The Best Parenting Books on Kids & Toddlers Compared in 2018

Your brain is overflowing with questions, and they are coming as fast as a new parent. You didn’t know your brain could move so fast or ask so many questions all at once! Most of those questions are practical questions, but then some of them roll into your feelings and your hormones are all jumbled so some questions just don’t make sense. But they flood your mind. You have feelings of intense love bringing this new life into the world, but you grieve necessary relationship readjustments, such as you now have someone new to take care of, your only child is no longer the only child, how is hubby going to fit into this new, additional relationship? You may grieve that you have to share ‘you and me’ time that was just you and your child. Now it’s you and your children. How will that affect that relationship?

If this is your first child, you are learning new things. Maybe you have kids already and this is a new addition. Then you pretty much know what’s coming with the next child. But you still have questions. Where do you get advice? The answer is: from ANY credible source you can find. This list of the best parenting books in 2018 definitely has valuable information.

Last Updated: July 6, 2018
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This page has been updated to reflect new better parenting books on the market, utilizing our new higher standards for criteria we ensured all items met that criteria and added 3 new of the best books to our list.

Our Top 3 Picks

Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Financial Tips for Parents
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The Happiest Baby on the Block
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • An Essential for New Parents
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Teach Your Child to Read
  • Teach Your Child to Read
  • 4.3 out of 5
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  • 100 Easy Reading Lessons
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You want to do the best you can to have a successful family with strong relationships. One place you can find information is from parenting books. There are so many parenting books out there that we had to limit our list to a few of the top books – the most helpful. There are many books for parents and many opinions, and you don’t have to and shouldn’t take all the advice offered. You have to use the information that fits your kids and your lifestyle. So, bottom line: read up on what you need, then do what you feel is the best for your family. Feel it in your gut, and if it’s right, use it.
Here are the Best Parenting Books we could find, compiled into one article and reviewed for your convenience!

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Parenting Books

Books are a bit different than toys because the end user is you, the parent. Books are repositories of information, and you need this information to answer your questions about parenting and provide sources of verification so you have the comfort of feeling you are doing what is right for your child.

So, we can’t really analyze safety because everyone’s problems and questions are different. And the worst a book can do to you is give you a paper cut. And we are not here to judge the safety of the information found in these books. That is the job of the readers and critics.

We wanted to make sure everyone can read the books on our list, so we included books that people can pick up and read easily. We also made sure that there is a Kindle version of most of the books. Many people have eye problems, so we wanted to make sure people could read on Kindle where the print size is adjustable. There are diabetics and others out there with blurry vision, and sometimes bigger print helps. Or they may have dry eye or other conditions that obscure vision, we want that option for those readers.

We have chosen top rated books from buyer sources and considered the ratings and the comments. We chose the highest ratings and the most comments as our guide. We tried to choose from a variety of topics from finances to how to take care of a baby to how to relate to teenagers. We also tried to choose proven researchers from the author pool. There is no shortage of parenting books out there, but our list can only be so long without getting confusing. So readers need to choose their topic from their largest need and just absorb the info. Read the information to your baby. They like to hear your voice and you learn something. It’s called multitasking.

 How books help kids 

All parents know that their babies will grow and develop. Most parents are interested in how this is accomplished. The best source you have may be your pediatrician or pediatric nurse, but you can easily supplement or reinforce this information by reading books. The effort parents put into reading books, taking advice, and then implementing it is what helps kids. All of the information you read as a parent about taking care of your kids relates back to how children develop as they grow. The whys and wherefores of child development will help you understand why your child is doing what she’s doing, and then you can be a little more understanding when you talk to her.

Kids grow in from birth up to adulthood in three different areas: cognitive, physical, and emotional. In all of these areas, they grow from being completely dependent on adults for their survival to becoming independent. There are stages they voyage through as they grow, and you are on that voyage with them. All children go through these stages, but some grow faster than others, and they may grow faster or slower in each area. Kids are individuals, and even if you know what stage they are in, there may be different advice from professionals based on your child’s personality.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find large print books?

A: Amazon’s version of large print books is their Kindle device. There are some books on Amazon that are large print, but these are generally from 3rd party sellers, and you have to Google them to find them. If you don’t want the Kindle, your best bet is your local library. See if they can borrow the book from another library if your local library doesn’t have the book you are looking for.

Q: I want to raise my baby right so she has the best chance of success. But I don’t have a great deal of time to read. How can I get the information without having to read it?

A: Your best option, in this case, would probably be to listen to an audible version of the book. Amazon Audible is a great resource. You can also add the audible version to your purchase of a Kindle book. Then when you hear something you want to remember, you can just highlight it in the book. It won’t take as much time to find it later.

Q: How can I easily find specific information in parenting books?

A: Obviously, reading the book and taking notes is not helpful if you need the information fast, so start in the Table of Contents. Many the COT is extensive and you will easily find what you are looking for. Find the closest topic to your issue. Most non-fiction books have an Index. There the words/topics are listed in alphabetical order. Once you find your topic, you may find it is divided into subtopics, so pick what is closest to your issue and go to that page in the book.

Q: There are so many different parenting theories, how do I know which is right?

A: Yes it seems there are so many choices. There are two main styles of parenting, a permissive style, and the authoritative style. Permissive is more of a freedom based style. The authoritarian style is more rigid, implementing rules that must be followed. The uninvolved style means you are less involved in your child’s life. (Not recommended). So choose one of the styles by either making your own decision, consulting with your partner, ask the community, or continue your research. Think about what kind of person you want your child to grow up to be.

Most experts agree that the authoritarian style produces the most successful kids. It’s not as harsh at it sounds. It mainly means that parents set boundaries.

Q: My baby cries so much. What should I do?

A: First, check with your pediatrician and make sure it’s not a physical problem. Then, try the 5 S’s in “The Happiest Baby on the Block” as reviewed above in our list of the best parenting books. Try swaddling first.

Q: How do I know which book will answer my questions?

A: All of these best parenting books have excellent information. Choose the book that discusses your topic then check out the table of contents to see if it may meet your needs. Most of the books have the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. Read it to see if it’s got a narrative that speaks to you. Then the only thing you can do is read it. If it doesn’t meet your needs, you will just have to discover another book. Use our page here as a guide.

Sources

  1. Mum.info , 50 Of The Most Important Parenting Questions Answered, Online Article,
  2. Simon & Schuster Books, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Youtube Video,
  3. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Communication Skills That Build Better Relationships Between Adults and Children, Information Page,
  4. Paul Chernyak, LPC, How to Choose a Parenting Style, Wikipedia Page,
  5. Louise Bates Ames, Frances Ilg and Carol Chase Haber, Top Parenting Book Reviews, Informative Article,