Guidance for New Parents: South African Perspectives

by | Oct 26, 2023

There is no handbook that comes with all the answers for parents. However, we’re fortunate to live in an era where experts have studied and observed parenting, pregnancy and child development to guide us as best they can. While you can never be fully prepared, you can be better prepared. We’ve compiled a short list of great books by South African authors to inspire you on those first few years of your parenting journey.


Baby & Childcare Handbook by Marina Petropulos

Marina Petropulos’s “Baby and Childcare Handbook” is an all-encompassing journey from pregnancy to early parenthood and is hailed as the ultimate parenting guide. She possesses a certain wisdom that transcends generations. With a deep understanding of children’s individualism, Marina empowers parents with valuable insights into their child’s behaviour. She emphasises the importance of nurturing, love, and human interaction, firmly asserting that creating comfort for your little one is not spoiling. Marina recognises that “birth is a traumatic experience for the child, and that the infant should be introduced into the world with gentleness.” Her book imparts essential knowledge and fosters the confidence needed to guide your child through these crucial early years. It’s a compassionate companion for every parent.


The Unicorn Baby” by Roxanne Atkinson 

What a quirky and delightful read with which parents will resonate. The book challenges ten common myths associated with parenting and the expectations parents often have about raising children. Some myths include the belief that all babies are the same, that a baby won’t change your life, that there’s a perfect routine, that breastfeeding is easy, and that babies should be fed on a strict schedule. The Unicorn Baby is a must-read with its realistic perspectives on parenting practical advice. It’s written with an easy-to-read style, great scientific background, and helpful activities to support a baby’s development. The book is handy for new parents and addresses common challenges faced during the first year of a baby’s life.






Future-proof your Child for the 2020s and Beyond by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington.

In their book, authors Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington respond compellingly to the perennial question, ‘Mommy, Daddy, what should I be when I grow up?’. They recognise the challenges of an era marked by profound, unpredictable change. As industries shift and job landscapes transform, parents are uncertain about their children’s future. The book goes beyond conjecture, presenting actionable frameworks and guidance to help parents lay solid foundations for their children’s success. By imparting the right skills, attitudes, and worldviews, parents can prepare their children to thrive amidst evolving opportunities. This book is an indispensable resource for parents seeking realistic and relevant parenting goals to empower their children to flourish, whatever the future may hold.




Real Food, Healthy Happy Children by Kath Megaw


Parents thank us later because this is the ultimate parenting guide for nourishing your kids’ bodies and minds. Paediatric Nutritionist Kath Megaw’s practical wisdom and real-world experience as a mother make trading processed snacks for wholesome meals an achievable goal. Her engaging storytelling shows how the right food can fuel your child’s happiness and growth. Say goodbye to mealtime battles and hello to smiles around the table. This book is your recipe for raising healthy, happy kids.