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Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  132 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Who says your baby can’t “talk” about his or her feelings? In fact, babies’ actions often speak louder than words! Understanding those actions–and responding appropriately to them–is the key to giving your child a head start to a healthy and happy future. Now the authors of the bestselling Baby Minds and Baby Signs translate the latest research on the rich inner life of ba ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Bantam
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Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
If you ever feel competent as the parent of a baby or a toddler, this would be the ideal book to pick up to disabuse you of that notion.

Which is not to say that I hated it. I didn't. (I was irritated by it, but that's not the same thing.) It's research-based, which is rare and wonderful in the dubious arena of parenting advice books. It does contain useful information and suggestions on dealing with emotions, emotional development, and emotional problems in babies.

But. But. Basically, this book
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mom-helps
If I didn't have any religion in me, I may have liked this book. Really, it's right up my alley and something I should have devoured. It had lots of psychology discourse and all the advice was sound. The author talks about the importance of service and kindness. She emphasizes the need for the parent to set an example of good citizenship. Really, I should have liked it.

I didn't. I actually couldn't finish it. Couldn't stomach the guilt. I've read nearly a dozen parenting books, and none have bot
Oct 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Baby Hearts is designed to (a) help parents more clearly understand their individual child and then (b) guide parents through the many challenges of fostering that particular child's emotional well-being. The book first identifies and categorizes 4 different types of children, based upon temperament. It then goes on to discuss different challenges that parents can encounter at different stages of their child's development. It gives advice on how to respond appropriately to your little one throug ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A must read. This is the type of "instruction manual" that parents need when getting read to take their baby home, and to re-read when they feel like pulling their hair out.

Main reasons I liked this so much: 1) It is evidence-based, and not just the research of the authors. Some evidence-based books are really primarily focused on the authors' own work, but this pulls from diverse sources and is well-referenced. 2) It's all about raising emotionally intelligent people. Most people now know that
jay walker
Sep 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
If you find advice such as "don't hit your baby when they hit someone else" or "make sure your baby knows you love her" useful, then this is the book for you! Even has pictures of sad/happy/surprised babies with descriptions in case you don't know what a frown means!
I found it extremely condescending and it read like a long-winded advertisement for Baby Signs.
Jeanne Lindner
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had some interesting information but it was very repetitive which made it boring. In addition, the author was selling her "Baby Signs" book constantly. I don't mind an author mentioning another book they have written but the number one suggestion in this "Guide" was to get the other book and teach your child signs.
Mary Messall
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This has a lot of good parenting advice wrapped up in child development research results. Good introduction to a lot of these ideas about temperament and learning to control emotions
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
An excellent guide to understanding what your baby is going through. Emotions are weird.
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Shelves: parenting, 2014
Great reference that I have gone back to multiple times as we navigate the toddler waters!
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am trying to decide why I got stuck on this book. Maybe too much info and too many referrals to research.
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
An outstanding guide for fostering emotional intelligence in your 0-3 year old.
I Loved it!!!
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Eh...some good stuff in here but kind of annoying to read.
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