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The best baby books based on psychology and brain research

Happy Mommy
The list author says: "The first three years are extremely important when it comes to your baby's future emotional wellbeing and brain development. If you are looking for baby/parenting books that focus on attachment, psychology, and neuroscience rather than "baby-training" (don't buy into cry-it-out methods and other harmful practices) here are some great books."
Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3
Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3
"My favorite baby book! Well-written and researched. Supports a positive parenting approach and truly helps brain development. Covers all of the important things from attachment, playing, reading, to talking. Written by a professor in a Psychology in Education dept. Her personal story is also touching."
The Science of Parenting
The Science of Parenting
"Anonther top pick!  A must-have book for every parent! Filled with pictures and highlights, it reads like a really fun and easy (but very informative) textbook.  Great research behind the need to respond to your baby's cries (explains why letting babies cry it out is damaging) and great advice for dealing with things like tantrums.  Written by a child psychotherapist."
Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start
Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start
"Absolutely wonderful and very psychologically-sound!  Helps you understand your baby's feelings, needs, and temperament.  Provides great advice to help your baby grow up with a secure attachment.  Well-researched and well-organized.  It is a must read!  Written by 2 psychologists (they also wrote Baby Minds but this book is much more important)."
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
"Half-done and loving this new book so far!  I'll update when I'm done but so far I'm really enjoying the author's writing style (he's funny and empathic) and have learned some new important info."
What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings
What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings
"Great guide to being more empathic and truly understanding your child's emotional needs.  Written by a psychoanalyst."
Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
"A fascinating read, especially if you are really interested in psychology and seeing what kind of parenting could potentially lead to certain mental disorders.  If you prefer a "how to" book, the other book I recommended, Science of Parenting, might be better though.  Written by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist."
Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
"A truly powerful book about a very important aspect of attachment.  Written by a psychologist.  Psychologists will definitely appreciate this book.  Forward by Margaret Mahler!"
Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence And Emotional Growth In Babies And Young Children
Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence And Emotional Growth In Babies And Young Children
"Some great info.  The book could have been organized better but there are some gems in there.  Written by a  psychologist."
Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points
Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points
"Great info on brain development, toxins, nutrition, and baby games.  Better than the title suggests.  Written by a neurologist."
Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn-- And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn-- And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
"Great book.  Shows you that playing games is how babies learn.  Provides lots of game ideas."
What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
"Interesting book.  Neat IQ stats/charts.  Recommends being very nurturing, responsive, attentive as well as providing an enriching environment and setting age appropriate limits.  The only part of the book I didn't like it when it described an experiment spinning a baby in a swivel chair, which I think could possibly be dangerous depending on how fast you go or stop (so don't try at home)."
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
"I bought this book when I had my 2nd baby.  Great info but it basically repeats what my favorite book says (Bright from the Start).  Stimulation, attention, attachment, being responsive, and not letting baby "cry it out.""
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
"A must!!!  Especially if you have a fussy baby.  Jiggling and using water or a vent fan as white noise definitely worked for both of my babies.  You might need to modify the techniques for you baby but they are definitely helpful."
Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies
Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies
"Great dvd when you have a newborn.  Helps you understand why your baby may be crying.  My first baby would make the "eh" sound when she needed to be burped and the "neh" sound when she was hungry.  It definitely worked but only during the first 3 months.  Not sure if I agree that all evening crying is due to gas though.  I think that's where the "Happiest Baby on the Block" dvd comes in handy."
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
"Informative and a much needed alternative to the harsh method of letting your baby "cry it out.""
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
"A good resource for the first 2 years.  Remember that you can modify some of the attachment parenting suggestions as long as you are responsive to your baby. I also used "What to Expect the First Year" but IGNORED any baby-training or sleep-training advice."
The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
"Great advice on setting limits without inhibiting your curious baby/toddler.  Some books by Dr. Sears are a bit redundant but this one is very informative and useful."
The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
"Good book.  Written by a psychologist."
Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition
Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition
"Great book!  Signing with your baby can definitely improve his/her language skills, cognitive abilities, confidence, and bond with you."
Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home
Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home
"A great resource.  Helps you make healthier choices (from healthy cosmetics during pregnancy to nontoxic cleaning products).  Some of the celebrities' personal stories are inspiring."
Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Foods and Herbs - Build Milk Supply, Boost Immunity, Lift Depression, Detox, Lose Weight, Optimize a Baby's IQ, and Reduce Colic and Allergies
Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Foods and Herbs - Build Milk Supply, Boost Immunity, Lift Depression, Detox, Lose Weight, Optimize a Baby's IQ, and Reduce Colic and Allergies
"A helpful guide."
Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence
Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence
"Good book full of great bits of info about food and the brain.  Has full color pictures of the recipes.  Motivating and yummy.  Better suited for cooking for yourself until your baby is older but a good investment."
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
"Insightful, fascinating, and relevant! Although it discusses older children more, it is really about different types of parenting. Will definitely help you become a better parent! Especially helpful are the warnings about hovering, solving all of your child's problems, constant praising rather than true warmth, and expecting your child to be a star. Written by a psychologist from Marin County."
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
"Great book when you have a sensitive child.  Written by a teacher."
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
"Wonderful book!  After reading it you will be convinced that reading to your child is the best gift you could give him or her."
SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years
SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years
"I just starting reading this book with baby #2.  So far it is really good.  The only things I don't like so far are the title and the chapter on sleep.  She advocates crying-it-out and tries to justify it but I think that it may be because she has twins and it is easier for her.  Routines are great but crying it out isn't.  The rest of the book is pretty good."
Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age
Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age
"Great book.  Good for parenting preschoolers and older children."
For Crying Out Loud!
For Crying Out Loud!
"I actually don't have this CD but wish I had it when my babies were younger (ages 0-3 months).  My first baby loved running water and my second loved the bathroom fan.  Wish I had this CD instead.  The reviews are great."