Sunday, October 18, 2009

Baby Q's

Two quick questions... What are the parenting books that helped you out the most? I want your suggestions. Also, for my Salt Lake friends... Do you have a pediatrician you recommend. I just realized I need to find one.

6 comments:

Chrislynn said...

The book that has helped me the most isn't exactly a parenting book, it is a sleep training book (yes, they need to be trained to sleep). It is called "Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West. It really helps to get the baby to sleep through the night, and that means you get to sleep through the night!

The Ollies said...

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. This one covers from birth to the teenage years and I would have died without it! (Still would.)

IrisLillie said...

hmmmm, interesting....

Both recomendations so far are about sleep..

And last night, the kids in this house were still buzzing around 11pm.. with both parents telling them to settle down..

Perhaps I should be getting one of these books for Deb & Shane...

annette said...

I agree with Christmas. She suggested the Kim West book to me and it's helped a great deal. The best part is, I didn't feel completely helpless trying to get the little one to sleep through the night.

I also like the Girlfriend's Guide books. I don't agree with everything they say, but they give me a laugh and help me relax about the whole process.

For clinical type stuff, I have a book called Canada's Baby Care Book. It's written by a couple of the doctors from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. If you don't trust us canucks, I'm sure you can find an American version!

Candice said...

"What to Expect (the first year)" books were great references for me. They are so ubiquitous that you can pick them up at D.I. or my bookshelf if you would like.

I was also a big sleeping books proponent. You just cannot get enough.

I did try the Baby Whisperer (Tracy Hogg) religiously, but I am still shaky about recommending it. The E.A.S.Y. method caused me a lot of stress.

Jen said...

I read about 3 chapters of the "What to Expect" books and realized they stressed me out way more than they helped. You're way better off just to focus on the giving birth part, and then after he comes to decide what kinds of things you want to know. Besides, no parenting book really prepares you for what is going to happen. I'm not saying that to scare you, I just mean that every kid is different - even within the same family. For instance, sleep training with the oldest went great. With the second, he would cry until he threw up and then you'd have to go in and change him and the sheets and he got what he wanted anyway - for you to pick him up and pay attention to him. So much of what you'll do is instinctual and specific to your baby - no parenting book will give you that.