Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities

Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities

Baby bouncers, carriers, electronic toys, and “educational” videos are intended to make our children smarter and our lives easier, but can their overuse negatively impact infant development? Absolutely. Retro Baby: Cut Back on Infant Gear, Media and Smart Toys, and Boost Your Baby’s Development with Time-Tested Activities helps caregivers understand the potential dangers of extended equipment use and overexposure to technology.

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3 thoughts on “Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities

  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Review from a pediatric occupational therapist, November 19, 2013
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    This is an excellent book which I highly recommend! I am an occupational therapist who works with babies, most of whom have head shape or issues (plagiocephaly or brachycephaly or torticollis). I’ve started lending this book out to parents for many reasons. We’ve forgotten how to play with babies and they really, really need play and they adore it! It’s so easy to pick up the book and flip to the age one is interested in and find a great way to engage your baby. Parents are giving great feedback on it.
    On a more serious note, following the ideas presented in this book will help your baby’s development and her or his head shape! The use of equipment (baby gear) has been detrimental to both during the last decade and this books lets parents know how to end this reliance on it and what to do instead.
    Thank you to Anne and the Academy of Pediatrics for Retro Baby!

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Keep It Simple, November 1, 2013
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    Kim B. Lloyd (Memphis, TN) –
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    I’ve often said parenthood should be considered an illness. When my first child was handed to me, something dramatic shifted inside of me. During pregnancy, I already did my best (imperfectly btw) to be healthy, etc… but when this small little dependent being came into the world, I became mommy bear. I HAD to protect this child – at all cost. HOWEVER, being the youngest child in my own family, and living an ocean away from grandparents, I didn’t know how to do it. I started reading EVERYTHING (and fixating on it – hence the “parenting as an illness” comment). I got bombarded with lots of information and my intuitive voice became so faint, I had to dig through the fear mongering to find it. As a mother of teens now, I still have one parenting book on my bedside table that I go to when my intuition needs bolstering. If I was still in the baby and toddler phase, Dr. Zachry’s “Retro Baby” would be the book next to my bed. She speaks the same language as my intuitive voice – one of simplicity and back to basics. Yes, I would recommend this book to new moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, aunts, uncles…. and anyone else wanting a good, solid early parenting “how to.” Thanks Anne!

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    For the expectant or parent with a baby, October 15, 2013
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    angiev (Tennessee) –

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    Love the way this book is organized. Perfect for a new parent. This would make a great baby shower gift. The book is organized into months of development with practical activities to do at each stage of baby’s development. Since it is broken down into months of development it is easy to read in small chunks (essential with a baby around). There’s the why and also ideas of activities. Quick and fun things.

    Great information on why the basics are so important. I saw an interview with Dr. Anne Zachry on TV… she talked about how she provided occupational therapy services to children in elementary school. She learned that many of the children she worked with had things in common when they were babies… they didn’t like tummy time etc. The research behind these things to do with baby can impact the child into their later years.

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