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Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five Paperback – April 22, 2014

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"Dr. Medina hits the nail on the head with 'Brain Rules for Baby.' We are always looking for ways to make our kids smarter, better, happier. Medina gives such practical, usable advice and tips."
- Nina L. Shapiro, MD, UCLA School of Medicine

"An engaging and fun-to-read translation of the best research on child development and effective parenting. I gave Dr. Medina's book to my own son."
- Ginger Maloney, Ph.D, The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy

"John Medina uses a very readable and refreshing style to present parenting strategies in the context of factual scientific information."
- Jadene Wong, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine

"If you've no room for another brain-development title, weed an old one to make room for this. Covering such topics as pregnancy, relationships, and "moral" babies, the book will educate even the most learned parents. Medina's humorous, conversational style make this an absolute please to read."
- Library Journal

"We recommend this book to all of our new-parent groups. With a gift for storytelling, Dr. Medina marries the science with practical advice that helps make sense of it all. Sleep-deprived parents still find time to read Brain Rules for Baby and love it."
- Laura Kussick, Executive Director, Program for Early Parent Support

About the Author

Der Molekularbiologe und ehemalige Professor der University of Washington John Medina ist Gr??ndungsdirektor des Talaris Research Institute in Seattle, eines privaten Forschungszentrums, das sich der Frage widmet, wie Babys lernen, und das als Hauptsponsor den Aufbau des neuen Center for Mind, Brain and Learning an der University of Washington unterst??tzt. W??hrend seiner universit??ren Forscherlaufbahn hat sich Medina unter anderem mit der Isolierung und Charakterisierung von Genen befasst, die an der Entwicklung des Herz-Kreislauf-Systems beteiligt sind. Seit einigen Jahren widmet er sich verst??rkt der Wissenschaftskommunikation. Sein voriges Buch "The Clock of Ages" (deutsch: "Die Uhr des Lebens") ist viel gelobt worden.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pear Press; Second Edition edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983263388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983263388
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a young father who has largely avoided the litany of parenting books on the market, I didn't know what to expect from John Medina's "Brain Rules for Baby." Purchased on a whim at the recommendation of a friend, the book sat on my shelf, unread, for several months until I realized that my somewhat laissez-faire style of parenting probably wasn't in the best interests of my children - my 15-month-old son and a baby daughter in the oven. Devouring its contents in about a week, I am very glad I had this epiphany sooner than later.

Despite being a "developmental molecular biologist" by trade, Medina is a refreshingly savvy writer, opting to avoid much of the jargon that would make the book impenetrable for the untrained layman like me. The book is divided into five clear, topical sections:

- Pregnancy (how to help your baby develop while in utero)
- Relationship (how to avoid the relationship pitfalls many couples experience post-partum)
- Smart Baby (how to optimize your child's brain development and intelligence)
- Happy Baby (how to raise a happy, well-balanced child)
- Moral Baby (how to help your child develop and nurture their moral compass)

Medina does his best to base his recommendations on robust scientific research, which is a plus. As he states early in the introduction, "To gain my trust, research must pass my `grump factor.' To make it into this book, studies must first have been published in the refereed literature and then successfully replicated . . . Where I make an exception for cutting-edge research, reliable but not yet fully vetted by the passage of time, I will note it" (pp. 3).
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I appreciate the down-to-earth, scientific, and reliable advice on what works and what doesn't. There are many theories out there, and worse yet many products, claiming to help babies be happier and smarter, all capitalizing on parents' love and fears. But this book helps not only to debunk those myths, but also to discover issues that were clouded by them. We are bombarded with advertisements on what to buy buy buy, and we check consumer reports to see what products are best. While we know at the back of our mind that things like disciplining and marital relationships are important, we don't spend enough time worrying about these things. This book emphasizes the importance of those missed issues, and gets us back to genuine parenting. The biggest myth that it debunks is that the new baby will simply bring cuteness and happiness to the family. While this is very true, the other side of the picture is overlooked. It's a one-way relationship: the baby takes, I give. If parents have a fairy-tale perception of parenthood, it will lead to trouble. We need to be prepared for a more realistic view of both the great joys and great difficulties of parenting.
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I enjoyed the scientific and evolutionary connections Medina made with current philosophies and culture as well as common sense. I thought he did a nice job of presenting data and what worked for him as a parent without being too preachy or biased, which many other authors of parenting books fall victim to. Overall, an engaging read that I would recommend for those looking for a pregnancy/parenting book with a dose of child psychology.
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Easy to read. Author is very qualified and the research he includes is valid. Loved that it isn't a grocery list of unmanageable skills to develop ... he keeps it simple and focuses on what is important. I can do this!!!
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Well written, super informative, and a pleasure to read. Useful information on creating a healthy environment for your family and baby. I really enjoy the approach used John Medina in explaining his concepts, and how to apply this knowledge to raising your LO. would strongly recommend to any new or prospective parents.
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Excellent baby book! It goes through the science of early brain development in a comprehensive and practical way. The author explains what practices can affect brain development, as shown through empirical evidence, as well as outlining common ideas/practices may not be as important or impactful on brain development.
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I bought this book on kindle and I have to say I really enjoyed reading this. I'm a first time mom and son just turned 1, I have learned a lot from this book. It's very interesting and easy to read, you won't want to put it down.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with little ones, you will love this book!!
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Wonderful way to learn about your baby! John Medina backs everything up with scientific studies and injects personal experiences in at all the right times. This book is so interesting and helps to understand the best way to interact and help your baby grow.
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