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Practical and simple handbook to help babies and parents enjoy their first year together
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2018
Baby's First Year Milestones is a beautifully organized read. It's laid out by month and gives you a brief overview of what to expect from your baby and how to help them develop with simple activities, songs and materials most of which are already found in your home. The end of chapter summaries, notes sections and checklists in the back help me keep track of my baby's progress.
What I loved most about this book and I think differentiates it from others baby books I've read is how the writing style gives me such a sense of calmness and builds my confidence in caring for my baby. The brevity of each section makes this book incredibly approachable and enables follow through even while caring for a new infant and a wild toddler. I can just quickly flip to the month my baby is in and review a few pages for ideas or take a note then set it down again for a few weeks. I really appreciate that the author provides a handful of activities and verbal games for each month rather than bombarding the reader with hundreds of overly explained things they must do to keep baby on track.
I have a 2 year old and a 1 month old and I love that I now feel like I can provide a developmentally appropriate environment for my baby by slowing down and enjoying a relaxed and simple play time with him. I wish I'd had this book with my first child so I wouldn't have spent so much money on a ton of obnoxious different toys or wasted all my spare time cobbling together ideas from apps and blogs and attempting unnecessarily complicated Pinterest projects.
My baby seems to enjoy the activities and is very mellow and attentive during play sessions. I'm also so much more in tune with the little things my baby is practicing and able to respect his interests and needs better. I appreciate the authors tips about baby cues like how turning away is a sign of overstimulation or disinterest in an object indicating it may be time for resting and the suggestion to give them independent play time while they're engaged with something and just observe them.
I received an advanced copy from the publisher after having already preordered a copy. I'm very much looking forward to using the hard copy and sharing it with my friends and family when they visit my new baby.