Review and giveaway: Let’s Panic About Babies!

Amazon: Let's Panic About Babies!Parent Hacks is all about poking friendly holes in the "expert parenting" racket. In their new book, Let's Panic About Babies!, Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy point a flamethrower — an exceedingly smart and funny flamethrower — in the same direction.

Let's Panic is for anyone who appreciates the humor inherent in the messy parts of pregnancy and parenting. If you're a reader of Finslippy and Fussy, you know each author has her own distinctive voice and sense of fun. In Let's Panic, they've managed to combine their voices to hilarious effect. This is Laurel and Hardy-level teamwork, which is difficult enough in any writing project. But a humor book? Wow. These ladies are tal-en-ted.

But who cares about the writing! IS IT REALLY THAT FUNNY? This book is crazy funny for moms and dads who like their humor to bite back. In less skillful hands, a tongue-in-cheek screed such as this could fall flat, but this book keeps you laughing even as you're covering your mouth in disbelief that they actually just said that.

It's What To Expect meets The Onion…in a back alley. It's a bracing spoof (and reminder not to take this all so seriously) in a world of milquetoast parenting books that make us feel bad about ourselves while boring us to death.

At Amazon: Let's Panic About Babies!: How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain and Finally Turn You into a Worthwhile Human Being, by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy, $7.72

On the Web: Let's Panic About Babies! website

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Win it! Three lucky Parenthackers will walk away with their very own copies of Let's Panic About Babies, and one extra-lucky Parenthacker (who's more deserving than the others) will win a "Panic Break" gift basket containing the following nifties:

To enter, leave a comment answering the following question:

Which parenting book has made the biggest impression on you, either good or bad?

The comments are now closed and the winners have been chosen!

Note: Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada only. One entry per person.


  1. Martha says

    I didn’t read many parenting books. But I did really enjoy “Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay” by Stephanie Wilder-Taylor. I laughed until I cried!!

  2. Cindy says

    Bringing up Girls by Dr James Dobson is an Amazing book by an author that I totally trust! His witty stories and and insight have and will help me to raise my 2 (going on three!) girls.

  3. Melinda says

    I really only read the “What to Expect” books but now I think I have to read “Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay” (thanks Martha, that sounds cute) and of course this one if I don’t win lol

  4. Heather K says

    I despise “Baby Wise.” It’s written so matter-of-factly that it seems to suggest that if you do what they say and your baby isn’t immediately a perfect angel, then you must be an idiot. I have never read such a condescending book before. Anytime I see a friend get that book at a baby shower, I always warn them about it.

    My favorite book is “Free-Range Kids,” because I wish we could all just relax and enjoy ourselves a little more.

    I can’t wait to see “Let’s Panic.” Sounds right up my alley. Hope I win!

  5. linsley says

    What to expect when you’re expecting was a joke. The Happiest baby and toddler on the block were the most helpful.

  6. says

    I read the What To Expect When You’re Expecting books, and I found them to be insightful. I’ll be honest- I don’t know what the heck I’m doing because I never liked kids until I had them myself!

  7. holly says

    I’ve got a bit of a list… Love and Logic, Simplicity Parenting, Free-Range Kids, Loving Our Kids on Purpose, The Baby Whisperer. I’m sure there are more, but those are probably my top picks/influences.

  8. Lili Hill says

    The parenting book that left the biggest impression on me was The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. I notably had the unhappiest baby on the block and was always glad I never lived in a duplex, or apartment, or a single-family house with neighbor’s nearer than 800ft. The book implied that I /could/ have a very content child and a very comfortable early parenting experience. So, when that did not happen I spiraled into a mild depression and questioned everything I did as a new mother. Only after months of reassurance from other ‘seasoned’ moms did I learn that EVERY baby is unique and as a mom you need to go with your gut as to what is the best way to parent your child. Only after I came to that solid understanding did I become in tune with my child. Once that happened, I had a VERY happy baby for most of our days, sleeping through most of our nights. We still ride the rollercoaster every now and then, but I’m learning it from living it rather than reading it!

  9. Meadow says

    Safe Baby Handling Tips is my standard baby shower gift for new parents. Hilarious and makes you realize you know more about taking care of a kid than you give yourself credit for.

