- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd (4 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1859063233
- ISBN-13: 978-1859063231
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Clever Baby Paperback – 4 Jan 2011
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I found the book to be really accessible, clearly written and well structured as the book is split into sections according to the age and development of your baby. Throughout the book, there are loads of simple ideas for activities and interacting with your little one. What I really liked was that the book didn't assume that a parent has an unlimited budget and unlimited time, unlike other parenting guides! Many of the suggestions cost absolutely nothing and can be carried out as part of everyday activity, just remembering to include baby in everything that goes on (which most of us do anywhere through necessity.)The book suggests bath sharing, playing water games, using a baby carrier (which I found to be a life saver anyway) and also had ideas for making first toys and simple games to play with little ones, according to their age.
The majority of the stuff suggested was really simple and would appeal to any Mum, no matter how lacking in cash or creativity they may be. The only drawback to this simple approach is that some readers might feel slightly let down, particularly if they are already fairly vocal and vigilant about interacting with their baby already. There isn't really anything here that stands out as being very innovative or surprising, but I did find that quite reassuring as I already seem to be doing everything to promote my baby's development and didn't end up feeling inadequate after reading this!Read more ›
Clever Baby is divided into three parts, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 1-2 years. The last section takes up half of the book which makes sense as there is much more to do as babies get older. The first section is incredibly basic. The list of activites starts with pulling faces - something pretty much everyone does almost as a reflex response with a new baby. It goes on to include making sounds, having the baby look at new things, talking to the baby, putting the baby on its tummy, letting the baby watch the parent move around, having a bath, using a mobile and so on. It is limited entirely to the breathtakingly obvious.
There is a benefit to offering parents the obvious in the form of reassurance. It is reassuring to know there is not some magic button that the parent was unaware of. Is it worth buying a book just to be reassured that what is normal is fine?
Each of the items in the list comes with a small box discussing the benefits. These benefits are not massively inspiring and nor are they in themselves reassuring. There is no evidence that the author Caroine Fertleman has done anything more than draw from headlines rather than dug deep into the science behind child development, there are just a series of assertions which in theselves fail to lend credibility to the work.Read more ›
It is a great little book with loads of play ideas, easy to read and dip into for ideas.
The second and third chapters, for 6-12 months and 1-2 years, give lots of ideas for encouraging your baby or toddler to try things that you might otherwise have thought they were too young for, so it's given me the confidence to try things that I might not have thought of yet.
If you want to make the most of playtime with your baby or toddler, I'd really recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for my son who is a single dad and the book is prooving to be invaluable. The ideas in the book are simple and easy to achieve with ideas that you would... Read morePublished 22 months ago by sandy
It has a lot of fantastic ideas, all very easy & some of which are just common sense. All can be done cheaply if on a budgetPublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Miss Rebecca Jane Grant
I have found these authors the most helpful - their approach is balanced and very informed. I started with Your Baby Week By Week, which was a gift and I thought was going to be... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by Miss K Sturgess
It's a good book to get if you really don't know what else to do to amuse your baby - but some of the contents we had already done, just by using a bit of common sense - ie talk to... Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by Natster
I love Simone Cave baby up to 6 month and baby to toddler book but I found the activities in the book not really helpful or original. Read morePublished on 29 April 2013 by ACanto
I did quite like this book to flick through, but to be honest most of the ideas will occur to you to do naturally without being prompted. Read morePublished on 8 April 2013 by TMurph
This book is mainly just full of common sense and doesn't really tell you anything new about how to help with your babys development. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by DJ Marshall
The book is well written with nice photographs and is very clear in describing the activities but I was already naturally doing these things - encouraging my baby to kick etc etc... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Tracey Kidd
Concise and practical, the author excels in giving entertaining activities for babies starting from the age of birth. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Chris.T.