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Baby Knows Best Publishers Weekly

Your baby knows more than you think. That’s the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers®). Baby Knows Best is based on Gerber’s belief in babies’ natural abilities to develop at their own pace, without coaxing from helicoptering or hovering parents. Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach helps parents see their infants as competent people with a growing ability to communicate, problem-solve, and self-soothe.

Baby Knows Best is a comprehensive resource that shows parents how to respond to their babies’ cues and signals; how to develop healthy sleep habits; why babies need uninterrupted playtime; and how to set clear, consistent limits. The result? More relaxed parents and more confident, self-reliant children.

Praise for Baby Knows Best

“The RIE program is the single most relatable, intuitive, and common-sense approach to the modern-day conundrum of parenting. Baby Knows Best is the guidebook. It helps you get back to basics and makes you a better, more confident parent. A must-have.”

Jamie Lee Curtis

“Invaluable…A refreshing departure from the didactic, overly prescriptive books that seem to dominate the parenting literature. I strongly recommend it.”

Alicia Lieberman, PhD
author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler

“RIE gave us a loving methodology for how to do the most important thing in the world–understand and nurture our babies. It fostered a communication and interplay that we’ve built upon all their lives. This was invaluable and loving knowledge.”

Jason Alexander

“One of the best things that ever happened to me as a mother was discovering RIE. Even though my daughter is now nine, she is still a RIE baby at heart: calm, confident, and self-motivated. Baby Knows Best is a treasure of insights and wisdom. I will be giving this invaluable book to every new mother I know.”

Maria Semple
author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“RIE has been a blessing in our lives, giving us the chance to learn that our baby can teach us best when we observe carefully. We’ve learned to respect him as he expresses his needs.”

Gustavo Dudamel
conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic

“This terrific book is written by someone who really understands daily life with a baby. Deborah Carlisle Solomon shows how you can build an enjoyable relationship with your baby through the power of observation.”

Sue Gerhardt
author of Why Love Matters

“I think RIE should be a national program so that parents all over the country can have the opportunity that my family had.”

Dee Dee Myers
former White House Press Secretary

“How to be attentive but not intrusive, loving but not smothering, kind but not indulging, guiding but not controlling, strict but not rigid–all this is wonderfully laid out in RIE’s Educaring Approach.”

Hank Azaria

“Outstanding! Absorbing and powerful. Loaded with potent new ideas–Easy to read, eye-opening, hard to forget!”

Janet Gonzalez-Mena
co-author of Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers