Raising a Healthy Child: 5 Books Parents Should Own

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Are you relatively new to parenthood and want all your questions answered? Discover 5 ND-approved books to help navigate your journey!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Naturopathic Doctor or any type of health care practitioner on hand 24/7 as you raise your baby? It’s not surprising that new parents have many questions as they navigate parenthood. To help answer some of those questions you want answered in the early hours of the morning – I’ve curated a list of my favourite books:

On food introduction… Sprout Right by Lianne Phillipson-Webb

When mothers visit me and are ready to talk about food introduction, I always refer this book to them! This book is written by Lianne Phillipson-Webb, a registered nutrition consultant, who aims to answer all your questions about nutrition during your baby’s first few years. This book goes into depth about the connection between a baby’s digestive and immune systems – and what breastfeeding and natural birth have to do with a healthy immune system. Lastly, not only does she provide fantastic recipes, she discusses food introduction and provides various handouts to document the process. One thing to keep in mind with this book is using agave syrup in the recipes, I would personally replace it with honey (for children older than a year old or maple syrup) as agave can raise blood sugar levels similar to high-fructose corn syrup.

On any and all ailments… Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand

Don’t fret if you think your child is coming down with something! This book encompasses almost all common concerns that parents may be faced with as their child develops. It discusses the pathology behind common ailments (such as ear aches, colic, constipation, etc.) and what you can do to treat them. My only recommendation is that, it would be best to use a tincture or homeopathic remedy under the supervision of a Naturopathic Doctor, as these treatments are commonly prescribed based on the patient and nature of the ailment. Nevertheless the nutrition and lifestyle tips are easy to use and implement, as well as the preventative advice!

On how to get a good night’s sleep… The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Are you worried that you and your child won’t get a good night’s sleep until they’re a toddler? This book aims to put your baby asleep without crying throughout the night! Elizabeth Pantley breaks down a good nights sleep into ten easy steps – from sleep safety to a sleep plan. While there are many client testimonials within the pages of this book, the information provided especially in the safety section can prove to be a great resource for parents! This book also breaks down a baby’s sleep cycle, recommendations of how long a child should sleep, and sleep logs to fill out to determine a sleep plan.

On developing happy and healthy brains… The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Did you know that our brain finishes its development at the age of 25? This gives parents plenty of time to ensure that they can raise well-rounded and happy children. However, since we often find it difficult to get into a child’s head this book aims to provide parents and caregivers with the tools needed to unite both left and right brains! This book has strategies that can be used based on the various ages of child development. Moreover, a helpful guide is even provided at the end of the book on integrating concepts such as memory, self and others, and right and left brain.

On breastfeeding… Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

For mothers with the ability to breastfeed, this book is a great resource about breastfeeding from birth until weaning. Ina May Gaskin, a renowned midwife not only covers the anatomy of the female breast and the hormones associated with it, she also talks about the different breast-feeding positions, proper latching and strategies around common concerns with breastfeeding.

Have you come across any great books that have helped navigate your parenthood journey? Let us know in the comments below!

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