What are the best parenting and baby-care books?
As you know, I'm wary of most "expert" parenting books for the same reason I'm wary of most get-rich-quick or lose-weight-fast schemes: they promise a lot, they provide black-and-white answers, and they require you to subscribe to a certain dogma or world view. There are good parenting books out there, and there are general parenting guidelines most of us would do well to follow. I just bristle at the notion of one-size fits all -- an assumption on which many of these books are based.
That said, it's nice to have a book or two to fall back on when mysterious rashes appear, or when one needs help operating the nasal aspirator, or when one's angelic baby suddenly becomes a willful toddler. There's a wonderful discussion going on right now at Ask Moxie about which parenting books to trust. Moxie shares her picks (The Wonder Weeks is one), and pans (the Babywise books), and her readers join in.
Do any parenting books stand out to you as especially helpful?
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