Parenting is learned through experience. Even the best of parenting books do not give you a one-page checklist to follow while raising your child. But they help you see the bigger picture, and deal with the problem.
There are books to help you at every stage of parenting – whether it is your first pregnancy, or tackling the baby issues or dealing with the child’s tantrums. MomJunction brings you the list of 25 best parenting books to help you perform better as a parent.
25 Best Parenting Books
Below are 25 parenting books that cover the matters of development, tantrums, sleep, eating, brain mechanisms, the understanding of the world and so on.
1. The Attachment Parenting Book: A commonsense guide to understanding and nurturing your baby
William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN
The book has strategies to tell you how best to bring up your kid. You will be taught how to develop a connection with the baby. The Sears’s book advocates early attachment between children and parents while guiding parental responsiveness to a baby’s needs and requirements. They answer many questions for new parents, such as ‘How will your baby sleep better? What’s, is the father’s role in raising a kid? How does early attachment lead to a child’s eventual independence?’
2. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
The book takes up a scientific approach towards parenting. The authors share easy steps to foster healthy brain development in babies. Even though the book discusses the child’s brain, it can be read and understood by any parent. It is much like a guidebook to having happier and calmer children while tackling everyday parenting challenges.
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3. The Happiest Baby On The Block: The new way to calm crying and help your newborn baby sleep longer
Dr. Harvey Karp
The book provides sensible solutions to new parents to handle the screams and crying fits of their newborn babies. Dr. Karp says, “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history…and I explain exactly how they work.” As a parent, you will not have to stand helplessly watching your baby cry as all your attempts to calm them fail. Through his research and experience Dr. Karp blends ancient wisdom and modern science to help the parent understand babies to improve their sleep, and soothe their sense; in other words – make them happier.
4. Cherish The First Six Weeks: A plan that creates calm, confident parents and a happy, secure baby
Parents are usually clueless in the first six weeks of their baby’s life. Read this parenting book during pregnancy to make the experience of being a new parent pleasanter. It offers a step-by-step plan or routine to calm down a fussy baby and make it less stressful for the parents.
5. Parenting With Love And Logic: Teaching children responsibility
Foster Cline, MD, and Jim Fay
The book helps you in raising the kids to be responsible and capable of dealing with the world one day. It focuses on the child’s temperament, tantrums, and development. This parenting book will provide you with the groundwork required to come up with techniques to teach your kid to be responsible and shape their character, without resorting to nagging and bribing.
6. The Conscious Parent: Transforming ourselves, empowering our children
Shefali Tsabary, PhD
The book bases its ideas on the fact that children mirror and imitate their parents when growing up. It will teach you the concepts of conscious parenting helping you raise your kid in the best possible way by helping you grow and develop as parents. It suggests parenting techniques that cause less struggle and helps in developing an emotionally balanced child and family dynamics.
7. No-Drama Discipline: The whole-brain way to calm the chaos and nurture your child’s developing mind
Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
If you learned anything from the scientific approach towards parenting in the book ‘Whole-Brain Child,’ this follow-up book should make it to your reading list. This takes into account toddlers and kids who are a little older and helps parents train them to become responsible and respectful in nature. It deals with all sorts of tantrums.
8. How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A survival guide to life with children ages 2-7
Joanna Faber and Julie King
Communicating with toddlers is a Herculean task. You’ve already learned by now that yelling or pleading with your child take you nowhere, and the cries and tantrums don’t go. This book offers you with sample discussions, stories, and cartoons, with tips to transform your parenting style and speak the language of your kid.
9. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems
Richard Ferber, MD
Ferber’s book, published 20 years ago, is still regarded as one of the best childcare advising books. He provides step-by-step instructions to get your child to sleep throughout the night, and have naps during the day. It is the one-stop destination to discover and learn about your child’s sleep needs, problems and how to fix them. Popularly, this is known as Ferberizing your child.
10. 1-2-3 Magic: Effective discipline for children 2-12
Thomas W. Phelan, PhD
In 1-2-3 Easy Magic steps, Dr. Phelan will teach you how to calm your child down. This book is indispensable as it helps with its tips and advice over meals, tantrums, meltdowns, arguments of homework, etc. All in all, Dr. Phelan’s tips encourage good behavior in children and their mothers. Dr. Phelan aims to destroy the circle of ‘talk or persuade or argue, yell and hit your child’. His methods work on children of all ages.
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11. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night
Selling more than a million copies, Pantley’s book has become a regular workbook for new parents to explore all the myriad possible ways to put your baby to sleep. Parents will finally be able to come together with a customized sleep routine for their infant after observing the unique traits in their baby. Her individualized approach towards parenting is greatly appreciated worldwide.
12. The Baby Book: Everything you need to know about your child from birth to age two
William Sears & Martha Sears
Dr. Sears’ book covers all things about the baby’s well being, both emotional and physical. It offers effective advice on eating, sleeping, comfort, and health of the baby. The book is rich with information and great for first-time parents.
