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  • Steven P. Shelov: The American Academy of Pediatrics' Caring for your Baby and young Child. Birth to age 5, 1991, 1998, Bantam Books. - Personal recommendation. 4.5 stars. 86 reviews 1 .
    Subject to extensive review by Academy members, this handbook on the early years of a child's life is comprehensive, authoritative, and interesting.
    It's the closest one can get to having a live-in pediatrician.
  • Alia Y. Antoon, Denise M. Tompkins: A Parent's Quick Reference to Baby's Health: Birth to Age Five. 2000. 5 stars. 5 reviews.
    A comprehensive guide to symptoms and treatments for common childhood illnesses and injuries. Antoon M.D., is an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, and affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
  • Louise Bates Ames: The Gesell Institute of Human Development books - Your One-Year-Old, Your Two-Year-Old, ... - 4 - 4.5 stars - Physician recommended.
    During his years as director of the child development institute at Yale University, Arnold Gesell pioneered techniques for observation of infants, children, and adolescents. He emphasized the kinds of norms or behaviors found to be associated with certain ages. It lists typical developmental changes thru the time period covered and explains how different personalities handle each stage of development. It's strength is in giving comfort to parents that they are probably doing a pretty good job. Some reviews complained that it was repetitive.
  • Miriam Stoppard: Baby & Child A to Z Medical Handbook/Parents Easy Reference Guide to Children's Illnesses, Symptoms, and Treatment, 1992 - Personal recommendation. 4 stars 7 reviews.
    A section on caring for sick children covers everything from taking their temperatures to keeping them busy when they are bedridden. Tips for home and car safety and directions for administering first aid. Good supplement to a more technical book.
  • Linda Acredolo, et al: Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, Rev. Ed. 2002 - Personal recommendation. 4-stars. 106 reviews.
    Acredelo (psychology, Univ. of California, Davis) in research from a NIH grant conclude that babies who are taught to use signs to express basic ideas (e.g., fingers to the lips for eat, fingers raised in a V for bunny) before they can say the words are both happier because they can communicate with others and more adept at speaking once they begin to acquire language.
    Related books are: My First Baby Signs , Baby Signs for Mealtime, SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide.
  • The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive, Dan Siegel
    A new approach to fostering calmer, happier children who can be more fully themselves.
    Siegel says parents can apply how the brain functions to everyday situations and turn outbursts, arguments, and fear into a chance for emotional growth.
  • Gary Ezzo, Robert Bucknam: On Becoming Baby Wise - Personal recommendation. 3 stars - 555 reviews.
  • Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby. - Personal recommendation. 3.5 stars - 380 reviews
  • Kevin Leman: First-Time Mom, 2004
    A family psychologist, talk show host and author, Leman is strongest when dealing with the emotional and psychological aspects of parenting, such as bonding, playtime and discipline. Some readers may find Leman's opinions dated and chauvinistic (stay-at-home Mom and passive Dad). Personal recommendation. 3.5 stars. 3 reviews.
  • William Sears, Martha Sears: "The Baby Book: Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby From Birth To Age Two" (1993, 2003)
    This is the first title to discuss high-touch/attachment parenting in such detail.
    Topics discussed range from birth and feeding to child safety and basic medical care. 4 stars, 509 reviews.
  • Book List at Paula Burch's Site
  • Consumer Reports Best Baby Products - Mar 2004
1. Reviews are customer reviews from Amazon. They are very subjective and can be biased. The number of reviews may be indicative of popularity, but in some cases the reviews only refer to revised editions. e.g. "Your One-to-Two-Year-Old" was revised and split into two books.

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Magazine Ages Rating (# reviews) Highlights Hello 0-2 5.0 (5) Ranger Rick Club 0-4 4.7 (13) Highlights High Five 2-6 4.8 National Geographic Little Kids 3-6 4.2 (31) Ranger Rick Jr 4-7 4.9 (71) National Geographic kids 6 and up 4.7 (149) Highlights Game On 6-12 4.8 Ranger Rick 7-12 4.9 As of Nov 2021 (Your big Backyard is not available now) (Nickelodeon is not available now) Kids Magazines| Childrens magazines at

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