively or negatively affect children’s development, and offers a great deal of scientific research on important findings concerning attachment.

Who should read Becoming Attached?

  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Anyone interested in child care
  • Parents or anyone about to become a parent

Family Planning Books: Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

Bringing Up Bébé

Pamela Druckerman
One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
4.3 (145 ratings)
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What's Bringing Up Bébé about?

It might sound too good to be true, but in France, babies and children sleep through the night, eat their vegetables and do what their parents tell them. In Bringing Up Bébé (2011), Pamela Druckerman, an American mother living in Paris, reveals the French parenting secrets she uncovered in her time abroad.

Who should read Bringing Up Bébé?

  • Parents and parents-to-be
  • Francophiles
  • Anyone who works with preschool age children

Family Planning Books: Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner

Common Sense Pregnancy

Jeanne Faulkner
Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth for Mother and Baby
3.4 (65 ratings)
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What's Common Sense Pregnancy about?

Common Sense Pregnancy (2015) reveals all you need to know about the surprises that await you during the magical experience of pregnancy and childbirth. There are many things to consider, including what to eat, who to call for help and what kind of childbirth you want to have. So empower yourself with knowledge and get a good idea of what to expect.

Who should read Common Sense Pregnancy?

  • Pregnant women
  • Health care providers
  • Readers curious about pregnancy and childbirth

Family Planning Books: The Fifth Trimester by Lauren Smith Brody

The Fifth Trimester

Lauren Smith Brody
The Working Mom’s Guide To Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby
3.1 (46 ratings)
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What's The Fifth Trimester about?

The Fifth Trimester (2017) is packed with advice and tips for new mothers on how to successfully return to work after their maternity leave. Covering important details like what clothes to wear, how to pick the best day care and how to feed your baby even when you’re not with it, the book draws on the author’s own experiences as well as interviews with other new moms. This is a practical and inspirational self-help guide for new mothers who may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of returning to their job.

Who should read The Fifth Trimester?

  • Pregnant women or new moms returning to work
  • Employers and managers who want to create a family-friendly working environment
  • New fathers who want to support their partners

Family Planning Books: Cribsheet by Emily Oster


Emily Oster
A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
3.2 (146 ratings)
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What's Cribsheet about?

Cribsheet (2019) provides a unique and insightful perspective on early-childhood parenting – that of an economist. Given its focus on decision-making, cost and benefit analysis, risk assessment, and data interpretation, the academic discipline of economics provides a surprisingly useful framework for thinking about the difficult decisions that new parents have to make when raising their babies.

Who should read Cribsheet?

  • Soon-to-be parents trying to think ahead about parenting decisions
  • Current parents already wrestling with those decisions  
  • Would-be parents wondering if they want to deal with those decisions in the first place

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What's The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) about?

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (2019) is exactly what it sounds like: a book on raising children and a trove of practical knowledge that you can’t help thinking your childhood would have benefited from. Spotlighting mental health and emotional development, this book takes an alternative approach to parenting that’s apt for our modern world.

Who should read The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)?

  • Parents who want to improve their kid’s childhood
  • Parents-to-be wishing to reduce the learning curve
  • Your inner child

Family Planning Books: Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank

Weird Parenting Wins

Hillary Frank
Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches
3.6 (65 ratings)
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What's Weird Parenting Wins about?

Weird Parenting Wins (2019) shows you how not to lose it while bringing up your kids – all you need is a little craziness. That means being creative and playful. Children approach life ready to deploy their imagination at every turn, and this book in blinks shows how you can be just as imaginative. You’ll find ways to make life easier for the whole family and even have fun in the process.

Who should read Weird Parenting Wins?

  • Overwhelmed parents
  • Anyone who is planning a family and wants to be prepared
  • Caregivers and guardians

Family Planning Books: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh

Carl Zimmer
The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
4.5 (52 ratings)
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What's She Has Her Mother’s Laugh about?

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh (2018) probes the contemporary understanding of genetics and heredity, and provides an accessible history of the subject from the time of the Ancient Greeks onwards. Author Carl Zimmer also looks to the future, forecasting genetic developments on the horizon and unpacking what they might mean for humanity.

