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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