When we first found out I was pregnant with E, I bought all the topped reviewed best parenting books available. I had no clue what kind of parent I wanted to be. My hubby and I used to lay in bed debating who would be the strict parent and who would be the fun one. We could never decide, but what we did decide was that we wanted to be well informed on different parenting techniques. We read the huge stack of the best parenting books we had ordered and have accumulated even more over the years.
We’ve also been reading more sleep training books, since we found out we were pregnant with twins and have included these in our review. IWhile there is endless amounts of parenting information on the internet (my favorite site is Parents.com), sometimes it’s nice to have a good old fashioned book to read. Today I wanted to share a review on the best parenting books.
I’ll be talking more about these books on my Instagram stories over the next few weeks.
Bringing Up Bebe’
This is one of my all time favorite books! It’s written by a New York journalist who moves to France and notices the major differences between French mothers and American mothers during pregnancy and with parenting young children. It’s not your classic instructive parenting book. Instead it’s the story of one mother’s observations, experiments, failures and successes as she experiences pregnancy and motherhood in a foreign land. It’s witty, fun, and an easy to read book with lots of information moms can incorporate into their parenting techniques. Bringing Up Bebe‘ is partially what inspired me to write my “How to End Toddler Tantrums” and “How to End Toddler Whining” Posts.
Parenting with Love and Logic
This book was required reading in my college Child Psychology class. At the time I didn’t plan on having children anytime soon, but the professor insisted that every person interested in children should read it multiple times. I’m glad she did, because it’s one of my absolute favorite parenting book! Dr Fay, the author of Parenting with Love and Logic, guides parents on how to establish consistent routines in their household and apply boundaries with love. The end of the book has several common parenting dilemmas where he explains exactly how to apply his advice to, such as kids breaking curfew or refusing to do the dishes.The parenting tips are mainly targeted at children age six and up, but he does have another book with parenting advice from birth to age six.
Parenting with Love and Logic the Early Years
I’ve mentioned this book a lot on the blog. It’s a wonderful read filled with great tips that any mom can easily apply to her parenting techniques. Like his first book, Dr. Fay, advises establishing boundaries with lots of patience and love, but in this book he explains how to apply these concepts to very young children. He includes excellent examples of how to handle time out, tantrums, refusing to eat and other common problems moms of babies and toddlers face. I’ve used many of his techniques on my son and they work great! This book inspired my “Time Out Done Right” series.
When I was pregnant with Eli, I was terrified of how little sleep I’d get once he was born. This book is a short, easy to read book that breaks down a baby’s daily schedule into sleep, eat, and playtime,. It recommends exact schedules to follow to ensure the baby starts sleeping through the night early. I had to go back to work shortly after Eli was born and I wanted him sleeping through the night early. Sleep Wise had raving reviews, so my husband and I read it multiple times and tried to apply all of the advice to our lifestyle as new parents. We followed the advised schedules for about seven weeks, before giving up. The schedules made our life more challenging and E was still waking up every 2-3 hours a night. Plus our pediatrician was not a fan of this book, so we tossed it.
12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks Old
Tons of bloggers with twins have been raving about this book, so I read while I was pregnant with the twins. It’s an easy read, and is written by a professional baby sleep coach who immigrated from Brazil. It has a suggested feed schedule for babies that is concise and easy to follow. The principle of the book lies on babies receiving enough milk/formula during the day to sleep during the night once they reach nine pounds. We’re going to follow this schedule for the twins. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes on Instagram.
The Baby Book
This is a huge book with everything you could possibly have ever want to know about babies. We bought The Baby Book during our first pregnancy. We use it as an educational resource anytime we need advice and want it from an expert pediatrician. It’s a great book to have around the house for new parents to use as a reference that’s way more legitimate than Facebook groups, but it’s definitely over-whelming to read page by page.
The Attachment Parenting Book
Obviously I’m not into attachment parenting. No offense to those who are, but it doesn’t work for my lifestyle. That being said I know many mothers love the idea of attachment parenting. This is the golden handbook for Attachment Parenting of learning and applying attachment parenting techniques into your life. I tried to read this book out of curiosity when I was pregnant with E, but could never get all the way through it.
Happiest Baby on the Block
Many pediatricians I’ve spoken with highly recommend this book for fussy babies. It teaches the 5 basic principles that help calm a fussy baby. Many moms who have babies with colic swear by it. It’s an easy read with helpful advice that can be applied to any baby.
5 Key Parenting Phrases
This isn’t a book but it’s an article my husband and I wrote about the key parenting phrases we incorporate into our daily activities. These phrases have made a huge difference with helping our young son behave at home and in public.