Here are some wonderful resources we have found helpful in guiding our choices for raising our children. I value them all so much, I wish I could give them all as copies to my friends with children!
Raising Baby Green – The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care by Dr. Alan Greene. I have referenced this multiple times! Definitely one to keep on the bookshelf for a long time! Feeding Baby Green is also a wonderful reference of his.
The Complete Organic Pregnancy by Deidre Dolan. Very similar guidance as Raising Baby Green, but more specifically oriented toward pregnancy. You may not want to go as extreme as this book suggests, but it does have some wonderful information to be aware of.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy from the Mayo Clinic. A trusted source for prenatal care and fetal development.
Touchpoints, Birth to 3 by T. Berry Brazelton. I actually have the older edition of this book, given to me by my mother, as it was one she referenced when my brother and I were growing up. It is an awesome book about child development, with helpful insights into a child’s growing capacities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding. I read this one over the course of a few midnight feedings! Great starting point for figuring it all out.
Child of Mine: Feeding Your Child with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter. Satter is a registered dietitian an family therapist and this is truly the best book out there for guidance on feeding your child starting with breastfeeding/bottle feeding and then especially helpful when they become opinionated about their own food choices!
Secrets of Feeding A Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook also by Ellyn Satter. Additional resource from this author, with recipes too!
First Meals and More: Your Questions Answered by Annabel Karmel. Great resource for beginning solids; includes recipes and information about introducing foods to your little one. One of our favorite recipes was My First Tomato Sauce with Pasta starts, but I substituted little veggie pasta letters from Whole Foods.
Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings by Nancy Samalin. I am still in the middle of reading this one, yet so far it has been very useful in transistioning our family of three, into a family of four. Lots of good advice for siblings.
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 by Harvey Karp. Every new parent should read this! Invaluable sleep resource for parents. It also has a great information about handling the behavior of toddlers, so it is more than just a guide to good sleep. Karp’s other books are probably just as great, although this i the only one I have read cover to cover. His DVD, The Happiest Baby on the Block is well worth watching too!
And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives by John and Julie Gottman. My husband and I both read this prior to the arrival of our first child and I remember it bringing up some good discussion starters for us. I do admit though, that at the time I don’t think we could fully understand the reality of what a child would do to our marriage – both the positive and negative effects. The first year of parenting was one of the hardest on our marriage, and the same time, I think we grew immensely as team, and our marriage is now stronger because of how we handled being new parents. That being said, I really want to re-read this now, as I think it will provide new insights to keeping our marital health and happiness. It has some great quizzes/queations for each partner to take, and Gottman is a very reputable writer/researcher in this field, so I value his work.