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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073820188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738201887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Only 30 minutes old, and a baby stares at her mother's face, then begins maneuvering downward toward mom's nipple. A few days old, and she can track a ball, and "dialogue" with her limbs. Newborns are extraordinary beings, with innate abilities far beyond what is commonly believed. In Your Amazing Newborn, authors Marshall and Phyllis Klaus, renowned experts and authors in the field of newborns (Bonding and Mothering the Mother), combine information gained from decades of research with clear explanations geared toward new parents. The authors begin with the fetus. Through descriptions and ultrasound photography, they discuss the dialogue between mother and fetus and demonstrate the development of touch and hearing. Klaus and Klaus then explore the first minutes of life (the quiet, alert state immediately after birth) and the first few days, including descriptions of the newborn's innate senses and the ability to imitate, reach towards a parent, and enjoy sound and smell. Later chapters focus on adoption, fathering, grandparenting, and sibling responses to a new baby. Enhanced by black-and-white photographs capturing a newborn's remarkable abilities, this beautiful book is for anyone enchanted by babies. For new parents and parents-to-be, it provides insight and useful information about associating with and loving a newborn, and introducing him to the world. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Marshall Klaus, a neonatologist, and Phyllis Klaus, a psychotherapist (coauthors of Bonding and Mothering the Mother), join efforts again to create an insightful book about the newborn. Incorporating information from an earlier collaboration (The Amazing Newborn, 1985), this newest presents the latest research on how babies behave in the first weeks of life. Notably, the Klauses describe new studies?with more than 100 remarkable photographs?indicating the newborn's abilities to reach and, in the right circumstances, to crawl to the mother's breast and begin to nurse without help. Also described are the six states of the newborn's consciousness: quiet alert, active alert, crying, drowsy, quiet sleep and active sleep. The authors underline the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the first moment of life (they warn against loud noise, and suggest that immediate washing after birth removes important chemical signals between infant and mother). A thoughtful chapter on adoption discusses how infants and adoptive parents bond. A wonderful primer for new parents, this attractive volume pays homage to the "mysterious, shifting world of the infant," explaining how and why babies behave the way they do. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book is really informative!
SockMonkey
This is such a great book to read towards the end of your pregnancy to help you understand infant communication and behavior.
S_E.
This was by far the best book I've read during pregnancy.
Sara Stiers

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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This is an amazing book! It contains some fascinating facts about newborns that are not widely known. It is absolutely staggering what these little people are actually capable of! I read it when my son was a few weeks old, but I wish that I had read it before his birth. I would have gotten so much more out of those first few days. I am buying this for my niece who is expecting and I plan to use this book as my standard baby shower gift.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2002
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While other baby books (e.g., What to Expect...) focus on all the things that can go wrong with a baby and all the practical concerns, which are important, this book offers such a wonderfully different perspective: the title sums it up...it's about how amazing newborns are and all they can do at the moment they are born. I read it just before and again just after my newborn came along and the just-after reading made all the difference in the world: made me see not just how important it all was but how amazing this little person was. I wish more people would read this book; I give it to everyone I know who has a baby.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Quickhappy on October 30, 2002
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(I read the 1st edition, which seemed out of date--I trust that this edition is more current.) With our due date just days away, I enjoyed this quick read about infants. Their capabilities will surprise most readers--it's not just that they can smell, listen, and look, it's that they can learn, think, and respond! Truly, the hardwired talents of the littlest humans goes far beyond what most of us suspected, and give us a new outlook on what it means to be human.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sara Stiers on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was by far the best book I've read during pregnancy. It's a fast and interesting read with great information and research that both my husband and I found equally exciting and valuable. I can't stop telling people about it. It's the only book I've read that doesn't preach about the wrong and right way to do things, but offers research to show how intelligent and aware newborns are. It is much less about the parents and much more about the babies. I would highly recommend this to anyone expecting a new baby in their family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Smillie on February 26, 2006
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I'm a pediatrician, and I recommend this book, not only to new parents, but also to health care professionals. This fascinating work is basically an annotated illustrated bibliography to the research in this field. Any professional who wants to know more can take this work as a wonderful, paradigm-shifting and enlightening starting point, and follow the cited works to further work.

I do a lot of teaching, and I recommend this book to doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, and to medical, midwifery, and nursing students, and particularly to residents and fellows in pediatrics, OB and family practice--and of course, to new parents. A huge body of research over the past several decades has demonstrated a grand repertoire of innate hardwired newborn capabilities, including a wonderful capability for very young babies to interact with, and respond to, their parents beginning the first hour of life. My reasons for recommending this updated work begin with all the reasons that the parents who have reviewed this book here have already so eloquently stated. Beyond that, let me add: Marshall Klaus is a neonatologist from UCSF, co-editor and author of Klaus and Fanaroff, a solid neonatology textbook, and a careful and very observant researcher and scholar. Phyllis Klaus is a brilliant and thoughtful psychotherapist. They are an amazing team. The book is beautifully illustrated and fully referenced. Much of the work cited are the classic, seminal studies in the field. It should be required introductory reading for every pediatric resident and neonatology fellow on the planet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
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This is a wonderful book that demonstrates, just as its title indicates, that newborns are truly amazing beings, with far more cognitive abilities than is generally assumed.
For example, one of those abilities is the capacity to instinctively know how to reach for his or her mother's breast, typically within 45-90 minutes after birth....there are many photographs, some astounding, especially the ultrasound photos)...
I would not have the slightest reservations giving this book as a present to expectant parents or parents of a newborn.
This book was both educational and delightful both for my wife and for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Cordelia on April 11, 2007
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This book is brief and simply written with wonderful photos. It discusses the characteristics of infants only in the first days of life; it doesn't cover how, say, a 1 month old is different from an infant. The pictures are wonderful and informative. For a more thorough discussion without the excellent photos, I recommend What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot

What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
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I bought this book based on the rave reviews of the beautiful photos and learning what newborns are capable of. I did like most of the photos. However what I found most interesting was learning how the researchers did the studies that led to knowing how the babies think. I have always wondered how they know what scents, sounds, sights, etc. a baby reacts to. It is too basic for anyone who wants an in-depth explanation of the studies, but for a layperson it was very informative to read how some of the studies were done, and amazing to see how such young newborns react.
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