Who should read She Has Her Mother’s Laugh?

  • Science enthusiasts who want to round out their understanding of genetics and DNA
  • History buffs who enjoy reading about science and medicine
  • Amateur genealogists with an interest in getting to the roots of their family trees

Family Planning Books: HypnoBirthing by Marie F. Mongan


Marie F. Mongan
The breakthrough approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing
4.2 (103 ratings)
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What's HypnoBirthing about?

HypnoBirthing (1992) explores how expectant mothers can enjoy a more comfortable, joyful childbirth. These blinks provide simple hypnotherapy techniques that pregnant women can practice at home. They also uncover the guiding philosophy of HypnoBirthing and reveal how it can help women to have a natural, less painful birthing experience.

Who should read HypnoBirthing?

  • Expectant mothers
  • Partners or birth coaches of pregnant women 
  • Health care professionals looking for a fresh perspective

Family Planning Books: Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt

Why Love Matters

Sue Gerhardt
How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
4.5 (130 ratings)
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What's Why Love Matters about?

Why Love Matters (2004) is a study of how our early years shape who we become later in life. But this isn’t about rehashing the old nature-versus-nurture debate. As we’ll see in these blinks, the weight of scientific evidence points to a much more fascinating conclusion: that we’re “co-produced” by genetics and social experience during babyhood. This means that many of the social and psychological problems that affect us as adults can be traced back to these formative years.

Who should read Why Love Matters?

  • Mental health professionals
  • Parents with babies or toddlers
  • Would-be mothers and fathers

Family Planning Books: It Starts with the Egg by Rebecca Fett

It Starts with the Egg

Rebecca Fett
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
4.5 (51 ratings)
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What's It Starts with the Egg about?

It Starts with the Egg (2014) demystifies the science behind egg quality and how it impacts outcomes for fertility and pregnancy. In bringing together a range of reputable studies, it offers evidence-based advice on how to make simple lifestyle changes that will improve egg quality and optimize fertility.

Who should read It Starts with the Egg?

  • Prospective parents thinking about trying for a baby
  • Couples who’ve been trying for months without a positive pregnancy test
  • Anyone facing fertility challenges

Family Planning Books: We're Pregnant! by Adrian Kulp

We're Pregnant!

Adrian Kulp
The First-time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook
4.2 (20 ratings)
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What's We're Pregnant! about?

We’re Pregnant! (2018) answers all those questions first-time dads scratch their heads over. It shows you how to tackle daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to provide strategic support to your partner throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Who should read We're Pregnant!?

  • First-time dads seeking practical advice on how to support their partners during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Dads keen on acing the next pregnancy
  • Anyone trying to understand the challenges women experience during pregnancy

Family Planning Books: Moms on Call by Laura Hunter & Jennifer Walker

Moms on Call

Laura Hunter & Jennifer Walker
Basic Baby Care 0-6 Months
4.5 (6 ratings)
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What's Moms on Call about?

Moms on Call (2012) offers invaluable insights from experienced nurses into the multifaceted world of parenthood. Dive deep into expert advice on sleep routines, feeding regimens, health challenges, and child safety. Empower yourself with tried-and-true strategies, ensuring confidence and calm on your parenting journey.

Who should read Moms on Call?

  • New parents seeking sleep and feeding routines
  • Caregivers wanting infant health tips
  • Pediatric nursing and childcare students

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Family Planning Books

What's the best Family Planning book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Becoming Attached as the ultimate read on Family Planning.

What are the Top 10 Family Planning books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Becoming Attached by Robert Karen
  • Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
  • Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner
  • The Fifth Trimester by Lauren Smith Brody
  • Cribsheet by Emily Oster
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry
  • Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank
  • She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer
  • HypnoBirthing by Marie F. Mongan
  • Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt

Who are the top Family Planning book authors?

When it comes to Family Planning, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Robert Karen
  • Pamela Druckerman
  • Jeanne Faulkner
  • Lauren Smith Brody
  • Emily Oster