It’s National Baby Safety Month, and your library is here to help! This year, we are focusing on where baby safety starts – with YOU. We’ve gathered a list of some of the many resources we have to support you and your baby from pregnancy through early childhood. Whether you’re looking for a baby-safe cookbook, figuring out how to support your pregnant partner, or need postpartum support, our collection and online resources have something for you!

Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself!

It can be hard to remember to prioritize self-care, especially in times of significant change, but with CCPL’s online catalog, it just got easier! With your library card, you can access popular online magazines – perfect for finding yourself an easy, sweet treat. If you love the fun of a crafted drink, you can discover mocktail recipes and so much more on databases like Gale. There, you can find delicious, baby-safe recipes like this one that are perfect for any upcoming fall or winter parties:

The Clubhouse Turn

  • 2 oz. of blackberry and/or raspberry puree
  • 2 oz. of cinnamon simple syrup
  • ¼ oz. of lemon juice
  • 4 oz. of a ginger-citrus soda
  • Optional orange peel garnish

Combine all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake well. Pour over ice into your glass of choice and garnish with an orange peel!

~ Recipe from Mouthwatering Mocktails on GaleOnefile

A Well of Resources

Nervous about what to expect your first time expecting? Are you ready to start planning for those early months? If you have a question, the library probably has a book that can help answer it! Here are just a few of our books for planning, expecting, and new parents:

“In The New Rules of Pregnancy, two leading OB-GYNs guide you, the modern pregnant woman, through all aspects of pregnant life in an easy-to-digest, compassionate, and motivating way. Instead of a detailed week-by-week look at your baby’s development, it’s all about you, and how to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible.” (Cosmos)

“A comprehensive pregnancy guide for expecting mothers and their partners offers advice from top experts in the field who cover more than three hundred topics of interest, including fertility, birth, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes.” (Cosmos)

“Offers advice, insight, and tips for (parents), discussing pregnancy and birthing practices, prenatal screenings, postpartum birth control, and nutrition.” (Cosmos)

“Armed with the data, Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn’t always hold up. She debunks myths around breastfeeding (not a panacea), sleep training (not so bad!), potty training (wait until they’re ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms), language acquisition (early talkers aren’t necessarily geniuses), and many other topics. She also shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time. Economics is the science of decision-making, and CRIBSHEET is a thinking parent’s guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years.” (Cosmos)

“The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. The Birth Partner includes thorough information on: preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun; normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; epidurals and other medications for labor; pitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up labor; non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; breastfeeding and newborn care; and much more.” (Publisher Description)

“Honest, compassionate advice for post-partum new moms. Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of a woman’s life, but for some it isn’t. And for many, it is the most challenging. As they learn to care for their newborns, many new mothers often face physical challenges with breastfeeding, sleep, and nutrition, and struggle with feelings of isolation, sadness, and guilt. Dr. Sriraman shares practical professional advice along with her own personal experiences and those of other mothers to help 4th trimester moms know they are not alone.” (Cosmos)

Queer Conception by Kristin Kali

“The only evidence-based, up-to-date fertility guide for queer people from an experienced health care provider, this is also the first to be transgender inclusive and body-positive. Here, queer prospective parents will find sound advice for navigating complex medical, social and financial decisions.” (COSMOS)

“A complete guide with practical information and support for parents of children from newborn to three years old, by childcare experts at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Written by doctors who are also parents.” (

“This information-packed, month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott’s own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he’s interviewed. With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy!” (COSMOS)

Yoga For Pregnancy by Leslie Lekos

Yoga for Pregnancy offers detailed, precise instruction for over a hundred yoga poses to support you during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Accompanying sequences focus on a range of applications, from quick daily practices to poses for common pregnancy ailments. Woven throughout the book, you’ll find resources to help prepare you for an empowered labor. Filled with modifications, tips, and abundant illustrations, this is an indispensable text for both beginners and advanced practitioners alike.” (Hoopla)

The Virtual Well

f you’re looking for a quick read, or you want to fall down a research rabbit hole, feel free to check out our digital databases! Here are just a few of the articles you could find on Medline Plus