  10. Emily says

    I always consult my American Academy of Pediatrics Caring for Your Baby and Young Child (or something like that) for health questions. It seems to be the most authoritative and least panic-inducing. I really enjoy Vicki Iovine’s “The Girlfriend’s Guide” series. Can’t stand “what to expect” and Dr. Sears. I’m about to start “Scream Free Parenting” and would love to win this new book!

  11. Sarah says

    I loved Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. It became the only book I turned to. When my twins were about 9 months old. I got very frustrated by the fact that if I read 3 different books’ sections on ‘gas’ I’d get three completely different opinions on whether the phenomenon really existed and what to do about it. I stopped reading all other books and started trying to trust my own intuition. I did love Finslippy though!

  12. Mrs. Wigley says

    I only read the What to Expect series. There was some really scary stuff in those. I stopped reading after that.

  13. Katie says

    “Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy” was THE BEST book for expecting moms. A mix of practical advice and humor that didn’t take itself too seriously. Vicki Iovine is hilarious. I’d love to see this new book. Living with 3 little boys has taken a toll on me in many ways, I could use a good laugh! :p

  14. says

    Nurtureshock by Po Bronson was the best parenting book I ever read – mainly because it talked about research and not just the author’s opinions.

    Looking forward to a good laugh with this one, though!

  15. Lewaletzko says

    Although it is not a book…Offbeat Mama is my favorite. Ariel and her counterparts are not afraid of any parenting issue and address them all with love and a health does of commonsense.

  16. Paula says

    I loved The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy, Toddlers, and Surviving Motherhood. They were by far my best friends early on, they taught me not to sweat the small stuff and that the babies are not as fragile as we think they are. They are actually pretty resilient little buggers! Love this series!!

  17. Heidi says

    Positive reads included Raising Cain and Free-Range Kids. Not so positive reads included Baby Wise, the What to Expect books (found them helpful for particular questions, but overwhelming and impractical for everday). One of the scariest books has been Creative Correction, made me actually cry to think of using some of those techniques with my kids. I have no idea why I ever took it out of the library.

  18. says

    The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp is my baby bible. I live by the five S’s. I just smile to myself when it works. All parents should be required to read it before they leave the hospital. I have a happy 4 month old!!!

  19. Rhia says

    Oh me! Me! This isn’t available in Canada yet!

    I found The Wonder Weeks to be really encouraging and blame-absolving.

    Key message: Sometimes your baby really is being a bit of a pain! But it’s because they’re learning! And it will stop!

  20. Jenn says

    I loved (and now gift to any moms-to-be) “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.” It definitely falls on the lighter side and, to me, that’s what a pregnancy book should be. All the follow-up books (toddlers, etc.) were great too.

  21. B says

    Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child was very good but not the easiest to read, especially on very little sleep!

  22. says

    I really can’t pick just one, can I? Since my girl’s just turned one, I suppose I’d have to say that “How to have your Second Child First – 100 things that are good to know the first time around” has really reinforced a lot of our parenting ideologies.

    I imagine down the line, I’ll rest my laurels on “Positive Discipline”, which is more or less the Santa Cruz parenting bible.

  23. says

    Dr Sears. Although he has good ideas, I was terrified by the “do this or your baby will be scarred for life” mentality. I chucked the book when my daughter came along.

  24. Elif says

    I’m in the middle of Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman and it’s amazing. It changes so many things for me and it’s based on actual studies. I love that the authors themselves were surprised along the way.

  25. Rebecca says

    I think my favorite parenting book was ” You’re a Better Parent than you think” By Dr. Ray Guarendi. The idea is trust your gut and do what works for you. It is more serious than”Panic about babies”, but Dr.Ray is a funny guy and it comes through in his writing. My mother in law gave me MANY books on parenting through the years because I am doing SOOO many things wrong. I choose to stick with Dr.Ray’s advice and do what my gut says is right!

  26. says

    Sounds amazing, I need to read this book one way or another, so let’s try the free way first.

    My daughter is 13 months old and I had NO IDEA what I was getting into, I love her more then life itself, but parenting has been way way harder then I ever could have imagined.

    Anyhow that being said, the book that has had the BIGGEST impact on my parenting is written by Penelope Leach and is called: Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five. I LOVE this book because rather then being written from a medical/physical milestones perspective, it is written from a psychological/mental development perspective. It has really helped me to stop and put myself in my babies shoes and thus better understand where she is coming from. End result, I feel, is that it has made me a better Momma.

  27. Elizabeth says

    I liked the girlfriend’s guides books… But Baby 411 was probably the most referenced.

