The Happiest Baby on The Block by Harvey Karp, MD

The essential early-days-of-infant-care manual — quick tips for helping soothe your baby and your nerves. Karp is famous for his “5 S” system: Swaddling, Shushing, Swinging, Side / Stomach Lying, and Sucking.

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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracey Hogg (and Melinda Blau)

Great insight into the power of routines to help you understand your baby’s needs, and carve out time to take care yours, too. Her greatest gift to parents was her EASY system: Eat, Activity, Sleep, YOU TIME!

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The Sleepeasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack

Best sleep-training advice out there. Offers a clear guide for establishing consistent bedtime and naptime routines — including sample nap schedules — as well as a fool-proof and gentle method for night-weaning. Fantastic resource.

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The Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, PhD

If you read no other book about parenting, I implore you: read this. Your kids’ futures — our nation’s future, really — depends on our ability to teach our children to strive for greatness, and pick themselves up again if/when they fail, so they can try again. A wonderful, brilliant, profound read. Every word is absolute genius.

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