The best baby books based on psychology and brain research

A Listmania! list by Happy Mommy (East Coast)
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 fromBirth to Age 3
1.  Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind fromBirth to Age 3 by Jill Stamm
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Science of Parenting
2.  The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland
The list author says:
  "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."
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Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start
3.  Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start by Susan Goodwyn
The list author says:
  "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)."
$14.36   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
4.  Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings
5.  What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings by Kalia Doner
The list author says:
  "Great guide to being more empathic and truly understanding your child's emotional needs.  Written by a psychoanalyst."
$13.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
6.  Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain by Sue Gerhardt
The list author says:
  "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."
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Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
7.  Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual by Louise J. Kaplan
The list author says:
  "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!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence And Emotional Growth In Babies And Young Children
8.  Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence And Emotional Growth In Babies And Young Children by Stanley I. Greenspan
The list author says:
  "Some great info.  The book could have been organized better but there are some gems in there.  Written by a  psychologist."
$16.21   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points
9.  Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points by Carol Colman
The list author says:
  "Great info on brain development, toxins, nutrition, and baby games.  Better than the title suggests.  Written by a neurologist."
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Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn-- And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
10.  Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn-- And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
The list author says:
  "Great book.  Shows you that playing games is how babies learn.  Provides lots of game ideas."
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What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
11.  What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot
The list author says:
  "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)."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
12.  Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power by Susan M. Heim
The list author says:
  "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.""
$13.97   Used & New from: $0.19
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
13.  The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer DVD ~ Dr. Harvey Karp
The list author says:
  "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."
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Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies
14.  Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies DVD ~ Dunstan Baby Language
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
15.  The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley
The list author says:
  "Informative and a much needed alternative to the harsh method of letting your baby "cry it out.""
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,408 customer reviews)

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
16.  The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) by Martha Sears
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
17.  The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten by Martha Sears
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
18.  The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory by Ruth P. Newton
The list author says:
  "Good book.  Written by a psychologist."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition
19.  Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition by Douglas Abrams
The list author says:
  "Great book!  Signing with your baby can definitely improve his/her language skills, cognitive abilities, confidence, and bond with you."
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Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home
20.  Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home by Christopher Gavigan
The list author says:
  "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."
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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
21.  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 by Hilary Jacobson
The list author says:
  "A helpful guide."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence
22.  Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence by Nicola Graimes
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
23.  The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
24.  Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
The list author says:
  "Great book when you have a sensitive child.  Written by a teacher."
$11.79   Used & New from: $4.30
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
25.  The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition by Jim Trelease
The list author says:
  "Wonderful book!  After reading it you will be convinced that reading to your child is the best gift you could give him or her."
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SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years
26.  SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years by Jenn Berman
The list author says:
  "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."
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Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age
27.  Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age by Daniel J. Kindlon
The list author says:
  "Great book.  Good for parenting preschoolers and older children."
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For Crying Out Loud!
28.  For Crying Out Loud! by Martha Stone
The list author says:
  "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."
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