The vital touch : how intimate contact with your baby leads to happier, healthier development (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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The vital touch : how intimate contact with your baby leads to happier, healthier development

Author: Sharon Heller
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Why do American babies rank among the least held on earth? Throughout human evolution, babies have enjoyed intimate physical contact with their mothers. In cultures around the world, parents' arms are used to comfort their babies, from holding and carrying them to rocking them to sleep." "In this probing and insightful book, psychologist Sharon Heller uses evolutionary psychology to examine why social pressures and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Heller
ISBN: 0805053549 9780805053548
OCLC Number: 36640678
Notes: "An Owl book."
Description: viii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Sharon Heller.
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"Why do American babies rank among the least held on earth? Throughout human evolution, babies have enjoyed intimate physical contact with their mothers. In cultures around the world, parents' arms are used to comfort their babies, from holding and carrying them to rocking them to sleep." "In this probing and insightful book, psychologist Sharon Heller uses evolutionary psychology to examine why social pressures and a desire for self-sufficiency have caused Americans to distance ourselves physically from our children. Our overreliance on infant carriers, strollers, swings, and cribs as parenting substitutes often prevents us from attaining physical closeness with our children, causing increased fussiness in infants and creating conflict for the mothers. Drawing from an inspiring array of cultural and anthropological sources, The Vital Touch explores all the psychological, physiological, and sensory benefits that occur when parent and baby are in touch - and what happens when they're not - and shows us how we can provide a soothing and nurturing environment in which our children will thrive. Here is a book that affirms the value of touch as the most essential medium through which we can communicate and bond with our babies."--Jacket.

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