Often parents read a range of books before baby is born and know what to expect with the main areas of breastfeeding, bathing and general care and development of a baby. However babies soon grow up and new challenges appear on the horizon. We then hope that baby will master sleeping, feeding, dressing and playing independently. Whilst baby is also learning to talk, wash themselves and may be starting nursery.
All these new skills to learn can be very tiring and frustrating for baby so all sorts of behaviour problems can pop up startling tired and weary parents who just want the best for their baby. It can be difficult to figure out what the baby needs and what they just want in that moment.
The good thing is that this change is so gradual from 6 months onwards. Lots of people hear about the terrible 2's and think they won't need to deal with tantrums and such till then. Unfortunately it can be a gradual downward slope or uphill toll which starts from around 6 months to 1 year.
Knowing what to expect and how to deal with the issues that might arise, can ease your mind and prevent accidental parenting. Accidental parenting is when you choose the easy option today only to make the next 6 months or so difficult.
5 Books to Prevent Grey Hairs
I recommend these 5 books which spread some light on this new and tricky era, they are all easy to read, encouraging and insightful:
by Elizabeth Pantley
If you haven't read this book already, its a fantastic book full of helpful ideas to sort out any lingering sleep problems.
Weaning can appear scary, there are many recipe books out there full of recipes you can figure out yourself. Just start with vegetables mainly and some fruit, either steamed/roasted sticks or pureed. Then move onto versions of meals you cook yourself just without salt or sugar, gradually making everything a little thicker.
- This book is excellent for introducing baby to a wide range of flavours using herbs and spices to encourage healthy attitudes to food.
by Joanna Faber
An easy to read book full of effective alternatives to shouting at your child all day.
by Gary Chapman
An insightful book to help you understand why your toddler is hanging onto your trousers and whining. Provides a helpful understanding of children so you and your baby can feel happy, loved and content.
by Philippa Perry
Positive ideas about parenting and family while preventing you from becoming a clone of your pwn parents.
Enjoy discovering new ideas, strategies and solutions. While remembering to pick and choose what you like from parenting books. Your instinct is the wisest person around.