I first thought that this book might be another collection of activities and would be limited to the "playgroup crowd." As a working parent whose child was in daycare from very early, we don't participate in playgroups. However, I quickly found out that this was not JUST another listing of activities nor was it limited to playgroups. I found the activities to be stimulating and fun for BOTH me and my son (and he's now 5˝)... a great way for a working parent who wants to relax some on weekends and evenings to have fun with her child. The book definitely lives up to helping parents live Mommy & Me's philosphy: "Living, laughing and learning... Together." I'm getting the book for all of my friends with kids under 5, and those who are expecting!
I recently was given this book as a shower gift, along with a couple of other how-to books. I can tell already that this is going to be the one I reach for most when I'm looking for things to do with my new baby and my preschooler. It's beautifully designed and has a great, fun spirit. The writer clearly knows what moms go through and has a warm, cheerful way of guiding you through the activities. I also enjoyed the range of information -- the Mommy's Memos and Mom, Did You Know columns are really interesting and cover topics from child development to scientific and historical trivia. With so many books out there telling new parents how to take temperatures and give baths to babies, it's nice to have one that tells you how to build confidence and develop skills just by spending time playing with your child.
I thought I was buying a Mommy and Me activity book for my neice and her new baby but I got so much more. As a mother who has sucessfully raised a daughter, and as an Art Therapist, I was thrilled to read so many wonderful ideas in one book. Art Therapists know that arts and crafts are important ways to communicate with your child; far beyond the end product that you and your child make. Dr. Nurik has combined her activities with information about developmental stages, what your child is learning, and how the activity increases bonding time. She seems like a really loving person too, she shares little tidbits about her daughter and husband, and even reminds us to put aside romance time with our husbands. I loved the Mommy's Memos in the margins; quick references about development and advice on typical new mommy concerns. I've always needed help with cooking projects and singing activities for young children and was glad to see them incorporated into the arts and crafts projects. I recommend this book to new mothers because it puts so many interesting ideas together in one easy to read place.
I bought this book to give me some ideas to keep my baby entertained. Some of the activities are quite "obvious" but I like the fact that it organizes them by age, that it explains what my baby is learning with each of them and why not, that despite being "obvious" sometimes we, moms, forget that we can actually do things like that and the book is there to remind us. The activities do not require expensive materials. So far I've been able to do most of them (my baby will be 1 year old in a few days) with stuff I had around home. I'm looking forward to the more "complex" projects when he grows up a little more, but we've been having lots of fun with the earlier activities.
I have other activity books and even though I also like them, I have the feeling they are more oriented to houses with plenty of room, and I don't have that luxury!
I recently got this book as a gift and was immediately impressed by how much great information there was in it. It is full of great ideas of things to do with your little one. I love the songs and the different activities. Whenever I start going crazy looking for things to do with my 2 year old daughter, I just pick a page in the book -- and it will keep us busy for an hour or more! I highly recommend this book for moms looking for fun things to do with their young children.
My wife has some limitations on imagining what to do all day with our 9mos old so I thoguth I'd see if there was anything out there that woudl help. I bought the book knowing that it covered a wide range of ages, but was expecting abit more on the pre-walking stages of a childs life. There were a few things, but most of the good suggestions and activities were for toddlers and pre-shoolers.
The authors have written a book that one can read with one hand while changing a diaper with the other. This is not rocket science--you can make sense of it quickly and easily, and that's essential when you have a toddler in the house! Get it. Read it. And get on the Mommy & Me track. In a year where everything has gotten exceedingly more difficult, thanks for making my life easier. A grateful Aunt--who needs all the help she can get!
This is a MUST book for all parents! It is simple and easy to use with loads of activites that aid in bonding with your child and helping them develop. It should be given to ALL new parents! I was really impressed with the book...and that is not easy.