  28. Melissa says

    One book that really helped me was Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell. Helped me get some sanity (and quiet) back into my life. But this book looks amazing-and I loved the video! This WILL be a shower gift for my panic-stricken sister-in-law, Thanks!

  29. says

    Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Colorosso was the book that made the biggest impression on me. Finally, a book that fit well with me and helped me hone my own parenting philosophy.

  30. Denise H says

    A friend gave me “Sleeping Through the Night and Other Lies” which I loved. I always try to find copies to give to my expectant friends now.

  31. Melissa says

    One book that really helped me was Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell. Helped me get some sanity (and quiet) back into my life. But this book looks amazing-and I loved the promo video! This WILL be a shower gift for my panic-stricken sister-in-law, Thanks!

  32. Erin says

    I’d love to read this book! Books that helped me the most are Baby 411, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems. I read many more but I think I’ve actually ‘used’ what I’ve read in these the most.

  33. says

    Despite the fact that the first comment I saw when I came to the site today was one about how much someone hates “BabyWise”, I must say that “BabyWise” has been the best book for my family. Because of it, we had our values in order before baby was born, and we knew exactly what we wanted to do as parents. It worked beautifully for us. Both our kids have slept 12 hours and napped well since about 12 weeks old. Now, I am thoroughly enjoying ChildWise. It has helped us know what to reasonably expect from our preschooler.

  34. Deb says

    I don’t even know if I can wait until next Monday to see if I won before ordering this book. It sounds SO right up my (back) alley. I have read so many baby/parenting books, all the while wishing I had never read ANY. Nearly all of them give the impression that *if only* you do X, or don’t do Y, or always remember Z, it will all work. Regardless of what the advice is about, it just is not that simple. If a book worked for you, you’re gonna like it, but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna work for someone else, or even for your next child. There were books that I loved, and believed in, but still didn’t really work for me… And books that I couldn’t stand but I’m sure would be pretty effective… So basically I got nothing for ya.

  35. Alana says

    “She’s gonna blow!”

    Finally a book that doesn’t make me feel like I’m the worst parent in the world.

  36. Kathy G says

    The Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. It’s a great, practical book on how to raise free-thinking, self-reliant children. Great for all parents, no matter what age your children are.

  37. Mmm says

    I really enjoyed How to talk so kids will listen and how to listen so kids will talk and Siblings without rivalry

  38. Michelle says

    Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kim West because in my exhaustion I lost track of trying to get my son to sleep in his own bed and no matter what I tried I couldn’t seem to reverse it. While not every book or suggestion works for everyone, it gave me some new ideas to try and made me less frustrated with the process. I would love to have Let’s Panic About Babies! Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Ken says

    Glanced at the more serious ones, but “Babies and Other Hazards of Sex” by Dave Barry nailed it – beyond the things you must do to keep a babies safe, they usually manage to thrive in spite of what their parents do to them. Trust your insticts, trust your children.

  40. says

    Bhahaha! This video is hysterical!

    What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the worst baby book of all time. It gets downright medieval towards the end, right when you’re about to actually have your baby. It’s ridiculous and borderline sado-masochistic.

  41. says

    I am reading What to Expect the First Year. It’s actually good as far as information is concerned, but its a lot of prose when you want bullet points.

    For example, there’s a section on grandparents getting doorway-jumpers. And then a huge story about how your parents want to shower your child with gifts, and how this one is alright, but you may want to limit it, and your kids may spend hours on it but it will stunt their growth.

    I have a kid to take care of, can’t you just do this:

    Doorway Jumpers:

    * They are safe
    * Use them for 15 minutes or your child won’t walk til they are 3

    So yeah, conciseness might have made that book a lot better. I really just want a big cross-referencing database that I can flip through (or search through on my kindle) not a heavy book that I have to highlight through.

  42. Kirsten says

    I enjoyed Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. Help with all those questions you may not feel comfortable asking out loud, but you definitely have. Also funny, so that makes it more bearable!

  43. Lulu says

    The Idle Parent, by Tom Hodgkinson. It really helped me come to terms with the fact that it’s ok not to spend thousands of dollars on museum trips and fancy toys. There’s so much learning and love to be had doing the things a family does every day. Just spruce it up with some fingerpaint and a glass of shiraz. Ha!

  44. Tracey says

    I read and found somewhat helpful the what to expect series. But I think this book would be a blast! :)

  45. Molly says

    The Wonder Weeks was the parenting book that saved my sanity– I loved it because it told me what was going on with my baby and made suggestions of ways to help her through the developmental leaps without being preachy or judgmental.

