I get a newsletter from The Skinny Scoop about all kinds of parenting topics, and this post made me think about parenting books and how many we buy and either don’t read, or read a chapter of and file it away. In our new house which is sorely lacking bookshelf space (see Lauren’s photo of my book closet), I took a precious shelf and dedicated it to parenting books I’ve bought or received over the years. It runs the gamut from fertility books to pregnancy books to baby naming books to taking care of baby books, and finally (lucky us!) to books about having and raising twins. Many didn’t make a lasting impression, and some turned me off completely with their alarmist and ultra conservative advice, but there are definitely a few I’ve passed on (mostly about sleep training) like The Baby Sleep Solution, which helped us get our twins sleeping through the night in a flexible way, and Twinspiration, a smart, realistic guide for parents of twins which should get a prize for most clever title.
What are your favorite parenting books, and which ones did you hate?