I’ve been doing some heavy duty book reading these days, let me tell you! Every book that I’ve received to review recently has been great, but Superbaby, by Dr. Jenn Berman, has been one of the best.
The book title byline is “12 ways to give your child a head start in the first 3 years”. Admittedly, this would have been a good book for me to have read 2 years ago, as Violet turns 2 this coming week, but it still contains plenty of information and parental skill suggestions that will be helpful for us over the next year.
The chapters are as follows:
1. Talk the Talk – Respectful Communication
2. You Got Me! – Responding to Cues
3. Tick-Tock – Creating Security and Predictability
4. Let Your Fingers Do the Walking – The Importance of Touch
5. More than Chitchat – Promoting Language Development
6. Talk to the Hand – Sign Language
7. Babies without Borders – Foreign Language
8. Baby Got Book – Reading
9. A Different Kind of Toy Story – The Importance of Play
10.Thinking Outside the Box – Screen Time
11.It’s Easy Being Green – Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
12.Food For Thought – Eating and Nutrition
The book also contains four appendixes, Child Care, Preschool, Sample Baby Schedules, and Reducing the Risk of SIDS.
I really liked the “Baby Got Book” chapter. Violet is at the point now where she doesn’t want US to read to HER, but she wants to look through the books herself. Many of her books she knows well from reading them hundreds of times, and she will say the words that she knows on the correct pages. I really liked the techniques Dr. Berman suggested for initiating reading skills. Violet is now at the age where this is appropriate – provided she lets us read to her! (luckily, a few nights a week we can read at least one book to her – as opposed to us reading 5 books a night to her about a month ago!)
My other favorite chapter was “It’s Easy Being Green”, because it’s pretty obvious that we try to live as green as we can and work to help minimize our carbon footprint on the World. However, this chapter also takes a look at things like parabens and BPA in products babies use. There was some slight mis-information about cloth diapers. The author assumes that all who use cloth diapers use a diaper service and mentions that there could be impact from the amount of gasoline used by the company who picks up/drops off the diapers, and that whatever detergent was used might not be 100% safe. Of course, the vast majority of people I know who cloth diaper do their own laundry and don’t use a service.
I think this is a valuable resource for any parent of an infant or toddler. Obviously everyone is going to choose the parenting style that works best for their family and their lifestyle, but Superbaby contains valuable information well worth reading and considering as you raise your child.
Superbaby retails for $24.95 and can be found at Barnes and Noble.
I received a copy of Superbaby for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.