  46. Erin says

    Worst for a sleep deprived mommy: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. At the time I hadn’t had more than 2 consecutive, uninterrupted hours of sleep in 6 months and I thought the good doctor was way too technical. Maybe there should be a warning label? Or a CliffsNotes version for emergency use!

  47. says

    I’ve only read What To Expect because I’m a geek and I wanted to know absolutely everything that was happening in my body on a week-by-week basis.

  48. says

    With my first baby I am sure I read lots of books, but that was 29 years ago. With my last baby, 4 years ago, I learned that they are all so different that no book can give me much advice – you just learn to go with the flow with kids. Their personalities and quirks and your own just learn to mesh together, or not. Parenting is an adventure, and I am glad I took that adventure!!

  49. daffiney says

    I had a very high-risk pregnancy with my twins, so I could only bear to read more lighthearted books. I liked The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. When they kiddos were older, I liked Preschool Confidential.

  50. JenO says

    After running to the library and checking out a ton of pregnancy/baby books when I found out I was preggers with my first kid I have not opened a parenting book since. They all said something different and many seemed condescending so I quit reading and decided to rely on instinct. That strategy seems to be working but I’d love to read this book since I’m sure the lovely authors could enlighten me on a thing or two.

  51. Jessica says

    I have to second (or third?) Nurtureshock. Though it’s not really a *baby* book and I didn’t read it until my kids were well out of the newborn spot. Happiest Baby on the Block was great, and I liked Ferber’s book. After devotedly following Dr Sears’s sleep advice for my first kid, and being under the impression that Ferber was some kind of cruel monster, it was refreshing, with my second child, to read Ferber and see how rational and compassionate the book was and then to see my baby sleeping well on his own (which was probably more his own personality, not the book, but the book gave me the courage to try new things).

  52. Kristin says

    I didn’t love one but have combined a few including the opposites Baby Wise and Dr. Sears. I didn’t really like Baby Wise, but I thought the eat-play-sleep and full feedings messages were reasonable take homes. I’ve been meaning to read Free Range Kids and the comments put it back on my list. Nutureshock sounds interesting too. Thanks!

  53. says

    What to expect made the most impact because it made me stop reading the books. If I have a question or problem I research it independently. I have managed to have 5 children without breaking any (so far).
    – Craig

  54. Johnna says

    I loved the book “Mommy Guilt” to remind me that my goal wasn’t to raise the Best. Baby. Ever. It was to raise a functional member of society who people will enjoy spending time with. It really helped me let go of my need to try to be the best at everything. It’s now my go-to baby shower present.

    I heard about it the first time right here on Parenthacks.

  55. Caroline says

    I’d forgotten just how horrible BabyWise was until reading these comments. It was a gift from a neighbor, who I can only assume was hoping we’d use it to sleeptrain our newborn IMMEDIATELY. It got taken to the used book store pretty darnn quickly!

  56. Shannon says

    I like Baby 411. It’s easy to read with practical advice based on sound science without being too fussy.

  57. kata says

    What to Expect series: hands down the worst set of books to read if you are even just thhinking of becoming a parent. Better title would be: What to Expect Will Go Wrong. The series made the biggest impression me partly bevause I don’t see how it’s possible to eat as much as the books say a pregnant woman/baby/toddler should eat. Which made me eventually wonder: what else are they wrong about? But only after inducing a year-long panic in me about my older daughter’s early eating habits.

  58. Gretchen says

    Love it — perfect shower gift. My go-to book is “Healthy sleep habits, happy child.”

  59. becky says

    i love the wonder weeks books and penelope leach’s book (i have completely forgotten the name of course). and i love fussy and finslippy and can’t wait to read this!

  60. Melissa says

    The most useful for getting pregnant was “Taking charge of your fertility”. The best for labor was “Childbirth the natural way” and for practical preparations, the “Girlfriend’s Guide to baby gear”. Now that I’ve had three, humor is Definitely the way to go!

  61. Marisol S says

    “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5″ by the American Academy of Pediatrics is my #1 reference this this day. Has saved us many a trip to the ER/Urgent care, and has comforted my never-been-around-kids-til-I-had-my-own husband countless times. The tone is matter-of-fact and has guidance on many, many issues on the parenting spectrum such as how to bring grandparents into your child’s life to the mundane “what is hand foot and mouth disease, anyway?”

