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Baby Knows Best

Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way
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Raise self-confident, self-reliant children using the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach.

Your baby knows more than you think. That's the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), and Educaring. Baby Knows Best is based on Gerber's belief in babies' natural abilities to develop at their own pace, without coaxing from helicoptering or hovering parents. The Educaring Approach helps parents see their infants as competent people with a growing ability to communicate, problem-solve, and self-soothe.

Baby Knows Best is a comprehensive resource that shows parents how to respond to their babies' cues and signals; how to develop healthy sleep habits; why babies need uninterrupted playtime; and how to set clear, consistent limits. The result? More relaxed parents and more confident, self-reliant children.

©2013 Deborah Carlisle Solomon (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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A pinch of salt

There are some useful and practical ideas in this book and some that are ridiculous and impractical. If you tried to do everything this book advises you to do you could end up feeling like a parenting failure, as something's are bound to fail, e.g. Asking a baby who can crawl to sit still for 30 minutes or so on a mat whilst you feed them. The book makes a lot of recommendations but doesn't make much reference to the reality of raising a baby. Having said that advice about narrating the baby's experience, commenting on what children do well rather than blanket praise for unspecified reasons are valid and useful advice. I have put certain aspects of this book into practice.

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Inspiring, motivating and surprising insight!

The idea to just "Observe" your baby is quite inspiring and not that easily to be achieved by parents these days (including myself). Then through the sharing of stories, I have realized the importance of me slowing down, wait for my baby to process and response, so I don't take away her opportunities to develop and be self-reliant, self-confident! I am more motivated as a mom after reading the book as I have more faith knowing my baby has her intrinsic abilities in this world and perhaps to surprise me with these abilities at very early stage of her development! Thank you, Deborah.

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Very interesting

This is my first (only?) book on the subject and I thought it was perfectly pitched.

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I really enjoyed this audio book

What did you like most about Baby Knows Best?

The way it is read, very calm and soft.

What did you like best about this story?

Great advices.

Any additional comments?

Recommend it for new moms, even though I think it's even better to read it before you give birth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-17

it works

RIE is wonderful. My baby is 4 months old and I can already see how basic respect is helping him grow and understand and build our relationship.

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  • Pamela Hernandez Gallardo
  • 13-03-18

A must read for child care beginners

It gave me all I needed to know and more about what to expect with my little one, on various topics. It's a great overview of a baby's firsts years.

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  • tgr4y8
  • 30-06-15

great ideas

great stuff....narrator was great, but so soft and soothing it often put me to sleep, but not for lack of interest!

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  • Jacqueline Potter
  • 24-10-19

THIS BOOK CHANGED MY CHILDS LIFE FORVER-

Thank you so much for writing this book, and continuing RIE education for all babies. It was a truly life changing book.

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  • Galina
  • 04-08-19

amazing!!

if u need a manual to raising a baby and a Toddler, this is it!! amazing, wonderful book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-19

Great concepts, just take it with a grain of salt

Great concepts, just take each recommendation with a grain of salt. There are so many competing opinions on parenting technique. It was great to hear the perspective of "Educaring" from this book, and I will be incorporating certain portions of it into my parenting approach.

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  • Quirkybleu
  • 27-08-17

One of the best comprehensive sources of loving parenting

Never had listened to a more comprehensive book that captivates the simplicity and soul of RIE parenting like this book. It is such an easy read and has the feel of the best parts of a novel, how-to, and non-fiction with perfectly inserted playful comedy. I found it so easy to understand the RIE principles and put the advice/instruction to use easily and quickly. The Educaring approach has actually made me LOVE parenting and choose to give up my practice to be a full-time parent to my son. It's the most challenging job but most rewarding and fulfilling thanks to the Educaring approach. It truly is a privilege to listen to this audio book and hear it in the kind, patient, and gentle words from the author herself.

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  • Jennifer M. Holzaepfel
  • 10-01-17

Grateful

I'm so grateful for the information in this book! I enjoyed the overview focusing on infancy through toddler and integrating various concepts of the RIE philosophy at different stages of development.

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  • Samara
  • 17-04-15

Fantastic book please read if you are a parent!

no queria detenerme! me enseño mucho para estar y disfrutar a mi hijo! la base de este enfoque es el respeto total a los bebes, incluye ejemplos de como poner límites sin "faltar al respeto" a las pequeñas personitas que estamos educando... o educuidando... y creo que esto es basico para mejorar la calidad de las relaciones que los seres humanos tenemos en la actualidad....

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