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 No-Cry Sleep Solution | Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Sleep Solution’s Rankings
- #3 Sleep
The book: A gentle approach to helping your baby sleep.
Top tip: Get your baby used to sleeping alone in his bed, without people or objects. Even with a newborn, remove the breast or bottle before he’s completely asleep. If he fusses, give it back and repeat, repeat, repeat until he falls asleep without it.
Why we picked it: If you can’t wrap your head around the “cry it out” method and you are committed to working hard on sleep, this is the book for you.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.71