Parenting Recent Picks for August

There’s definitely a baby theme going on this month, with the first few books selected focussing on the first year of your child’s life (my children’s book pick is for the littlies too). But there’s also a good choice of new parenting books for older kids covering some popular issues. Remember you can reserve any of the books, if they’re available or not, by clicking on the title links through to the catalogue.

Syndetics book coverNappy free baby : a practical guide to baby-led potty training from birth / Amber Hatch.
“This unique book shows parents how to break free from nappies and tricky toilet training. In this book, Amber Hatch guides parents through the method, explaining the practical things you need to know from getting started to completion. You’ll also discover how to adapt the approach to your own family’s needs and routines, how to overcome common problems and how to encourage confidence and independence in your child.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding your baby : a parent’s guide to progress in the first year and beyond / Kyra Karmiloff & Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
“The mother-and-daughter team of Kyra Karmiloff, a research psychologist, and Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith, a professorial research fellow at the Developmental Neurocognition Lab at Birkbeck College, University of London, ‘translate’ the latest scientific findings on infant behaviour, the development of gross and fine motor skills and intelligence, and how infants produce language and experience the social world, as well as offering helpful tips and suggestions about how parents can positively influence their child’s journey towards independence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHeading home with your newborn : from birth to reality / Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP & Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.
“The new edition of this bestselling guide to newborn care has been fully revised and updated. Written by two pediatricians and focusing on the first few months of an infant’s life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPerfect sleep : how to establish and maintain good sleep habits for your baby / Arna Skula.
“Arna Skula, a clinical nurse specialist who runs an outpatient clinic for babies with sleep problems, explains how parents can establish and maintain good sleep habits in their babies and small children, and offers ways to solve sleep problems. Unique, specially created charts show the typical sleep and wake patterns for babies at all key stages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe expectant father : the ultimate guide for dads-to-be / Armin A. Brott, Jennifer Ash.
“The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical effects of impending parenthood on men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting with presence : practices for raising conscious, confident, caring kids / Susan Stiffelman, MFT ; foreword by Eckhart Tolle.
“Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting in the age of attention snatchers : a step-by-step guide to balancing your child’s use of technology / Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD.
“As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are concerned about the effects of so much technology use–and feel powerless to intervene. Lucy Jo Palladino shows that the key is to help kids build awareness and control over their own attention, and in this guide she gives parents the tools to do exactly that, in seven straightforward, evidence-based steps.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelping your child with extreme picky eating : a step-by-step guide for overcoming selective eating, food aversion, and feeding disorders / Katja Rowell, MD, Jenny McGlothlin, MS, SLP.
“In Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating , a family doctor specializing in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child’s nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all. You’ll discover specific strategies for dealing with anxiety, low appetite, sensory challenges, autism spectrum-related feeding issues, oral motor delay, and medically-based feeding problems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBloom : 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry, and over-the-top kids / Lynne Kenney, Psy.D. and Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD.
“The first multi-media parenting book that that gives readers a new way to take a collaborative stance with children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, Bloom is a brain-based approach to parenting all children.  Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, Bloom offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)


Syndetics book coverAnimals / David Salariya.
“For infants, high-contrast images can build visual skills. These striking black-and-white animal illustrations help even the youngest babies focus, track, scan, and concentrate–and older children will love learning the animals’ names and grouping them by type. From the zebra’s stripes to a big cat, bird, and giraffe, these creatures are wild!” (Syndetics summary)