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  1. 8.2 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    A micropreemie fights for survival in this extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir by her parents, both award-winning journalists. Juniper French was born four months early, at twenty-three weeks gestation. She weighed one pound, four ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love—to save her, or to let her go? Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.

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    Juniper

    8.2 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.5 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley reveals how to get babies—and their parents—to sleep through the night. There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out” and the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley’s guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming nap-time and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep—all with no crying.

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    The No-Cry Sleep Solution

    7.5 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.9 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    A moving, funny, inventive parenting memoir, written in a surprising form: an encyclopedia of failure in sports What can a new father learn about parenthood from reading sports almanacs? For most dads, the answer to this question is nothing. But to Josh Wilker, whose life and writing have been defined by sports fandom, all of the joy, helplessness, and absurdity of parenthood are present between the lines. After all, what better way to think about losing control than Eugenio Velez’s forty-five consecutive at-bats without a hit? How better to understand ridiculous joy than the NFL career of Walter Achiu, whose nickname was “Sneeze”? In the stories of sports figures large and small, Wilker finds the pathos in success and the humor in losing. As the terrified father of a one-day-old, Wilker recalls the 1986 World Series, when the moment was too big for the Red Sox. When he finds himself stealing away for an hour of alone time, Wilker thinks of boxer Roberto Duran, so beaten by Sugar Ray Leonard that he finally gave up. And yet, even as the frustrations and anxieties build, Wilker remembers Mets pitcher Anthony Young, who broke the baseball record for most consecutive losses—and never stopped showing up. Finding the richness of life in obscure wrestling maneuvers and pop-ups lost in the sun, Benchwarmer is a book of unique humanity and surprising wisdom.

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    Benchwarmer

    9.9 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.4 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Toddler a**holery is a normal part of human development—not unlike puberty, except this stage involves throwing food on the floor and taking swings at people who pay your way in life. For parents of toddlers, it’s a “you better laugh so you don’t cry” period. Bunmi Laditan’s hilarious, satirical guide to toddlerhood offers parents instant (and very welcome) comic relief—along with the very good news that it’s not our fault. Chapters cover the cost of raising a toddler, feeding your toddler, potty-training, tantrums, how to manage the holidays, and how not to die inside. Parents will see themselves in the very funny sections on taking your toddler to restaurants (“One parent will spend their time walking your toddler around the restaurant and outside like a cocker spaniel, while the other, luckier parent will eat alone.”), things you thought you’d never say that you now say as a parent of a toddler (“I can tell you’re pooping because your eyes are watering.”), and how to order pizza (“Spend forty dollars on pizza delivery, listen to your toddler cry for thirty minutes about how the pizza is all wrong, watch your toddler take a small bite of crust, Google “can anger give you a heart attack?,” then start the bedtime routine.”) Laditan’s wildly funny voice has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans of Honest Toddler on social media; here she speaks parent-to-tired-parent, easing the pains and challenges of raising toddlers with a hefty dose of adult humor and wit.

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    Toddlers Are A**holes

    3.4 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 13.1 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, does the United States have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world? Why do pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed receive “free” samples of infant formula from American obstetricians? Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease?  The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.

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    Business of Baby

    13.1 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.5 hrs • 10/14/2014 • Unabridged

    There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly “bundle of joy” and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby. Bestselling humor author Dawn Dais, mother to a one-year-old and author of The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women, is convinced that there is a reason for this lack of preparedness. She believes that a vast conspiracy exists to hide the horrific truth about parenting from doe-eyed expectant mothers who might otherwise abandon their babies in hospitals and run for it. In The Sh!t No One Tells You, Dais tells it like it is, revealing what it’s really like to be a new parent and providing helpful insights, humor, and hope for those who feel overwhelmed by the exhausting trials they’re suddenly facing. Eschewing the adorableness that oozes out of other parenting books, Dais offers real advice from real moms—along with hilarious anecdotes, clever tips, and the genuine encouragement every mom needs in order to survive the first year of parenthood.

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    The Sh!t No One Tells You

    5.5 hrs • 10/14/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.6 hrs • 12/31/2014 • Unabridged

    Raise self-confident, self-reliant children using the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach. Your baby knows more than you think. That’s the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), and Educaring. Baby Knows Best is based on Gerber’s belief in babies’ natural abilities to develop at their own pace, without coaxing from helicoptering or hovering parents. The Educaring Approach helps parents see their infants as competent people with a growing ability to communicate, problem-solve, and self-soothe. Baby Knows Best is a comprehensive resource that shows parents how to respond to their babies’ cues and signals; how to develop healthy sleep habits; why babies need uninterrupted playtime; and how to set clear, consistent limits. The result? More relaxed parents and more confident, self-reliant children.

