Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power

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With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning. Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and this parent guidebook offers descriptive explanations for developing and ...
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With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning. Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and this parent guidebook offers descriptive explanations for developing and nurturing maximum brain power during the essential early years. Topics include:

-Factors that influence brain growth in the womb
-Fattening up the brain
-Windows of opportunity
-Development of language, vision, hearing, & motor skills
-Red flags in your baby's development
-Uncovering your baby's temperament
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What People Are Saying

Bettie Youngs
"Most new parents wonder at one time or another whether their baby is 'normal.' Does she see well? Is she walking normally? Does she know enough words for her age? Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power takes the worry out of reaching these crucial milestones by showing parents how they can help their baby reach his full potential when it comes to hearing, walking, talking, seeing and more!"--(Bettie Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D., author, The House That Love Built, The Story of Linda and Millard Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing)
Diana Hoppe
"Inside that sweet-smelling baby head is the most complex structure on Earth-the human brain! Everything from the food you consume during pregnancy, to feeding, holding, touching, talking, and singing to your baby are important in creating a healthy environment for your baby's brain. These early experiences cause physical changes to her brain that will have a huge impact on her success later in life. Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power shows parents how to interact with their baby in such a way as to encourage optimal brain development. A must-read for anyone caring for a new baby!"--(Diana Hoppe, M.D., OB/GYN, founder, The Pacific Coast Research Center for Women's Health)
Jennifer Youngs
"Babies' brains undergo a tremendous amount of development in the first year of life. Surprisingly, there is much that parents can do to stimulate this growth. Through play, reading, toys and other activities, we can help give our children a head start in learning from the very first days of life. Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power is essential reading for any parent who's interested in nurturing their baby's intellect."--(Jennifer Youngs, author, The Moments & Milestones Pregnancy Journal: A Week by Week Companion, and co-author, Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year)
Lisa Love
"The first year of life is an extremely vital period of time that lays the foundation for whether your growing child will be able to walk, talk, smile, write . . . even get into college! First-year developments are the building blocks for life, and any problems should be addressed while the brain is still young and malleable in order for early intervention to be optimally effective. Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power is the source that parents have been seeking for concise answers to the question, "How can I help my baby reach her full potential?"--(Dr. Lisa Love, author, Beyond the Secret: Spiritual Power and the Law of Attraction)
Patty Hansen
"Through the fun 'baby and me' activities in this book, you will create a special bond with your baby, and learn to play an even more valuable and proactive parental role while your baby's healthy development and 'smarts' are encouraged. When it comes to parenting during your baby's crucial first year, Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power is the perfect combination of learning and loving!"--(Patty Hansen, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707909
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Engel-Smothers is a former Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers early childhood program and continues to work as a consultant for Parents as Teachers, especially for families with twins. To qualify for this certification, Holly participated in hundreds of hours of training and workshops to study a brain-based curriculum that benefits both educators and parents. Since 1990, she has been an educator, specializing in teaching parents and their children, up to age 7. She works in a Title I program, teaching low-level students, and is on her district's Communication Arts Committee and Literacy Team. She has a Master's Degree in Teaching Reading. Holly's writing credits include "The Read and Respond" series (published by Edupress), consisting of six curriculum guides based on children's literature. She has also written "The Real World" series (also published by Edupress), three books for practical applications of reading, math, and science. Holly has had numerous articles published in magazines, including Missouri's National Education Magazine Something Better, as well as Mother and Child Reunion: A Parenting, Education, and Health Resource. She is a contributing author to two books, It's Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence (2007) and Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples, and Singletons (2007).

Susan M. Heim is an author and editor, specializing in parenting, multiples, and women's issues, and is a former Senior Editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Susan's books include Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year; Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Familieswith Twins, Multiples and Singletons; It's Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence; and the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (2009). Susan's articles and essays have appeared in many books, magazines and web sites. She writes a regular online column for Mommies Magazine called "Loving and Living with Twins and Multiples," as well as a blog for parents called "Susan Heim on Parenting" ( She has been on numerous radio shows, including BBC Radio, Colleen Miller's "Lighten Up" show, the Michael Dresser show, Parents Journal, Parent Talk with Susannah Baldwin, and Share Your Mission with Winn Henderson, M.D. Susan is also an expert on twins and multiples for and, and a parenting expert for She is a member of the National Association of Women Writers and the Southeastern Writers Association, and has a degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Susan maintains web sites at,, and
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If you're like most parents, you've undoubtedly wondered at one point or another whether your baby's development is "normal." You've asked yourself questions like, Shouldn't she be talking by now? When will he roll over? Why isn't she progressing as quickly as her older brother did? Sure, there are plenty of lists available that tell when your baby should be walking and talking, but very little has been written about how parents and caregivers can play an important part in helping babies reach these critical milestones.

Of course, you can talk to your pediatrician about your concerns-and we encourage you to do so-but these visits are frequently not conducive to getting all the answers you need. At your 10-15-minute appointment, nurses and doctors often work in tag-team fashion to get patients in and out on time, leaving very little leeway for in-depth discussions. So, where can you turn to find out what you really want to know?

