Here are the books that have so far seemed to be the most helpful to me. I know books about parenting can be filled with controversy and I'm sure there are folks out there that will read this list and instantly judge me as a bad mother, while others will look at this list and instantly feel as if I'm the same kind of parent as them. Ultimately the information I learned from all of the many books I read this year got blended into my own unique style of parenting that fits who I am the best. This list is not all of the books that I read, but it does include those books that I find myself frequently referring back to. I ended up buying all of the books listed below so I'd have them on-hand when I needed to reference them, but I got them all used at my local used book store and garage sales. Hopefully if you're expecting right now you'll have time to hunt at your local used book stores, thrift stores, and garage sales to avoid paying full price. Of course, I'd also recommend you check each title out of the library first so you know if it's worth buying a copy for yourself.
- What to Expect When You're Expecting (Murkoff and Mazel)- Is there a pregnant woman who hasn't read this book? It was a great and comforting guide to me while I was pregnant.
- What to Expect The First Year (Hathaway)- Since I loved What to Expect When Expecting, I thought I'd pick this up when I came across it at a garage sale. It's been a helpful resource.
- Read Aloud Handbook (Trelease) A must read for every parent regardless of how old their kids are! This book will inspire you to read to your child and to help every child you know grow up in a print rich home. I know I've blogged about this book many times already, but I just can't say enough good things about this book.
- On Becoming Baby Wise (Ezzo and Bucknam)- Okay, I know this is where some of you are going to groan, and begin to worry about the welfare of my child. While my husband and I haven't followed this book to the letter, we have really found this book and the general guidelines it lays out helpful. We've even picked up Babywise II. I'd recommend that every parent read this book. Even if you finish it and realize it isn't for you at least you've read it and made up your own mind. And even if you find just one tip that works for your family, it seems worth it to me.
- The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer (Hogg)- I really liked this book. The author's E.A.S.Y. method is very calming and appealing and seemed to work very well for my son.
- The Wonder Weeks (Van De Rijt) - I fell in love with this book and hunted for months to get my hands on a used copy. This book is certainly worth owning because it's not the kind of book you read once and move on from. You'll want this book around each time your baby experiences a "wonder week". The book takes you through your baby's 10 great fussy periods and explains why your baby is likely fussy at time and what changes your baby is going through.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (Weissbluth)- If you're having trouble with sleep habits in your baby this is the book for you. It really is a very comprehensive guide to sleep. A lot of the information seems obvious, but some of the other information was really helpful and enlightening to me as a new mom.
- Happiest Baby On the Block (Karp) - I really liked the information in this book, but you really could probably just check this book out from the library. I only bought it because I found it for $1 after I checked it out from the library and knew it had good information.
- Parenting with Love and Logic (Cline and Fay) - This will be a book that I'll probably reread when my son is older. The information in this book isn't geared toward the first year of a baby's life, but it's still good information and when the time comes I hope I parent like this.