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Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained [Hardcover]

Jennifer Margulis
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

September 1, 2005
As soft, warm, and cuddly as they are, babies often display puzzling behaviors that can startle, concern, and leave both novice parents and seasoned grandparents scratching their collective heads in bemusement.

After all, many newborns emerge into the world with cone-shaped heads, half-closed eyes, and wrinkled, peeling skin. Some even have acne.

As they grow, they continue to make funny noises, they find specs of dust in the air so fascinating they will cross their eyes to follow them, they enjoy sucking on their own toes, and they cough, splutter, spit up, and drool!

This unique books explains key baby behaviors parents and other caregivers encounter in babies between 0 and one year old.

The behaviors range from the truly bizarre (why do babies play with their own poop?) to the truly lovable (why do babies love to be cuddled?) and everything in between.

This witty and informative book not only informs but also inspires the reader to play peek-a-boo, cuddle, bounce, and enjoy everything unique about babies.

In photographs and prose, Why Babies Do That captures some of a baby's finest, albeit fleeting, moments.


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"With all the parenting books out there, one women found a way to write about babies without doling out the usual advice about sleep schedules and breast feeding."

(Ashland Daily Tidings )

About the Author

Now James and his wife, Jennifer Margulis, have three kids…so far. Jennifer Margulis has eaten fried crickets in Niger, performed the cancan in America, and appeared on prime-time television in France.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Military History Quarterly, Wondertime Magazine, and dozens of other national and local magazines and newspapers.

An award-winning writer and former Fulbright Scholar, she lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and three children.

To view James and Jennifer's blog on this, and other books click here. 

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Willow Creek Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595432434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595432438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Relief June 28, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: I am a new parent. And, despite the volumes of information from books and advice from other parents, I have found the experience to be often baffling. (And I consider myself to be educated and reasonably intelligent.)

Perhaps it is the avalanche of information and advice under which I've been suffocating that makes this book so pleasant. The pictures are appropriate and cute (though none of these babies are as cute as my daughter) and the brief answers to questions like "why do some newborns open only one eye at a time, cross their eyes, or roll their eyes back" (all of which my daughter does) offer jolts of relief when needed.

OK, this book is no Dr. Spock or What to Expect in the First Year; still, it's a fun little book that I've found offers relief when your child really does seem a cipher.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely gift book for the baby lover in your life November 13, 2005
Jennifer Margulis has written a gorgeous gift book about babies. Each section of the book focuses on a particular aspect of infant behavior that may be puzzling to new parents -- e.g. why babies have such erratic sleep patterns, why they have to eat so often, why they say "dada" before "mama," and so on. The book would make a great gift for new parents, a school-aged older sibling of a new baby, or a doting grandparent. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect baby shower gift! April 30, 2006
This is the perfect baby shower gift idea. An absolutely divine book; each page is dedicated to explaining a baffling baby behavior, beautifully illustrated with stunning photos.

The book is written in a humorous way, but it is still informative. Besides having a good giggle at the odd things babies do, you actually learn.

It is such a nice baby shower gift, unusual and also so useful.

But the best bit....Once you've finished reading and you've learnt what you need to know, it makes a perfect book to `read' to your baby, because as you know, babies LOVE looking at pictures of other babies.

I loved this book. Such a lovely, sunny, funny, cute book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's Why! June 29, 2006
I always lamented the fact that babies don't come with operating instructions. I knew What to Expect When I was Expecting, but not after. With little baby experience, and even less baby BOY experience, when my babies were born I was forced to trust my instincts and absorbed advice from friends, hoping that I was somewhere in the ballpark of "doing it right". And now, here's exactly the book that would have helped.

The book is beautifully done and answers mysterious questions like WHY baby sucks her thumb, or bangs her head or plays with her poop. Each page of text is balanced by a photograph of a beautiful baby - some featuring acne, even, when we're wondering Why Babies Have Acne. This is a great book for parents of young babies - I've already given it as a baby shower gift to great reviews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries...solved December 10, 2005
Baby behavior is definitely baffling. When I was a first time parent I often looked at the mysterious little person sharing my life and wondered...why? Why is peek-a-boo so endlessly fascinating? Why does she fall apart if I leave the room even for a moment. I wish I had had this book then, because a lot of my questions are answered in it. Jennifer Margulis's voice is warm, knowledgeable, and personal. New parents will be reassured that the strange things that their babies do are not only normal, but important and meaningful. The photographs are both sweet and honest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION: BABY LOVERS November 1, 2005
We are used to seeing babies do the quirkiest things; like drool and go bald and smile for no apparent reason. But, WHY? Funny and factual, "Why Do Babies Do That" addresses these rarely questioned, widely accepted strange little behaviors with scientifically fascinating answers and comforting quips each with an awwww-striking photograph of the precious little creatures we love (and once were) - BABIES. Delightful, great stocking stuffer.

Susan Buscaglia
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adorable October 30, 2005
Ever wonder why babies drool? Or why they just won't go to sleep? Or why they grab onto your finger with a grip of iron? Or why they're so dang cute? Jennifer Margulis has the answers for you in this little coffee table book filled with solid answers and the cutest dang babies. A great shower gift, or a birth gift for an older sibling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable pictures...a great shower gift May 29, 2006
By Toffee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this after reading about it on a blog. The pictures are great and I love reading about why babies do that. I think this would be a great shower gift. I got this when my baby was almost one...probably because I didn't have time to read it before then!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE, BUT NOTE NECESSARY
Published 1 month ago by Gloria
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I got this book after I had my baby thinking that it would give me some clues of how to figure out baby signs or behaviors .. it was a disappointment.. it didn't add anything new..
Published on July 31, 2011 by Nas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
This is a fun little book. A very quick read. For the price, you really can't go wrong.
Published on July 19, 2011 by honest-reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Baby Shower Gift
I have been giving "Why Babies Do That," as baby shower gifts, delighting expectant parents every time. Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Jeri B
5.0 out of 5 stars Multipurpose fun book
This book will not replace your baby care books but it is a fun little book full of interesting tidbits about babies. Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by S. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific gift for baby showers/new mothers
This is my fovorite gift to give for baby showers or as a gift for new mothers. It is such a fun read, but short enough chapers to enjoy if time is limited. Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by V. Carol Zecha
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Babies Do that
I've purchased this book for several friends who are expecting babies. It has a wonderful way of explaining a baby's behavior during the first several months of life.
Published on March 8, 2009 by Marsha S. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect baby gift
I have given this book to new Moms and experienced Moms and all have enjoyed the book.I read it and learned a few things after being the Mom of three and Grandmother of 10.
Published on July 17, 2007 by Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained
I recently sent this to two first-time mothers who found the book both interesting and useful. I've ordered extra copies as future gifts.
Published on March 10, 2007 by Gloria J. Callaci
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained
I bought this as a gift for a co-worker, but it looked so interesting I couldn't help leafing thru it. Lots of good information.
Published on July 25, 2006 by Elizabeth CC
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