Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach is a guidebook that will help parents and caregivers learn to provide support to babies and toddlers in a way that allows them to become confident explorers. Focusing on the importance of building secure relationships, this guide is an easy-to-read and engaging summary of the history and methods of care originally conceived by Magda Gerber, founder of the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) program. This book highlights key elements of the RIE program and examines how to effectively put them to use. Readers will learn about the importance of following routines, using language, and creating safe environments in order to promote a child’s abilities to experiment, explore, and learn.
“What an idea—practicing courtesy with babies! ‘Professional baby watcher’ Ruth Anne Hammond explains how and why, in this clear, warm, and knowledgeable how-to guide for parents and educarers of very young children. It’s partner-dancing, Hammond explains, as baby and grown-up learn to follow each other’s cues and find joy in their relationship. And it provides a strong base for developing the trust and curiosity, language and literacy, and social–emotional skills that children will need all their lives.”
— Elizabeth Jones, Pacific Oaks College
“Ruth Anne Hammond has captured Magda Gerber’s unique voice…. Respectfulness as a central perspective through which to view these caring relationships is richly and lovingly illustrated. Her book is a delight, and there is much to be learned and enjoyed by anyone who cares for and about young children from her thoughtful and inspiring work.”