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    Baby Knows Best

    7.6 hrs • 12/31/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    A lyrical ode to maternal love—and a universal expression of every mother’s hopes and dreams for her child I promise to love you with no conditions. I promise to try to teach you through example, not words. I promise to help you develop a love for your culture and heritage. I promise to show you that there are infinite possibilities in every moment. I promise to help you see and develop your unique talents. As she eagerly awaited the birth of her first child, Mallika Chopra began to craft a unique gift that would express her profound loving commitment to the baby growing inside of her. 100 Promises to My Baby is that gift—a covenant with her child that reflected her own deepening awareness of the sacred responsibilities of parenthood. Here the author shares the vows she made to help her child grow up feeling cherished and secure, look at the world with wonder and curiosity, and learn spiritual values that would enrich her own life and contribute to making the world a better place. This audio will inspire listeners to think about their own lives, values, and beliefs, and what they would like to pass on to their children.

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    100 Promises to My Baby

    Foreword written and read by Deepak Chopra
    2.9 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  9. 5.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Warning! New parents are likely to experience:Scorekeeping—an exceedingly complex, often relentless, tit-for-tat war waged by husbands and wives over the division of parenting responsibilities and domestic chores.The Ten O’Clock Shoulder Tap—considered by many men to be a form of foreplay, a paw on a wife’s shoulder is how some men indicate their desire for sex. The Tap is rarely accompanied by a term of endearment or any other verbal form of communication and is seldom well-received by the often-sleeping/almost-always-exhausted wife. The frustrated husband, meanwhile, wonders if his wife has pulled a bait-and-switch in the bedroom.Clash of the Grannies—a high stakes “who will have the greatest influence on the grandkids” tournament played by each set of grandparents. Competitive categories include: the Title Championship (who gets to be called “Grandma”), the Battle for Floor and Wall Space, the Battle for Face Time, and Gratuitous Grandparental Gift-Giving. The Babyproofers are three women who wouldn’t trade their roles as mothers for anything, and they love their husbands deeply. But after living through it and hearing the stories of hundreds of other couples, they know that with young children in the house, you need to block the stairs with baby gates, put plastic covers over the outlets, and take the necessary steps to safeguard your marriage. Babyproofing Your Marriage is the warts-and-all truth about how having children can affect your relationship. The authors explore the transition to parenthood in light of their own experiences, with input from their husbands and commentary from men and women across the country. Their evenhanded approach to both sides of the marital equation allows spouses to understand each other in a whole new way. With loads of humor and practical advice, the Babyproofers will guide first-time parents and veterans alike around the rocky shores of the early parenting years. Don’t fall prey to common relationship pitfalls: babyproof your marriage!

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  10. 2.7 hrs • 5/21/2012 • Unabridged

    There is no bigger issue for healthy infants than sleeping through the night. In Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old, Suzy Giordano presents her amazingly effective “Limited-Crying Solution” that will get any baby to sleep for twelve hours at night—and three hours in the day—by the age of twelve weeks old. Giordano is the mother of five children and one of the most sought-after baby sleep specialists in the country. The Washington Post calls her a baby sleep “guru” and “an underground legend in the Washington area for her ability to teach newborns how to achieve that parenting nirvana: sleeping through the night.” Her sleep plan has been tested with singletons, twins, triplets, babies with special needs, and colicky babies—and it has never failed. Whether you are pregnant, first-time parents, or parents who seek a different path with your second or third child, anyone can benefit from the Baby Coach’s popular system of regular feeding times, twelve hours of sleep at night and three hours of sleep during the day, and the peace of mind that comes with taking the parent and child out of a sleep-deprived world.

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    Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old

    By Suzy Giordano, with Lisa Abidin
    2.7 hrs • 5/21/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 19.5 hrs • 3/12/2012 • Unabridged

    As a research neuroscientist, Lise Eliot has made the study of the human brain her life’s work. But it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her first child that she became intrigued with the study of brain development. She wanted to know precisely how the baby’s brain is formed and when and how each sense, skill, and cognitive ability is developed. And most importantly, she was interested in finding out how her role as a nurturer can affect this complex process. How much of her baby’s development is genetically ordained—and how much is determined by environment? Is there anything parents can do to make their babies’ brains work better—to help them become smarter, happier people? Drawing upon the exploding research in this field as well as the stories of real children, What’s Going On in There? is a lively and thought-provoking audiobook that charts the brain’s development from conception through the critical first five years. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process, What’s Going On in There? explores the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, language, memory, reasoning, and intelligence. This remarkable audiobook also discusses how a baby’s brain is “assembled” from scratch;the critical prenatal factors that shape brain development;how the birthing process itself affects the brain;which forms of stimulation are most effective at promoting cognitive development;how boys’ and girls’ brains develop differently; andhow nutrition, stress, and other physical and social factors can permanently affect a child’s brain. Brilliantly blending cutting-edge science with a mother’s wisdom and insight, What’s Going On in There? is an invaluable contribution to the nature versus nurture debate. Children’s development is determined both by the genes they are born with and the richness of their early environment. This timely and important audiobook shows parents the innumerable ways in which they can actually help their children grow better brains.

