A Gift For Baby Book Review
In this modern world of ours we have replaced breastmilk with formula….cloth diapers and elimination by communication with cheap disposable diapers, and simple wooden rattles with plastic ones that light up and make sounds! Do our children really need all of this? What is considered a necessity, and why are these things becoming “norms” in this day and age?
Many parents realize this and choose to raise their child as naturally as their parental instincts guide them to do! I know many of you are avid baby wearers, co-sleepers, and nursing mamas! I too am a natural parent and love promoting products that brings out these healthy parenting instincts in all of us. But as my child gets older into her toddler and pre-school years a new concern has come to light that many parents soon realize: Today’s modern society markets these things as norms not only to parents, but also to children! You just have to walk through a aisle in a toy store to see baby dolls with baby bottles (instead of nursing dolls) and plastic strollers (instead of baby slings/carriers). How are we as natural parents going to teach out children what we feel is rightfully natural with toys like this?
This is why places like The Natural Child Project exist! I was very excited to get the chance to review their book “A Gift For Baby” but got even more excited when I checked out their website and saw everything they had to offer for parents who want to teach their children more naturally. They have great articles to help you with your questions and research and wonderful tools to help your little one learn, everything from art pages and unschooling cards to handmade dolls that nurse and babywear! I would just love SAP to grow up playing with / playing mommy with a doll she interacts with the same way she was raised!
A Gift For Baby Book
Jan Hunt’s A Gift for Baby celebrates compassionate parenting on every page, with colorful pictures of breastfeeding, cosleeping, babywearing and family closeness, woven into a sweet story with a delightful surprise ending. The perfect picture book for attachment parenting families! You can read about the book at http://www.naturalchild.org/gift_for_baby/ .
From the title of the book, I was not sure what to expect the story to be like, and was just as joyed to read the ending as SAP was when we got to the last page together! We go through each page with baby wondering what is in the box and wishing for something to do with mommy or daddy that baby would rather enjoy instead: ” Is it a soother? I’d rather have mommy comfort me!” When we get to the end and the gift is open, what do you think is inside? I won’t tell you, but it is just what baby wanted!
Each page of A Gift for Baby has great artwork style pictures (SAPsDaDa’s favorite part of this book when he read it with SAP!) that are colorful and make for great eye-catching conversation with your little one. SAP loved pointing out each object from the puppy dog and mommy in the pictures to the flowers and bug/animals on the boarder. It was interactive and kept her attention even after we finished reading it, so she would flip through the pages on her own for several minutes before laying down for bed. I was very impressed with the compassionate parenting lessons being taught behind the story of the book, something I have not seen in any other book we own or have read to her. For those who are thinking of homeschooling or unschooling their child this would be a great start to your Tot School supplies!
The story is both in English and Spanish, which I liked since we love SAP getting a little culture from her play toys as well as spanish-speaking families can enjoy this parenting book just as much as my family has! We plan for SAP to learn a second language as well and this gives us one more opportunity to practice her words as she gets older and gets more curious about reading.
Overall I feel this book creates a great setting for SAP to learn what I want her to know: that mommy and daddy will always be there for her! It teaches great lessons and can appeal to multiple levels of learning and ages of children.
Reading A Gift For Baby before bedtime! She loved pointing stuff out in the book!
What I Love about A Gift For Baby
- Promotes compassion parenting and natural parenting ways
- Teaches our children what we feel they should be taught, not what the media/society tells us they should be
- Is in English and Spanish, for both types of families, and for those hoping to incorporate a second language in their child’s schooling
- A great book for home schooling and unschooling for many ages
- Wonderful artwork and use of colors and designs
- Easy to read, good legnth, kept SAP’s attention very well…more than expected!
- Great surprise ending!
- Sticks to my morals (I don’t have to compromise my morals for my child to get a toy/book they enjoy that I may not agree with)
Suggestions For Improvement:
- Offer the book in different languages such as French or German!
- In the front or back of the book offer some tips and suggestions for parent on how to use this book with their child and some ideas on how it may benefit them!
Meet The Author!
Jan Hunt is the Director of The Natural Child Project at www.naturalchild.org. She is the author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart (2001) and A Gift for Baby (2006); and the co-editor of The Unschooling Unmanual.
Jan offers telephone counseling on attachment parenting and unschooling. To request counseling, order her books, or for other information, leave a message toll-free at 877-593-1547 or visit her website at www.naturalchild.org.
ABout The Natural Child Project!
Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, under-standing, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
I LOVE the goals from The Natural Child Project!
1. To provide critical information on parenting, with special regard to pregnancy and early childhood
2. To increase public awareness of the importance of parent-child bonding, and the legitimacy and critical importance of children’s emotional needs at all stages
3. To undertake projects which further our vision of the world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion.
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