Every parent is asking himself questions like: is he doing the things right, is the way he takes care of his child the best possible, is there something more that can be done for the optimal child’s development, is the child eating enough, does it sleep enough, etc.
One of the best resources for information about the child’s care is books. In this post, you will find a list of my must-read parenting books.
Polly Moore – The Natural Baby Sleep Solution, 2008
Ph.D. Polly Moore knows what it is to deal with the baby’s sleep. She is a neurobiologist and a mother of two. The plan N.A.P.S. (Note the time when baby wakes up, Add 90 minutes, Play, feed, or pursue other activities, then, at the end of the 90 minutes, Soothe baby back to sleep) is based on the basic human rest and activity cycle (BRAC), which occurs every hour and a half. Following this method will help your baby to follow his inner clock. The book The Natural Baby Sleep Solution: Use Your Child’s Internal Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps is a must-read for basic information about the baby’s sleep.
Margaret Sasse – Smart start – how exercise can transform your child’s life, 2009
This book is great. It is a practical guide, which includes massage, exercises, and activities for helping develop a child’s optimal body and mind potential. Exercises and a good daily routine are a very important prerequisite for a healthy start to your child’s life, for the full development of its brain, and for avoiding overweight problems. The book Smart Start: How Exercise Can Transform Your Child’s Life is structured step by step for birth up to 6 years. Margaret Sasse is the founder of the Academy for Babies, Children, and Parents “KindyROO” in Australia in 1982.
Benjamin Spock – Dr. Spock’s baby and child care, 1946
Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care book is classic in parenting books. This worldwide bestseller is like an encyclopedia for parenting. The book is well structured and organized, so it is straightforward to find what you are searching for. The book includes:
- advice for breastfeeding;
- immunization calendar;
- often coming medical questions and their answers;
- teeth prophylactics;
- section for children with diseases;
- how to do first aid help and prevent injuries;
- learning problems, etc.
The latest versions are revised and updated by Dr. Robert Needalman, so they can answer the 21st-century changes and challenges.
Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau – The baby whisperer solves all your problems, 2005
The book The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems will help you to establish the baby’s daily routine and tailor your parenting strategies according to your child’s unique personality and stage of development. It is of great help to parents whose babies have sleep and weaning problems.
The book will help you to:
- understand better your child;
- give you advice on how to solve both sleep and weaning problems;
- start potty training;
- teach your baby to interact with the others;
- avoid angry outbursts and unexplainable cry;
- teach your child how to control its emotions and become independent, etc.
Silvana Q. Montanaro – Understanding the human being: the importance of the first three years of life, 1991
If you have chosen the Montessori method, this book is a must-read. Understanding the Human Being: The Importance of the First Three Years of Life gives a view on the basics of the Montessori method for newborns up to 3 years old children.
In this book, Dr. Montanaro explains in detail the basic theoretical aspects of the Montessori method for ages 0-3. It also gives adults important practical knowledge and recommendations on how to properly organize a child’s daily life, how to help him to optimally develop and realize its unique natural potential. The book helps to learn:
- about prenatal life;
- the relationship between mother and child during pregnancy;
- birth and symbiotic life in the first weeks.
- the role of the father during pregnancy, childbirth, and the achievement of autonomy and independence of the child.
- communication with the child and developmental crises in the first three years,
- the potential of the brain,
- the absorbent mind,
- the development of coordinated movement and the learning of several languages.
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