A list of books I would recommend for a parent who is expecting:
Dr. Marc Weissbluth
The leading authority on sleep habits in children. A must read before your child is born.
Hetty van de Rijt Ph.D. and Frans Plooij Ph.D.
This book is a gemstone for anyone learning about the timetable of a child’s cognitive development. The leaps start as early as 5 weeks. I recommend the app too!!
A short book on the hunger signs of a child 0 – 3 months old.
Gil Rapley and Tracey Murkett
Skip jar food! A guide to introducing whole solid foods from the start.
Magda Gerber and Allison Johnson
This book provides a general philosophy on raising infants where the child is respected and given plenty of freedom to grow at their own pace.
The latest medical advice on raising an infant
The advice for raising an infant gets better continuously. I recommend finding a mainstream, well-reviewed book written by one or several pediatricians outlining the most recent information. I read Baby 411, but I recommend looking for the latest at the time that you are pregnant.
My book! I condense what can be found in the previous books, and more, into a book that is 100 pages. I present a philosophy of respecting, observing, and understanding your baby. The first chapter “All Things Baby,” which goes over the major elements of feeding a baby, sleeping, and more, is offered for free as a PDF. Follow me on facebook too.
Note: The Montessori Method and Between Parent and Child make my list for the top 2 parenting book ever. Read them before getting pregnant and again as your child turns 2.
The Montessori Method
Dr. Maria Montessori
This explains an approach to teaching young children. Children are given freedom to choose what lesson to work on. The materials are on shelves for children to pick from. Children are given demonstrations of how to use and care for the materials. The materials are designed to teach children in a conceptual way, by isolating the concept being taught.
Between Parent and Child
This is a classic and will make you a better person and parent. Learn how to speak to your child in a way that they understand, that respects them, and validates their feelings.
Positive Discipline books
There are many positive discipline books on different topics. There is one for infants and toddlers. At about 15 months, children start to test adults. I would recommend this book for effective discipline.