Recommended reading (scroll down to see all titles)
There are many, many books out there on all aspects of parenting. It can be very difficult to know what to read and what to ignore. When looking at books to recommend to parents I always consider the background, qualifications and experience of the author and the research they draw on to back up the claims and recommendations they are making. All babies are individuals, as are all parents, so there is no ‘one approach suits all’ as some would have us believe. Books that advocate set schedules for feeding and sleep, especially in the first 3 months of life, not only jeopardise the establishment of breastfeeding. They can also undermine the confidence of parents, discouraging them from using their instincts and growing knowledge about their own unique child, to meet their child’s needs. Books advocating techniques such as controlled crying, also neglect to acknowledge the detrimental effects these kinds of methods have been shown to have on a baby’s developing brain and the long term impact on emotional and psychological well being.
The following books have been chosen carefully as sources of information for parents. I hope they will provide you with information to support you as a parent, without telling you what to do, how to do it and when to do it!
The Food of Love by Kate Evans
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman
Baby-led Breastfeeding by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
The Social Baby by Lynne Murray & Liz Andrews
The Social Toddler by Helen & Clive Dorman
Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt
What Mothers Do by Naomi Stadlen
Nighttime Parenting by William Sears
The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
Baby-led Weaning by Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett
Sweet Sleep by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J Smith, Teresa Pitman