Reviews of On The Way To Walking
My clients love the book!
I am a psychotherapist who sees a fair number of new mothers, and when I read On The Way To Walking, I was really excited to share it with these clients, many of whom were feeling a bit unsure of themselves in terms of how to navigate these strange new waters of being a mother. This book answers their questions (and questions they didn't even know they had!) about learning to crawl, sit, stand and walk, as well as dealing with uncomfortable digestion, crying and nursing. It consists of a series of straightforward, easy-to-understand practices accompanied by beautiful photos which guide the parent through every imaginable stage of growth. You can literally open the book to any page and find something applicable. Its tone is very user-friendly and simple to understand, despite the complexity that underlies Infant Developmental Movement. My clients love the book! It has lent a feeling of confidence and increased enjoyment to their parenting experiences. I highly recommend this to any parent, no matter how many children they have already, because there is so much helpful information that most of us have probably never been made aware.
K. Anderson, Psychotherapist
I absolutely love this book
I wish I had this information when my children were young. They would have benefited so much from this developmental approach. Pediatricians these days do not spend much time on growth and development. The information in this book is conveyed in a way that is so easy to apply. Excellent. I recommend it as a gift for new parents and grandparents.
P. Stamm, Anesthesiologist, mother of two
The most important book you will read during your child’s infancy!
This book is a must for every parent and all professionals who work with parents of infants.
Lenore’s deep respect and honor of the profound joy and challenges that parents face to support their child’s development seeps through each and every page. What could be overwhelmingly complex – your child’s step by step movement patterns – unfolds in a crystal clear and do-able manner. The experience of looking through the photographs and reading the pages was relaxing, nurturing and inspiring. I highly recommend this book to parents, family members, professionals working with parents and infants – and photographers, as well! It is sure to be the most valued and beloved gift at many a baby shower!
Mary Triulzi, Social Worker, Early Intervention Specialist, Waldorf educator
Deep understanding and love
This book takes us by the hand, directly! Well structured, told in talking pictures; playful and patient, so comprehensibly written. Through each line there is Lenore’s sound knowledge speaking, her many years experience of supporting families and working with babies, her expertise, humor, deep understanding and love; her felt wisdom of humankind as a child as well as an adult, her trust that we belong to one another through our becoming. You can benefit from “on the way to walking” from where ever you are.
M. Wallinger, Movement and Special Education Teacher
Exciting new parent book!
As a developmental specialist I am thrilled to give Lenore Grubinger’s amazing handbook to parents. “On the Way to Walking” provides an easy way the parent can use practices to support inherent growth possibilities in the brain and body. Photographs make this book an easy guide to assisting little ones wherever they are in their growth. Lenore gently guides and educates, creating lots of fun moments in play for everyone’s benefit. Her revolutionary approach yields resilient children and contented learners. It is a wonderful resource book as well, and can be read in small sections when needed. Overall, I recommend this to anyone spending time with a little one!
Anna Penenberg, Social Worker, Infant Developmental Movement Educator
An excellent book and superb resource regarding a child’s development
An excellent book and superb resource regarding a child’s development regarding movement. Lenore’s approach and guidance are a treasure. The book will become number one on my gift list to expecting families!
D. Lewis, Pharmacist, Nutritionist
Wonderful Book; Practical suggestions, lots of visuals, very articulate information
This wonderfully articulate, easy to read book answers ALL of my questions about a little one’s movement development – including the stuff I hadn’t thought to ask yet, with beautiful photos & simple to follow suggestions. The author’s delivery style is akin to having a conversation over the back yard fence with an encouraging neighbor who happens to be a Developmental Movement Specialist with three decades of experience in the field. Her gentle explanations of a baby’s discoveries, sensory development and rapidly growing abilities supply a deeply gratifying peace-of-mind for a parent or family member who needs a refresher course on baby-ways, or is just sort of winging it as a newbie. The author’s instructions on how best to assist the baby, without trying to “fix” their progressions to keep up with adult expectations is remarkably helpful. It’s already a wonder to witness a child’s new discoveries and abilities, but when you comprehend the underlying connections happening in a baby, and you can participate (either passively or hands on) confidently equipped with the fresh knowledge dispensed in this book, your baby-time becomes even more magical. I love this book.
Belinda Del Pesco, Artist
This book is for all new & expecting parents!
I am so excited to give this book to all my friends who are new or expecting parents! As a midwife, I have been looking for a book that I can recommend to friends & clients with confidence that the information will not overwhelm already sleep deprived parents. On the Way to Walking it a gem. It is exactly what every new parent needs. Not everyone can see Lenore from Amajoy & get her help directly, but now new families can bring her into their homes with this book, and refer back to her wisdom anytime.
Jennifer A. Hydefrost, Midwife, Doula, Parent educator
Baby’s Great Adventure
Wise, sensible, readable, and––even if you don’t read a single word––the photos themselves are a joy. I wish I had had this companion when I was raising my sons. Fortunately, I had enough wise people around me and enough pure dumb luck to raise them when there wasn’t all this equipment being foisted on parents, so I did do some of these things anyway, and I can vouch for the basic premise of the book experientially––and be very happy to recommend it for all parents and their babies at a time when its message is becoming more and more important. The message is that Natural Movement is the (right) Way To Walking because of all the developmental steps and stages, all the neurological connections and physical reflexes that Baby was designed to refine on this beautiful, interlocking pathway. It’s a great adventure story and a useful reference book!
JJ, Editor, Community Activist
A user-friendly book with the power to help children to be healthier and happier
This is an essential read for parents of young children. Its a user-friendly book that has the power to help children be healthier and happier, and to positively impact the lives of parents.
Fool on the Hill, Dance and Music Teacher for Children
A great book with lots of fun things to try with your baby, presented in a flexible and non-judgmental way
This book is an excellent addition to every parenting library. With instructive pictures and specific exercises and advice, I loved On The Way To Walking. I was given this book as a gift from a friend who helped her child 'on his way to walking'. She highly recommended the system to me and I'm very glad she did. My daughter was 2 months old when we started using the principles in this book and it is wonderful to see her enjoying improving her skills and doing so well. Some of the features of this book I liked:
-100's of great color pictures of babies in the various positions described in the book. These were a real help in understanding what the baby postures looked like and how different babies handled various developmental steps. The babies in the pictures were also really cute so that contributed to the experience of going through the book. It was helpful to get such an intimate look at the lives of the example families to see how they set up their tummy time space, and how their little ones looked at different ages.
-Also, one series of photos deserves special mention. It showed the many developmental stages on the way to walking from lying on the back and belly shortly after birth to resting on the forearms in belly time to pushing from side-leaning to sitting, to pulling up to standing and toddling away. These pictures break down the stages clearly and help me identify them in my child way better than an idealized drawing would.
-Specific ideas for how to encourage your child to develop the movement skills that bring them closer to being able to stand and walk on their own and develop solid movement skills. The author provided exercises, some of which were more specific directions (e.g., hold your child's legs like this when she attempts to kneel) and some were ideas for how to create a setting for your child to explore certain skills (e.g., when your child attempts to roll, allowing her to try it herself through a bit--though not too much- frustration).
-Specific suggestions for how to create a physical space for your child to work on her skills. The author provides ideas for how to create a good space for your child to try and enjoy tummy time, and what alternatives to use when your child is fussy and not happy to try the traditional postures (mine loved tummy-to-tummy time when fussy).
-Ways to help your child calm herself using the baby ball position.
Overall a great book with lots of fun things to try with your child presented in a flexible and non-judgmental way.
Busy Tummy-To-Tummy Mummy