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"Experimenting with Babies is a wonderful book, giving parents a hands-on way to understand their baby's emerging mind.  The experiments are easy, fun, and nicely annotated with the real science behind them.  What a fabulous way for parents to get to know their new child!"
—Lise Eliot, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University and author of What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

“With the marketplace urging parents to buy all manner of things to make their babies ‘smart,’ Gallagher’s book offers parents a view based in science on how much babies really know and figure out on their own.  Parents will have fun with this book and gain new respect and awe for their babies’ amazing capabilities.”
—Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., H. Rodney Sharp Professor, University of Delaware and coauthor of How Babies Talk, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, and a Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool

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Shaun Gallagher, a father of two ongoing science experiments, is a writer and a former magazine and newspaper editor. He also runs the popular website Correlated.org, which analyzes statistical data to find funny and surprising correlations. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162466
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Moore on May 9, 2014
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Book emphasizes cognitive and behavioral tests that are performed non invasively. There is no information about surgical experiments intended to transform the baby into a post technological horrorbeast capable of dominating the globe. Perhaps this gap will be addressed by a sequel. In any case, this is acceptable if you recognize the inherent limitations of the content.
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I started buying this book for friends and family who are reproducing or who have recently reproduced, mainly because the title makes me giggle and the reviews are good. Turns out that it is like crack for new parents who are already fascinated by every burp, wiggle, and wide-eyed blink that emerges from their offspring. It gives them more to do with the infant than just stare at it and make odd, high-pitched sounds. The only drawback is when they want to tell you all about the results of the experiments as if I have read the book and know what they are talking about. They seem so excited about it that I don't want to burst their bubble, so I nod and smile and think about how much sleep I got the night before, and how I went to see a movie at a theater without weeks of planning. Results may vary.
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Bought this for a friend of mine who's expecting. This book is great - it presents information from various scientific studies in a way that's digestible and entertaining, while showing you how to re-produce those same experiments in your own home.
I like that the experiments are categorized by the age range of the child (e.g., 0-1 month) and difficulty level of the experiment. I also like how each chapter is separated into clear, easy-to-follow sections (e.g., "The Hypothesis" and "The Takeaway").
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This was a quick and interesting read. I enjoyed the experiments and their relationship to developmental milestones. This book is great for any new parent!
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Gave this for a baby shower gift to a friend who is a bit of a science nerd. She and her husband are enjoying bonding with their baby while "experimenting" with the baby. The experiments are easy to do and there are different experiments to perform as the baby grows
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Fun read, but relies a lot on timing baby's attention span or interest in watching one thing or another. Which is fine more in theory than in practice... I wish the authors had given a little bit more advice on how to do the timing (sit on one parent's lap? enlist a friend?) and what counts as losing interest. We missed a lot of opportunities to test our baby, as we only got turned onto this book at 11 months. So read early and have fun!
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I bought this as a gift for my brother-in-law who recently had a daughter. My wife's family thought it was hilarious and the experiments actually seem pretty interesting. I was expecting this book to be more of a satirical book but it has a lot of interesting experiments that are pretty educational. I don't have kids myself but, I would get this book if I ever do.
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Bought this for my best friend child and it's really cool. My only huge suggestion is that you buy this book when the baby is just born o that you can get the most use out of the book. The baby that I bought it for is 9 mos and we don't have many experiments left to do because we started mid book
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