Certain parenting skills (like cradling and playing Peekaboo) come naturally to most moms. Others (like separation and discipline), not so much. We have found the child development experts at Seedlings Group to be an amazing resource for the less instinctive aspects of parenting. Their tip sheets are great quick-reference guides for everything from potty training to time outs.  But for a deeper probe into the hot issues facing new moms, Seedlings Group recommends the following books for . . .

. . . Disciplining Without Losing It: The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, by Dr. Alan E. Kazdin; Raising a Thinking Child, by Myrna Shure

. . . Getting Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Dr. Marc Weissbluth

. . . How to Play With Your Baby And Educate Her At The Same Time: Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun., by Bobbi Conner; Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children’s Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth, by Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek; Bright from the Start, by Jill Stamm; The Scientist in the Crib, by Alison N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuh.

. . . Development Milestones for the Baby Journal: Touchpoints—Birth to 3, by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow; Touchpoints 3 to 6, by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow

. . . Why Toddlers Behave the Way They Do: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, Birth to 3—The Essential Reference for the Early Years, by T. Berry Brazelton

. . . Feeding Your Kid: Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children, by Ann Cooper and Lisa Holmes; Super Baby Foods, by Ruth Yaron (for the very ambitious!)

. . . The Stuff You’d Like to Ask a Pediatrician: The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent, by Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

. . . How To Be A Green Mom: Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care, by Alan Greene, Jeanette Pavini, and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo; The Complete Organic Pregnancy, by Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu

. . . A Non-Alarmist Guide To Pregnancy: Our Bodies, Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth, by The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective; The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

. . . A Quick Read About The Onset Of Toddlerhood: 1,2,3 . . . The Toddler Years, by Irene Van der Zande

. . . Fascinating Reads On Language And Literacy Development: The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker; Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, by Maryanne Wolf

. . . Preparing Your Child (And Yourself) For Separation: The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (to read with your child)