The table below includes all the parenting books on infants I’ve reviewed so far. My view on parenting infants has changed considerably since acquiring one (or three). When I was pregnant with my first child, I had an extremely easy pregnancy, so I skipped all those books about what to expect while I was expecting and read about what to do during the first year instead. A lot of the books that I liked back then are not on this list, because I obviously wasn’t writing down my thoughts on each one before I even had any children, and after reading and learning more about infants through experience, I found them a lot less useful.
Maybe one day I’ll go back and add all those books that I read during pregnancy to this list to indicate exactly how un-useful I found them. (The list of less-than-helpful books would include titles such as Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, Babywise, and What to Expect the First Year.) I know a lot of people like books like these and they made a lot of sense to me when I was pregnant with my first child, especially the Baby Whisperer book, which I ended up buying my own copy of because it seemed so sensible. However, when I actually had my first child, I ended up preferring the books which told me to do what felt natural, instead of telling me to follow some specific schedule. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with trying to get your child on a schedule if it will make your life easier. However, what made my life easier was having a happy baby whenever possible which typically meant a lot of holding, soothing, nursing, and co-sleeping. (Thankfully, this gentle parenting technique has not produced any tyrant toddlers in our family so far. Knock on wood.)
Note that if you only had time to read one parenting book on infants, I currently recommend The Vital Touch by Sharon Heller.
Reviews of Parenting Books on Infants
Note that by clicking the triangles at the top of each column you can choose to sort the list by title, author, or my own personal rating of these parenting books on infants. Click on an individual title to see my review of that work, as well as a summary of the most useful information and wisdom I obtained from each.
|The Vital Touch||Heller||10|
|The New First Three Years of Life||White||10|
|The Happiest Baby on the Block||Karp||9|
|The Continuum Concept||Liedloff||9|
|Baby Hearts||Goodwyn & Acredolo||8|
|Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five||Leach||8|
|Brain Rules for Baby||Medina||8|
|Heading Home With Your Newborn||Jana & Shu||7|
|Baby Bargains||Fields & Fields||4|
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