Raising Your Spirited Baby
A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More . . . Alert and Intense and Struggles to Sleep
“Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., brings her expertise in raising spirited children to help you understand and soothe your spirited baby. Her research-based, parent-tested strategies will help your baby sleep better and develop a calmer, more resilient brain and nervous system.” —Dr. Laura Markham, founder of AhaParenting.com, and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
From the beloved bestselling author whose award-winning parenting books have sold over 1 million copies—an indispensable guide to the unique needs of Spirited Infants™.
Does your baby bursts into tears when another baby in the same situation sleeps soundly?
Do the strategies your friends swear by not work with your baby?
Do the upsets and shrieking come out of seemingly nowhere and take forever to subside?
Moms and dads who answer “yes,” are the parents of a spirited infant. Spirited infants are the outliers—the exceptions to the “rules.” They are genetically wired to be alert and intense. Raising them takes special skills and patient perseverance.
In this groundbreaking new book, beloved parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., offers her findings in the fields of neuroscience, sleep, temperament, self-regulation, attachment, and parent-child interactions, and shares what she has learned from hands-on experiences with families to bring this much-needed perspective to the parenting of babies under eighteen months of age, including:
A plan for success with the 5-step Spirited Baby™ Methodology How to master the “NUDGE” approach to help your baby thriveParental Permissions – practical advice for parents to help them make sure their needs are metResources to ensure the whole family unit finds balance and happiness
Raising Your Spirited Baby is a shame-free, guilt-free how-to handbook that will be embraced by parents—and everyone who supports them—as a simple, trusted companion.
Kurcinka (Sleepless in America), who teaches classes for people struggling with their children's behavior and sleep issues, delivers a powerful guide to help anyone struggling to raise a baby who is "spirited," or "genetically wired to be highly alert and intense." Readers will find a checklist to determine whether their baby is spirited according to five traits (intensity, sensitivity, alertness, irregularity, and high activity levels), and assistance in gauging their own level of stress via a "Parent Self-Assessment" ("How often do you feel your baby is more difficult to manage than other babies?"). From there, Kurcinka introduces readers to the "Spirited Baby Method," based on asking "what is my baby telling me" through behavior cues, as well as asking "what do I need to stay calm so I can calm my baby?" Helpful summaries conclude each chapter, and Kurcinka intersperses charts throughout, with guides to picking up on sleepiness cues, reducing nighttime feeding, and transitioning to solid foods proving especially useful. Kurcinka's helpful book offers abundant understanding and encouragement for parents, as well as plenty of "teeny, tiny steps" toward better managing baby's behavior.