  62. Jennifer Marshall says

    Siblings Without Rivalry
    As an only child, this book gave amazing insight into the world of siblings. I also recommend this book to those who grew up with siblings so you can better understand why your parents did what they did and why it was bad – or good.

  63. Sara M says

    My first pregnancy I read the What to Expect book, but found it pretty dark and not fun. The second time around I found a weekly website, zero to forty, that I loved! It is humorous and written by one of my favorite bloggers.

  64. Whitney Scully says

    This is easy! “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” changed my life! I told every new mom I knew about it and, as I told one friend, if the doctor/researcher who wrote it had a cult, I’d hand him my checkbook.

  65. bethany says

    Ahh… I LOVE this!!! :-) Best books – Womaly Art of Breastfeeding and The Baby Book. So many bad ones…

  66. Lynnsy says

    I don’t know if it really counts as a parenting book, but I really liked “Nurture Shock”. It debunks a lot of the conventional thinking about parenting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide much in the way of suggestions, but it really made me re-think many of my parenting assumptions… Thinking is good!

  67. says

    I threw out my copy of Baby Wise. I couldn’t even pass it along at a used book place.

    My “babies” aren’t so babyish anymore, but I’d still love their book!

  68. says

    I read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and found that I either didn’t get what I was to expect, and things I wasn’t expecting at all, I got.

    And as a mom of 4, I feel I am more deserving than some, especially considering my 4 are: DS (4 1/2), DS (2), & twin DDs (6 1/2mo). :D

  69. Lorena says

    I borrowed quite a few pregnancy books from the library in my first trimester since I’m a first-time parent. I thought “The anxious parent’s guide to pregnancy” would be good for me, but it was the worst of the lot. It didn’t relieve any anxiety for me and, instead, brought to mind all the awful things that can bring on a miscarriage in the first trimester.

    Suffice it to say, I stopped reading pregnancy books that week and just decided to rely on a weekly e-mail service and the monthly pregnancy newsletters I get from my health care provider. Now that I’m in my third trimester, I’m very happy with my decision and enjoying my pregnancy!

  70. Sara says

    For me there are 2 books
    “The mother of all baby books”
    it was very informative, factual, and i enjoyed reading it

    the book that scared me was my Gramma’s old (like from the 40’s) OB books, man those are some crazy birthing ways……….and i am all about natural births

  71. Charity Dixson says

    The New Strong willed child by Dr. Dobson. Readng some of those stories made my jaw drop! I though I had a strong willed child. It was very helpful in those moments that I am just at a loss of what to do with this determinded child!

  72. Sara says

    The Dr. Sears Baby book definitely made the biggest impression. Sometimes I wanted to scream and throw it against the wall (baby wearing is a panacea, really??) and sometimes I was so comforted.
    I particularly liked the way he laid out the argument that babies under one year of age cannot be spoiled. I was getting a lot of pressure to “condition” and schedule my infant and it was nice to have well respected doctor in my corner!

  73. Krista H says

    hmm, I learned SO much from all of Ina May’s writings. THis looks like a great prize.. that package of stress relievers would come in hand here, hah!

  74. says

    Free Range Kids! I think it’s the only parenting book I’ve ever read cover to cover and it’s changed so much about how I view my children and their independence.

  75. Helena says

    While I was pregnant I read What to Expect When Your Expecting and I must admit that What to Expect the first year was my bible that first year… toddler years is also a good one. This sounds like a great read!

  76. Becca says

    I think Spiritual Midwifery has to be the biggest impact- some kind of trip combined with “ok now I get how this midwifery thing developed” combined with are you serious? you want to rename pain? It was a long time ago (3 1/2-4 yrs ago) when I was preggers the 1st time and had a couple of neurons actually communicating with each other so don’t quote me on it.

  77. Nicole says

    I loved the Book “Raising Godly Tomatoes” by L. Elizabeth Kreuger. It really, really helped bring things into perspective for my husband and I about discipline, spending time with our children, priorities, and just plain old enjoying our children! You know the questions you start to have like when to discipline, how to discipline, etc? It really made the answers to those questions so simple, gave us confidence as parents, and brought the focus back to God. Of course, with every book you take the good things that will work for your family, and leave the others. But the main point of the book applied to our family life brought so much peace into our entire family!

