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Babies and Books - A Guide for New Parents: Home

The needs of a new parent are vast. So, the Salem Public Library, in addition to offering a public story time for 0-12 month old infants, offers this companion guide for the benefit of parents.

HOW THIS GUIDE CAN HELP

Becoming a new parent can be an overwhelming time in life.  There are resources out there designed to assist you, but how can you locate them?  Where should you put your trust as you advocate for your newborn child?

Moreover, there are so many decisions to be made regarding infant care and parenting (e.g to breastfeed or not to breastfeed).  In addition, there are many competing philosophies behind some of these choices.  While there's a lot of information out there to guide you (in addition to your own beliefs, philosophies, etc), it can be difficult to find quality information in a sea of options.

This guide is a resource designed to assist new parents with these struggles.  It offers:

  • A list of baby books and guidance on what to look for in a baby book
  • A collection of books on parenting concerns
  • Information about baby signing
  • Information about early literacy 

Secondarily, this libguide offers information on resources beyond what the library has to offer.  Namely, this includes: 

  • A directory of local, age-appropriate playgroups
  • Website links for local institutions that offer early childhood services, programs, etc.
  • Further research links on topics of interest

What this guide does NOT include:

  • Parenting tips/advice
  • Medical advice
  • Adoption advice/resources

We hope it is helpful, and we appreciate any feedback you might offer us!

WHAT'S IN THIS GUIDE

Welcome! 

Use the tabs above or the links below to navigate this guide:

SOME HELPFUL GUIDELINES

1) Every book listed in this libguide is available at the Salem Public Library.

2) This libguide will be updated on an ongoing basis in order to reflect new information and publications.

SECRET LIFE OF BABIES (BBC DOCUMENTARY)

We'd also like to offer you this fascinating documentary that examines how your baby sees you and the world at large. Learn more about the hidden world of a baby starting with newborns and following their growth and development as they become toddlers. Get ready to see your baby in a whole new way... BBC Worldwide Ltd. (producer). (2014). Secret life of babies [Video File]. Retrieved Devember 9, 2017, from http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ur4d9

Librarian

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Maura Liggio
Contact:
370 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-744-0860