Getting this information is not just a matter of calming your fears-although that certainly helps. It really goes beyond determining whether your baby's development is on track. In fact, not educating yourself about these crucial developmental milestones could affect your child's entire future! You see, first-year developments must be met before any more progress and learning is possible in later years. These developments are the building blocks for life! And any problems relating to development must be addressed while the brain is still young and malleable in order for early intervention to be optimally effective.

The fact is that the first year of life is an extremely vital period of time that lays the foundation forwhether your little one will be able to walk, talk, smile, dress herself, draw a picture . . . even get into college! It is an astonishing year that demands great respect from sleep-deprived parents like yourself.

Baby development is not simply a list of "to-dos" or "have dones" to check off. It is a long-term building event, with each day being important in how your baby develops the next day, and each event being important in how your baby develops for the next event. Nourishing food, comfort, face-to-face interaction, tummy time, music, and even the lilt of your voice are all brain developers. It is not a random happening when a milestone is reached. Just like an athlete has to practice his sport in a certain order to build up to the main event, so do infants have to take "baby steps" toward optimal brain development, which is created and driven by experiences with Mommy, Daddy, and caregivers. You and others close to baby play a critical role in your baby's life because milestones need personal experiences to be reached.

Of course, we all want the best for our baby. We want him to be "normal." But, beyond that, we want him to reach his full potential. We want to know how we can help that incredibly complex little brain make all the right connections for a full and fruitful life. This book will show you how to do just that. Each chapter of Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power features one of baby's key areas of development-such as vision, hearing, language, motor skills, and temperament-and shows you how you can help your baby's brain to grow so that he will excel in these areas. Here's a sampling of what you'll find in this book:

Chapter 1: Baby's Got Brains: Jumping Through Vital "Windows of Opportunity"

This chapter provides an overview of your baby's phenomenal brain, which was born with more than 100 billion neurons that, if laid end to end, would stretch for 62,000 miles! But, the majority of the connections between neurons must be established within the first eight months of life so that the foundations for lifelong learning are set in place. Parents are not helpless players in this complicated process. They are vital players, by creating an optimal environment for brain growth in the womb, as well as early, positive and rich experiences during critical "windows of opportunity" after birth. Without these personal experiences and interactions, your baby would not be able to do much more than when first born.

Chapter 2: Attachment and Baby Brains: Spoiled Rotten Is a Good Thing
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Baby's Got Brains: Jumping Through Vital "Windows of Opportunity"

The Brain 101
Factors That Influence Brain Growth in the Womb
Fattening Up the Brain
Windows of Opportunity
Love Is NOT All Your Baby Needs

Chapter 2. Attachment and Baby Brains: Spoiled Rotten Is a Good Thing

The Chilling Effects of Lack of Attachment
Lessons Learned
Babies and Stress
Cry, Baby, Cry
How to Bond with Your Newborn

Chapter 3. Language: Getting Baby Ready to Read

Language Development in the First Three Months
Reading Promotes Language Development
How to Read to Your Baby
What Books Should You Read?
Baby's on a Roll! (4-6 Months)
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! (7-8 Months)
Building Vocabulary (9-12 Months)
Language and Literacy-Building Activities
Raising a Future Writer-and Computer User

Chapter 4. Vision: Seeing Is Believing-and Bonding

Crossed Eyes Are Common (0-2 Months)
The World Comes into Focus (3-4 Months)
"Look, Ma, I've Got Hands!" (5-6 Months)
It's Toy-Dropping Time (7-8 Months)
Curiosity Grows the Brain (9-12 Months)
Red Flags

Chapter 5. Hearing: Little Ears Do Big Things

Early Hearing Assessment
How the Ear Works
Early Listening (0-6Months)
Delightful Sounds (7-12 Months)
Informal Hearing Check
Signs of Impairment

Chapter 6. Motor Skills: From Crawling to Walking to . . . Watch Out!

What Are Motor Skills?
Exercise with Your Newborn (0-3 Months)
Let's Get Lively! (3-6 Months)
Time to Dance! (7-8 Months)
Create a "Yes Environment" (9-12 Months)

Chapter 7. Temperament: Is Your Child a Shrinking Violet or a Thorny Rose?

Uncovering Your Baby's Temperament
The Temperament Test
Trait 1: Regularity
Trait 2: Activity
Trait 3: Sociability
Trait 4: Adaptability
Trait 5: Intensity
Trait 6: Disposition
Trait 7: Persistence
Trait 8: Distractibility
Trait 9: Sensitivity

Chapter 8. Going to the Doctor: Why the Doctor/Patient Relationship Is So Vital

Conversation with a Pediatrician
Windows of Opportunity
Packing Your Bags
Vaccination and Screening
The First Visit
Finding a Doctor
Male or Female?
Doctor Interviews
Brothers and Sisters
Medication Samples
Getting Sick at the Doctor's
Sunscreen for Babies
Stranger Anxiety
Surfing the Web
Getting Face Time
Common Concerns
Early Discipline
Unsafe Products
Getting Emotionally Attached

About the Authors
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