What’s In Our Parenting Library?

February 2, 2010

I am a reader, by nature. And a planner, researcher, always looking for the best way, borderline know-it-all kind of person.  So, when Scott and I decided to start planning a family, I quickly acquired a collection of parenting books.

I began reading before we even got pregnant and am still reading.  I have read about running, strength training, getting pregnant, staying pregnant, prenatal development, labor, delivery, pushing, squatting, hypno-birthing, swaddling, sleep training, potty training, physical development, intellectual development, sexual development, health, illness, motherhood, fatherhood, and discipline.  Most of these books were put out for our last garage sale.

There are a few, however, that I have kept.  I occasionally go back to these books for reference or to re-read a section when it becomes applicable to our situation, and I lend them out to friends.  What is valued by one parent may be rubbish to another, so keep in mind that these are some of the books we found helpful:

The Babycenter Essential Guide

The basics of conception, fetal development, pregnancy, labor, delivery, potential complications, and first trimester.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Another great basics book, with more in depth sections about labor and how pregnancy affects a woman’s body.

The Happiest Baby On the Block

This book may already be a classic, with good reason.  Swaddle that baby tight!

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems

Ferber’s book has a lot of chapters on sleep disorders, which you may never need, but section on sleep training makes the purchase worth every penny.  Some parents may find his methods rash, but Hayden is a great sleeper!

Baby 411

For us, this was THE book.  I still use it for reference.  Also look for Toddler 411.

Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood

While we use a blend of styles to harness our toddler’s strengths, this book was helpful, as was Taming the Spirited Child

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids To Know About Sex

This is what I’m reading now and am loving it!

Diaper-Free Before 3

Hayden hasn’t worn a diaper, except for sleep, since he 21 months old.  Need I say more?

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3 Responses to What’s In Our Parenting Library?

  1. bridget on February 3, 2010 at 6:58 am


    we are just now getting to the sleep training point with vera. and like you, i’ve read many, many books on the subject. we think we’re going to go the ferber method and/or sleepeasy solution (essentially the same thing). vera was a colicky baby – or at least cried all the time, so we’re a little nervous about sleep training. when did you start with hayden?

    love the site, by the way.



    We sleep trained when Hayden was just over 5 months. Pediatricians say that once a baby is over 5 months or 15 lbs they no longer need night-time feedings. We weened him off that within a week and then did another round at about 6 1/2 months when we said goodbye to paci. Oh, paci!


  2. “Un-tuitive” Mom | The Sweetest on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

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