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SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years Hardcover – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402770332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402770333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Berman (aka Dr. Jenn), a Los Angeles psychotherapist and author (The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids), focuses on development in the first three years of life. The mother of toddler twin girls, Berman quickly points out that her purpose is not to create an "uberbaby." In fact, the author flatly rejects such approaches as Baby Einstein, flash cards, and "infantainment." Instead, she guides parents though 12 crucial steps that help children grow intellectually and emotionally, devoting well-researched chapters to communication, responding to cues, creating predictability, the importance of touch, language development, sign language, foreign language, reading, play, the hazards of screen time, living green, and food and nutrition. Berman threads the work of respected parenting experts and scientific evidence throughout her text, shoring up her message that the first three years are vital for forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. In each chapter, she explains both why and how; for instance, play helps kids problem solve, and, among other benefits, aids in social development and impulse control; she follows up with creative toy and play ideas. The author doesnÖt just talk the talk; in her chapter on language, she notes that her own toddlers have learned Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. BermanÖs absorbing new book will help parents give their youngsters a nurturing head start and a firm foundation for growth and learning.
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About the Author

Dr. Jenn Berman, a marriage, family and child therapist in private practice, is a regular on The Today Show and The Early Show; she has also appeared on Oprah, The Tyra Banks Show and hundreds of others. Her award-winning "Dr. Jenn" parenting column has been published for over eight years by Los Angeles Family magazine and four others.

More About the Author

Dr. Jenn Berman is a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist in Los Angeles. She has appeared as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows. She hosts a daily call-in advice show called "The Love and Sex Show with Dr. Jenn" on Sirius/XM. She is the author of two LA Times best selling parenting books. Her "Dr. Jenn" parenting column is printed in five magazines and she is on the Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine. Dr. Jenn has an eco-friendly clothing line for adults and children www.ShopRetailTherapy.net. Dr. Jenn lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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I'm so thankful I read this book beforehand.
Jade Whaley
So, kudos to Dr. Jenn for a great book and thanks to her also, for helping me to re-asses my parenting "skills" (I use that word loosely).
Mrs.CH3
It's really interesting, easy to read, and makes a lot of sense.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Rosario on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this book and although she has some great ideas, I'd like to issue a word of caution to new parents who are reading this book as a manual for how to parent their first child. I have two children, one who is six and one who is six months. With the now-six-year-old I didn't read any parenting books, but just followed the advice given to me by many...read, read, read, and then read some more to your child. My daughter and I literally read hundereds of books together...and we're still reading! While I'm sure that this would meet with Dr. Berman's approval, I know that some of the other practices we follow would not. She advocates buying organic food, green-friendly, non-motorized toys, and banning ALL TV, even DVD's, for at least the first three years (even playing in the background is not OK). We buy regular food from the supermarket, my daughter's toys were of the Fischer-Price/Playskool assortment, and many of them had bells and whistles. Plus she loved watching Dora, Backyardigans, and so on. And yet she does not seem any worse for the wear as a result of my "bad parenting". In fact she is very social, imaginative, and loves to learn. She doesn't have ADD or ADHD. And she tested borderline-gifted in her kindergarten class (although the gifted program for our district doesn't officially start until 2nd grade). I do think this book has some great ideas, but had I read it when I was pregnant with #1 I might have been overwhelmed by EVERYTHING that I needed to do to be a great parent to my daughter. Take heart new parents....you don't have to be perfect to raise an amazing child. Read this book definitely, but know that even if you only put into practice half of what is preached, you're still giving your babies a great start. And read, read, read, to your children...it's absolutely the best thing you can do.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Walker on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book really delivers on the subtitle that promises to give your child a "head start." I feel like reading this has given me a head start as a parent of an infant (I wish I had read it with my first child!). It is really well researched, fun to read, informative and helpful. I love the illustrations of baby massage and baby sign language! It has lots of great tips. Who knew that using a doormat could reduce lead dust in the house by 50%? I had no idea that reading three books a week could increase my child's vocabulary by 15-40%.

Now that I know that, I am reading to all my kids a lot more so I really appreciated her recommended book list in the reading chapter. I have been so tired of reading the same books and she got me discovering a bunch of new ones I never even heard of. Her list is really comprehensive and divided by topics (cloth books, ABC, potty training, big bed, animals, starting preschool, etc.).

In the main chapters, Dr. Berman covers twelve different topics:
Respectful Communication
Responding to Cues
Creating Security and Predictability
Touch
Language Development
Baby Sign Language
Foreign Languages
Reading
Play
TV
Toxic Chemicals
Feeding and Nutrition

In the additional chapters she also covers:
Child Care
Preschool
Baby Schedules
SIDS
Resources

She also includes all these "From the Experts" boxes from some of my favorite books and experts like: Dr. Karp, Dr. Sears, Positive Discipline, Love & Logic, Super Baby Foods, Signing Time, and Sleepy Planet. I am so glad I got this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mbdoctor on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm an early childhood educator, and I've read many books on parenting and child development. "Superbaby" introduces a fresh, positive approach to parenting that is based on solid research and best practices. Dr Berman provides a model for parenting that is based on a child-centered approach that encourages parents to develop a healthy relationship with their child. She details specific strategies for supporting early learning in a fun and developmentally-appropriate way.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I'm a full-time mummy on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Superbaby! Who in their right mind would want to turn down the opportunity to review a parenting book? Of course, at first I was a bit skeptical when I saw the title but thank God I surfed around to get more information about the book and decided yeap, this is the one! And thank God that Emily, the representative from Sterling Publishing gladly agrees to send me a copy for review! Awesome!

Now back to the book, it is broken down into 12 chapters, which I will note down my feedback in red for your easier reading:

# 1 - Talk the Talk: Respectful Communication
My feedback: I love the section about the advantages to using narration when communicating to our child and agree with the 10 reasons why we should not spank our child. You should also read about the 10 pillars of respectful communication and the 10 rules for effective praise. Great points there!

# 2 - You Got Me! Responding to Cues
My feedback: I love the 10 points that prevents parents from responding to their child's cues and couldn't agree more (guilty too!). Am making my best effort to do away with all the interruptions stated in the book.

# 3 - Tick-Tock: Creating Security and Predictability
My feedback: In this chapter, I get to understand the reasons to putting our child on schedule and totally agree with it. We used to have irregular going to bed time for Ben few months back, he would sometimes sleep at 9pm, or 11pm or even past midnight, but after a couple of weeks of following a schedule, now Ben goes to sleep around 10.30pm or so. We will be on the lookout for signs of tiredness or sleepiness around 30 minutes prior or after his usual bed time.
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