Although parenting advice is not a usual part of my blog, with three guy friends expecting babies (congrats Gene, Dave, and Nathan), and two of them being first time dads, I figured it's time to share some of my hard-won parenting experience.
There's just three parenting books that were useful enough to me that I'd want to recommend them to others:
- The Baby Book by Sears: This is the bible of attachment parenting. Attachment parenting is not a parenting style for everyone, but I do think everyone should make a conscious decision about how to parent before becoming a parent. Exposure to attachment parenting via The Baby Book is something that I would heartily recommended, even if parents don't end up using attachment parenting whole hog.
- Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Zand, Rountree and Walton: This book is worth it's weight in gold for the number of visits to the doctor that we've avoided. It is very complete - I can't ever recall not finding what I was looking for. And what makes this book so amazing is that every entry contains a descriptive of the ailment, followed by information on conventional western medicine treatment, herbal treatment, vitamin and nutritional treatment, dietary recommendations, homeopathic treatment, and folk medicine treatment. It's so great to see all these different healing modalities in one place.
- No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Pantley: If you start out by always "wearing" your child to sleep, at some point you'll need to transition them to learning to fall asleep on their own. This book explains exactly how to do that.