Books & Reading

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How do you find time to read?

I’ve got a growing book stack of baby how-to’s, sleep training, and toddler manuals to get to, and the stack is as tall as my 16 month old. By the time I can find the time to read one, he’s already moved into another age and the book will no longer apply! How do you do it?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 08

    I don't! I read books I enjoy, I follow Instagram accounts, and listen to podcasts about the topics I need help with when it comes to my toddler and preschooler. I can listen to it while I'm working out or in the car, and who knows if my kids are listening too, maybe they will learn how to do it themselves 😂

  • S
    Jan 10

    @anonymous_mom you/your niece could charge the rest of us $x in order to access the notes to parenting books. I know i'd pay for notes on books i already wanted to read but didn't have time to!

Books for 2.5 year old (for Christmas)

I’m looking for some new book ideas for my 2.5 year old. She has a lot of books already but I want to get her some new ones for Christmas. We don’t go over the top for this holiday but books are always a gift. She loves everything....from fire trucks, trains, airplanes and school busses to dolls, babies, animals...very typical toddler with wide and varied interests. She’s an only child and ... More

  • Ying
    Dec 06

    Have your girl read Olivia book series? Olivia is a fictional pig character; there is a book called “ Olivia counts down to Christmas, “which would be an excellent Xmas gift for your lovely girl.

  • Stacey
    Dec 09

    My son loves the "Don't touch Monster" and the other "Don't touch" books. They have textured parts that the kid can feel. He also loves ANY interactive book like lift a flap or slide something over. In term of non-interactive books he seems to like the Llama Llama books. Llama Llama Red Pajama gets read a lot and there are several holiday books so we have been readi... More

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 23, 2019

Anyone else read "Oh Crap Potty Training"...

And feel like it just wasnt the right fit? I found the book to be informative and useful on many levels but knowing my kid I just dont think that method will be the best for her. Just wondering what others thought of the book and experiences with it. TIA!

  • Diana
    Nov 27

    I bought it, all excited, until I started hearing everyone else’s rave reviews, explaining how their child only peed on the floor x number of times today... and I will fully admit that I selfishly did not want to clean up unnecessary bodily fluids. So I did exactly what everyone says you should never do and put my child in pull-ups. She was 90% there (even waking up dry) at 2.5, but then regr... More

  • Jennifer
    Dec 01

    We just went through this over Thanksgiving! I read the book in its entirety and my husband read key chapters and the checklist/FAQ while on a business trip. Some of it was great, but the rest seemed totally unrealistic unless you have at least one stay-at home parent (Block one is three days but can take up to a week? Sorry can’t burn up the few vacation/sick days I have on a week of potty ... More

J posted in Behavior Nov 19, 2019

Books about emotions?

My almost 2 yr old is just getting super frustrated and lashing out when he doesn’t get his way or we simply don’t understand him. i want to start teaching him more about emotions and he responds to books well. Any book recommendations that cover this topic?

  • Jennifer
    Dec 01

    Just wanted to second two replies: (1) the Little Monkey Calms Down (and other Hello Genius) board books have worked great for our 18 month old, and (2) what Ashleigh recommends—helping identify the emotion for your little...I know when I started saying things similar to Ashleigh’s example to our toddler, she would stop to listen or say yes/no to confirm that it was how she felt.

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 19, 2019

Books on toddler nutrition?

Hi everyone, I have a 2 year old picky eater. I know it’s not uncommon, but I am stumped on how and what to feed her. I feel like she rejects 90% of what I offer, and today I realized she started losing weight. I am looking for book recommendations on how to feed her, and what to feed her. It doesn’t have to be the same book. TIA! 💗

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Thank you all for the replies and suggestions

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Penelope I have tried not offering anything else, but she started losing weight because she won’t eat. I definitely don’t want this to become a battle, I’d like for her to look forward to meal time. Toddlers are headstrong little creatures.

What’s the best way to help prepare your toddler for the arrival of baby No. 2?

We have a 20 month old toddler and we are due with baby No. 2 in December. My toddler seems really interested in baby and will tell us she wants to go for walks with her, and asks to see my belly all the time to give it hugs and kisses. She even tries to share her food with my belly... 😂 I’m wondering if you can recommend any books or tips that helped prepare your toddlers for being an old... More

  • Johanna
    Oct 03, 2019

    I kind of rolled my eyes when a friend first showed me this, but my son loved it. His little sister just arrived—he’s 26 months. It is super cheesy, but I think it really helped. My son especially loved to see the baby at the end.

  • Momof2
    Oct 06, 2019

    We also brought our older one to doctors appointments and give her books about being a big sister. No matter how much you prepare her there will be a period of adjustment for everyone in the house. One thing I did not expect/prepare for was how much I missed Time with my older one once the second one came along. I was exclusively nursing so I had to spend more time with the baby feeding and we ... More

Toddler ripping books

Anyone have any advice for toddler ripping books? My daughter is 21 months and has a favorite paper book but lately she’s been ripping it! She loves to read it but then she’ll randomly rip it. We’ve told her the book has to go to time out and will put it away but now she’ll rip it and say “ut oh book time out.” 🙈 So clearly that isn’t working. Any advice?

  • Amy
    Jun 17, 2019

    Have you thought maybe coloring books? There are some cheap ones at dollar stores that I've picked up for my son. I essentially use that as a means to teach him not to rip books meanwhile preserving the other books for story time or when he's older. He still gets the chance to learn how to touch and turn pages. Otherwise I do have several board books (several from Chickfila lol) and clo... More

  • Emily
    Jun 19, 2019

    Are you concerned with keeping the ‘paper integrity’? If not, you could put that plastic contact on each of the pages so she can’t rip them.

