50 Best Parenting Books
Once upon a time, we parented in communities, with the accumulated wisdom of generations of family members at our disposal. Now parents are more isolated, but the fact remains that we aren't meant to do this job on our own. For many of us, parenting books have helped fill the gap.
They say that kids don't come with an instruction manual - it's true - but if you're like me, you've found parenting books that speak to you. To meet the daunting task of picking and ranking the top 50 parenting books, I've considered a slew of texts in terms of how relevant and popular they are, how scientifically sound, how challenging or fresh their perspective, and how influential they have been to other books in their genre.
Just remember as you stock your library that while we know a lot about psychology and medicine, parenting is not an exact science - it's an art form. - Heather Turgeon
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The Happiest Baby on the Block | Harvey Karp
The Happiest Baby on the Block’s Rankings
The book: A guide to soothing fussy babies, with an emphasis on newborns.
The first three months of life are a “fourth trimester,” so re-create womb-like conditions.
Engage the “calming reflex” by rocking, swaddling, and shushing.
There is no such thing as spoiling a newborn.
Why we picked it: Karp’s “5 Ss” have helped countless parents soothe their babies and deal with the stress and confusion of the newborn months. His survival techniques for the first four months are invaluable.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.14