My TOP FIVE Recommendations for Infant-Related Books
The First Twelve Months of Life: Your Baby's Growth Month by Month by Frank Caplan
"For over twenty years this has helped parents understand their new babies: enjoy an updated classic which has been newly revised with the latest research for new parents, documenting a baby's first 12 months of changes and including monthly growth charts, answers to common concerns, and overviews of what to anticipate in a baby's life." -- Midwest Book Review
The Mommy Manual: Planting Roots That Give Your Children Wings by Barbara Curtis, a Montessori teacher and homeschool mom!
"I can't recommend this book enough to all new moms (and older ones too). It is truly one of the best books, if not THE best, out there to help moms ENJOY those early years of mothering. "My advice? Buy at least 5 copies. One for yourself and four more to give out at Baby Showers." (Amazon.com customer review.)
"I loved this book! If I had the money I would buy one for every mom I know! The author had so many great ideas about being a parent and how to raise your children in a way that will encourage them to be all that God has for them. I felt very inspired after reading this to try to be more patient and enjoy every minute with my daughter, even when she insists on doing things her way :). I have started modifying things around the house so she can do things more independently and she really does beam when she accomplishes a new task. I encourage you to get a copy of this book and start trying some of the suggestions! I'm already looking forward to rereading this again." (Amazon.com customer review.)
The Second Twelve Months of Life: Your Baby's Growth Month By Month by Frank Caplan
"This book, along with the authors' book The First Twelve Months of Life, are my two favorite books on infant development. It explains how babies perceive the world and how they progress in their development, month by month. These books helped me when my own kids were babies and they're the books that I give as gifts to new parents."--Amazon.com reviewer
Active Learning for Infants
"Provides a winning combination of information and activities that help children develop their minds and bodies in a safe and healthy environment. Incorporate "active" learning into the curriculum with ease using the complete planning guide with a clean format describing activities and appropriate materials, and a resource and skills checklist. Plus icons identifying developmental stages and suggestions for language development and interaction help teachers direct student progress. Use the series to update programs, train new staff, or develop teaching units." --Amazon.com
"Brilliant book. We had a physio check up just to be sure all was OK and she loved the book too so we will be buying the next in the series. Great ideas and easy to understand and use without buying anything." --Amazon.com reviewer
Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less (Reprint Edition)
"In Einstein Never Used Flashcards highly credentialed child psychologists, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D., offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It's a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it's better than drilling academics!
"Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts, and addressing the key areas of development-math, reading, verbal communication, science, self-awareness, and social skills-the authors explain the process of learning from a child's point of view. They then offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun--yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn."--Amazon.com
"I love this book. It takes a lot of the pressure off parents to 'create' an intelligent child -- love your baby and play with him or her. Learning should be fun, not rote memorization.I like that the authors explain in plain English the science behind their theories and provide real-life examples. They also provide practical exercises to put their approach to work. Definitely worth a read. I plan to wear my copy out as I'll refer back to it while my little girl grows up."--Amazon Reviewer