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
Positive Parenting by Rebecca Eanes is a useful summary of many of the key gentle/positive parenting approaches.
No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel clearly explains the complicated brain chemistry underpinning children’s behaviour, and how to effectively deal with issues while nurturing their developing mind.
Peaceful Parenting, Happy Kids by Laura Markham and its Workbook both help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child.
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 Bodies, Safety and Teenagers
Everyone’s Got a Bottom is a fantastic tool for parents and carers that is about teaching children to keep safe in a style that is fun, positive and protective. It approaches safety broadly and explains to children it is their job to look after their body and their right to decide who touches their body and how. Important, and highly recommended.
Robie Harris has a series of books on health for children and pre-teens, and we sell a few of them. Let’s Talk About Sex provides frank, current and reassuring information on all aspects of growing up, puberty, sex and sexual health.
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.