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Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby Paperback – January 13, 2011
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From an international expert on infant-parent communication, Your Baby Is Speaking To You is destined to become a parenting classic. Through intimate access to babies and their families, Dr. Kevin Nugent and acclaimed photographer Abelardo Morell capture the amazingly precocious communications strategies babies demonstrate from the moment they are born.
Your Baby Is Speaking to You illustrates the full range of behaviors—early smiling to startling, feeding to sleeping, listening to your voice and recognizing your face. The newest research—including information on subtle and fleeting behaviors not seen or explained in any other book—illuminates the meaning of the things babies do that concern and delight new parents:
– the language of yawning
– the rich range of cries, and how to understand their meanings
– baby’s earliest “sleep smiles” and sleep states, and what they signify
Your Baby Is Speaking To You delivers the information parents crave in gentle, accessible style while giving parents the confidence they need to respond to their own baby’s way of communicating during the very first astonishing days and the months beyond.
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More About the Author
He and his colleagues have developed the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system, a clinical observation tool designed to help parents understand their baby's communication cues and strengthen the bond between parents and their baby.
Read more about Dr. Nugent's work at www.drkevinnugent.com
"I am passionate about giving parents the confidence they need to enter into conversation with their baby - one that will lay the groundwork for everything that is vital and beautiful about the relationship between parent and child" (From Your Baby is Speaking to You).
Top Customer Reviews
For me, the one downside of the book is that the vocabulary level is unnecessarily high -- with phrases like "liminal periods" and "transient phenomena" sprinkled throughout, reading this book would be a bit intimidating for some, let alone when you're the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed new parent of a newborn. If it hadn't been for that issue, I would have considered buying copies of this book in bulk to give to families in our research study.
That said, I still think it's a great book -- I just wish it had been written at a level that would be accessible to a broader audience.
Growing up my mother was a child development specialist so I have always had an interest in children. That was over 30 years ago for me and now I have a 6 week old. This book was of great interest to me being a first time mother and not sure if I was understanding my new baby. This book does not set out to give advice on how to care for your baby but rather help you recognize your baby's behavior and expression through a page full of descriptions and photographs. Most of it you will already know, the gut feeling you get but too many times new parents doubt themselves and are quick to either call the pediatrician or turn to an internet search engine to see if it is `normal'. This book will help you go with your gut and listen to your baby's behavior language through the words and photographs.
This book has helped me understand my 6 week daughter better without wondering what she might be telling me. The book is broken down into 6 sections with a subject on the left page and a photograph/picture of the right pertaining to the subject. The one that I was not aware of was "The Fencer Response". I have now been observing my baby more closely to see which side she turns her head when she lies down and what arm is extended.
The book is well written and very easy to read. Having a newborn in the home I was able to get through the book within an afternoon.Read more ›
Dr. Nugent, a psychologist, explains how infants' behaviors and expressions communicate what babies needs and feelings. The book is divided into six sections: 1. Sleeping, Crying and Eating, 2. The Amazing Newborn, 3. Your Baby's Senses, 4. Settling In, 5. The Social Newborn and 6. The Growing Baby, the Bigger World. He discusses the types of smiles and cries that the child makes, and what a few basic reflexes mean. He helps the caregiver interpret the expressions that can mean overstimulation, discovery, or distress. Interestingly, babies not only reflexively grasp your finger, but the foot also makes a kind of grasping posture. Also of note is the specific function of a yawn as it relates to breathing. I found it interesting that a newborn child has sufficiently developed vision to be able to track a ball held a few inches from it's eyes. And the child can already distinguish voices by the third trimester in utero.
I got this book because I am expecting a grandchild, and am very much looking forward to seeing her and appreciating more fully the aspects of her communication. I think my daughter-in-law is going to love this book, too. Babies are so beautiful!
As an added bonus, I learned that my newborn loves this book. She enjoys looking at the large photographs of other babies, particularly the baby modeling the "social smile" expression. She can coo and gurgle at that picture forever, it seems. Very cute!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected more from this book after reading the introduction on Amazon. It is filled with great photos and is a good quick read for a new parent or soon to be parent who hasn't... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Cpt2020
This is a nice book but didn't contain as much information as I had hoped it would. Descriptions next to each baby picture are informative but only on a basic level. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sutter
i love this book and the way it is written! I love all the photos! I highly recommend this book to any parent, parent to be, or anyone working with families.Published 4 months ago by veg.me
This is a wonderful book for introducing parents to the wonders of an infant.Published 8 months ago by Cecily A. Hardin
Great photos and great text explaining the body language of newborn babies. As a new mother I really loved this!Published 11 months ago by Sallie Haugen
Amazing book that's a must-have for every new parent. The author knows as much about the non-verbal language of newborn babies as anyone on the planet. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N M Reade