'A fascinating new book which, through unique photography provides a detailed insight into how babies develop from birth'. -- You and Your Baby Aug/Sept 2000
'A remarkable new book.' -- Anthony Brown, The Observer July 9 2000
'A startling new book'. -- Natalie Clarke, Daily Mail July 13 2000
'An astonishing sequence of video stills show Ethan gazing at his dad intently. Within moments he clearly imitates his dad. The video clock shows that the baby is just 17 minutes old'. -- Barbara Lantin, The Daily Telegraph July 6 2000
'Easy steps to ending the crying game. The first message is: Don't blame yourself if your child cries a lot'. -- Emma Burns, The Mirror June 29 2000
'I welcome the launch of The Social Baby
as it is the first book to illustrate through pictures how to interpret the subtle language of a new born baby. It will prove to be an invaluable guide to parents on how to understand a baby's communication from the moment their child is born. It is a thoroughly informative book'. -- Tessa Jowell, Minister for Women, 6th July 2000.
'I wished I'd had it around when I was having my own babies. It's a lovely, lovely book.' -- Harriet Harman, MP
'These wonderful pictures record the very first minutes of baby Ethan's life, showing quite clearly how an apparently helpless newborn is actively getting to know his parents right from the start'. -- Practical Parenting Aug 2000
'This attractive book provides a rich source of insights into the development of babies. The photographs focus on the baby's remarkable emerging capacities. As well as being of interest to parents and those who care for babies, this book will also be useful for those who are training to work with families and young children.' -- Alan Stein, Leopold Muller Professor of Child & Family Mental Health, The Royal Free Hospital, and The Tavistock Centre, London, UK
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Every baby is a unique individual from the moment of birth, with their own likes and dislikes, strengths and sensitivities. One baby might find bright light disturbing, another may not be troubled by light at all but might find being undressed distressing. Similarly, babies differ in what they find soothing and comforting. Only by being finely tuned to a baby's unique communications can an adult fully understand that baby and provide appropriate care. "The Social Baby" is based on evidence about the development of communication in infants collected in research institutes around the world. By using picture sequences from video footage, this book provides captivating illustrations of key aspects of infant experience. Together with an accessible text, these illustrations provide a window into the rich and complex social world of babies. The knowledge and understanding gained from "The Social Baby" will help all those concerned with the care of young infants to relate more sensitively and responsively to the babies who depend on them. It will also enrich their own experience and enhance their enjoyment.