Parenting Books

Holly - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Have you found any parenting books that you really enjoyed and found helpful? If so, which books?



My favorites are the Positive Disciplines books. I find their advice helpful and easier to do because it's pretty concrete. I'd love to hear about your favorites.

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Holly - posted on 02/24/2009

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Thanks for all your opinions : ) I had forgotten how much I like the books by Dr. Sears. I've ordered some of his books from the library along with a couple others that our library had.



I'm glad to say that my kids are past the point where I might want to read a book like babywise. It's great to have kids who go to bed by themselves. Luckily they all do eventually whether you let them cry it out or have a family bed. I've done both to a certain extent and there doesn't seem to be any difference in their sleeping as they get older.



Thanks for all the suggestions : )

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I just have to say, mom's be very careful about Babywise. Do some research on it before using it. There have been a lot of reports of failure to thrive using this approach and the author is NOT a Dr.

Dr. Sears is great and the 'No Cry Sleep Solution' is a great book too.


I have to agree. Babywise seems to be working for us but I had a very big baby and is steadily gaining there's no threat of FTT (failure to thrive). I think asking a pediatritian would be helpful because they would know your specific baby and would know if there is a danger in following a certain approach.

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I just have to say, mom's be very careful about Babywise. Do some research on it before using it. There have been a lot of reports of failure to thrive using this approach and the author is NOT a Dr.

Dr. Sears is great and the 'No Cry Sleep Solution' is a great book too.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2009

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I enjoyed reading Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. It was a good book on training your child to follow a routine. It was a bit difficult at first but I think little DJ is getting the hang of it.

Allison - posted on 02/23/2009

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I like anything by Dr. Sears, especially the discipline book. I like Raising Your Spirited Child, too (by Mary Sheedy? maybe). Touchpoints by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton is also pretty good and overs a lot of mental health issues in brief, like moving and nightmares and adding a sibling, things like that.



For activity ideas, I like The Playful Baby, The Playful Toddler, etc. I don't remember who makes them, but it gives activities you can do with your child - one activity per page, and discusses how this helps development and what area it focuses on.



I've not read the Positive Discipline books, yet, but really would like to.

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Adventures in Gentle Discipline

The Wonder Weeks - 8 Great Fussy Periods - (this for the 1st yr)

Happiest Baby On The Block

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