Home-grown Baby

Home Grown Baby

Gentle loving ways of enriching babies intelligence and laying a foundation for mastering coordination, language, and dressing skills.

Activities for newborns to toddlers to:

The early years are significant. Intelligence and coordination can be developed in a child at a very early age and babies are eager to learn. They want to move so they can explore. Like little scientist they want to investigate everything they come in contact with. How does it look? Taste? Feel? Move? Sound? What happens if it’s dropped? Shaken? Eaten?

Research unfailingly shows these opportunities for movement and exploration deepen development and provide a strong foundation for mental and physical growth.

Home Grown Baby’s fun activities can grow a bigger brain but as importantly they can provide many loving bonding moment with you and your baby and fit easily into daily life.

A book for parents of newborns, grandparents aunties, babysitters, professionals, working with children-at-risk, caregivers and students of child development. . The book includes the milestones for motor, sensory, cognitive and social development from birth to 12 months

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Praise for Home-Grown Baby

"Your book is wonderful—full of great information presented in a very user-friendly format-- and one we will suggest to professionals for use in their work with families.-- Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, Director of Parenting Resource, ZERO TO THREE

"CONCISE ACCURATE EASY-TO-READ" The author had me at the first page: understanding Baby. In one page she accurately provides essential facts to guide a new parent. On the subsequent pages headed with eye control and vision, hearing, touch and smell are easy-to-implement suggestions to encourage development of baby’s senses.

The next three pages: early communication, general exercises and balance continue the theme of practical and simple parent-baby interaction. As much as I like scooterboards I think inclusion in this book was questionable for nothing more than few homes have one.

From head to toe – four pages that nicely describe the development of descending motor control. Motor progression is further described from sitting balance to beginning walking. The recommendations under self-feeding and self-dressing reminded me of when our children were small. Several pages include suggestions to prompt cognitive, social, language and visual perceptual development.

The booklet ends with four pages of developmental skills associated with approximate age of acquisition. Home-grown baby is well done. However, offering this booklet to parents of children who are diagnosed or already identified as developmentally delayed would be a misuse in my opinion. The recommendations are safest for infants and young children who have the potential to develop typically.

The first sentence on the back cover shows the author’s agreement with me on the use of this book.

“A book for parents of newborns, grandparents aunties, babysitters, professionals, working with children-at-risk, caregivers and students of child development.”

The best use of this booklet would be with early childhood educators and parents who are in need of that education. I was reminded of when I gave child development classes in a homeless shelter for pregnant women. Women from disadvantaged homes are often uninformed about babies and how best to promote their development. I specifically contrast children-with-diagnoses from ‘children-at-risk’ due to a poor home environment. Lovely and easy to read though it is, home-grown baby is not the best supplement for therapy when a child has a development-altering diagnosis.

The artwork is good enough but the persons depicted as ‘parent’ look more like older children – giving misrepresentation, I think. I would not, for instance, allow another child to manage a baby sitting on a ball (p. 19). The suggestion to place magazine photos inside the head the crib for visual interest is questionable in my opinion (p. 14). I have met loving parents who might not realize when it is time to stop taping paper inside the crib when the baby can grab the paper and put it in her mouth (providing a choke hazard).

If you are in a position to influence educators in parenting or lead parent education yourself home-grown baby could be a nice supplement. -- Barbara H. Boucher, OT, PhD, PT for PediaStaff


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