13. Brain Rules for Baby: How to raise a smart and happy child from zero to five
Medina is a molecular biologist. He is also a father who gives us advice on raising smart kids from birth up to the age of five. In this book, he explains why he believes watching TV is harmful to kids aged 2 and younger. The book is full of astounding scientific facts and is an addictive read.
14. Whoa, Baby: A guide for new moms who feel overwhelmed and freaked out
Kelly Rowland and Tristan Bickman MD
After becoming a mother herself, Rowland had many questions related to her body. Dr. Bickman, her OB/GYN, helped her answer them. The book builds the point that after childbirth, nothing is either the same nor is it strange or queer.
Instead of telling you all about your kid and their development, the book helps you deal with the physical and emotional changes. From questions like: “Why do I cry five times a day?” “Why are my nipples changing colors,” to “What happens if I fall asleep with my pump on?” moms, here’s your tell-all read.
15. The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our passion, purpose, and sanity
Every mother has her priorities, like her husband, baby, and career. But does she herself figure in that list? She can’t ignore herself while taking care of others. This parenting book will help you focus on yourself by nurturing and practicing ten healthy habits that will keep you happy and healthy while being a mom.
16. The New Father: A dad’s guide to the first year
Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
Life is likely to get topsy-turvy once you bring your baby home. This parenting guide for fathers will lend you a hand in dealing with the responsibilities that come your way. Written in a funny tone, this book addresses the real-life situations and offers accurate and valid information about what the fathers, mothers, and babies go through, month by month.
17. The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising well-adjusted, resilient, and resourceful kids in a two-home family from little ones to young adults
Karen Bonnell and Kristin Little
If you are co-parenting a baby, this read should make it to your list. A split in marriage is in itself a significant challenge to overcome, and then comes the new struggle of being a parent. It guides both parents and kids through the process of transition. It answers all the tough questions that children might ask you regarding the status of the family.
18. Shit No One Tells You: A guide to surviving your baby’s first year
Sometimes do you feel like you’re raising a pocket-sized storm? Well, you are not the only one, and that’s why this book makes its position on the top among funny parenting books. This book is going to remind you of all the ‘parenting styles’ going wrong, funnily and sarcastically. The book’s take on parenting will keep your sanity intact when your child is going bonkers.
19. Naptime Is The New Happy Hour: And other ways toddlers turn your life upside down
If you want to get some respite from the overwhelming emotions that parenting brings along, turn these pages written by a comedian-turned-mother. Her wit is biting, and you will keep coming back to the book for her outstanding advice and tips during tricky situations.
20. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything modern parents need to know to do it once and do it right
No parenting books list is complete without potty-training. Your incentive is not just saving bucks on diapers but to get your child on board with a no-fail six-step process. Indeed, if you get through this smoothly, many other things will be easy for you.
21. Positive Discipline: The classic guide to helping children develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills
Dr. Jane Nelsen
Dr. Jane Nelsen is a reputed psychologist and a mother of seven children. Her techniques speak about ‘mutual respect’ between the mother and the children instead of punishment and power. She gives very effective and firm methods to communicate with your child, and how to love and cooperate with each other. You will see how much calmer your home will become with positive parenting.
22. Your Two-Year-Old: Terrible or tender
Louise Bates Ames
This book will take you through the minds of the two-year-olds. Is this lot terrible or tender? Dr. Ames offers you psychological insights into children who are this young. You will gain an understanding of what a two-year-old girl or boy thinks or feels like and how they observe the world around them. Dr. Ames also gives detailed information on the physical growth of children and their psychological maturity. The book features real-life stories of parents and their babies.
23. Simplicity Parenting: Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids
Kim John Payne
The super speed of this giant world has crammed the lives of children. Simplicity Parenting is about bringing that space back for the kids to focus and prosper in life. Payne gained inspiration for the book from 20 years of her work as a family counselor. She teaches parents how to enjoy and not worry. She suggests streamlining home environment by removing the excess and advocates strict screen timing rules. She explains how routines and schedules make things easier for children and the importance of a break in the routine once in a while.
24. The Second Shift
Arlie Russell Hochschild and Anne Machung
The book talks about mothers who are also career women and the dynamics of duties and responsibilities inside such a family. Published 15 years ago, the book observes how women do most of the housework and child-care despite going out to work. It is an inspiring read for every woman going through a work-life transition after becoming a mom. The book also provides positive and unique insights into the parenting of working mothers.
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25. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to help your children live together so you can live too
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
The author duo this time takes up the issue of sibling rivalry and the relationship between siblings. This book offers helpful techniques to reduce competition between siblings, encourage mutual trust and cooperation, and cope with their conflict. From the experience of raising their own children, they make suggestions on helping kids to channel negative emotions into creative expressions.
Parenting is a unique responsibility that defines the way of life for parents and their children. As a parent, you know what suits your family and your child the best. So turn on to the relevant pages of these books whenever you are in confusion.
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