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Q&A: Best parenting books?

There are so many books on parenting… what are the best ones?

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Some of our own personal favorites, along with recommendations from our users:
Baby Bargains, 9th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much more! by Denise Fields
Lstaylor73: It's a must. It will answer so many questions.




The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
by Dr. Harvey Karp
debbiej: a lifesaving baby book for DS's first few months. I buy it for all my expecting friends.




So That's What They're For!: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide, 3rd edition
by Janet Tamaro
milfy1: totally approachable writing style; makes you feel good about what you are doing; gives really good tips for every nursing scenario (working, staying home, weaning)
BartsGirl: Wonderful breastfeeding reference! I know this is going to be a practice makes perfect skill, so I'll read anything that can make the learning fun and humorous.

Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, Birth to 3, by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
Covers just about every issue and question you’ll have in the early years. Also check out Feeding Your Child: The Brazelton Way, Sleep: The Brazelton Way, and Discipline: The Brazelton Way, written with Joshua Sparrow.


Your Baby and Child , by Penelope Leach
This all-time classic takes a clear, common-sense approach to issues like feeding and growing, teeth and teething, everyday care, excreting, sleeping, and crying and comforting. Covers birth to five years.


The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night , by Elizabeth Pantley
If the cry-it-out technique feels too cruel but you just can’t face another night of running to and from the nursery, try the approach laid out in this book. The easy, step-by-step instructions should make your nights a little less nightmarish.


Child Behavior: The Classic Childcare Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development , by Crances Ilg and Louise Bates Ames
The Gesell Institute is your best resource for any development issues. Their books (including volumes for every year of life, up through the teens) explain how to prevent and treat behavior problems, from the common to the serious.


The Baby Book by William Sears, M.D. an Martha Sears, R.N.
It's been dubbed the "baby bible." This book focuses on all the essentials from sleeping, development to health


The Wonder Weeks by Hetty Van Rijt and Frans Plooij
Your comprehensive guide to baby's development during the first 20 months of his life.

The Bump Editors

Q&A: Best parenting books?

Baby Wise

j'scole |

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Baby Bargains and Baby 411 are GREAT!

brookemarrelli |

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I LOVE The Baby Book by Dr. Sears; it gives a lot of detail which I appreciate. Also, it's not wishy-washy about advice (like others: 'breastfeeding is great but formula is great too!'). He'll tell you exactly what is best, WHY he believes that and how to go about it. It has given me direction and confidence.

cmcgee888 |

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I think every pregnant woman should read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Really good information!

mooncatblue@Hotmail.com |

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when i was pregnant with my first child I really liked Your Pregnancy Week-by -Week. It even gave dad tips.

mamita0523 |

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The Baby Whisperer

Meg81 |

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You having a baby by Dr. Oz

lecunkel11 |

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Baby Bargains is great help for registering !

VDemma915 |

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Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay

ledbetk123 |

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You Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to having a Happy Healthy Pregnancy by Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

bobmagic |

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I love It Get's Easier...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. Its really informative and really funny.

KyleandAimee |

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On Becoming Baby Wise is really helpful. It's a little bit conservative, but the approach is priceless. I've seen it do miracles for countless new mamas.

LizzieAnnCSU |

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Pregnacy: Day by Day

catherinebiorn |

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The Mom's on Call Guide to Basic Baby Care: The First 6 Months.

aglickstein |

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Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Janis Keyser and Laura Davis. I'm in the Early Childhood Care and Education field also, and feel this is a GREAT book for helping guide your approach to parenting - for anyone!

LesleySC |

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Reading a book might seem the way to go until you have had a child then its all day by day, my daughter is 3 now and I'm still learning new things that I'm sure a book can't teach me. I will be learning more once our son is born since raising boys are most likely a whole new experience than girls are but what doesn't drive me even more insane will only make me stronger.

snowwhite428 |

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I'm loving The Girfriend's Guide to Pregnancy...really informative and funny!

KLChops |

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BABY WISE!!!!

MommaAsh12 |

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"What to Expect When You are Expecting"

milen444 |

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The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy was a very informative book and a super easy read. I also enjoyed the What to Expect When You Are Expecting AND What to Expect for the First Year.

jansmad |

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For first time mom's like myself I find "How to Have Your Second Child First" by Kerry & Rob Sorensen EXTREMELY USEFUL!!! This book has calmed me down considerably and it puts my over analytical brain to ease.