  78. Jill says

    I too love Vicki Iovine’s “Girlfriends Guides”! I’ve had four children and I pull the Pregnancy book out and read it pretty soon after I start puking at about four weeks and keep it near the bed while I continue puking for another 9 (10) months! If I am blessed with another pregnancy, I will surely read it again!

  79. says

    I liked The Parenting Survival Kit quite a bit. These are not really parenting books per se but I absolutely adored Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. They were both hilarious!

  80. says

    My best friend is a cog sci professor so when she sent me “The Magic Years” by Selma Fraiberg with a note saying it’s one of the best child development books out there, I was verrrrrrry interested. It’s a great book. It’s not about parenting per se, but it IS about how kids think, what they think, and why they think it, and that has helped shape my parenting of our toddler in a much more productive and understanding way.

  81. Sarah says

    I have really enjoyed “Parking Lot Rules and 75 other ideas for raising amazing children” it was nice to read- gave my husband and I lots to discuss.

  82. says

    One that was recommended to me for sleep training by an acquaintance was The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg. As a first time parent who knew nothing about babies, I tried to follow her methods of sleep training and putting baby on a schedule of eat/activity/sleep with my first one but I found that caused me a lot of stress. This book worked for some people, and sort of worked for me but when I had my 2nd baby, I felt more relaxed in just doing what I felt and only occasionally turning to the book for some insight. I’ve read other parenting books too, but basically learned that you just have to do what works for you, taking different ideas from different people and combining it into a mish-mash of what is me.

    My new favourite is NutureShock, which is really interesting and thought provoking.

  83. Shauna says

    My favorite is Love and Logic. I also like The Happiest Baby on The Block. I’ve heard Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman is really good, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  84. says

    Nurture Shock. Actual science and studies and stuff!

    Of course, it’s also the only one I’ve read. I’ve got four more months before I’m a mom–I guess I should get cracking. Good thing I read fast!

  85. Leigh says

    You are awesome.

    Okay, so I’ve submitted exactly one tip to ParentHacks with a bonus tip for those who were in a position to take advantage of it. I was stricken for the bonus.

    I suggested that water and an old toothbrush would remove nearly anything from your clothing. It really couldn’t have been more simple and pro-environment.

    As a bonus, I told people about a secret that all upscale retailers know, that dry-cleaning fluid will remove any stain.

    ANY stain.

    No, I was not recommending that you rub dry-cleaning fluid on your baby.

    DO NOT rub dry cleaning fluid on your baby.

    And so, I appreciate your “Let’s Panic About Babies” book, and will buy it immediately.

  86. Kris says

    The Fussy Baby by Dr. Sears. My first baby had horrible colic for his first 6 months. I was miserable and really thought that no baby in the world could possibly be as tough as he was. I thought for sure SOMETHING had to be wrong. Thanks to this book, I realized that he would grow up some day, likely into a tough toddler, but still…

  87. donna zittel says

    I love the book Touchpoints. Had so many interesting tips and advice in it. And My fav funny one was Sippy Cups are for Chardonnay.

  88. Tera says

    “Sippy Cups are not for Chardonney” by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor broke me out of my trance of newborn baby book gurus and helped me realize that my desparation and feelings of mom-gone-mad were normal. My favorite line: “She (the baby) knows I’m her bitch” :-)

  89. Katherine says

    The Baby Owner’s Manual. Made me laugh out loud at a time when I really needed a laugh.

  90. Karli says

    Free Range Kids for sure, and sounds like it might be a nice complement to this book (which I’d love to win)!

  91. Heather S says

    Bringing up boys by Dr. James Dobson! I’ve read it twice! It’s helped so much in a positive way with my son.

  92. Jenna says

    We are humungous fans of Dr. Brazelton and his “Touchpoints” series. The Birth-age 3 did an amazing job explaining why our daughter seemed to go crazy each time she hit a major milestone, and helped us stay calm and on top of things. I was raised by Brazelton, and it seems my kids are too.

  93. Adrienne says

    Anne Lamott’s “Operating Instructions: A Journal Of My Son’s First Year” was my favorite by far – funny, moving, truthful and beautifully written.

  94. says

    Oh, this is a GREAT giveaway. I’m a longtime fan of fussy and finslippy, can’t wait to get my hands on this book, winner or no. I’d also LOVE to share this with a few of my currently pregnant friends. Your “Panic Break” gift set sounds like the perfect shower gift.

