I’m a book worm. I love the freedom reading provides to learn, ponder, agree, disagree, incorporate and assimilate. These are some of my favorite parenting books. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that is in each of these books, but I have found each of them to be a tremendous resource on my mothering journey.

General Questions/Health:

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears, et al

The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s Health by William Sears, et al

The Fussy Baby Book : Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five by William Sears, Martha Sears

The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well by William Sears, et al

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child by Robert Sears

The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by William Sears, et al

The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family by William Sears, et al

Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker

Breastfeeding/Nutrition:

My Child Won’t Eat!: How to Prevent and Solve the Problem (La Leche League International Book) by Carlos González

The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children – From Birth through Adolescence by William Sears

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning by William Sears, Martha Sears

The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood: Ten Ways to Get Your Family on the Right Nutritional Track by William Sears, Martha Sears

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

Gentle Discipline:

Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel

Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery by Judy Arnall

The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten by Martha Sears, William Sears

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen

P.S. I will update this regularly, so please check back often.

P.P.S. I highly recommend borrowing books and only buying after you are sure that you will want to refer to often. In addition to your library, local Attachment Parenting or Le Leche Legue chapters often have great lending libraries.)

Did I miss one of your favorites? Please share in the comments.

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