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A guide by K. Salinger, MSN, FNP, RN AHN-BC (Bay Area, California)
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Attachment Parenting, sometimes also called instinctive parenting or continuum concept parenting, is a style of parenting that is more natural as demonstrated by historical, anthropological, psychological and emotional evidence. It involves listening to your baby's cues, breastfeeding on demand, holding baby in arms or against your body whenever possible (using slings or other body baby carriers), co-sleeping, plus other activities and natural health concepts. The following books are great resources for attachment parenting, natural parenting and breastfeeding:

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth - excellent guide to prepare you for making better pregnancy and birth choices. Do you really need an amnio? a CVS? or other prenatal tests? Read this to help you better decide what makes the most sense for you.

Gentle Birth Choices - another great resource for gentle birth choices

Business of Being Born, The - an EXCELLENT DVD comparing natural birth vs. medicalized birth.

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development) - Excellent background on the "why's" of attachment parenting. A bit dated, but absolutely worth the read. A top favorite book!

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent - excellent summary on the "why's" of attachment parenting and why it is the true "normal" way to parent. One of my favorite books!

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) - If you buy only one book on parenting your new baby, THIS is the best one to get. It covers everything a new parent wants to know from an attachment parenting (AP) perspective. Again, another favorite!

The Nursing Mother's Companion: Revised Edition - Best book for new mothers on breastfeeding. If you buy only one let it be this one.

Magical Parent Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting - Incredible book on parenting from a natural perspective. I learned just as much about myself as parenting by reading this!

Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Our Children - more on the natural vs. culture clash on parenting

Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep - discusses those nighttime sleep issues common to parents (many of which don't exist if you co-sleep!)

Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!) - wonderful book on co-sleeping by a GREAT physician! He has a great website as well.

Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out - Waldorf is a wonderful, natural education style.

Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls—Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins - EXCELLENT book! If you have a girl you absolutely must read this!

If you only buy a couple books, get these:

Expecting parents:

The thinking Woman's guide
The Baby book by Sears
Our babies ourselves

New parents:

The baby book by Sears
Our babies ourselves
Nursing woman's companion

Parents of older babies/children:

Magical parent, magical child
Kids: How biology & culture shape...
Girls on the edge (if you have a girl)
Waldorf education - a parent's guide

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2.  Gentle Birth Choices  by Barbara Harper
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4.  The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development)  by Jean Liedloff
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5.  Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent  by Meredith F. Small
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7.  The Nursing Mother's Companion: Revised Edition [Deluxe Edition]  by Kathleen Huggins
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8.  Magical Parent Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting  by Joseph Chilton Pearce
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9.  Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Our Children  by Meredith F. Small
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10.  Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep  by William Sears
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11.  Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!)  by Jay Gordon
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12.  Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out  by Jack Petrash
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13.  Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls—Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins  by Leonard Sax
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