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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Heading Home With Your Newborn | Laura Jana and
Heading Home With Your Newborn’s Rankings
The book: A guide for all the facets of life with a newborn: feeding, pooping, crying, sleeping, and more.
Why we picked it: Written for the AAP by two pediatricians who are also mothers, this book hits all the major questions mom and dad have in the first few months. It covers breast- and formula-feeding, newborn sleep (or lack thereof), crying and soothing, and the physical and medical symptoms parents worry about with a newborn.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.72