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Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  484 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A cutting-edge handbook for parents, from a pioneer in infant brain development, that bridges the gap between the most current neuroscience and practical parenting techniques

Dr. Jill Stamm's daughter was born almost four months premature, and doctors insisted she would never walk or talk. Now, thirty-two years later, her daughter is living proof that nearly every baby's

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Gotham (first published 2007)
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Liz
Due to the high ratings on Amazon, I think I wanted to not like this book. Well, four stars proves I lost that battle. I usually don't understand anything that is "science backed" but somehow Stamm explains the science of the brain so clearly I didn't want to skim over any of it. I read the first 100 pages like they didn't really matter (in about 30 minutes). But once I returned to the book (the very next day) I decided to start at page 1 and actually read through the whole thing. I'm really gla...more
Alexis Mascitti
As a pediatrician, I'm always on the look out for useful, practical guide books for motivated parents. This book makes neuroscientific and developmental concepts practical, which is sadly a rarity in the genre. In reading some of the other reviewers opinions, I noticed the frequency of "But I already knew this stuff!" and "I would do that anyway!" Well, yes, and that's a good thing - hopefully, what this book does is teach you the why for all those activities that seem to come so naturally, so t...more
Kathy
This book I picked up soon after I gave birth to my daughter. It has since become my 'parenting bible'.

It gave me such an appreciation for the enormity and extreme inherent intelligence baby earthlings are born with.

The book provides practical examples of how to's, gives first hand experiences of raising physically and mentally challenged children and in turn outlines how these findings are as applicable to children blessed with no such disabilities.

A fascinating read that will heighten your res...more
Leah
I don't really know if I learned anything new, but this book did a good job reinforcing some basic parenting skills from a scientific perspective.

Likes: Easy to understand. While the science is there, it's not too hard (or boring) to follow.
- I really liked the personal anecdotes about her own daughters. It's nice to hear from the mom and researcher.
- The suggestions she has for simple activities to work on you kid's attention, bond and communication ( ABC's).
- She does a nice job of not making...more
Julie
Jill Stamm's _Bright from the Start_ is excellent in so many unexpected ways. It operates in the same vein as John Medina's _Brain Rules for Baby_ -- synthesizing vast quantities of scientific research into simple precepts and offering suggestions for how parents can use that information to help their children's development. However, Stamm does not cover the same ground as Medina. They have chosen slightly different areas to emphasize, they offer significantly different kinds of help to parents,...more
Esmeralda
What makes this book different from other first year parenting books? Rather than list milestones, it provides information on how to facilitate growth at each stage rather than benchmark. Many of the suggestions are done by parents naturally. However, I didn't realize that I could step up purposeful play at 18 months. There are the regular slew of "studies" some suspect, others believable. It is a book that does ask some good questions I need to follow up upon. The author is highly influenced by...more
Kristyn
The best thing about this book is that the author dispels myths and doesn't propagate the hype for a lot of consumer products. She uses scientific evidence to discuss why certain things encourage the brain to develop. Most of her suggestions are common sense, but I like someone spelling it out because not everything comes naturally to me. This book may also reassure parents that they're already (or can simply start) encouraging their child's development.
kathryn
As a teacher and a mom-to-be, I think this book is right on with its tone about child development. The writer had both a "normal" daughter and one with cerebral palsey, so she was particularly sensitive to developmental milestones, encouraging parents to focus on what they can do rather what the child "should" be doing. I highly recommend this one.
Colleen
This is a fascinating book, the science of infant to preschooler learning. So far it's confirming things I've sensed, such as why TV is detrimental to a developing mind, and how responding to a crying baby is good, but there is so much more. It's got a lot about the consequences in later life behavior due to early life experiences.
Bird
I liked this book because it pretty much just reaffirmed everything I've already been doing. :O) Like some other reviewers have said, there's nothing in here that's new or revolutionary. The author presents a science-backed argument that many other experts have been touting for years now, so while I liked it, it wasn't a "must read" for me.

The book can be a bit heavy on the science at times, and I found myself skimming over those parts because, A) I already know most of the science, and, B) I wa...more
Alice-Anne
Jun 20, 2009 Alice-Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone..esp parents
Recommended to Alice-Anne by: Natalie
I think any book about the brain and how it develops is so fascinating and this is one of them. I love being constantly amazed by how amazing are minds and bodies are.

