Playing with Baby
Researched-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby
from Birth to One Year
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.
A baby hears her mother’s voice in utero, claps her hands a few months later, plays peekaboo over and over and follows your pointed finger at her toy. What does it all mean? In Dr. Laurie’s Hollman’s inviting style, she wends her way for her readers through dozens of stimulating and imaginative ways infants play from birth to one year. Multiple illustrations in words and pictures are backed up by fascinating cutting-edge research about how play promotes infants’ development and a secure attachment between mother and baby.
Readers learn to be keen observers of their babies not only as they master milestones but also as they relate expressively with all their senses to others.
Dr. Hollman effectively explains how mothers discover the fertile minds of their infants from day one as they follow their mother’s voice not only in sound but visually watching her lips. The outstanding interplay between the minds of mothers and fathers with the minds of their infants occurs with their mutual understanding of each other’s vocalizations, gestures, and facial expressions that eventually lead not only to communion between the infant-parent pair but also to the baby’s development of a core sense of self.
As mothers and fathers with their babies grasp each other’s intentions even before language, trust builds exponentially. Hollman details how babies develop secure attachments so they can manage separations and reunions as you, the reader, learn how to be a highly attuned parent.
If you want to get to know and enjoy your baby inside and out, this book is for you. How shared joint mother-baby attention develops toward objects and people through loving mutual interactions over the first year will give you not only deep insight into the workings of your baby’s active mind but also the opportunity to revel in the great joy of your infant’s accomplishments with you as their safe, loving, empathic companion.