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Parenting Books

What's been your favorite parenting book for babies and toddlers? Do you reference it often? Or do you not use anything and just kinda go with it?

While I mostly just go with it, I did read a lot while pregnant to prepare and I do reference a couple of parenting books. I like using them to get ideas, to see charts for milestone ranges, and to have a quick reference for common ailments. I did use a book to figure out breast feeding too. I have three pregnant friends right now and I'm thinking about getting them my favorite The Baby Book by Dr. Sears. All three have expressed a desire to baby wear and to BF, so I know I won't offend with a book that contains big sections on those things. I never really bought more than 2 parenting-ish books though, so I figured I'd ask what y'all liked. Maybe there's something more appropriate?

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i havn't really read any, but i liked what to expect when your expecting and i also have what to expect the first year. I havn't really read the first year book but sometimes i reference if i think it might be helpful. it's pretty think and has a lot of stuff in it.

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Hmmmm. I had one mom tell me how much she hated what to expect the 1st year, so I've never looked at it! lol. Of course I didn't like the pregnancy what to expect book that much either. Thanks for replying! Smile

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hehe i know some people really hate those books, but i just take them with a grain of salt and not live by them.

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There are some okay things in the What To Expect When You're Expecting as long as like Janice said, you take it with a grain of salt.

I don't really have any "baby" books though that I read. It's so hard to just have time to sleep and shower in the same day that reading with a newborn seems like a fantasy. You know how I feel about "birth" books though Biggrin

Do they have any parenting books on CD, now, that I could get some use out of? Smile

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I check out what the library has and if it looks interesting will get it out. Most of what I have read has been on sleep, some good, some bad.

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I mostly ask others...and look up questions online. lol.
Becoming baby wise was a good one...but that was 5 years ago! HA!

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I had a book that was like called something like Your Pregnancy: A Day by Day Guide. I really liked it just cause it's got pics of your baby developing, along w a little read each day... I don't really recall it being too in-depth in the sense of BFing, BWing, etc etc... but I still think it was rather cute!! Biggrin

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I rather like What to Expect the First Year. I like that all the milestones were spelled out and I have referenced it a few times. It's the only baby book I've read. I recently stocked up on AP friendly toddler parenting books in preparation for the tough years to come. I haven't had a second to read them. I should get on that before the semester starts ...

Anyway here are the 3 I bought on the recommendation of APish parents.
Playful Parenting
Nuture Shock
Unconditional Parenting

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2 books i love...

1) http://www.amazon.com/New-First-Three-Years-Life/dp/0684804190/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1312686098&sr=8-2 The First 3 years of life. really, really excellent book. the author was the founder of parents as teachers. it's more of a child development book than a parenting book, but a really great resource for ideas about things your child might be interested in at various stages of development. so helpful and informative.

2) this is definitely religious, so beware! lol but if you're interested in godly parenting, this is (IMO) the best out there. i reference it constantly and some sections i feel like i should read every day! lol http://www.amazon.com/Shepherding-Childs-Heart-Tedd-Tripp/dp/0966378601/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312686320&sr=1-1 i have the older version - not sure what he's revised...

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Ok, baby book I loved the Baby Whisperer and basically the rest of my parenting advice has come from everyone on p.org Lol

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I rather like What to Expect the First Year. I like that all the milestones were spelled out and I have referenced it a few times. It's the only baby book I've read. I recently stocked up on AP friendly toddler parenting books in preparation for the tough years to come. I haven't had a second to read them. I should get on that before the semester starts ...

Anyway here are the 3 I bought on the recommendation of APish parents.
Playful Parenting
Nuture Shock
Unconditional Parenting

Erin, I've read Nuture Shock. I think it's very fascinating read for anyone who has kids or just works with kids (like teachers, childcares, etc)! 1/3 of it is references, so it's actually pretty short.

The other two books are on my Amazon wish list. Lol I've been very slowly reading Positive Discpline. So far I think this is right up my husband's alley. He needs flat out tips on what to do. I love him, but I can already see him trying to parents exactly like his marine father did. And well, I don't want my house to be military!

I'm looking into the other suggestion y'all gave myself.