Recommended Books & Websites

We have compiled a list of books about different aspects of your child's care that we have found to be helpful. You may find that some better fit your style of parenting than others. Please, take the information that you find helpful and leave the rest. We want you to trust your parental instincts and always ask a professional if you question information you read.

General Care

  • An excellent resource is the American Academy of Pediartics website, Healthy Children, for parents with reliable, up-to-the-minute health advice, tools, and services for proactive parents! Check out the app for iPhone and iPad as well!
  • AAP book for parents:  My Child is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Commons Illnesses and Injuries; by Barton D. Schmitt, MD
  • The Baby Book; by William and Martha Sears.                                   
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Care Series: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5; Caring for your School Age Child: Ages 5 - 12; Caring for your Adolescent: ages 12 to 21.
  • Girlfriends' Guide Series: The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood; The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers (Vicki Lovine)
  • U Promise (get a start on your child's 529 plan for college)
  • Be By Baby (sign up to receive emails about a great list of parent classes, playgroups, breastfeeding help and attachment parenting support)

Activities for Mom & Baby 

  • Mother Baby Yoga at Sweet Pea Studio (3717 N. Ravenswood, 773-248-YOGA,
  • One Fit Mama- stroller fitness classes (
  • Kindermusik Village classes at BeByBaby (1654 W. Roscoe, 773-404-BABY,
  • Classes at Chicago public libraries
  • Swim lessons at the YMCA after 6 months old


Anger Management in Children


  • Mother's Milk Company Lactation Consultant (Barbara Hardin)
  • Increasing Milk Supply
  • So That's What They're For! (Janet Tamaro)
  • Nursing Mother's Companion (Kathleen Huggins)
  • Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning (Kathleen Huggins)
  • The Breastfeeding Book (Martha Sears)
  • Mothering Your Nursing Toddler (Norma Baumgartner)
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League)
  • La Leche League International Breastfeeding Support



  • The Fussy Baby Book (William Sears)
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block (Harvey Karp)
  • Fussy Baby Network

CPR Classes



  • Healthy Children: AAP website for parents
  • Touchpoints (T. Berry Brazleton)
  • The Very Best Baby (free magazine with timely development and nutritional concerns, Call 1-800-759-8502)
  • Baby Signs (Linda Acredolo)
  • Sign With Your Baby (Joseph Garcia)


  • Smart Love (Pieper and Pieper)
  • Smart Love Family Services
  • Raising your Spirited Child (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • Raising your Spirited Child Workbook (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • No, Why Kids -of All Ages- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It
  • The Discipline Book (William Sears)
  • The Successful Child (William Sears)
  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish)
  • Parenting with Love and Logic:  Teaching Kids Responsibility (Kline and Fay)
  • Love and Logic
  • 1-2-3 Magic (Thomas Phelan, MD)
  • Parent Magic (1-2-3 Magic website) (Walsh)
  • Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Children, Skills for the Divorced/Divorcing Parent and other workshops, parent coaching. Parenting Perspectives

Discussing Death with Children

Grief Resources in the Loss of a Child

  • Compassionate Friends
  • Heartlight (through Children's Memorial Hospital)
  • A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies (Anne McCracken, and Mary Semel)

 Medical Information


New Moms' Groups

  • Smart Love 773-665-8052
  • Be By Baby 773-404-BABY
  • La Leche League  (for breastfeeding moms)
  • Neighborhood Parents Network
  • First Time Moms Over Forty- 312-573-0900 ext 310 (ask for Ms. Jennifer Levy) Meets 1-2x/week at Wellsprings Health
  • Fussy Baby Network toll-free "warmline" 888-431-BABY
  • Support Services to GRow AS Parents: (GRASP) GRASP group is a collaboration of a Psychotherapist and a Child Developmental Specialist who provide consultation, therapy, support groups and education.

Nighttime Help

  • Birth Link (postpartum doulas)
  • Rita's Baby Nurse Service (773) 719-8602
  • Hush-a-Bye Baby: Sleep Nanny  (773) 742-8846
  • Linda Salem - single/multiple night nanny - (847) 296-2842


  • Guide to your Child's Nutrition (AAP)
  • The Family Nutrition Book (William Sears)
  • First Meals (Annabel Karmel)
  • New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner (Annabel Karmel)
  • The Healthy Baby Meal Planner (Annabel Karmel)
  • The Top 100 Baby Purees (Annabel Karmel)
  • Nourished Living
  • Eat with Confidence


Preparing Children for Surgery/Procedures


Sibling Rivalry


Safe Seafood and Fish


  • Guide to your Child's Sleep (AAP)
  • Nighttime Parenting (William Sears)
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (Marc Weissbluth)
  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Richard Ferber)
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution (Elizabeth Pantley)
  • Sleepless in America:  Misbehaving or Missing Sleep? (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • SwellBeing
  • The Sleeping Child

Special Needs Resources

Spirited Children

Raising your Spirited Child (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
Raising your Spirited Child Workbook (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)



  • Carol Mayer, Speech Pathologist, Orofacial Myologist (312) 932-9244
  • My Thumb and I: A Proven Approach to Stop a Thumb or Finger Sucking Habit for Ages 5-10 (Carol Mayer)
  • Shari Green, Orofacial Myologist (847) 641-4444

Toilet Training/Bedwetting

Travelling with Children

Vaccine Information