What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings

Book - 2003
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How many times have you held your fussing or crying baby and thought, "Come on, please tell me what's going on with you!"
Well, your infant does tell you.
In What Babies Say Before They Can Talk, Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been studying children and their emotions for more than twenty-five years, explains how infants communicate with us, and we with them.
Dr. Holinger decodes the nine easily identifiable signals -- interest, enjoyment, surprise, distress, anger, fear, shame, disgust (a reaction to bad tastes), and dissmell (a reaction to bad smells) -- that all babies use to express their needs and wants. These insights will aid parents in discerning what their baby is feeling. This book can help all parents become more confident and self-aware in their interactions with their children, create positive communication, and put the joy back into parenting.
This is a unique work. It provides a foundation for understanding feelings and behavior. Based on emerging research, What Babies Say Before They Can Talk offers parents a new perspective on their babies' sense of the world and the people around them. The goal of this book is to help parents enhance their infants' potential, prevent problems, and raise happy, healthy, responsible children.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2003.
ISBN: 9780743406673
Branch Call Number: 155.422369 Hol
Characteristics: xix, 266 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Doner, Kalia


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Maggie_Rose520 Aug 08, 2011

"In a sense, much of this book deals with issues of discipline, limit setting, and providing structure" (Holinger 231). I thought that this books would help me understand how to communicate with my infant. I thought it would be a little cuter, and more enjoyable. However, I now know what my infant is trying to say, but I still don't know how he is saying it. Confused? Me too. I'm sure it is a helpful book to some, but it stressed me out because Holinger elaborates on the consequences of misreading your baby. Over all, I learned that patience is the key, which I already knew about raising children.

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