    Ok, my fave parenting book was the Ferber book. I know this one is either a love it or hate it, but I’m firmly in the love it camp. The wonder of having a rested kid and a rested parent really cannot be over stated. Also, I felt like, despite all the haters, Dr. Ferber is really quite sensible and sympathetic.

    Thanks for the chance and fingers crossed!

  95. Kari says

    My favorites were: 1. I’m Too Sexy for My Volvo by Betty Londergan–When I was deep in new mother panic, this one really kept it all in perspective and kept me and my husband laughing. 2. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber–seriously saved our lives and our sanity. 3. The Expectant Father and The New Father by Armin Brott–Meant for the dads, but were so useful to me. Very matter-of-fact, didn’t assume that the dad was the idiot parent and gave really, really good info on so many levels often much better than the books meant for moms.

  96. Rlapeters says

    I read the “What to expect . .” for both Pregnancy and 1st Year and BabyWise. I took everything tongue and cheek. The best book for my husband and I was “The Pregnancy Journal – A day to day guide” as my husband was deployed and I was able to email him what was happening to our baby everyday. It kept him really connected during our first pregnancy. I didn’t have much time to read anything else as I was also working during my first and second and just had no time during my third and fourth pregnancy.

  97. Kyle says

    The What to Expect… books.

    It’s hard to beat the classics. They’re objective and straightforward, with timeless information that beats the trendy, conflicting parenting movements of pretty much everything else out there.

  98. says

    What to Expect made the biggest NEGATIVE impression on me. Way to cause me to panic at every little tiny twinge!

    Close second: Anything Dr. Google turned up when I Googled “Is it normal to…”

  99. Kate says

    This looks like a great book.

    I really like “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children” Even though we’re not Jewish, I’ve found it to be a really great book.

    I always recommend “Happiest Baby on the Block” and “American Academy of Pediatrics: Birth to Age 5″ to my patients who are expecting.

  100. says

    I really enjoyed The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. It was so funny and so TRUE. I also read Babywise, but I didn’t like it either. It seemed too rigid, and my baby is sleeping through the night. Maybe it is just him–not some book.

  101. Caro says

    I think the only baby book I had was the Sears Baby Book which I found to be a great reference. However, I think the book that made the biggest impression was an old, out of print book that my friend had on breastfeeding. It had a bunch of instructions and pictures of women of ALL SHAPES breastfeeding…and somehow seeing women who looked like me really help me breastfeed my second better than my first.

  102. ellie says

    Loved “What’s going on in there” and the latest book I read, “Playful Parenting”. Agree with several of the above opinions on “Baby Wise” – scary.

  103. Karen says

    I very much enjoyed the book Becoming the Parent you Want to Be… very gentle suggestions and thoughts, without being dictatorial. I hate, hate, HATED the Dr. Sears book… even though I was already doing a fair bit of the attachment parenting stuff, he still made me feel guilty and like I was screwing up my child for life by not co-sleeping, etc.

  104. Candice says

    I’ve read What to expect series and found it useful.

    Not a parenting book but I loved Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. As a first time mom it made me believe that I could do this. As any woman is capable.

    P.S. Great Blog.

  105. Lori says

    The Jenny McCarthy book might not have been the most inspiriing! But it sure lightened things up for me when I needed it. :)

  106. Rachel Pearl says

    I’m enjoying “what to expect the first year”, though it does on occasion have me in a panic,

  107. says

    I’m not a huge fan of parenting books. There are 2 that I did get some things out of ~ I loved what to expect when you are expecting & then 123 Magic had some ok tips in it.

  108. says

    Haven’t read any parenting books – yet. But that stage of life is around the corner, so I’ve enjoyed reading these suggestions. Let’s Panic sounds right up my alley, because I’m determined to behave like a rational human being when I’m parent. I do enjoy the Free Range Kids blog, though!

  109. says

    Does the library of useless information and wives-tales in my Great Aunt’s head count as a book? When I was pregnant she told me I got heartburn because the baby had hair(duh, we’re mammals) and not the Jalapenos I was eating. I love her, she cracks me up!

  110. Sharon says

    The classic Dr. Spock made an impression on me. I knocked it off a shelf and fractured a toe. That’s as close as I’ve gotten to a parenting book…

  111. Kendra says

    I read A LOT of parenting books when I was pregnant and when my oldest (now 7) was new. And “What to Expect” (up through “toddler years”) had some great advice, but also some major chances to freak out because my kid wasn’t meeting their guidelines or I wasn’t the perfect person I was apparently supposed to be. But “Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child” honestly made the most enormous difference. I was all freaked out, and this book just talked to me like a person and made me feel like our sleep troubles were totally normal. Some good advice, but mostly just reassurance that I wasn’t crazy!