The author, who studies the brain and has two daughters of her own (one born with cerebral palsy and one born normally), has a unique perspective about how to take what is known in the neuroscience field and shows how to apply it in everyday life. A lot of the "this is what you should to do as a parent to enhance a child's brain de...more
Carlie
This was a good book but one of a certain category that both annoy me and pat my proverbial back. The author's big tips for developing a bright mind in your child are (at least to me) quite common sense....nothing very cutting edge or astounding. It all boils down to three points: talk to and with your baby, bond deeply with your baby and give them lots of loving attention laden affection. That's it. And although on the one hand, nothing the author said or suggested or cared deeply about astonis...more
Laura
This is a must-read for ANYONE who has contact with the birth-to-3 yr old group. It is fabulous!
One of the nicest things about this book is that Dr. Stamm speaks to the reader in such a respectful voice. She'll say things like, mothers often feel such and such and here's why you feel that way--here is the science backing up your gut feeling. She makes you feel like a wonderful parent (and don't we all try to be wonderful parents?) while at the same time showing you how to be even better.
One o...more
Corinne
An absolutely essential book for all parents. I picked this up because I wanted to learn more about why my pre-teen students are coming to me lacking basic skills. Stamm does a great job explaining the brain's development. I was engaged and constantly babbling facts off to my partner (who started getting nervous about the baby talk!). If I do have children in the future I will definitely re-read this book, highlight, circle, and cover it in post its. It doesn't give you a strict day to day guide...more
Emily
Very interesting and helpful book. It gives concrete actions/games a parent can do to assist a child in achieving the next steps in mental development literally from birth. Not only is this a great aid for parents/care givers that want to have educational play time, but would be an amazing aid to caregivers of developmentally challenged children. At the end of each chapter the author provides list of games that support the area of development she was discussing; she breaks down the games into cl...more
Allison
Aug 24, 2014 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: non
Stamm has a developmentally disabled daughter whose birth inspired her to start researching neurological development of infants. The book was written so that anyone can read it, and it was really interesting to see how babies’ minds work and develop, as well as what parents can do to help. This book exposed the myth of having kids listen to classical music and watch Baby Einstein-type shows, and encourages attention, touch, communication, and simple activities you can make and do around the hous...more
Caroline Thompson
This wasn't as well written as Brain Rules for Baby, but I do like some of the activities she suggests and that she gives reasoning behind them. I wish the activities were all together by age group at the end of the book. The only downside to the kindle version is being able to easily find them. Maybe I'm just not that adept at using all my kindle features though...

I got annoyed with her sections about her daughters and didn't think she explained the neuroscience all that well. John Medina does...more
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Hannah
Jun 07, 2009 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: educators, parents, childcare providers
This book did a great job discussing the science aspect of learning and brain development on the lay level. Author Jill Stamm did a great job aggregating the results of many scientific studies and putting together a list of activities you, as the parent or caregiver can do to help foster this development. I only wish I'd come across this book a few years ago! That being said though, the author emphasized over and over that its never too late to start your child on a healthy developmental path -...more
Mary Ellen
This book was different from a lot of the parenting books I've read over the past couple of years. I liked how it was written by a real parent who had raised 2 daughters, and the author's focus on what YOU can do as a parent to help your child learn. I have not found that emphasis in a lot of the books I've read - most of the other books seem to focus more on milestones and what your child should or shouldn't be doing. I do recommend this for anyone looking for activities to assist with learning...more
Sassan
A very good book in which the author Dr. Jill Stamm provides suggestions based on scientific evidence of the best and most optimal ways to raise your baby. You don't need to incorporate all of the games she suggests, but she dispels some of the myths that many people believe and helps you be more informed so that your child has the opportunity to excel in the most beneficial cognitive environment possible. A book that I recommend to others.
Ryan
Apr 07, 2014 Ryan added it
I was only going to skim this book because I had already read "Brain Rules for Baby" which covers much the same ground. But I wound up reading the whole thing in part because it offers specific games and activities with which to engage with your child and also because it makes a connection between neuroscience and the Montessori education approach which was relevant for Eve. Recommended for those who want to delve into this topic.
Kate
This book was given to me by Collin's mom before Keaton was born. She was a S&L teacher for years and years and has alot of knowledge about working with special needs children so I really respect her opinion on things like this. I love this book and would recommend it for any mom, especially first time moms. It sits on my dresser and every so often I open it up and to see what new "activities" we could be working on with Keaton.
Lori
This is my type of book. It shares much of the science and the fun experiements used to determine how babies brains work. (Turns out they are geniuses!) I also appreciate that it uses that info to give good parenting advice of the 'try these fun games' type and not 'do this or your child will be stupid' type. I got it from the library but I'd consider purchasing it to have a reference for the different stages as a child ages.
Kathryn
Really obvious stuff for me but I've been a nanny for a decade. And it's certainly not obvious to a lot of people because all sorts of "educational" toys with noisy/flashing buttons are big sellers and baby television is a thing. This book gives scientific evidence for why "attention, bonding, and communication" are what really help your baby/toddler learn and prepare for more academic learning in the future.
Maile
This was a fascinating book about brain development in children ages 0-3. I also liked that she had several concrete activity ideas to do with kids in these age ranges, broken down by birth-6 months, 6-18 months, and 18-36 months to help children develop their skills of Attention (ability to focus), Bonding, and Communication. I highly recommend this book to anyone with kids in this age range.
Lulu
The tittle has caught my attention. Even though it was rather late that I had begun reading this only after my daughter was 13 months old. She is , by the time I am writing the review, 16 months old. This book gives examples of possible activities that you can do with your baby, and they are quite innovative. To me, the book is a bit difficult to digest, but maybe that's just me.
Maya
I have read a bunch of baby/parenting books and I just wasn't that impressed with this particular book. There were some interesting facts about how a child's brain develops and some good activities to do with your child to develop these areas. However, I have read about almost all of these in other books as well. I just wasn't that impressed with the material covered in the book.
bernadette
Out of the baby books I've read so far, this book was the most fun, filled with interesting information about infant brain development and early learning. What is going on in the baby's head is rather tremendous and fascinating. Very fun read for parents. The writer also suggests games to play with baby as well as books to read to baby.
Normalene
I actually met her and she takes scientific brain development studies and adapts them to what parents should do to make sure their kids grow up healthy and ready to learn. I loved her common sense approach to each chapter and using items from around the house if you can't afford to go out and buy the expensive versions of her "tools".
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