Don’t you feel like there are a million and ten books on parenting, pregnancy, and the like? If you ask your friends for recommendations on a sleep book for babies, you are likely to get a dozen different responses with different methods and theories. It’s kind of overwhelming!
So when I got back from maternity leave and one of my coworkers gave me the book Bright from the Start, I wasn’t sure I wanted another book on my reading to-do list.
However, from the minute I cracked it open, I’ve had a hard time putting it down. Dr. Jill Stamm discusses child development from infant to age 3 in an easy to understand, scientific, yet practical way. She draws on her experience as a mom of two daughters in their 30’s; one who lives with multiple handicaps. She is also the co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development (NDI). She is able to take the latest findings in neuroscience and help parents and caregivers understand the practical application in raising kids.
I love the book because it gives you the “why” behind a lot of the things you are probably already doing as a mom or dad, like spending time holding your baby or talking to her. It focuses on topics such as growing the Attention of your baby, tips for healthy Bonding, and Communication skills.
Dr. Stamm also provides examples of activities and games that aid in development and gives the why behind each activity. I learned for example, that peek-a-boo is really teaching babies the concept of “object permanence,” or that just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it is gone forever. Pretty cool, right?
Even if you feel like you don’t have a lot of free time, I would highly recommend checking this book out and reading as much as you can. I feel empowered, encouraged, and equipped with ideas and games that will help Baby Girl grow and succeed in the years to come.
Hope you are having a great day!