  112. Sarah Allen says

    A family member gave me Babywise, and I was not impressed. After having it recommended to me by several people, I couldn’t believe that people could demand their newborns to follow a schedule like that. Ridiculous.

    I enjoyed Your Baby & Child much more. Penelope Leach provided insight to what my newborn son was probably thinking and going through and it helped me be more understanding when he would need to be held and bounced endlessly. All night.

    I think I’ll love Let’s Panic About Babies! Irreverence is totally my style.

  113. Leslie Sundmyhr says

    I didn’t really read any parenting books other than Happiest Baby on the Block. I had such a happy baby that I didn’t really need it… until he was about 6 months old. Someone gave me a copy of What to Expect… I didn’t read it as it seemed like a book to instill fear.

  114. says

    Bwahahaha! “The Fussy Baby Book” by Dr. Sears completely changed the way I related to and understood my daughter.

  115. Jenna says

    I love Three-Martini Playdate, with chapters such as “Child Labor: Not Just for the Third World”. Hilarious and sarcastic, but with excellent grains of truth.

  116. Payal says

    I didn’t end up reading any parenting books. My background is in child development so I focused on what I learned from that as well as instinct.

  117. Shelley says

    I have read many parenting books since I am a teacher and an Early Childhood Educator. Many have influenced me in different ways but I have to say that the most influential book was “Raise your kids without Raising your voice”. I grew up in a house where there was always yelling going on and I didn’t want that for my children. This book and has helped me and my children connect better and helps me understand where my kids are coming from so I don’t have the urge to yell.

  118. Sara says

    The Baby Book by Dr. Sears has ruined my life. I thought it was amazing until my son was born! Now I’m being crushed with needless guilt because I’m working full time, I need to supplement with formula, and I desperately need him to sleep on something other than my chest. Ugh.

    So yeah, I could use some humor.

  119. Maria says

    So far, the only parenting book I’ve read is “taking charge of your fertility”, because we’re TTC, but I highly recommend it! I need to get started reading some of the books people listed! This book sounds great! The writing style sounds like it’ll be a fun read!

  120. Jessica says

    Ferber’s sleep book. Not for how to get my kid to sleep, but on information about sleep. VERY helpful.

  121. Karen C. says

    My favorite will always be Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family by Catherine Newman – it describes perfectly the angst involved in having a second child and her stories about her first child are hilarious.

  122. says

    I read, “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline”, by Becky Bailey. This book provided a love based rather than fear based parenting approach which is completely unnatural to me given my upbringing. I have to laugh at some parts as they seem completely ridiculous, but for most parts, this book has helped me a ton. I’ve

  123. Stacie says

    so far I’ve liked ’25 Things Every New Mother Should Know’ but I need to read more!

  124. Amanda Smith says

    The Tao of Motherhood is lovely. I forget the author and have lent it out. Ditto for Even If Your Baby Eats This Book Things Will Still Be OK. The title of the second book might be slightly different, it’s been a while since it was on my shelf . . .

  125. Michelle says

    “The Girlfriend’s Guide” series is the best, down to earth and tells it like it is!

  126. says

    to be honest, i haven’t read a good baby book yet. we bought what to expect during the first year, but it was a total waste of money. looking at these posts, gives me a good starting point…thank you!

  127. says

    The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner’s and Instruction Manual)

  128. Jennifer says

    Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn – best parenting advice I’ve received by far.

  129. Rose Moran says

    Over the last nine years (almost about 13 I have read quite a few books on parenting..especially with my first pregnancy and birth. And I have come to the conclusion that no one book can offer you complete, up-to-date, completely individualized, up on recent trends..etc. advice AT ALL! I had to get through bad advice, some bad parenting books (more theory then necessary :), and some awesome books to where I am now. I did enjoy the What to Expect series (which is now with my sister who just had her first baby!) and the 3am book. I am definately curious about the Let’s Panic book…I have definately been there :)

  130. Jamie Robins says

    How to potty train your child in one day…Ugh I disagreed with just about everything in the book!!!

  131. Allison says

    I loved the Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. It made me laugh when I really needed it!