If you are one of those type a moms who will freak out if their child has not hit a milestone and immediately start search the Internet to see why your child is not where you think they should be developmentally, you may not want to read about this book series, Baby Compass.
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of My Baby Compass to review for you! Although I am getting to the very end of these types of developmental books, I love that they are built on many different stages, the oldest 7 years old so I still qualify. I also find this helpful for my young tutoring students.
My Baby Compass was written by Kathryn Thorson Gruhn. She has a MA and is a CCC-SLP (for those who don’t know [I didn’t], that stands for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology. The first few pages are a list of people endorsing this guide, including recommendations from other speech pathologists, pediatricians, therapists, and parents.
I reviewed the book from 4 to 7 year olds but they have several different series: a Birth to Two (a favorite of new moms), Two to Four and Four to Seven. This is a comprehensive and easy to follow guide for parents of children in different developmental stages.
The layout is well organized and extremely user friendly. The guide takes you through the developmental process and expected milestones of your baby, while also providing useful tools along the way. The My Baby Compass checklists are divided by development category as well as by age. The categories are: Baby Talks, Baby Hears, Baby Understands, Baby Moves, Baby Sees, and Baby Feels. Each category is thoroughly explained in the beginning of the book, so there is no question what you will be looking for on that checklist. The checklists are located in the middle of the book and are a really easy, and comprehensive way for parents to monitor their child’s development!
My Baby Compass books provide you with expectations and things to look out for in your stage of their development, it suggests what should be happening from age 6 to 7 for instance. It is not written like a text book but for the average mom who can barely take the time to read but has concerns or just wants encouragement.
Another thing I enjoyed about Baby Compass was the suggested activities at each age level to help promote the proper learning. These are good for anyone to know, share them with other caregivers in your home.
My Baby Compass online also provides information, and answers frequently asked questions, about different types of screening tests, including the age it might be done at, how tests are completed and how you as a parent can help in the process.
My favorite part by far though are the removable checklist pamphlets located in the very back of the book. Each pamphlet is color coded and includes a checklist of developmental milestones to look for and activities you can do to promote each one. There are checklists for made for each birthday transition, from 4 1/2 to 5 from 6 to 7. I think you get the idea.
Another great thing is for every book sold, $3 is donated to Autism speaks. A great book providing information to parents as well as funds for a good cause. Worth looking at.
Want to see what others are saying about My Baby Compass? Check out Kathy Thorson Gruhn from My Baby Compass on the website: www.mybabycompass.com Facebook
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Now who wants one? One lucky reader will be given the opportunity to pick one My Baby Compass that meets their needs. I will be giving it away starting April 1st at the Springtime Giveaway hop!!
I did not receive any compensation for this post. I was provided a copy of this book to review and all the opinions expressed are my own.