sara656 |

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I really liked heading home with your newborn

camiea |

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I have read what seems like hundreds of sources, and the Mercola one (link below) covers SO many topics that are EXTREMELY important, and that are left out of most books and sites: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/07/no-nonsense-guide-to-a-naturally-healthy-pregnancy-and-baby.aspx Parabens, Phthlates (plastic preservatives in soaps and moisturizers!) and surfectants in cleaners are Testosterone Replicators, and your exposure while pregnant have a HUGE impact on your baby boy's hormones and PHYSICAL attributes when he is an adult. Linoleum flooring, teflon, and vaccinations too early and too many at once, are both proven to cause mild to severe Autism. Those are just a few examples but VERY IMPORTANT ONES - more sites need to talk about these absolutely critical topics!!! Also, the U.S. is the only country that allows the VERY TOXIC chemicals like PBDE's and other fire retardants, in baby clothes, pajamas, mattresses, and sheets. THESE CONTRIBUTE TO LIVER STRESS, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH, AND HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE HORMONE SYSTEM OF THE SMALL BABY - who absorbs it through the skin and through breathing. (No, it does not wash out, only after 1,000 washes - so get organic cotton, certified to NOT have such toxic chemicals. I found a few good lists online. Better to buy FEWER, NON-TOXIC items, for the same total price, than several less expensive but very toxic items!!!!! Here are a few lists I found online of places that don't use the harmful toxins. (thank you to the person who took all the time to put them together!!) http://nuclearmonkey.com/baby/default.htm ---AND let's try to get these terrible toxins outlawed in the U.S., as they are in EVERY country in Europe and around the world.

none654 |

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I have read what seems like hundreds of sources, and the Mercola one (link below) covers SO many topics that are EXTREMELY important, and that are left out of most books and sites: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/07/no-nonsense-guide-to-a-naturally-healthy-pregnancy-and-baby.aspx Parabens, Phthlates (plastic preservatives in soaps and moisturizers!) and surfectants in cleaners are Testosterone Replicators, and your exposure while pregnant have a HUGE impact on your baby boy's hormones and PHYSICAL attributes when he is an adult. Linoleum flooring, teflon, and vaccinations too early and too many at once, are both proven to cause mild to severe Autism. Those are just a few examples but VERY IMPORTANT ONES - more sites need to talk about these absolutely critical topics!!! And the U.S. is the only country that allows the VERY TOXIC chemicals like PBDE's and other fire retardants, in baby clothes, pajamas, mattresses, and sheets. THESE CONTRIBUTE TO LIVER STRESS, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH, AND HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE HORMONE SYSTEM OF THE SMALL BABY - who absorbs it through the skin and through breathing. (No, it does not wash out, only after 1,000 washes - so get organic cotton, certified to NOT have such toxic chemicals. I found a few good lists online. Better to buy FEWER, NON-TOXIC items, for the same total price, than several less expensive but very toxic items!!!!! Here are a few lists I found online of places that don't use the harmful toxins. (thank you to the person who took all the time to put them together!!) http://nuclearmonkey.com/baby/default.htm ---AND let's try to get these terrible toxins outlawed in the U.S., as they are in EVERY country in Europe and around the world.

none654 |

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On Becoming Babywise is an awesome book! My friend used their scheduling methods with her son and he has been sleeping through the night since he was 9 weeks old and he is one of the happiest babies because he has a good loose schedule.

FutureMrsHummer |

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Does anyone know a good book for when you are expecting your first child yet have a step child?

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Heading Home With Your Newborn. Very readable, even when you are exhausted. Funny, honest and supported by the AAP

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I'm seeing Baby Wise on here a few times...But which one? I looked it up and found several.

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Dr. Spock's Baby and Childcare, 9th edition. This book is amazing and it doesn't so much cover childbirth as it covers baby and child rearing and all of the potential issues that come up. This is the 9th revised edition, so not only does it contain some material from the original book, it covers a lot of new information and is very much up to date and with the times. It also goes beyond childhood all the way to high school, so it is a resource you may rely on for years to come. It is a big book, so if you have an e-reader such as a nook or kindle, it is much easier to read. I got it through nook for $1.99. What a bargain. Then again, if you don't want to spend money you can always borrow it from your public library.

pkulka01 |

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Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Mark Weissblueth

Luckyro10 |

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I have What to Expect when you're Expecting and my doctor also gave me Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month. They are both really informative.

stocka96 |

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my doctor and my main nurse also gave what to expect when you're expecting and both baby books by dr.sears they are both informative in different ways and go deep into detail. example: which type of cotton is best for maternity and new born skin? I am so excited to become a parent of 2 girls now! I am ready to be full on parent, when I see unresponsible parents it breaks my heart so bad! :)

tbevilmamma |

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Anything by Dr. Jane Nelson is AWESOME. She is a wonderful source for everything "Positive Discipline"...also Dr. Becky Bailey with "Conscious Discipline"...can't go wrong with those.

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Breastfeeding Made Simple - Practical, insightful and not preachy if you can breastfeed, have problems or choose to supplement. I ended up giving my copy to my hospital room mate who was a single mom and struggling quite a bit. She cried that I was so generous and the tips I had already given her from the book were already helping her! Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child - I wish I read this before my first arrived! It literally saved my sanity and marriage. I still refer to it as my 15 mo son goes through different transitions and we are expecting our second baby in December. Most other things I look up online.

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