New Parent

Baby Book: Everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two by Dr. Sears and the family

NOT EVERYTHING that one needs to know about their baby, but this book contains a good deal of information (conventional, but compassionate) on parenting your baby. It is huge and heavy too. Some find it too judgmental (sling your baby and co-sleep or s/he will not develop her or his full potential), but I don’t think Dr. Sears is actually trying to convey that message, after all they only did figure it out when the baby No 4 came along (they had 4 or 5 more children eventually to perfect their method.)

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm

This is the book I use the most, as it offers herbal treatment options for most childhood illnesses and ailments, as well as a section on enhancing your child’s immunity. If you want a book on vaccines (pretty much anti-vaccine) there is one by Aviva Romm too: “Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives” and a more conventional (but understanding of parents who don’t wish to vaccinate) “Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives” by Robert Sears (Dr. Sear’s son)

Doctor Mom’s Natural Healthcare for Children: Alternative Medicine for Injuries and Diseases by Kathy Duerr

This book is thin and resourceful, kind of the short version of Aviva’s book on natural treatments. I try to take it with me if I go on a trip with my children and don’t want to log the above mentioned book with me (which is a bit bulky). There is quite a lot of information on the use of homeopathy (but if you want a book on homeopathy – then try to get hold of Family Guide to Homeopathy by Alain Horvilleur. It is out of print, but can be found in used books on amazon.com and offers a lot of good insight into the subject and specific treatments).

Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize your cavities and repair your teeth naturally with good food by Ramiel Nagel.

It is one of the rare books out there, that actually says that there is something you can do about your teeth even after they are already damaged. There is a whole section on children too. And it is not all about correct brushing, but more about what one eats. I have several problems with the book: author is very touch on sugar, even in fruit, but I believe that fruit in season (from the garden) were meant to be eaten in big quantities, and he also promotes taking pills (fish oil and butter, but all the same) on top of improving the diet, which does not sit well with me, and does not have a very broad understanding of herbal treatments, but all in all it is a very good book to have when you have little children with tiny teeth (you for your teeth too). More about the approach here.

And last, but not least Brain, Child Magazine. It is strictly speaking not a book, but it is a resource (paper and online) that makes you feel that there is more to you than just a diaper changing or a nursing machine, in fact, that you are a thinking person. It is the only literary magazine that reflects on parenting. Brain, Child is subtitled: “The Magazine for Thinking Mothers”, but there is a lot of information that would interest fathers too (my husband reads it occasionally). It was founded by two mothers who had young children and an itch to reflect on their motherhood in a professional way (they both had journalism background). They say that what they aim at is to be down-to-earth, literary, commonsensical, neither too establishment nor too crunchy, funny, poignant, honest, respectful, irreverent, relevant, intelligent. There are personal essays, in-depth features, a debate, a parody, fiction and book reviews.  It is available at independent bookstores, Barnes & Noble superstores, Borders, and select grocery stores around the U.S. and Canada. Brain, Child comes out on quarterly basis. I highly recommend it, especially the paper version, as it can be read while your baby is taking a nap in the stroller and you have just a very short time to spend for yourself.

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