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Childrearing Books

Young Children:

  • Spiritual Parenting, by C. H. Spurgeon
  • The Duties Of Parents, by J. C. Ryle
  • Shepherding A Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
  • How To Raise Your Children For Christ, by Andrew Murray. Children are gifts from the Lord. In this practical guide to parenting, Andrew Murray shows the essential qualities of being a parent who loves the Lord. He also shows you how to build your family in the Lord, alleviate stressful family situations, direct your children’s steps, and see the needs of your family met. Christians desire that their children grow up and live as followers of Christ. In this book, you will find biblical advice and God’s promises on how you can shape and mold the lives of your children for eternity.

Adolescents:

Children’s Music:

  • Judy Rogers. Judy Rogers writes and plays excellent Christian music for children.
  • Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs, by Holly Dutton. The complete set of all four CDs by Holly Dutton, based on the questions and answers of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: a song for each of the 107 questions!
  • Walking With The Wise, By Sovereign Grace Music. God tells us that “whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20). Walking with the Wise contains thirteen songs all inspired by Proverbs, and all meant to encourage kids to joyfully follow God’s commands. The album is aimed at a 6–10 year old audience, though older and younger children, and even parents, may find themselves singing along.

Labor:

  • The Lord Of Birth, by Jennifer Vanderlaan
  • Redeeming Childbirth, by Angie Tolpin. “Childbirth is more than an event that makes a woman a mother. This journey was designed to be a spiritual milestone that draws every woman’s heart back to the only Deliverer.” I highly recommend this book that leads us back to the Lord of birth. Birth is God’s work through a woman’s body, not a medical procedure. For a Christian woman, birth is also an act of worship. Romans 12:1-2 tells us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. I encourage you, as this book does, to embrace birth as a spiritual act of worship: you are being used as a vessel by God to bring forth a new human being into the world!
  • The Birth Stool (for birth providers). The birth stool is a positioning aid that the woman sits on during delivery, usually during the pushing stage. It helps with fetal descent by utilizing gravity, yet allows the woman to sit. There is no restraint under her perineum, and allows full access and visualization of her pelvic floor by the birth attendant. This particular model is called the deBy birth stool. Here are a couple other models: The Kaya stool, and the BirthMate stool.

Breastfeeding materials:

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple, by Nancy Mohrbacher
  • Lactmed website, and also apps for your phone from iTunes, and from Google Play. Lactmed is a drug database of the National Library of Medicine. You can look up a vast number of medications and their effects on breastfeeding and the breastfed infant.
  • Medications and Mother’s Milk, by Thomas Hale, PharmD. An excellent print resource for looking up medications and their effects on breastfeeding and the breastfed infant.
  • Expecting twins? The Twin EZ Pillow is a great positioning tool for nursing twins. There are a couple models: 1. From San Diego Bebe, and 2. From My Brest Friend.

Breastpumps and accessories:

  • Medela Pump in Style
  • Freemie Pump and accessories. The Freemie collection system can be purchased separately. This system allows you to pump hands-free and the collection system is entirely concealed.
  • Pumping bands. Pumping bands allow you to pump hands-free. This one is by Pump Ease.

Family Devotions:

  • Thoughts on Family Worship, by James Alexander. A classic book on the importance of an often-neglected duty, Thoughts on Family Worship by James W. Alexander focuses on the many benefits of daily worship as it strengthens minds and cultivates personal piety among both parents and children. The author further shows how family worship influences our churches and society, perpetuating sound doctrine and leaving a legacy for posterity. Alexander gives practical directions for conducting family worship, discussing in detail such things as the place of Scripture reading, prayer, and praise.

Babywearing:

When your child is ready for solids:

  • Baby Led Weaning, by Gill Rapley
  • Baby Led Weaning Cookbook, by Gill Rapley
  • Summer Bibbity Rinse & Roll flexible baby bibs. The amazing Bibbity Rinse & Roll bib 2 Pack is made with a unique, flexible material that gently confirms to your child’s body and adjusts for a custom fit from 6 months to 2 years. To keep the mess off your baby, the Bibbity is 100% waterproof and spills are caught by the built in scoop before landing on your child’s lap. Made in the USA with FDA compliant materials that are safe for your baby. The sets include 2 bibs, each packaged individually and sealed in a polybag. Blue and green two-pack. Pink and green two-pack. Pink single bib. Hey, you can even “recycle” the food from the pouch pocket 🙂
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