Good Parenting Books/DVDs for the Toddler Years

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Anyone have any recommendations? As we're approaching full-on toddlerhood w/ Sylvie, I'm digging around for some good things to read/watch ... The one thing I've got is this "Happiest Toddler on the Block" book, but I haven't read it yet.

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

The What to Expect Toddler Years book is pretty thorough and informative. I found the Harvey Karp books to be kind of unhelpful - at least the infant books anyway.

Darin, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

oh yeah, we've got the What To Expect toddler years -- forgot about that, someone gave it to us a million years ago. Some of the Harvey Karp stuff we found helpful, though a lot of it didn't really apply to us in the end.

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

I find the Harvey Karp white noise CD very helpful.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:53 (eleven years ago) link

The video was kinda meh though and I wasn't going to bother with the book at that point.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:53 (eleven years ago) link

Maybe I should start a noise band called Harvey Karp

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

You should totally play songs called "Fast Hair Drier - Frantic Babies" and "Moderate - Gradual Calm" if you do.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:58 (eleven years ago) link

it'd be interesting -- like a kids noise band? we'd play shows and all the babies would just pass out.

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:00 (eleven years ago) link

Well only if they were properly swaddled.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

My daughter HATED being swaddled, shaken - all that stuff, so a lot of his advise felt like pie in the sky and unrealistic. The white noise totally worked for a while though.

Darin, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:38 (eleven years ago) link

our baby loved the swaddling (at least for a while), but the shaking thing never seemed to work quite right for us. the shushing thing worked pretty well.

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:44 (eleven years ago) link

My baby will literally wake himself up almost instantaneously if not swaddled so I have swaddling to thank for me actually sleeping at night. White noise has also been awesome. Football holding is basically nonsense as far as I can tell and shaking also seems to have limited utility.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:06 (eleven years ago) link

i haven't read a word of parenting books since louis was like 10 months old. he just turned 2. am i being neglectful? am i in for a rude awakening? will i be running to the library soon?

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

I have decided not to buy any books.

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 6 January 2011 16:42 (eleven years ago) link

i dunno, just with toddlerhood coming, it seemed like i needed to get acquainted with some of the stuff that is ahead

tylerw, Friday, 7 January 2011 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

I sort of feel the same way but I'm just lazy I guess? I've browsed a few of these but something about the tone always puts me off.

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 9 January 2011 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

I was constantly reading baby books in the first year, but not as much, now that Chloe is 17 months. Seems like everything is more intuitive now. TBH, I mainly reach for them now when she gets sick or if I need to figure out how to address something specifically.

Darin, Tuesday, 11 January 2011 16:09 (eleven years ago) link


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