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Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books!
Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books!
by Pantone
Edition: Board book
Price: CDN$ 12.06
29 used & new from CDN$ 4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple beauty, March 12 2013
This set of board books is appropriate for babies (basic pictures) and toddlers. Every page features a simple picture using the shade of the book's colour with a one word label. These are not for bedtime stories, but rather for early word recognition.
These books surpassed my expectations - I will be purchasing more for baby gifts.

Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping
Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping
by James J. McKenna
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
38 used & new from CDN$ 1.47

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Answers a few questions, but not the definitive guide., March 22 2011
This book is useful in that it explains how to safely cosleep with your baby. One of our big questions remained unanswered: how to cosleep with a very active and mobile baby (trying to crawl/roll off the bed). I thought that this out of all books would explore this, not so. The author is more focused on defending the practice of cosleeping - most people purchasing the book are already on board, so it is a bit redundant. If you can borrow this book from a library, do.

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
by Robert W. Sears
Edition: Paperback
113 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demystifying Vaccines for Parents, Jan. 24 2011
This book is very well written - I recommend it to all parents/guardians. Dr. Sears doesn't say "you should do this or that", but rather lays out the facts and lets you decide. I felt much more informed after reading this. It is organized by vaccine, so that you can pick and chose what you want to read about (for instance I was most concerned about the MMR and Flu vaccines).
Some info doesn't translate across the U.S./Canada border, but it certainly doesn't make this book irrelevant to Canadian parents. Dr. Sears briefly addresses the Dr. Wakefield situation (a British doctor who linked MMR with autism and later was shown to have doctored the research). He does not dismiss theories and suspicions because one doctor was shown to be a fraud - and he suggests some precautions we can take to protect out kids.
Well done, Dr. Sears!

Married...But Not Engaged: Why Men Check Out and What You Can Do to Create the Intimacy You Desire
Married...But Not Engaged: Why Men Check Out and What You Can Do to Create the Intimacy You Desire
by Paul Coughlin
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Will definitely save a few marriages..., Jan. 3 2011
Here is yet another book by Paul Coughlin that will leave a mark. This one was written with his wife and is for wives. Some of it is a repackaging of No More Christian Nice Guy (which was written for husbands), as it is not assumed that you have read that book. Following the explanation of the "nice guy" problem, the Coughlins dive into what it means for the "nice guy's" wife (living with a guy who acts out passive aggressively and has huge issues healthily expressing emotion). I'm oversimplifying for lack of space and time. Most importantly, the authors go into what you (as a wife) can do to help your husband express himself, improving communication and strengthening intimacy.
This is a fabulous book. I picked it up to help out friends who were in trouble, and I came away with tips for my own marriage. Once again, Paul Coughlin hits the nail on the head (this time with his wife assisting).

Better Baby Food: Your Essential Guide to Nutrition, Feeding and Cooking for All Babies and Toddlers
Better Baby Food: Your Essential Guide to Nutrition, Feeding and Cooking for All Babies and Toddlers
by Daina Kalnins
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.52
41 used & new from CDN$ 0.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipe ideas, Jan. 3 2011
This is a solid resource for feeding your baby (starting from birth - lots of breastfeeding and bottle feeding information in the beginning). I love that it's Canadian, as what's recommended is sometimes different here than other places.
The pureed food recipes are indeed basic, and you can get a lot more information on the internet in that area. What I appreciate about this book is the recipes involving finger food and beyond. It's great to have some wholesome, yummy food to offer picky eaters.

Be Prepared
Be Prepared
by Gary Greenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
54 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars We LOVE this book, Jan. 3 2011
Ce commentaire est de: Be Prepared (Paperback)
The other reviews on Amazon.ca are correct. Wow. This book IS that hilarious and practical. We've gotten so many great ideas for having fun and playing with our baby from this book (before this, "peekaboo" and "itsy bitsy spider" was the extent of our repertoire). And really, having fun is what kids are about, right? (it's not about the diapers, that's for sure!)
Bravo to the authors!
Sincerely from,
a very thankful mum.

The First Two Years
The First Two Years
by Tyndale Publishers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for new parents, Jan. 3 2011
Ce commentaire est de: The First Two Years (Paperback)
Great resource for preparing for a new baby and for those late nights when you just don't know what to do.
Some information is a little dated (it was published a while ago), but most is as relevant and common-sense today as it was 13 years ago. It's like having a doctor mom on call when you need her most.

Scaredy Squirrel
Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watt
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.50
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to give it 6 six stars, please., Sept. 15 2010
Ce commentaire est de: Scaredy Squirrel (Paperback)
You just must read this book. It is so cute. Scaredy Squirrel has our sympathy. He is an agoraphobic, OCD squirrel (tough when you live out doors!) who begins to enjoy the new twists his misadventures put on his life. Grade three students pick up on all of the little humourous nuances throughout the book, although younger kids enjoy it too. It is a must have for every library.

Chester
Chester
by Melanie Watt
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.50
43 used & new from CDN$ 0.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!, Sept. 15 2010
Ce commentaire est de: Chester (Paperback)
This book is fabulous. I love Melanie Watt's humour. It is very silly, yet clever.
Beware, though, this book could inspire naughty behaviour if the young reader does not understand that it is a joke. I read it to grade three students, amid peals of laughter. We also loved all of Scaredy Squirrel's adventures.

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
by Gary Ezzo
Edition: Paperback
84 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, some not so good ideas..., Sept. 15 2010
There are some good ideas, and some not so good ideas in this book.

I'll save you the trouble of reading the whole book and mention the good stuff:
- in the first few weeks focus on giving the baby a whole feed (breastfeeding) once s/he wakes us. Keep a consistent sleep, eat, wake routine. This worked well for us and for baby. We avoided the whole nursing to sleep issue that many parents have to fight later on.
- keep in ming that babies need to eat every 3 hours or so - if baby is crying 3 hours after the beginning of the last feed, they are likely hungry. We used this guideline to influence our demand-feeding schedule/routine (babies follow schedules themselves better than we do some times!).
- protect your time as a couple - your marriage shouldn't end when baby is born (but baby's need are pretty inflexible, so get a great baby sitter as early as you can for a date night)

Some things I didn't agree with:
- sleep training with crying (I felt it was too early)
- apparent aversion to any attachment parenting ideas (baby-wearing works well and sometimes co-sleeping works best) - we have an independent, very content baby who has been carried a fair amount. Attachment does not equal unhealthy dependence.

Following any one parenting philosophy exclusively is dangerous. Using parental intuition and following baby's cues are the way to go, with some ideas from the odd book or well-intentioned mother-in-law.

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