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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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Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems | Richard Ferber

50 Best Parenting Books - Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems

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Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems’ Rankings

The book: A sleep guide for parents of babies and young children from the famous sleep specialist and Harvard Medical School professor.

Top tips:

  • If your child is always rocked to sleep, he may have trouble falling asleep after normal nighttime arousals.

  • Before bed spend 10 to 30 minutes with your child doing something pleasant, like reading stories. It’s important that the bedroom sends him warm, positive vibes; the lead up to bedtime should be for close, personal, quality time.

  • No one sleeping arrangement (co-sleeping, room-sharing, independent sleeping) is superior; what matters is whether it’s working for you and whether everyone is getting the rest they need.

Why we picked it: The term “Ferberize” has become synonymous with letting little babies wail by their lonesome, but Ferber doesn’t actually advocate that approach at all. This is one of the most comprehensive, researched, and sound resources on children’s sleep, written in a warm, reasonable voice.

Get it from: Amazon, $9.72

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5 thoughts on “Top Parenting Books 2011

  1. Rufus Griscom says:

    I just bought “what’s going on in there” on amazon — so up my alley — and I am checking out the others. Nurtureshock is wonderful … highly recommended.

  2. Heather McDuffy Tristan says:

    I love What’s Going on in There! It is one of my go-to baby shower books! That and The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (how did this not make the list?) and Aden and Anais swaddling wraps. Although I think NurtureShock is going to have to go on my to-give list too after reading it.

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