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Playing with Baby

Researched-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby from Birth to Year One

Laurie Hollman



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Workman Publishing
27 October 2021
Babies are amazing! From the moment they open their eyes, they are learning and developing at an astonishing rate.

Parents naturally want to engage with infants as they learn and grow, but what if we could optimise the way we play with babies? Backed by the latest research and years of observation, psychoanalyst Laurie Hollman distills the experts' findings for new parents, giving them a guide to the first year of a baby's life and the type of play that aligns with the developmental milestones that occur in each month. While aiding natural development is a big plus, the real payoff for parents comes from the baby's reaction: when we play on the baby's level, we engage and connect more deeply - and we have more fun!
Imprint:   Workman Publishing
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781641704663
ISBN 10:   1641704667
Pages:   264
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialised clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been on the faculties of New York University and the Society for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, among others. She has written extensively on parenting for various publications, including the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The Inner World of the Mother, The International Journal of Infant Observation, Newsday's Parents & Children Magazine, Long Island Parent, Active Parent Magazine, and her popular column, Parental Intelligence, at Moms Magazine. She was written blogs for The Huffington Post and currently contributes to Thrive Global and Upjourney. She is the author of three award-winning books: Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child's Behavior, The Busy Parent's Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way, and The Busy Parent's Guide to Managing Anger in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way. In 2020, she has three books releasing with Familius: The Busy Parent's Guide to Managing Exhaustion in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way, The Busy Parent's Guide to Managing Technology with Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way, and Are You Living with a Narcissist? How Narcissistic Men Impact Your Happiness, How to Identify Them, and How to Avoid Raising One.

Reviews for Playing with Baby: Researched-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby from Birth to Year One

Playing with Baby: Research-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby Birth to One Year is a fabulous read for parents and caregivers! Dr. Hollman offers guidance on using attuned interactions with your baby to create a strong parent-child bond. The research and insights provided are truly powerful! Thank you for this much-needed book! -Carla Marie Manly, PhD, author of Date Smart, Joy From Fear, and Aging Joyfully An excellent resource for new parents to create a loving relationship with their baby while examining her charming personality during the first year of life. Dr. Laurie Hollman effectively presents how to intensify your baby's social and cognitive development through knowledge-based play techniques. Common questions such as bonding, emotional response, and communication are addressed, providing peace of mind that what you are doing for your baby bestows long-term benefits. Playing with Baby provides a clear message: engaging with your baby may just be your most fulfilling job. --Lisa Lewis, MD, pediatrician, author of Feed the Baby Hummus, Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World Laurie Hollman, PhD, knows very well the needs of parents and babies and the intensity of their relationships. She captures the essence of the complex and stimulating playfulness that is essential for a good connection with a very young child. She restores play to a central position and offers rich examples and guidance on pleasurable communication with an infant--so vital now that neuroscience research in infants has demonstrated that emotional attunement is essential for good development. This is a brilliant book, exciting and very accessible--a good combination of education, emotional support, and psychoanalytic thinking. --Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, director of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center Laurie Hollman captures the magic of play for both parents and babies during the first year of life. In this original book, specific month-by-month play suggestions are linked to validating state-of-the-art research. Understanding the science behind parent-baby play enriches parents' experience of the baby's developing brain and the deepening parent-baby relationship. A baby's contagious joy while playing peek-a-boo, sense of wonder shaking a rattle and making it jingle, and power to knock down a tower of blocks and rebuild it together delight parents and babies and evoke parents' embodied memories. All this and more to be discovered in Playing with Baby! --Ilene S. Lefcourt, author of Parenting and Childhood Memories: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Reverberating Ghosts and Magic and faculty at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research Parent-Infant Program Dr. Laurie Hollman's high regard for her audience, parents of babies, is demonstrated by how clearly she communicates useful information previously only accessible to developmental psychologists and infancy researchers. She illustrates in her book how helpful it is to parents and caregivers of babies to be informed of all the wonderful information revealed by years of research. It is implied over and over that the emotional and physical wellbeing of infants is enhanced when parents know in a thorough way what is going on developmentally in a growing infant's life, step by step, month by month. Furthermore, she provides all sorts of practical ways to implement and further strengthen baby's development through play and care. I would recommend this book to any young parent embarking on the great adventure of being with baby. With Laurie Hollman's book as a guide, the journey will be that much more fulfilling and secure. --Andrea Remez, PhD, clinical psychologist and parent-infant therapist Dr. Hollman has done it again--written an invaluable book for parents and caregivers, this time of babies. How does one have a play date with a one-month-old or five-month-old? Here you have it. Dr. Hollman distils decades of research and hands-on experience into month-by-month insights, knowledge, and play time, designed to strengthen your bonds with baby in the first year. --Marcelle Soviero, director of Marcelle Ink, author of An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood, and former editor-in-chief and publisher of Brain Child Magazine and Teen Magazine

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