Dad to Dad: Parenting like a pro by David L. Hill, MD
Not your ordinary put-me-to-sleep pediatrician advice book, this guide is very engaging, with a casual guy-to-guy tone that many new and expectant fathers will relate to. As a father of three, Hill clearly understands what it’s like to struggle with a diaper change at 3 a.m. The book covers the newborn years through adolescence, with topics ranging from vaccinations to (gulp!) buying a daughter’s first bra.
9 months–5+ years
The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 recipes every mom needs in her back pocket by Katie Workman
Simple, easy-to-prepare recipes from an accomplished food writer (she’s the founder and editor in chief of cookstr.com) and mother of two who gets the challenges of cooking for kids. From soy-ginger flank steak to pigs in a blanket, she has go-tos for just about every palate and occasion. Commentary from a mother-in-the-know makes this more than just a cookbook; it’s almost like chatting with a friend.
It’s No Accident! Breakthrough solutions to your child’s wetting, constipation, UTIs, and other potty problems by Steve J. Hodges, MD, with Suzanne Schlosberg
Wetting your pants is a normal part of childhood, right? Not so, says Hodges, a board-certified pediatric urologist who explains problems such as chronic pee holding and constipation triggered by ill-timed or poorly executed potty training, Western diets and screwy school policies. Loaded with clear answers, it’s a must-read for parents getting ready to ditch the diapers or struggling with issues such as daytime accidents and bedwetting.