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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Reissue edition (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140935119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409351191
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Miriam Stoppard, OBE is a worldwide bestselling childcare author. As a popular medical writer and broadcaster, and via her daily newspaper column, she has helped millions of people deal with life's emotional problems and health issues. Well known for her practical, sympathetic approach to childcare, her aim is to give readers "the confidence to follow their own instincts".

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alicja on 12 Feb. 2010
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I bought the book based on some good reviews and Im not dissapointed. It is rather thin, but reads well, have quite a few interesting ideas and explains the use of particular toys. I thought I wouldn't be bothered with all these expensive mirror toys, crinky books etc, but having read about how they stimulate a child Im going to buy a few and give it a try.The book also explains what a child is capable of doing each month of their life, which for me as a first time mum, was not so obvious.Glad I bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CS Martin on 27 Aug. 2008
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I stumbled across this book - and loved it. Very helpful at pointing out what your baby will be doing at the various monthly stages - and very useful ideas about what you can do to entertain/educate/play with your child. I was quite a nervous - and completely untrained - first time parent and found Dr Stoppard's book full of excellent examples of things to do with my son. I ignored the whole 'golden hour' suggestion by the author but still found it by far the most helpful book out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ on 20 Feb. 2015
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If you are a first time parent this book gives you lots of ideas month by month on activities, games and developmental milestones to look out for. We found it so useful and you can start some of the activities within the first week of birth - we learnt lots too about growth and development in the first 12 months and realised that all these big plastic noisy toys do have an impact on all sorts of different skills both physically and mentally! Well worth reading!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By May on 29 Aug. 2006
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I was shopping around for a simple & easy to follow book to keep up with my baby's development. We ran out of ideas of how to keep the play & learning on-going.

Absolutely loved this book. Gave it to my hubby & he read the whole book & thought the same too.
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Really useful book to show the skills a baby should gain month by month.

The book is colourful with good layout and has easy to understand charts with simple description so that you do not have to spend ages reading masses of text. There are really good number of suggestions that help develop each particular skill. You will need to do additional homework to achieve the goals as the book does not all the information as it is more of a guideline. For example, unclenching hands and counting fingers to nursery rhymes will require you to find the appropriate nursery rhyme as the verse will not be provided.

The main thing to remember which is a also noted by Dr Stoppard is that each child's development is different and therefore take the book as a guideline and do not stress if they have not achieved the goals for the particular month. Use it a guideline / check list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Peak on 15 Jun. 2010
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V informative book. Used this book for both my daughter & son who have very different personalities. Plenty of game ideas suited to your growing childs needs. Each chapter is split month by month & includes games which cover the mind, friendliness, talking, moving, & hands. A great guide.
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By Kazbirch on 27 Mar. 2012
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I thought this book was excellent. I was looking for a book that would give me ideas on how our playtime could be twinned with aiding development and this is exactly what I was looking for. It breaks down activities and play ideas into the baby's age by month and is easy to reference to. To the earlier comment someone made that suggested it was a thinner book than expected with not alot in- well, I disagree. This is a book of integrating play with learning FIRST skills from birth to age 1 yr - not really intended for children any older. I find it invaluable and has inspired great playtime ideas with my 3 month old
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi Frog on 27 Dec. 2009
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I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting something a bit more substantial, and I find the navigation of the book a little impractical but overall it's ok the activities seem good.
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