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Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE™ Way Hardcover – December 17, 2013

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"One of the best things that ever happened to me as a mother was discovering RIE. I'm forever indebted to Deborah Solomon and my other RIE teachers for helping me slow down, understand and respect my baby. Even though my daughter is now nine, she is still a RIE baby at heart: calm, confident and self-motivated. Baby Knows Best is a treasure of insights and wisdom. I will be giving this invaluable book to every new mother I know." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

"The RIE program is the single most relatable, intuitive, and common sense approach to the modern day conundrum of parenting. Baby Knows Best is the guide book. It helps you get back to basics and makes you a better, more confident parent as you learn that Babies do indeed Know Best. A must-have." --Jamie Lee Curtis

"I think RIE should be a national program so that parents all over the country can have the opportunity that my family had." --Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary

"This terrific book is written by someone who really understands daily life with a baby. Deborah Carlisle Solomon shows how you can build an enjoyable relationship with your baby through the power of observation."--Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

"Outstanding! Absorbing and powerful. Deborah Solomon's experiences augment Magda Gerber's teachings and expand our thinking about who babies are and what they need. This book is loaded with potent new ideas--ideas that in some ways are quite different from the usual advice experts give parents. Easy to read, eye-opening, hard to forget!" --Janet Gonzalez-Mena, co-author of Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers and author of Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences

"An invaluable contribution for parents and for anybody who cares about young children. RIE offers a gentle, supportive approach that fosters your self-confidence and helps you rediscover the joys of raising a child. A refreshing departure from the didactic, overly prescriptive books that seem to dominate the parenting literature. I strongly recommend it." --Alicia Lieberman, PhD, author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler

"RIE gave us a loving methodology for how to do the most important thing in the world--understand and nurture our babies. It fostered a communication and interplay that we've built upon all their lives. This was invaluable and loving knowledge." --Jason Alexander, actor

"How to be attentive but not intrusive, loving but not smothering, kind but not indulging, guiding but not controlling, strict but not rigid--all this is wonderfully laid out in RIE's Educaring Approach. We are raising an independent being that I can feel incredibly close to. Thank you Magda Gerber and all the wonderful infant educarers!" --Hank Azaria, actor

"RIE has been a blessing in our lives, giving us the chance to learn that our baby can teach us best when we observe carefully. We've learned to respect him as he expresses his needs." --Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his wife Eloísa Maturén

"A quietly brilliant parenting book, full of wisdom and calm guidance."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an infant/toddler educator and speaker. She works with parents, caregivers, early interventionists and other professionals to help them to "see infants with new eyes," and to create relationships with babies and young children based on understanding and respect. She was RIE Executive director from 2006 to 2014 and has addressed national and international infancy and early childhood conferences workshops. Deborah lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316219207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316219204
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a point in our parenting culture where we are at extremes of either helicoptering or on the verge of neglect, this book offers an easy balance between the extremes. There are examples of how to enjoy diapering and avoid the humiliation of toilet training. There are examples of naps made easy, and terrific anecdotes about siblings, eating and how to establish routines that work for everyone. It's really quite profound in its simplicity. I think that what it's offering both the child and parent is a lifetime of honest interaction and resilience. Wow. It's really important information and the author has a light touch regarding very charged up topics. I think this book may be regarded as an irreplaceable baby bible for new parents now and for many, many decades. My passionate recommendation is read it before your baby comes and use as a resource as he/she grows into toddlerhood and beyond.
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Best baby raring book out there! I once was lost.... but now I'm found! Magda sure had a gift.My child out performs her peers in many areas, and I know it's because of the skills I learned from this amazing book.
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This is a good book explaining and summarizing the RIE philosophy, but to be honest I am not sure what makes it much different from Magda Gerber's own wonderful book "Your self-confident baby". "Baby Knows Best" presents the same concepts in a slightly different tone which I found a bit preachy at times (as opposed to Magda's warm and non-judgemental approach). I found the word play in the title "the RIE way" a bit too much, too, as it sort of implies RIE=right. To clarify, I am a long follower of RIE and believe in it wholeheartedly.
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I discovered this book when my daughter was a few weeks old. I had read so many different books at that point and I was incredibely overwhelmed with all the conflicting advice. In an act of desperation I started browsing through Amazon, and luckily this book had just been released so it featured prominently. My first thought was "Baby Knows Best?? Thank God, because I certainly have no idea what I'm doing." From the first chapter I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Everything made sense, all the advice was cohesive and part of a well-developed methodology. The pressure went way down. Observe your baby, don't try to do so much, trust yourself and trust your child. I have a fairly anxious, Type-A personality, so Deborah's advice allowed me to let go a bit, relax, and I started to enjoy my daughter so much more. She is 10 months old now and I still go back to this book for guidance, and it helps me every single time. After vetting so many books this is the only one I now recommend or buy for my expecting friends.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in better understanding their child. Deborah gives concrete examples for everyday situations from feeding, playing, and sleeping. I read this in a few days and it truly gave me that little extra confidence to really try and understand what my baby was telling me all along.
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I gained an entirely new perspective on baby-rearing from this book, and love the basic principles of RIE. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 simply because I don't plan to implement every single idea into our lifestyle. That being said, I think parents with babies could really learn a lot from this book, and kids would be better off because of it!
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Deborah Carlisle Solomon's book is a perfectly laid out gift of a more peaceful, loving, nurturing way to raise a child. RIE has enabled me to slow down and really SEE and HEAR my child - to put spaces and pauses in our daily dialogue so I miss less and see more. It has helped relax me as a parent and help our entire family be more present in our daily lives. My daughter learned how to self-soothe in her crib and play by herself because of tips and gentle guidelines from Deborah. My daughter has only recently been speaking in full sentences but I feel we've been fully communicating since we first met...
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Love this book. It is beautifully written, and interesting to the non-parent as well as those in the throes... In addition to being a thoughtful approach to parenting, the principles outlined offer insight into the power of taking time to observe before reacting in all relationships. The thesis of Baby Knows Best is an interesting comment on how each of us can simplify and improve our relationships by assuming all individuals, as well as babies, are competent and can make good decisions.
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