Picks and Pans Review:

updated 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Guides for Moms and Their Mates Beleaguered parents in need of a helping hand may profit from these primers:

WHAT TO EXPECT: THE TODDLER YEARS by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi S. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway

This super-selling team clears a path through the treacherous toddler phase in a smart guide packed with sensible tips on tantrums, teething, toilet training and more. (Workman, $15.95)

THE WORKING MOM'S BOOK OF HINTS, TIPS AND EVERYDAY WISDOM by Louise Lague

A witty compendium by a PEOPLE staffer that whacks away at outdated supermom myths. (Peterson's, $9.95)

IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley

This refreshingly candid tour of the facts of life is just the ticket for jittery parents when it's time to explain the birds and the bees to their curious kids. (Candlewick, $19.95)

MARGUERITE KELLY'S FAMILY ALMANAC by Marguerite Kelly

It's Kelly to the rescue with advice on how to combat picky eating, sloppy study habits, sibling rivalry and such traumas as divorce, illness and death—most of it shrewd and sympathetic, though restricted by the book's Q & A format. (Fireside, $18)

THE DISNEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BABY AND CHILD CARE by Judith Palfrey, Irving Schulman, Samuel L. Katz, Maria I. New

Four leading pediatricians dispense advice on early childhood development and health care in this first-rate, two-volume set. (Hyperion, $29.95)

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