In deciding what to give at a baby shower to my friend's daughter who is expecting for the first-time, it probably will come as no surprise that I'm choosing some parenting books. Here are my choices:
1. "Your Baby and Child," by Penelope Leach. The mom-to-be actually has this on her baby registry list and it made me smile to see that my friend Penelope, who I've interviewed many times over the years and shared tea with at the old Ritz in Boston, was still making a new mom's must-read list. I couldn't agree more!
2. "Your Baby Is Speaking to You," by Dr. Kevin Nugent. I love this book, I've been waiting to have someone to buy it for since it was published last year. This is not a typical parenting book, in fact, it's almost a cocktail table book with gorgeous photos by Abelardo Morell and an artsy format that you can dip into, reading only a page at a time. That alone is a sure sign that the author knows not only about babies but also about the life of a baby's parents. Nugent is director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital, Boston.
3. "You Raising Your Child, The Owner's Manual from first breath to first grade," by Michael F. Roizen, Md, and Mehmet C. Oz, Md. This is one of those big, all-encompassing books, and I like it for its combination of simple explanations, practicality and common sense.
4. "Put Yourself in Their Shoes, Understanding how your children see the world," by Barbara Meltz. You didn't think I would have a list of books and not include my own, did you? It's not written for parents of newborns -- it kicks in at the tantrum stage -- but surely
it belongs on every parent's night stand, don't you think?
I hope you'll share your suggestions for books for new parents.