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Baby Name Books

Baby Names Book The Very Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World
By: Bruce Lansky
Choosing a baby name is a very personal experience.  Actually it is a huge responsibility and we all want to get it right. But how do you go about choosing the perfect name for your baby?
In this revised edition, of the 1984 book which sold over 3 million copies Bruce Lansky's 'The Very Best Baby Name Book' includes all that you will need to choose the perfect name for your baby.
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Books For Babies and Toddlers

elmer the patchwork elephant    Elmer
By David Mckee
HarperCollins(1989)

My two year old son and I both love the story of Elmer the patchwork elephant. Elmer is the story of an elephant who was different to all the other elephants because he was patchwork and therefore lots of colours. Of course life being as it is Elmer did not want to be different, he wanted to be elephant colour like all the other elephants.
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margaret wise brown    

Goodnight Moongoodnight moon book
By Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
Harper Festival (1991)

I must be one of the only people that doesn't remember reading this classic tale about bedtime as a child. Still, I've heard it mentioned enough that I went hunting for it. The board book wasn't available, so we settled for the full sized version (which I'm glad about really).
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potty trainingboys My Potty Book for Boys (Dk Preschool)
I think this is THE potty book for boys!  It was the first potty book that I bought for my son Jamie.  He was 20 months old and I wrapped it up and gave it to him for Christmas.  He has several potty training books now but this one is by far his favourite.
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eric carle brown bear Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin and Eric Carle
I think this book is a must for every toddlers bookshelf. It has repetitive sentences perfect to maintain young children's attention. The book introduces colours and animals together. The illustrations by Eric Carle use tissue paper and are big and bright.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By: Eric Carle
This is one of the most popular children's books of all time! It is an excellent book which addresses the life cycle of a butterfly. From an egg , it hatches into a tiny caterpillar and starts eating till it becomes a very fat and big caterpillar. After it has ate it's full it weaves a cocoon around it and hibernates before emerging as a colourful butterfly.
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Breastfeeding

           Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts
by Fiona Giles
This book combines first person accounts of breastfeeding experiences with in-depth sociological and psychological exploration of the subject. It is not a book I recommend for new mothers, but one I feel should be required reading for every breastfeeding counsellor.
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Craft Books

Rowan Babies    Rowan Babies: Over 35 Knitting Designs for Babies and Children Up to 5 Years
By: Kim Hargreaves
Publisher: 2003, Rowan Yarns Ltd
I am a knitter of many years experience so for me to say I really love this pattern book is certainly a great recommendation!! And I really do love this book. There is huge variety of yarn, colour and texture in all the patterns...read book reviews Read the rest of our review

Discipline

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler--Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child
By Jane Ed.D. Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, Roslyn Ann Duffy
Three Rivers Press (2007)

I finally finished reading it and I thought it might be helpful to share the things I learned from the book and how I am applying the ideas concretely. Here's what I learned:


Show a child what to do instead of what not to do (pg. 103).
An example of this is when a child hits you instead of saying "stop that!" you can say "touch nicely."
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General Parenting

advice for new parents Love in the Time of Colic: The New Parents' Guide to Getting It On Again
By Ian Kerner and Heidi Raykeil
Collins Living (2009)

In his new book Kerner and co-author Heidi Raykeil say there's no reason to throw your libido out with the baby's bath water. "It really is possible," they write, "to do the hokey pokey and keep up the hanky panky."
What causes the sexual fizzle between new parents? Exhaustion. Stress. Mom's hormones, and her tendency to devote every amp of energy and inkling of empathy to the helpless, gurgling humanoid in the bassinet, leaving none for poor, pent-up Dad.
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general parenting and family book Love, Laughter and Parenting - In the Precious Years from Birth to Six  
By Steve and Shaaron Biddulph
Published by DK

This book  is different to most other parenting books which take the 'problems' we face as parents and tries to address them.  "This book [instead] is about the fun and heart of parenting."
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new baby sibling Welcoming Your Second Baby
By: Vicki Lansky
Our older child cried his eyes out when we brought the new baby home, even though we had thought we had prepared him well. This happened a little more than thirty years ago when there existed no books to educate parents on delicate sibling rivalry issues. Over the years, we managed to ease up the tension between our two boys, but neither my husband nor I will ever forget the horror of that night.
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how to stop thumbsucking David Decides About Thumbsucking: A Story for Children, a Guide for Parents
Susan Heitler, Ph.D
This book is a useful tool parents can use to make sound decisions about helping their own child stop their thumbsucking habit. As a mom with four children, all of whom were thumbsuckers when small, and all of whom stopped the habit in different ways at different ages, I understand the frustration many parents feel when trying to help their young child overcome this habit.
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how to stop pacifier use     Pacifiers, Blankets, Bottles, and Thumbshow to stop pacifier use
By Mark L. Brenner
Fireside, 1999
As I looked at my thumb sucking, blankie touting nearly 3 year old I began to wonder is it time that I tried and phased these two habits out? Thankfully I didn't have to add to this list how to stop pacificer use but I know this is a huge issue for some of my sons wee friends! I turned to Mark Brenner's book Pacifiers, Blankets, Bottles, and Thumbs to help answer my question.
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Health

baby health advice Baby Facts: The Truth about Your Child's Health from Newborn through Preschool
By Andrew Adesman with a forward by William Sears
Wiley (2009)

