Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham’s book “The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years,” ($20, Tarcher Perigree) is one of the most measured early childhood books you can read.
In a sea of parenting books starting with the “What to Expect” series and Dr. William Sears’ books as well as their predecessor Dr. Spock’s “Baby and Childcare,” “The Informed Parent” doesn’t deal in absolutes, which is refreshing. Rather Haelle, who writes about parenting and science for Slate, NPR, Forbes and Scientific American, and Willigham who writes from Forbes on parenting and scientific controversies, give you the facts about topics from folic acid and vitamin D in pregnancy to breast-feeding, vaccines and day care.
This book allows parents to stop the craze of constant Googling in favor of one nonjudgmental source that deals in science and not emotion. At the end of every section, though, is a “What We Did” paragraph that let’s you know how the authors put the science into practice or just did what they thought best for them.