The best books for new parents

The Books I Picked & Why

And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

By John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman

And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

Why this book?

The addition of a child to the family can test even the most ardent of love relationships. In turn, children synchronize to the stress level of their parents, which is why nurturing couple relationships in shared parenting families is so important. In this book Dr. John Gottman, psychologist and couple’s counselor, offers research-based, practical tools, to strengthen and restore couple relationships. Taking care of your child begins with taking care of YOU.


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Why this book?

What re-charges extroverts, drains introverts, and vice versa. Extroverts like to “talk” about problems – often over and over as they process their thoughts. Introverts like to “think” about problems and then talk about them – once. An understanding AND appreciation of individual differences are foundational to building a healthy family. In Quiet, Susan Cain provides readers with practical tools for negotiating differences and effective teaching strategies to empower introverted children to thrive in an extroverted world. I love her strength-based approach!


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Touchpoints-Birth to Three

By T. Berry Brazelton, Joshua D. Sparrow

Touchpoints-Birth to Three

Why this book?

Understanding normal child development and what to expect at each stage and age is foundational to your work as a parent. The ability to recognize a growth spurt, or the knowledge that words alone will never stop a two-year-old who is learning about the rules of the world is essential for responding sensitively and appropriately to your child. In this classic book, predictable key developmental points are described allowing you to predict potentially challenging rough spots, understand what is happening when your child backslides, or reaches new developmental stages and why strategies that used to work are no longer effective.


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Try New Food: How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat & Like New Foods

By Jill Castle

Try New Food: How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat & Like New Foods

Why this book?

Jill Castle is a childhood nutritionist who also understands child development AND temperament. Her whole-child approach to healthy eating is refreshingly positive, respectful, supportive, and practical. Jill uses a step-by-step system to help even the most sensitive child enjoy a wide variety of foods. She clearly demonstrates how to stop the mealtime battles and instead make meals a time for connection and calm.


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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Why this book?

First published in 1980 – yes 1980 - this classic book REMAINS on the bestselling list today! That is because it is one of the best guides for effective parent-child communication methods ever written. Simply composed and illustrated, it makes it easy to understand what your child may be feeling or needing, (Your child is NOT out to “get you.”) and provides step-by-step guidance to work with your child to solve problems, express strong emotions, resolve conflicts and most importantly build a healthy, life-long relationship.


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