As a new parent I was bombarded with a lot of baby health advice. In this latest book Adesman addresses some of the many baby health myths that have surrounded baby health care and toddler health care. Such as: Ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics and Newborns and infants should be bathed daily. This book explores these and many other common baby health myths in areas such as feeding, sleeping, toilet training, and illness to help you separate baby facts from baby fiction.
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Journals - Memory Books - Gift Books

baby memory books Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters To Your Babybaby journals
By: Judy Siblin-Librach
Part of the beauty of this book is the way Siblin-Librach makes it simple to write these life stories, whether or not you have ever enjoyed the process of writing in the past. The book is equally helpful in bringing back memories you may have thought were gone, just in case your baby has grown.
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gift basket books Baby Unique (Hardcover)
By David Ellwand (Photographer)
Candlewick (2005)
Size: 11.5 x 10.6 x 0.6 inches
I would have to say this would be one of the most ultimate gift books there would be for a mother to be.
When I was fortunate enough to see and read 'Baby Unique' by award winning photographer David Ellwand I was totally captivated.  He has managed to capture the pure essence of 'baby' in this book of over 100 black and white photos.
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Motherhood Books

What Makes A Good Mother? Good Mother Bad Mother
By: Gina Ford
As a mother I was very keen to read a book about motherhood in general. There finally came a time when my toddler was nearly two, sleeping well enough, eating well enough, playing and growing well and I didn't need to refer to a book to learn about him. No it was my turn. I needed to turn to a book to learn about me.
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What makes a good mother? Somebody's Always Hungry: Essays on Motherhood
By: Juliet Johnson
Becoming a mother turns a person inside out. Your heart’s in a lunchbox. Your body and time belong to someone you barely know, a parasitic thief, a rude gobbling shrieker who outwits and foils you at every turn. You forget to mind.
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Pregnancy

new born child A Child Is Born
By Lennart Nilsson
This book enlightens anyone who wants to explore the miracle of a human being's coming to life. A collective work of a famous photographer and an obstetrician, the book examines the miracle of birth from the point of conception to the moment of delivery. It is not just a story of birth, however, but a pictorial, informative journey.
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Due Dads , The Man’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy.
DVD
Most fathers-to-be will politely page through the pregnancy books their wives give them and throw them in a drawer. Dads like to learn on the job. For an alternate approach, you can check out the recommended pregnancy for men DVD Due Dads , The Man’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy. Due dads need to know everything behind the scenes in a pregnancy, with a heavy dose of guy humor thrown in.
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cesarean births Cesarean Recovery
By: Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy
As the name implies, the primary focus of the book is upon speeding the healing process following a surgical birth. It is organised chronologically beginning with a background on the actual procedure and what to expect in the first 24 hours including excellent advice on breastfeeding positions that are most comfortable after a caesarean.
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Sign Language Books

Signing Smart for Babies and Toddlers Signing Smart for Babies and Toddlers:  A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide
By: Michelle E. Anthony and Reyna Lindert
Pub: St. Martin's Griffin
There you are standing in the supermarket line and your toddler is all primed up to have a tantrum. What do you do? Run and hide - or take the advice of the authors of 'Signing Smart for Babies and Toddlers' and teach your hearing baby how to use sign language to help lessen the effect!
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My wife tells me she had a vague notion that signing would be a good idea ever since her sister told her about a TV program she saw where non-verbal toddlers could communicate what they needed.
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baby sign language

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk
Linda Acredolo, Susan Goodwyn
Reviewed by: Kelly
One part of Baby Signs did not sit well with me, but it's just one paragraph out of the whole book. The authors recommend the "Baby Signs Video for Babies" as a way to teach babies more signs, then go on to say...
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teach you baby sign language Sign With Your Baby: How to Communicate With Infants Before They Can Speak
By: Joseph Garcia
A major benefit of this book is that the text to read is less than 50 pages, and that's nothing to shake a stick at when you're a parent with little uninterrupted reading time. The rest of the book is a glossary of signs.
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Sleep Reference Books

On Becoming Baby Wise  On Becoming Baby Wise Book: The Classic Sleep Reference Guide Used by Over 1,000,000 Parents Worldwide
By: Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
The back cover of 'On Becoming Baby Wise' states that it is an "exciting infant management plan that successfully and naturally trains children to sleep through the night before the age of eight weeks." Now what parent wouldn't want their baby to sleep through the night from the age of eight weeks?
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Spiritual Parenting

spiritual parenting Raising a Child with Soul: How Time-Tested Jewish Wisdom Can Shape Your Child's Character
By: Slovie Jungreis-Wolff
St. Martin's Griffin, (2009)

This book is a hybrid of sorts; combining practical parenting guidelines along with a delicious selection of poignant stories and a vast array of Torah related concepts that are presented with a palpable degree of warmth and love.
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jewish children books    The Sun's Special Blessing
By: Sandy Wasserman and Ann D. Koffsky (illustrator)
Pitspopany Press (2009)

In this cogently written and beautifully illustrated book for children , author Sandy Wasserman takes her young readers along on an inspirational and sanguine journey with a class of third graders who learn profound lifetime lessons; namely that as much as things change with time, certain things always remain the same.
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spiritual parenting         Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
By Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas and Jan Devor

AMACOM (2009)
This is a great book for the parent, or therapist who is trying to teach good ethics from outside the umbrella of organized religion. I enjoyed the section on encouraging, a child's natural interest and curiosity in the world around them along with the chapter's activities.
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Toddlers

         The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition
By: Dr. Harvey Karp
I think Dr. Karp has some excellent advice on how to understand the inner workings of a toddler brain, and how to communicate with your toddler. I’ve already tested his advice on my own little guy and it works. The basic principal is learning what Karp refers to as “Toddler-ese,” which is the language all toddlers speak. In a nutshell, that means communicating with your toddler with his own limited vocabulary and body language, thus letting him know you understand why he’s upset.
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