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    While ttc, preg or now have you ever read any parenting books? Which ones? What did you like about them? If you were ever looking for one on a certain parenting topic which topic was it and why?

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    Mega Poster a's girl's Avatar
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    Nope...the only book I read was What to Expect While Expecting.
    DH: Alex
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    My favorite parenting book is Playful Parenting.
    I read this because friends in my AP group talked about how much easier it made getting through ages two and three. I have to agree with them.

    I've also read a few on Attachment Parenting. And The No Cry Sleep Solution.
    Daphne Jo 12.29.08 Cormac Thomas 08.25.11

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    While TTC:
    Supernatural Childbirth
    What to Expect While You Are Expecting
    What to Expect The First Year

    Dare to Discipline
    barely reading Bringing Up Boys
    Jenn & Jus 1.13.06
    Deacon: 11.11.08
    Kara: 12.27.11

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    I've read a bunch- I like to pull bits and pieces from different sources and use what works for us.

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    I have read:
    1-2-3 Magic...decent
    "Setting Limits for your Strong Willed Child" This one I think is great and is the one my pediatrician recommended. I got it b/c Isaac is definitely strong willed but I think it is good for any toddler/preschool age child. It talks a lot about teaching them natural consequences, instead of fighting and nagging, e.g. if they dawdle with dinner, set a timer and when it goes off, dinner is over PERIOD. Or if they won't get dressed in the morning just take them to daycare in their pajamas and they will learn quickly.
    I think I tried Happiest Toddler on the Block but didn't make it through it.

    Wanted to add that my favorite sleep book is "Sleeping through the Night"
    Isaac, 2008
    Isabel, 2011

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    Pregnancy related I read:
    What to Expect (eh. I didn't like it personally)
    Your Pregnancy Week by Week (my favorite of those types)
    Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (would have been more helpful had I gone into labor lol)

    Baby related I've read:
    The Baby Book (read it while pregnant and I've referenced it quite a few times)
    The Vaccine Book
    The Nursing Mother's Companion (big help to me since there's no BFing help here at all)
    No Cry Sleep Solution (well, there's no crying in my house and Aiden naps fantiastic, goes to bed great, just can't seem to get him to stay sleep longer than 2-3 hours right now. So it's 75% worked? lol)
    NutureShock (love it!)

    Have but haven't read yet:
    Potty Training in Less Than a Day (it's from my mom)
    The Discipline Book
    Positive Discipline (started it, but haven't gotten very far)

    On My Amazon Wish List:
    Unconditional Parenting
    Playful Parenting
    Hold On to Your Kids

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    I've read lots...the ones that stand out for me at the moment are:

    Parenting your strong willed child
    What to Expect...preg...first year...toddler years.
    Feeding your child at home
    Wonder Years (loved it!)
    Healthy Sleep, Happy Baby (love it)
    1,2,3 Magic
    Raising boys (to be Happy Men? - I think)
    Positive Discipline

    There are a bunch more on my bookshelf...I also pick the pieces I think will work for me. I'm forever picking up a new one.


    me and DH 09/06/05
    Alicia Marie 07/06/08
    David John Courtenay 14/10/09
    Angel 4/8/07
    DSDs Portia 2001 Lexi 1999 Cassondra 1989

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    OMGosh, I've read so many. I keep them just for reference now.

    I don't think I can name them all, but a few include:
    Pregnancy Week by Week
    The Baby Book (Sears)
    Happiest Baby on the Block
    Happiest Toddler on the Block (watched the DVD)
    What to Expect..... (was given these as gifts, these were not my favorite)
    And many more...

    I now have Bringing Up Boys on CD and am currently listening to it on my commute to work.

    Regarding behavior, I have a bazillion of these books (I use these for work as well). I have become a fan of the 1,2,3 Magic books. I'm using this form of discipline with J and it is working really well. I really like the concept and the focus on 'stop' behaviors versus 'start' behaviors.
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07

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    I will try to remember titles...

    Some pregnancy book that went day by day
    another pregnancy book given to me by my insurance company, it was great!
    Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful
    What to Expect When You're Expecting
    Good Night, Sleep Tight
    The No Cry Sleep Solutions
    Baby Whisperer (parts of it)
    The Parent's Consicse Guide to Childhood Vaccinations (as a reference)
    The Fussy Baby Book

    That's all I can think of. I was actually wanting to read one for the toddler stage. I'll have to look into that book that you mentioned, Joy.
    Kayla & Jason
    Jordan Mae 4.6.10
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