This month I wanted to highlight some of the new books on babies and infant care, as well as including a great selection of other new parenting books available on various topics.
Guilt-free bottle-feeding : why your formula-fed baby can grow up to be happy, healthy and smart / Madeleine Morris with Dr Sasha Howard.
“This title examines the guilt that faces mothers who bottle-feed their babies – confronting the stigma attached to formula and the myth that bottle-feeding leads to fatter, less intelligent and unhealthier children.” (Syndetics summary)
Baby’s first skills / Miriam Stoppard.
“Encourage your child’s development through learn and play bonding activities with Baby’s First Skills. You’ll be able to follow the month-by-month progression of your baby’s skills in their journey from newborn to one year old. Dr Miriam Stoppard’s simple Golden Hour of Play plan provides you with age-appropriate activities for each stage of development that fit into just one hour. There are also suggestions for activities that develop specific areas, such as nursery rhymes, games and how to massage. Her unique at-a-glance Baby Skill Map shows you exactly what skills your baby will be developing when and a month-by-month guide helps you know what kind of stimulation is most appropriate for your child at every stage.” (Syndetics summary)
The kind mama : a simple guide to supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, a sweeter birth, and a healthier, more beautiful beginning / Alicia Silverstone ; photography by Amy Neunsinger.
“When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, affecting as many as one in six couples. In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Silverstone offers advice on getting one’s “baby house” in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone.” (Syndetics summary)
Yoga mama, yoga baby : ayurveda and yoga for a healthy pregnancy and birth / Margo Shapiro Bachman.
“The time of pregnancy is an extraordinary season of transformation, a profound rite of passage that requires special care and guidance. The complementary tools and practices of Ayurveda and yoga have been used together for thousands of years to support a healthy body, balanced mind, and higher consciousness. With Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby, Margo Shapiro Bachman brings readers the first book to show how these “sister sciences” can support the miraculous journey of pregnancy. For women everywhere, Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby is an indispensable resource for “treasuring every moment of pregnancy with health, happiness, consciousness, and love.”” (Syndetics summary)
Baby play for every day : 365 activities for the first year / author, Susannah Steel.
“New parents take heart — you can boost your baby’s development, bond with your newborn and infant, and get back into shape after pregnancy through play! Baby Play for Every Day highlights a simple baby play activity for every day of the year, so you can combine bonding and baby development while having fun with your new baby. The games are paired with baby ages, so you’ll make the most of your baby’s emerging interests and abilities, from newborn to infancy. And Baby Play for Every Day includes energizing smoothie recipes for new parents, diaper-bag tips for best packing, and parenting quizzes. After all, the best possible tool for baby development is happy, confident parents!” (Syndetics summary)
Other books of interest:
Parenting difficult children : strategies for parents of preschoolers to preteens / Michael Hammond.
“Parenting young children is a challenge, and dealing with difficult or problem behavior can set up an atmosphere of tension and strife—not just between the child and the parents, but between parents as well. Parenting Difficult Children provides a method of removing that tension with specific strategies for parents of children age three to twelve who are exhibiting difficult or common negative behaviors.” (Adapted from Amazon)
Top bananas! : the best ever family recipes from Mumsnet / Claire McDonald and Lucy McDonald ; photography by Jill Mead.
“It can be hard feeding a family, and it can be even harder to come up with new, healthy and exciting ideas that will inspire you, let alone your children. But there’s no reason to fret. Top Bananas! brings you a collection of 120 tasty and hassle-free recipes – recommended, tweaked, tried and tested by real-life mums.With a sprinkling of wit, a foreword from Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, and beautiful colour photography throughout, this sassy book will add excitement and fun to family cooking – and you’ll never be stuck for ideas again.” (Syndetics summary)
No bad kids : Toddler discipline without shame ; Janet Lansbury.
“Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her twenty years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. No Bad Kids is a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children’s eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.” (Syndetics summary)
Get the behavior you want … without being the parent you hate! : Dr. G’s guide to effective parenting / Deborah Gilboa, MD.
“Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka Dr. G, draws on her experience as a family physician and a mother of four to provide practical, age-appropriate strategies for parents of children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years dealing with the most common parenting problems, including, How can I get my child to stop whining? Why can’t these kids get along? Should we pay our children to do chores? Plus over 60 more challenges. With her signature blend of humor and real-world advice, Dr. G offers a roadmap of quick concrete ways to help parents use everyday opportunities to create respectful, responsible and resilient children-without screaming, nagging, guilt, or guesswork. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)
20 tips for parents : the realistic parent’s guide to understanding and shaping your child’s behaviour / Kim Oates.
“A realistic, practical, and down-to-earth look at dealing with many of the common concerns that parents have in managing the behavior of children from two to 10. Based on his extensive years of work with parents and children, a pediatrician offers his advice on such common concerns as coping with tantrums, dealing with fussy or picky eaters, using discipline that works, and loving unconditionally. He also addresses how to identify bad advice and a parenting myths, and how to manage “helpful” advice from family member and friends. Catering from toddlers to early adolescence, the book’s main message is for parents to stop trying to be perfect parents, as this often causes unnecessary pressure and anxiety. Instead it advises parents to focus on being a “good enough” parent.” (Syndetics summary)