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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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Differences in temperament are obvious in the way newborns move and in their activity levels. For both the mother and father, touching and holding their baby close stimulates a release of oxytocin, which fills the parent with feelings of deep tenderness.
Nowhere is nascent empathy more evident than in the relationship between twins. At first glance you might mistake an expression of overstimulation for a look of intense interest.

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"In this gorgeous book on early infancy, physician Nugent and photographer Morell provide a stunning layout combined with rich, graceful text... This is, quite simply, a beautiful and elegant book, appropriate for anyone who has ever loved, or wants to love, a baby." -- Library Journal, starred review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547242956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547242958
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Kevin Nugent is the Director of the Brazelton Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and teaches at the University of Massachusetts and at Harvard Medical School. A colleagues of Berry Brazelton for over 30 years, he is an international expert on parent-infant communication and the author of Your Baby is Speaking to You, the new highly acclaimed book for parents, and many other books and articles on newborn behavior and early parent-child relationships.

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).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ALH (east coast) Bisou bisou TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 1, 2010
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Over three decades ago the author, Dr. Kevin Nugent, had the opportunity to do rounds with Dr. Berry Brazelton. Dr. Brazleton was known as a pioneer in infancy research. That day changed/shaped the way for Dr. Nugent as he observed Dr. Brazleton interacting with a one day old baby and her young mother. After seeing "Sarah" his day was profoundly changed and that shaped his way for child development.

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Garrison VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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I am involved in research in this field, and I think there are some really amazing things about this book. Recent studies over the last few years have found increasing evidence that "emotionally responsive parenting" -- recognizing and responding to your baby's emotions -- has a significantly positive impact on brain development and attachment, and can help prevent behavior problems later in childhood. For families that are interested in applying this research to how they interact with their babies, this book has a lot to offer. It goes through the different emotions that infants start experiencing at different ages, how to learn the facial expressions, body language, and sounds your baby uses to communicate those emotions, and has beautiful black and white photographs of babies with each one.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Draper VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
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This book is truly beautiful. It is written by Dr. J. Kevin Nugent who is the Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute in Boston and is also a professor. The lovely black and white photography which perfectly complement the text is by noted photographer (also a professor), Abelardo Morell. I found the pictures to be exquisitely artistic as they capture the nuances of infants' emotions and behaviors, and the text to be compassionate and interesting.

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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Dawson on November 28, 2010
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There are lots of parenting books on the market, and I've read a lot of them. Although such books are undeniably helpful, after awhile they all start to sound the same. Your Baby Is Speaking to You, however, is a differnt kind of parenting book. Using full-size photographs of real babies, this book teaches you how to distinguish your baby's various expressions. I learned how to differentiate between deep sleep and light sleep, full crying and mere fussiness, and active alertness and overstimulation. Each photograph of a particular baby state of mind is accompanied by several paragraphs of text describing the state of mind and how to recognize it. This is a very helpful format, and it's easy to flip through the book quickly to find the information you need about a particular mood or expression without reading the entire book from cover to cover.

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!
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