SOCIAL SCIENCES

Raising Your Spirited Baby: A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More—Alert and Intense and Struggles To Sleep

Morrow. Dec. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780062961525. pap. $18.99. ;. CHILD REARING
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Kurcinka (Raising Your Spirited Child) says “spirited infants” make up 20 to 25 percent of all full-term babies, all of whom are genetically wired with a naturally more reactive arousal system. Using the gentle NUDGE method, which includes noting what your baby can do, understanding figure goals, then determining small steps to reach the goal, gently practicing and then easing back support as the baby becomes more proficient on their own, the author also recommends focusing on listening to your baby, staying calm yourself so you can calm the baby, and meeting your own basic needs so you can better meet the baby’s needs.
VERDICT Sure to be a landmark book, Kurcinka’s well-researched advice may just be a sanity and sleep saver for new parents.

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