50 Best Parenting Books
Once upon a time, we parented in communities, with the accumulated wisdom of generations of family members at our disposal. Now parents are more isolated, but the fact remains that we aren't meant to do this job on our own. For many of us, parenting books have helped fill the gap.
They say that kids don't come with an instruction manual - it's true - but if you're like me, you've found parenting books that speak to you. To meet the daunting task of picking and ranking the top 50 parenting books, I've considered a slew of texts in terms of how relevant and popular they are, how scientifically sound, how challenging or fresh their perspective, and how influential they have been to other books in their genre.
Just remember as you stock your library that while we know a lot about psychology and medicine, parenting is not an exact science - it's an art form. - Heather Turgeon
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Baby 411 | Denise Fields and Ari Brown
Baby 411′s Rankings
The book: A manual for baby’s first year. (The authors have also written the popular Toddler 411.)
Why we picked it: It’s comprehensive and practical, covering health, sleep, childcare, and all other pertinent new-parent questions. Baby 411 is also co-authored by a pediatrician who shares advice for getting the most out of your relationship with your doctor.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.29
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