Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power (Book Review & Giveaway – 10/29)

We all know that the baby’s first year of life is critical to their development. Everything we do will affect the future outcome. So when you only get a few minutes to talk to your doctor at those check-ups, how can you get the advice you need to make sure you’re doing the things your baby needs? If you’re like me, you turn to books, magazines, and friends who have been there done that.

One book I was recently introduced to is Boosting Your Baby’s BRAIN POWER by Holly Engel-Smothers and Susan M. Heim. (Yep! Wonderful Susan is at it again!) Last week, I introduced you to another book Susan coauthored called “Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year”. Now, Susan has helped write the book Boosting Your Baby’s BRAIN POWER to help parents learn the vital steps they can take to encourage their baby’s brain develop to it’s full potential.

I found this book so interesting. After 5 kids, I’m amazed at how much I still don’t know. Luckily, as I was reading this book, I kept thinking to myself, “Oh, good. I’m doing it right.” There was just so much information in this book that I had never realized before. Even things I’d always wondered about!

My absolute favorite chapter is Chapter 2: Attachment and Baby Brains: Spoiled Rotten is a Good Thing. I am the mom that believes every nursery (or home) should have a rocking chair, and that rocking chair should be used to its full potential. I come running when my baby cries, and I make sure they always know I will be there. Boy, did I love reading the sentence that said, “Attachment to your newborn baby is the first and most important influence on brain growth.” Wow. That’s quite a powerful sentence, isn’t it? The rest of that chapter goes on to tell you different ways you can bond with your baby.

The entire book is full of tips and advice on bonding, teaching, and cultivating your newborn baby that first year of life. It even offers red flags to be aware of when it comes to baby’s development. The tips included are so beneficial and should be read by every parent. These women have certainly done their research, and they have done an excellent job of putting a wealth of information into one place that you can easily access. The book is easy to follow, doesn’t preach at parents about right and wrong, and is simply an excellent resource that every parent should have on hand during (and before!) baby’s first year. I would highly recommend it to any parent to be, new parent, or anyone that cares for a baby during their first year.

Want to Get Your Own Copy of Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power!?
To Buy: Head to the Great Potential Press website and click on “Add item to cart.” At just $15.95, this book is an excellent value for all the information you’ll find inside! You can also find the book on It’s on sale there for just $10.85!

You Can WIN! I get to give away a copy of this fantastic book to one of my readers!

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Disclaimer: I was contacted by one of the authors of “Boosting Your Baby’s BRAIN POWER”. I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post, and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. The sponsor is fulfilling the winner’s prize as stated above.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I learned that she had twins and has some great stuff online for multiples…
    Will def tell friend bat that

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    I like 5vm on fb!
    Carrie G B

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    she wrote chicken soup for the soul..

    i would love this book- i think my son is smart and i would love to teach him all taht i can.
    tcogbill at live dot com

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    Susan is an editor for the Chicken Soup books.
    francieg at juno dot com

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    I subscribe via e-mail
    francieg at juno

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    I subscribe via e-mail (#2)

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    I'm a FB fan. (francie c)
    francieg at juno

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    I follow on Twitter (@franpt2)

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