Father’s Day Board Books for Toddlers?

Father’s Day is this week! Just want to add in a board book that my toddler & his daddy will enjoy reading together. Any suggestions? My toddler is currently 17 months but he enjoys reading & listening to his daddy read. Thanks!

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids?

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids? Is it worth it? I found a review for some here... I know there are others too. I am thinking of subscribing to one for my almost 6yo daughter.

  • Stanli
    Jun 15, 2019

    I also get monthly free books from the Dolly Parton foundation.

  • Robert
    Jun 20, 2019

    Thanks everyone!

Anyone doing their local summer reading challenge?

We are doing ours and it’s pretty cool. Since our son is a pre-reader he can get credit for other non reading related activities that help boost learning and development.

Do you use audio fairy tales?

Do you have any resources for this? (maybe an app or website)

Parenting books recommendations

Anyone have any parenting books they recommend? I am a sham of 4 boys ( 6 and under) I recently ordered How to talk so little kids will listen... anyone else read this book? Any other parenting books catering to dealing with toddlers and not lose your mind? Tia

  • Vonda
    Apr 25, 2019

    Montessori Toddler. It has changed our family for the better. My son listens more and I understand him more clearly emotionally and interactively. Huge difference. Also a very calming book. Her diction helps put me in the mind set and calm that is missing I think from other parenting books.

  • Purva Gujar
    Apr 25, 2019

    The Whole-Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel

Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam
    Apr 18, 2019

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Apr 18, 2019

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

2.5 yr old isn't asleep.

So my 2.5 yr old has always gone to sleep like clockwork. Even tonight right on cue he declares bedtime and we went through his ritual and said goodnight. But tonight he keeps getting up. He's not fussing or making noise. He is just sitting quietly in his room reading with the light on. If I go in he turns the light off and gets in bed. Then he is up again 5 minutes later. I am just really ... More

  • Cathy
    Apr 16, 2019

    I think he might be going to bed too early? He just might not be tired. My son is two months younger than yours. We have a bath at 7. In bed by 8. Asleep by 9. Remember, the older they get, the less sleep they need. Also try to keep him active in the afternoon to help him crash. He could also be awake since it’s still light out.

  • Amanda
    Apr 16, 2019

    @ Cathy I was going to push his bed time back but he stopped napping altogether. Does your son still nap? We have an hour of quiet time in the afternoon instead now. I don't think it's because it's summer. He has blackout curtains in his room because it kept him up when he was younger. Update: he did it again. Did not nap today either.

Reading books

my 17 mo refuses to let me read to him. Once he sees a book he will look at it and try to tear at it or eat it and will not stay still for me to read. He will also take the book away and throw it! How can I get him to sit still so I can read to him

  • Kristen
    Apr 01, 2019

    Some babies just aren’t into it. There other come a time they will be ready. My son is just now starting to like us reading to him and he turned 2 in January.

  • Stacey
    Apr 12, 2019

    If we are reading a story that is not interactive (lifting flaps or doing actions) we give our son a "distraction book". Usually a feel the things book that has things he can touch and play with while we read the actual book we picked to read.

Won’t let me read books

My 2 year old always says “no mama, no book” when I open a book. He will do his best to close it (including sitting on it if I resist). He always wants to to play cars or something else, which I’m cool with, but you know, all the blogs and guidance say read to your kids daily. I’ve tried reading aloud while he plays as well as just sitting silently with a book, but it’s as if he is jealous of t... More

  • V
    May 07, 2019

    My toddler (2.5) HATED books but i started making it fun! Letting him the turn and everything, even if he’s not reading pages by page. Getting him interested was the first step. If we read about Dino’s i would act like one or make animal noises

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 31, 2019

    I know this post is old but my daughters school helps them “write” their own books. The teacher puts out some different pics that they paste onto pages, then they write a story. She loves it. She’s 2 years and a few months. Good luck.

Books about going to preschool?

We are sending our daughter to preschool this fall. I thought it would be good to start talking about it with her now.Do you have any recommendations for books that talk about going to preschool and what it’s going to be like?

  • Sara
    Mar 06, 2019

    "Llama llama misses mama" is the best!

  • Natasha
    Jun 09, 2019

    The night before preschool is pretty good, as well as llama llama misses mama and llama llama loves to read.

Dinosaur books that won’t give my child nightmares??

Bonus if they’re board books. They must exist. Everything we’ve gotten so far is scary as (bleep).

  • Adora
    Feb 28, 2019

    Dinosailors and Dinosoaring by Deb Lund, Down at the Dinowash Deluxe by Tim Myers, There is a whole series called How Do Dinosaurs books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 28, 2019

    Thanks for the awesome suggestions everyone!!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Feb 25, 2019

Books for pregnancy

Hi. Which are your Top 5 books about pregnancy or early steps? I am a nerd and my wife is pregnant. I’d love to read and know more about what’s happening 😀 Tks

  • Jess
    Mar 07, 2019

    The Mayo pregnancy guide is great and it’s a great idea to read a breastfeeding book for support, just don’t try to fix and correct her if she’s struggling. My husband did that and I know he was trying to help but it made me want to stab him a little bit 😂

  • Ally
    Jun 02, 2019

    What to expect books are great.

Any book recommendations to read to my daughter at bedtime? Ty

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