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coverThe Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two

If you only buy one book about parenting, buy this one. It will empower you as a new parent as well as informing you about everything you need to know. The title is not misleading! Chapter Sixteen is devoted to the high-need baby's parents.

cover Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child

One thing that people with an inquiring mind might find frustrating about the Baby Book is that it continually says things like "studies show..." without naming what studies and when. This book has the studies, and then some! Written by two AP moms (one of whom is a registered nurse), it is sassy, informative, and extremely convincing in its defence of and advocacy for attachment parenting. This is the book to show your mother or in-laws when they say, "That baby isn't weaned yet?!"

coverParenting the Fussy Baby and the High-Need Child

This book was my lifeline for months. It is written in a sympathetic fashion, quoting many parents of high-need children. The book addresses high-need kids from birth to age five. Many mothers will find the chapter on mother burnout particularly helpful. Most importantly, perhaps, it lets you know that you are not alone!

coverRaising Your Spirited Child

If you have been sad, reading this site, wishing you could have had this information when your kid was a little bit younger, all is not lost. This book is amazingly helpful. I devoured it in one night. It is not a repeat of "Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child." In fact, the only advice I found paralleled was that the author says not to be afraid to take your baby to bed with you if you both sleep better that way. The two books are complimentary "must" reading for the parents of the spirited or high-need child. This book's motto is, "Progress, not perfection." The author is herself the mother of two now grown children, the older of whom is spirited. The techniques for helping your child live in a socially acceptable manner while keeping the personality s/he was born with intact are amazingly effective.

coverSo That's What They're For!

This book is hilarious. Breastfeeding is an issue dear to my heart, but some books tend to lose all sense of humor when they address it. This book never falls into that mistake! Wise and funny advice from someone who's been there. (Although I've never had to utilize this information myself, the working, breastfeeding mother will find plenty of encouragement and advice.)

coverGentle Birth Choices : A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home birth, Hospital Birth

Written by an RN, this informative volume also features lovely, tasteful black-and-white photography of women in labor and delivery. It fully addresses all the issues facing women who want what is quite arguably the best and safest birth (for those women with no medical conditions, which does not include pregnancy), giving a history of the gentle birth movement and informing the reader of her choices. I read this book while I was pregnant and it really challenged my preconceptions about the way a birth should be.

coverThe Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

This book is for those who want fully researched options and does not only advocate unmedicated home birth. It is pro-natural childbirth (Martha Sears was a childbirth educator for many years) but also presents the different medication options, their benefits, and their risks. It treats the reader as a responsible adult capable of making her own decisions when fully informed. Especially enjoyable are the actual birth stories in Chapter Fourteen.

coverNo, David! (Caldecott Honor Book)

The author of this little gem must have been a spirited child. Illustrated with deceptively childlike images of the hero, David, getting into trouble all day long, it ends with the mother saying, "David, come here. Yes, David. I still love you." I find it a good picker-upper after a day of saying, "No, Abishai!" constantly.


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