For the first year of his life I referred to 'What to expect in the first year'. But I guess I need to move on and I like a good read anyway and to feel informed. I'd especially like to know more about what my job is during toddler years. We don't have any persistent problems besides DS's eczema. Please give me your views of what book/s are worthwhile.
Hmmm ... the next What to Expect is a useful read. Think it's called 'the toddler years.' Also I found the second installment of Tracy Hogg's 'The Baby Whisperer' was quite helpful. Then there's Stephen Green's 'Toddler Taming' which I found so/so, and rather problematic in places (i.e. he believes in smacking to a v. small degree). Can't think of any others offhand.
bits of it are very interesting although some parts made me ....dont know what the word is....
useful to dip into for an opinion...but not to be taken as gospel
in my humble opinion anyway!!
I borrowed a book by Miriam Stoppard from sil 0 to 5 I think it was, found it useful...local library is a good source (sure you've looked already) as there are so many books about bringing up children...often found that the one that seems to be saying to me, pick me has some use...sorry can't be more help.
I've just bought "The Baby Whisperer for Toddlers". (I'm getting prepared well in advance - DS is 9 months old!!) I think Tracey Hogg's ideas are great. I also like the "What to expect" books - used the pregnancy book and am still using the 1st year book. I think there might be a "What to expect - the Toddler years". Some of my friends think I'm crazy reading all these books, but I've found them really helpful. Maybe I'm just not a "natural" mother who knows how to do it all instinctively!!
The Social Toddler by The Children's Project is great IMO - it really helps you understand things from a toddler's point of view. I don't know if you can get it via Amazon but you can definitely buy it over the net - google The Social Toddler Children's Project.
I have recommended it several times and I know other people have found it interesting and useful.
aloha, I read The Social Baby before my daughter was born and I found it invaluable in preparing me for what to expect / how to try to communicate with her. Will try out the Social Toddler too. I'd forgotten there was a 'sequel'.
We have "The Social Toddler", as already mentioned. I also like most of "Toddler Taming" as there's a lot of stuff in it which has a "you haven't really got a problem, this is perfectly normal" approach, which is quite reassuring. I don't actually think I've come across any one which I'd choose to the exclusion of all others - try to read several and pick the bits which appeal out of all of them.
I really liked What to expect...the toddler years. Although American, v. useful, as long as you don't get too hung up on the milestones. Also good tips for food and toilet training.
Toddler Taming good to dip into.
Can anyone please recommend a book for age 3+, as I haven't found one yet, DD 3 in couple of months. TIA.XX
Well, I've been taking your advice and checking out Amazon, and (1) The Social Toddler was there (and I always like what Aloha has to say so ...), and then I thought I would get an (2)Annabel Karmel book (have heard lots of great things about her stuff on here), and then there were (3) some good books on things to do with toddlers (I worry that I'm not contributing much to his development at this stage), and then I thought given I've used the the previous 2 (4)what to expect books I should keep going with them ...
Does this sound like too many books (it probably will to my DH), plus I've put in for a used copy of the Dr Atherton book on Eczema.
To preread a few different books is a great idea. It means if something doesn't work you always have other ideas from other books and you always find somethings are more 'you' than others too.
I think I might join you dmum in some prep as dd 10months.