Monday, December 01, 2008

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power -- Giveaway


I’m pleased to announce that today is “launch day” for my new book, Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power, which I co-authored with Holly Engel-Smothers. I’m so excited about this book, which has lots of great information and tips for new and expectant parents who want to learn how to help their babies reach their full potential. The following is from the book’s preface:

If you’re like most parents, you’ve undoubtedly wondered at one point or another whether your baby’s development is “normal.” You’ve asked yourself questions like, Shouldn’t she be talking by now? When will he roll over? Why isn’t she progressing as quickly as her older brother did? Sure, there are plenty of lists available that tell when your baby should be walking and talking, but very little has been written about how parents and caregivers can play an important part in helping babies reach these critical milestones.

Of course, you can talk to your pediatrician about your concerns—and we encourage you to do so—but these visits are frequently not conducive to getting all the answers you need. At your 10–15-minute appointment, nurses and doctors often work in tag-team fashion to get patients in and out on time, leaving very little leeway for in-depth discussions. So, where can you turn to find out what you really want to know?

After all, getting this information is not just a matter of calming your fears—although that certainly helps. However, it really goes beyond determining whether your baby’s development is on track. In fact, not educating yourself about these crucial developmental milestones could affect your child’s entire future! You see, first-year developments must be met before any more progress and learning is possible in later years. They are the building blocks for life! And any problems relating to development must be addressed while the brain is still young and malleable in order for early intervention to be optimally effective.

The fact is that the first year of life is an extremely vital period of time that lays the foundation for whether your little one will be able to walk, talk, smile, dress herself, draw a picture . . . even get into college! It is an astonishing thing that demands respect from sleep-deprived parents like yourself.

Baby development is not simply a list of “to-dos” or “have dones” to check off. It is a long-term building event, with each day being important in how your baby develops the next day, and each event being important in how your baby develops for the next event. Nourishing food, comfort, face-to-face interaction, tummy time, music, and even the lilt of your voice are all brain developers. It is not a random happening when a milestone is reached. Just like an athlete has to practice his sport in a certain order to build up to the main event, so do infants have to take “baby steps” toward optimal brain development, which is created and driven by experiences with Mommy, Daddy, and caregivers. You play a critical role in your baby’s life because milestones need personal experiences to be reached.

Of course, we all want the best for our baby. We want him to reach his full potential. We want to know how we can help that incredibly complex little brain make all the right connections for a full and fruitful life. And this book will show you how to do just that. Each chapter of Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power features one of baby’s key developing areas—such as vision, hearing, language, motor skills, and temperament—and shows you how you can help your baby’s brain to grow so that he will excel in these areas. Chapter include:

Chapter 1: Baby’s Got Brains: Jumping Through Vital “Windows of Opportunity”

Chapter 2: Attachment and Baby Brains: Spoiled Rotten Is a Good Thing

Chapter 3: Language: Getting Baby Ready to Read

Chapter 4: Vision: Seeing Is Believing—and Bonding

Chapter 5: Hearing: Little Ears Do Big Things

Chapter 6: Motor Skills: From Crawling to Walking to . . . Watch Out!

Chapter 7: Temperament: Is Your Child a Shrinking Violet or a Thorny Rose?

Chapter 8: Going to the Doctor: Why the Doctor/Patient Relationship Is So Vital

So, are you ready to get started? We hope you are because the earlier you start in engaging in activities that help your baby’s brain, the better for your baby’s development and future progress. Even if your baby is no longer a newborn, it’s never too late to begin helping her to reach critical milestones. We’d venture to say that being a parent is the most important job you will ever do. You are the most influential person in your child’s life, and that begins even before your baby’s birth. And, just as importantly, engaging in play with your baby will build a stronger bond between you and your baby, one that gets your baby off to a great start and a lifetime of memories for both of you.

Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power is now available at a super-reasonable price from Amazon. It makes a great gift for a friend, relative or teacher who’s pregnant or has a new baby.

I’m also giving away a free autographed copy of the book! Just leave a comment explaining why you’d like to win this book by December 16, and I’ll randomly pick a winner. If you tweet about this contest on Twitter and leave a separate comment with your Twitter name, you’ll receive a second entry. Subscribe to this blog via RSS Feed or email, and earn a third entry by leaving an additional comment!

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Jinxy and Me, whose extra entry for subscribing was randomly chosen as a winner!

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27 comments:

  1. Ooooh I'd love a copy! There are so many conflicting opinons about boosting brain power and I'm always looking into different options. Theo is 9 months old and we want him to have as many advantages as possible, without turning him into a Robot Super Baby or anything. So this sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. My very first nephew from my side of the family is due December 12th...what a GREAT gift for my brother. I'd love to win so I could gift it.

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  3. Oh, I tweeted too!

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  4. This would be a great gift for my niece who is expecting.

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  5. love to win this as i'm curious if it actually works

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  6. My daughter-in-law just had a baby on November 30th so this would be an ideal gift.

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  7. I have a new baby and I'd love to give him every opportunity to develop to his full potential.

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  8. Valerie2:39 PM

    I would love to give this to my daughter she is expecting a baby. She has had a lot of education and would appreciate this book for her baby. Thanks

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  9. Although I think my baby grandson is the smartest baby in the world, there is always room for improvement!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  10. Hi please enter me, i would gift this to my cousin for her little boy and girl

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  11. I would ,ike to win to give this as a gift to a friend. I think a child needs to be taught to love to learn earlier than others do

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  12. I'd love to win this book for my sister who is a first time mom of a new baby!

    stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

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  13. I'm a subscriber.

    stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

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  14. I would love to win a copy to help me work with my little ones more. We are planning to do Montessori school that emphasized parent/child interaction and teaching so this would be a great start to that!

    jebuell(at)gmail.com

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  15. I'm a subscriber!

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  16. Christina - xristya@rock.com - My father taught me how to read in Ukrainian and in English at the age of two, which has helped me immensely throughout my entire life, so I am a firm believer in baby intelligence and would like to win this book to find out other ideas about boosting baby brain power!

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  17. I would love a copy this looks greaT

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  18. Susan Heim book on Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power should be a must for all concerned parents who want to give their child the advantage he or she needs to get ahead in today's 21 century world!!.

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  19. By having Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power by Susan Heim, a parent is taking advantage of a wealth of information that Susan is providing and advancing their child's knowledge in the 21ST century. My baby boy of 9 months (Adrian) will clearly be ahead of the other children thanks to Boosting Your Baby's Brian Power by Susan Heim.

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  20. Sounds like an informative book

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  21. I would love a signed copy! This is just the type of book that I was looking for. I am expecting my first--twins--in the spring, and am doing my best to read up and prepare to help my little ones. Like any mother, I am deeply interested in giving my children their best advantage in life and am willing to put in the time and effort to achieve that. This book would really help me do that. Thank you for the giveaway! I am sure the book will be a great success! theprophecygirl[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  22. This looks like a great book and would be great for my sister and my 7-month-old nephew!

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  23. I'm also subscribed to your RSS feed!

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  24. Anonymous5:26 PM

    To help with my little one

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  25. Sounds like a great informative book:)

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