Bringing Up Bebe(2014), by Pamela Druckerman. This was a joy to read and presents a fascinating exploration of how a country’s culture and conventions can influence differences in parenting style. Druckerman’s portrait of parenting and childhood in France provides a refreshing context (and helpful tips) for American parents.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (2015), by Marc Weissbluth. This long-standing, pediatrician-authored parenting resource, now in its 4th edition, includes everything you need to know about sleep training. While Dr. Weissbluth is best known for the “extinction” (cry-it-out) approach, his book also includes “no cry” approaches and practical tips for setting a bedtime and establishing a nap routine. Definitely worth reading.
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (2017), by Joanna Faber and Julie King. Highly recommended by my neighborhood moms’ group, his is a terrific practical guide to interacting with young children, particularly willful toddlers. I love that this book includes so many examples of real conversations with children.
Montessori From the Start(2003), by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. We love the Montessori approach for the infant/toddler (birth to age 3) and primary (age 3 to 6) age groups. This is a great introduction to the approach for very young children at home. I particularly like the Montessori focus on responsiveness to children’s natural “sensitive periods” for developments such as toilet learning, language, and self-care.
Cribsheet (2019), by Emily Oster. In this “data-driven guide to parenthood,” economist Emily Oster digs into the data supporting (or, just as often, not supporting) conventional parenting wisdom, covering topics ranging from screen time to childcare options. The general conclusion? As long as you provide a supportive home environment for your child, he or she will probably turn out just fine. As a scientist myself, this data exploration was exactly what I was craving.
websites, apps, and podcasts:
Lucie’s List. This site is a great resource for choosing baby gear–especially big ticket purchases like strollers. They’ve already done all the research–and it stays up to date as the market changes.
Kellymom. This comprehensive resource for all things breastfeeding is revered in my parenting circles, and came recommended by my lactation consultant. Is your baby reverse-cycling? Cluster feeding? Kellymom has the answers.
Keepy app. Keepy is a great way to save a digital record of your child’s artwork. You can also share it with your spouse or a grandparent. I have the free version which is limited (I think) to 7 uploads per month, but I don’t archive every piece of artwork my kids create, so for now this is working fine for my family.
Qeepsake app. Qeepsake bills itself as “the text message baby journal.” Every day, you receive a text with an age-appropriate question about your child, and you can respond in words and/or photos. You can also record un-prompted thoughts and anecdotes. It’s an easy way for a busy parent to record memories in snippets of time here and there.