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    What's Going on in There?

    19.5 hrs • 3/12/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.1 hrs • 8/16/2011 • Unabridged

    Even Hollywood’s biggest stars face the same dilemma as other parents: “How do I get my child to sleep?” As parents in the know are finding, whether they’re on the red carpet or the soccer field, the answer is the same: The Sleepeasy Solution. Psychotherapists and sleep specialists Jennifer and Jill, the dynamic “girlfriends” all of Hollywood calls on to solve Junior’s sleep problems, have perfected their sleep technique that will get any child snoozing in no time—most often in fewer than three nights. The key to their method? It addresses the emotional needs of both the parent and the child (yes, how to handle the crying!)—a critical component of why most other sleep methods fail. In this much-needed, family-friendly guide, weary parents will learn to define their own individual sleep goals—those that work for their family’s schedule and style. They’ll create a customized “sleep planner” to ensure consistency with both parents as well as extended caregivers. As an added bonus, they’ll even improve the listeners’ relationships with their spouses with the “marriage-saver” section. With comprehensive sections devoted to each stage of baby’s and toddler’s development, plus solutions to special circumstances like traveling, daylight savings time, moving to a “big kid bed,” and multiples, The Sleepeasy Solution is a dream come true.

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  13. 1.3 hrs • 4/26/2011 • Unabridged

    Poignant, inspiring, and full of wisdom, Morning Song celebrates the joy a new child brings to the life of parents and family. With sources ranging from the Bible, Sappho, and traditional songs to Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and our outstanding contemporary poets, this beautiful collection summons the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine. Sections such as “Conception and Grace,” “Waiting,” “Sleep and Song,” and “Green and Carefree” evoke the breadth of the parenting experience and capture the emotional intensity of this magical time. Among the poets included here are: Billy Collins Mary Oliver Richard Wilbur Sylvia Plath Galway Kinnell Natasha Trethewey Dylan Thomas Pablo Neruda James Merrill John Berryman Kay Ryan Alice Walker Jane Kenyon Rita Dove Mary Jo Salter Sharon Olds An ideal gift book for any parent-to-be, this classic collection will become a treasured companion during the many hours spent waiting and caring for a child.

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    Morning Song

    Read by the authors, Robin Miles, and Richard Ferrone
    1.3 hrs • 4/26/11 • Unabridged
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    1.0 hrs • 5/18/2010 • Unabridged

    Baby’s First Words in Spanish introduces your baby to the Spanish language through sweet and soothing songs, rhymes, and words. Decades of research prove that the first two years of a baby’s life are the crucial time to expose him or her to a second language. Don’t miss this window of opportunity! Baby’s First Words in Spanish is designed for newborns to toddlers up to two years old. Visit www.livinglanguage.com for a lyric sheet so that parents can join in, too!

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    Baby's First Words in Spanish

    1.0 hrs • 5/18/10 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.6 hrs • 1/1/2009 • Unabridged

    Whether you got your enjoyment from a productive day at the office or from going out any time you got the notion, as a new mom you no doubt feel the loss of that freedom. Now, your days consist of short naps, constant feedings, and continuous diaper changes. You may be asking yourself, “Where did all my time go?” With insights drawn from the authors’ experience, The New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time will help you put things in perspective, make the most of your time with your little one, and show you how to juggle all your new responsibilities. It’s not about being supermom and getting it all done without breaking a sweat. It’s about reprioritizing, recognizing your limits, and enjoying the journey. You can do this! The New Mom’s Guides are here to help.

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  16. 2.5 hrs • 11/16/2000 • Abridged

    In this groundbreaking book, Tracy Hogg does for parents and infants what Deborah Tannen has done for couples: teaches them to communicate. In her career as a registered nurse, midwife, and nanny, Tracy has cared for thousands of babies, and in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer she uses her vast experience to demystify infancy. Working with award-winning journalist Melinda Blau, Tracy blends her clinical expertise with the latest scientific findings in infant research, showing parents how to identify their own parenting style as well as their infant’s unique temperament. The text is filled with heartwarming field notes and realistic strategies, such as Tracy’s EASY program, which gives babies the feeling of security they need and lets parents find all-important time for themselves. For anyone who’s ever been frustrated by a baby’s cry, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer will be an invaluable source of support, advice, and wisdom.

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    Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

    By Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau
    Read by Tracy Hogg
    2.5 hrs • 11/16/00 • Abridged
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