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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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)."
"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.""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."