Recommended Reading

These are books and web sites that have been helpful to me as I try to be the best mama I can be. I receive no compensation for these recommendations, unless otherwise specified.


  • The Baby Book by Dr. William Sears, et. al.
  • The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears
  • The Discipline Book by William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N. (currently reading)
  • Also see the rest of the Sears family library. There are many books on a variety of family-related topics. Though I have not personally read them all, I have received recommendations from others. I have found everything I have read from the Sears family to be thoughtful, well-supported, and practical.
  • Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka – A gentle and respectful approach to parenting kids who are “more” everything. This is an easy read, with practical suggestions from the very beginning that can be applied right away, while still working through the book.
  • Oh Crap. Potty Training by Jaime Glowacki – A gentle way for children between 18 and 30 months to achieve potty independence. Peanut learned to use the potty in about 5 days at about 23 months old, thanks to this method. (This is an affiliate link. Almost a year after I wrote about using this book to PT Peanut, they created an affiliate program. I figured I may as well become an affiliate since I recommend it anyway!)
  • EC Simplified by Andrea Olson – A wonderful breakdown of elimination communication, also known as infant potty training. We attempted the methods with Peanut and found them pretty straight-forward. The only reason we weren’t successful with EC’ing Peanut is that we started trying too late, when he was already capable of fully potty training. So we switched to Jamie Glowacki’s Oh Crap. Potty Training methods.

Web Sites

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