Parenting Books

title border 15th October 2018

One of our specialist areas is parenting books, specifically books which come from an attachment/gentle parenting perspective.

General Parenting Books

Our most popular parenting book for new parents has always been The Baby Book by the Sears family – originally William (a paediatrician) and Martha (a nurse), and now their children (paediatricians) as well. It covers every topic parents could want, combining medical advice with common sense and all from an attachment parenting perspective. We also sell some of their others books, notably The Discipline Book (aka The Good Behaviour Book) and The Vaccine Book.

Another recommended book for new parents is Baby on Board by Howard Chilton, an Australian neonatologist. This focusses on the first few months, and his more recent book Your Cherished Baby covers the first 2 years (and includes information on introducing food and provides practical advice on encouraging sleep without resorting to ‘training’ like controlled crying). Dr Chilton points out the basis of his whole approach is that you cannot give a baby too much love.

Books about Discipline/Behaviour

The Discipline Book (aka The Good Behaviour Book) is a clear guide to discipline from a gentle/attachment parenting perspective, written by the authors of the bestselling The Baby Book

Books about Sleep

Our most popular book about sleep is The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, and its sequel The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Both outline realistic expectations for sleep and provide clear guidance on creating a routine that encourages sleep. Elizabeth Pantley has also written books on separation anxiety, discipline, and naps, all from a gentle parenting perspective.

In Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best, the authors detail their concerns about ‘controlled crying’ approaches. They explain important research into babies’ emotional and brain development, and offer gentle sleep techniques that take into account a baby’s natural sleep habits.

Books about Puberty and Teenagers

Michael Carr-Gregg is a well known psychologist and parenting educator, and has written many books on adolescence. Some we sell are: Adolescence: A Guide for Parents, Princess Bitchface Syndrome and Surviving Adolescents.

Three Australian books are ideal references for parents and can be shared with children/pre-teens –  The Puberty Book, Puberty Boy and Puberty Girl.

Is this Normal? Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behaviour is a new resource from Family Planning Qld. It aims to help parents understand what is considered normal and to be able to effectively discuss sexual behaviours with children.


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