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Baby's First Skills [Paperback]

Miriam Stoppard
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Book Description

1 April 2014

Help your baby learn through creative play

Encourage your child's development through learn and play bonding activities with Baby's First Skills. You'll be able to follow the month-by-month progression of your baby's skills in their journey from newborn to one year old.

Dr Miriam Stoppard's simple Golden Hour of Play plan provides you with age-appropriate activities for each stage of development that fit into just one hour. There are also suggestions for activities that develop specific areas, such as nursery rhymes, games and how to massage. Her unique at-a-glance Baby Skill Map shows you exactly what skills your baby will be developing when and a month-by-month guide helps you know what kind of stimulation is most appropriate for your child at every stage.

Use Baby's First Skills (previous ISBN 9781405335157) and watch your child's development progress as they learn with their favourite playmate- you!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Reissue edition (1 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140935119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409351191
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A parenting guru (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book 12 Feb 2010
By Alicja
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for first time parents 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Skills book review 8 Sep 2009
I do like this book, although sometimes find it difficult to navigate to the appropriate pages. I think it should be used as a guide and not to be completely relied upon as some of the skills seem unrealistic for a baby of a particular age. Overall an interesting read but don't get too hung up on what it says.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple & easy to follow 29 Aug 2006
By May
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By justg
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This book has extremely large font in order to fill the pages. The information is so basic it could quite easily have been conveyed in an information booklet and not a book. If you know nothing about baby's skills, for example what 'motor' development means then perhaps it is useful but generally provides no indepth insight into the developmental milestones of a baby's first skills. From a psychological perspective it is limited. However, it does provide some farily good activities to play with baby at different ages which are quite easy to extend on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit simplistic 27 Dec 2009
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby's First Skills by Miriam Stoppard 2 Sep 2009
By Jemalo
I bought this book for my daughter, who has just had her first baby. I enjoyed reading it before giving it to her and was facinated with its contents.
My daughter was thrilled with the book and began activities suggested the next day! My little grand daughter is loving it.
The book deals with the first year of life. The contents is clearly written with attractive illustrations and discusses a baby's milestones, all be it small to begin with. It suggests short and fun activities to stimulate your baby in a variety aspects of development. There are also details of how these activities can be expanded as your baby grows.
If you are a first time Mum, or a doting Gran, you will not regret buying this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very pleased with this book
I was very pleased with this book, it's an easy and fun read for mum and dad and contains loads of extremely useful tips about baby's develpment.
Delivery quick and efficient.
Published 7 days ago by karolina simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those early days of development
Excellent for new parents/grandparents alike.
Published 28 days ago by JEANETTE Aldred
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this
My daughter in law did really find it helpful. I had one years ago and thought it would be handy.
Published 13 months ago by Liz Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
lots of good ideas, I liked the chart for development ages and stages too. I would recommend especially for first time mums.
Published 14 months ago by Hally
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor?
This book is a good idea, very badly executed. The design is very impractical, which is unusual for Dorling Kindersley. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Tearle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I was given this book by a friend who had found it very useful with her little one. I am very pleased with this book; as a first time mum i found it difficult to know what i should... Read more
Published 22 months ago by N Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful for ideas
What a great book. Delighted to have found it. Had the book since birth. It's helped give me ideas on different sorts of activities to do with my little girl, now 7 1/2 months. Read more
Published 24 months ago by kdarain
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby's first skills
This book is very useful for your child's early skill development. a must have for all mothers and fathers with newborns.
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by shehansam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
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... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by Kazbirch
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, explains well and gives you the essentials
I also picked this book because of the good Amazon reviews and have bought a few books in this genre. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by Anushka Cross
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