We know that no single book has all the answers when it comes to good parenting. Even experts disagree on the best practices. Still, we know it can be helpful to read the parenting classics, so here are some bestsellers to consider.
Two competing books offer some good insights on sleep issues.
Dr. Richard Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems became famous for “Ferber-izing” your baby. This is also known as the “Cry It Out Method.” Dr. Ferber gives step-by-step instructions, and this book is still considered one of the gold standards when it comes to getting a child to sleep through the night and nap during the day.
Taking a counter-approach is The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley.
It is set up like a workbook, allowing parents to review options and put together a customized sleep plan unique to their baby’s needs.
For those who want to gather information at an earlier point, there is the bestselling series, What to Expect When you’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
Nearly 90 percent of pregnant women read these books, and more than 34 million copies have been sold in the last 30 years. The books in this series are revised to provide up-to-date advice, including information about every stage of pregnancy.
Remember, it’s best to trust your own heart and your own judgment. No one knows your body or your children better than you do. You may not feel like the ultimate expert, but when it comes to your children, you truly are.