• Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-09-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pear Press
  • 5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work - and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops - and what you can do to optimize it. You will view your children - and how to raise them - in a whole new light. You’ll learn: Where nature ends and nurture begins. Why men should do more household chores. What you do when emotions run hot affects how your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe above all. TV is harmful for children under two. Your child’s ability to relate to others predicts her future math performance. Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child’s intellectual success at the expense of his happiness achieves neither. Praising effort is better than praising intelligence. The best predictor of academic performance is not IQ. It’s self-control. What you do right now - before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years - will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.

©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina

Critic Reviews

"Dr. Medina hits the nail on the head with Brain Rules for Baby. We are always looking for ways to make our kids smarter, better, happier. Medina gives such practical, usable advice and tips." (Nina L. Shapiro, MD, UCLA School of Medicine)
"An engaging and fun-to-read translation of the best research on child development and effective parenting. I gave Dr. Medina's book to my own son." (Ginger Maloney, Ph.D, The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy)
"If you've no room for another brain-development title, weed an old one to make room for this. Covering such topics as pregnancy, relationships, and "moral" babies, the book will educate even the most learned parents. Medina's humorous, conversational style make this an absolute please to read." ( Library Journal)

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Stressful to listen to!

I find the narrators voice and intensity way to stressful to. There's a unnecessary sense of urgency in his desire to relay his opinion. Interesting "facts" and opinions but unfortunately it's quite unpleasant to listen to.

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Excellent application of neuroscience to parenting

This is one of the best introductions to neuroscience I've ever read. Every aspect is relevant to real life, not just parenting but also deep philosophical questions such as the meaning of happiness and the ultimate purpose of human existence. Delivered with genuine passion and enthusiasm, this book also includes many laugh out loud moments. A little recognised masterpiece, this is Medina's best work so far.

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For the scientifically minded parent

Honest scientific appraisal of current research, with actionable advice delivered with character by the author

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Awesome

Really good advice that is well delivered. I'll be listening to this book repeatedly going forward.

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Highly recommended

Great overall book. Entertaining to listen and easy to implement his Brain rules.

Take home message: enjoy and love your children.

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This is one of the best parenting books there is

I will listen to the book not only once, but several times throughout my kids growth and development, so I keep remaining myself of the right things to do. Well-researched and not biased!

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Great training

Just about to have a baby and I found the research and advice to be very helpful.

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Funny and smart

Finally a book about children that I can trust. No bullshits, no brainwashing, no propaganda. Medina is telling what the science knows, not what he suspects is true.
It is funny and it is so easy to read and understand complicated brain science concepts. Great book for everyone. I wish I read it earlier.

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Full of insightful and practical advice

A go to reference I have listened to many times. Each chapter is not only a lesson in raising happy, confident, emotionally capable kids. Each chapter is also a means of developing self awareness - as individuals, couples and parents - about how adult actions, reactions and emotion intelligence influence and impact the development of our kids.

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The best parenting book I've found!

What did you like most about Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

Current information that has been synthesised from a wide range of quality research. Engaging delivery too. A must 'read' for all parents, (grandparents and teachers would benefit too).

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  • Erik
  • 14-08-2015

The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend

If you could sum up Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) in three words, what would they be?

Science based advice.

What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

Honestly, this book stands alone in a cesspool of snake oil sold as pregnancy and parenting advice. Medina’s book is baby 501. It’s all science. Everything he talks about has been published in a peer reviewed journal, and replicated by at least one other study that meets that same criteria. He shuts down a lot of the expensive bullshit, like Baby Einstein, and other scams to make babies smart.

Have you listened to any of John Medina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. Some reviewers of the audiobook don’t like Medina’s delivery. While it’s true he lacks the polish of professional narrators, he is a lecturer and has a huge passion for his work. I think that might be off putting to some that want the narration to be like an offensive lineman in football: doing its best work when no one notices. But I personally find Medina’s vigorous reading of his own material to be really great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a science based book on how to raise a baby. Pathos really doesn't play a role in it.

Any additional comments?

I’ve seen some complaints that Medina meanders too much in his book rather than saving the reader time and getting to the point. I get that some parents are too busy to hear the how and why of Medina’s rules, they want quick instruction to best build their baby’s brain. But for me, I want more than just a set of instructions I’m taking on faith. I love hearing the specifics of the studies that form Medina’s rule set.

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  • Ronald E. Newlon
  • 09-11-2014

New addition is not a good audio book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The additions to this book were recorded independently and are in a tunnel

What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

Buy the book not the audio book

What didn’t you like about John Medina’s performance?

Too many anecdotes by women and he raises his voice too much
sounds a little like monty python

Could you see Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no - please do not do this

Any additional comments?

I wish that I would have bough tthe book. It is a good book but a very bad audio book

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  • NerfHerder42
  • 31-03-2016

Great Content, Less Great Recording Quality

The majority of this book is very well recorded, but during the later chapters portions of the author's recording take a noticeable and jarring dip in quality.

The content of the book is magnificent; I learned a great deal about important steps that can be taken to help my child better develop into a thriving adult.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone about to become a new parent.

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  • CPL
  • 23-12-2017

Interesting content, horrible narration. Buy the physical book

The information provided is valuable but I could barely get past the narrator’s voice and presentation! He sounds like a mildly drunk radio talk show host. I had to force myself to listen to 30 minutes each day just to get the info but it was painful. My husband heard about 15 minutes and refused to listen to anymore because of the narrator’s “used car salesman” voice. Save yourself the pain and read the physical book.

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  • ESL student
  • 30-08-2017

good for parenting

very detail advice. as parenting, we should learn more for our baby. This book gives me alot of information about how to develop a happy baby, emotional contorl, punishment system and making a sleep routine. anyway just give it a try. sorry english is not my first language.

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  • Mike
  • 19-09-2016

Baby book for nerds

Loved the practical applications and information offered. As my wife and I read more and more baby books I truly appreciate evidence and data behind the information. Medina is entertaining throughout his reading and makes it easy to see which parts he is truly passionate about it. Smart book that I strongly recommend to those who want to understand why not every option works for every baby. Makes so much sense not just for babies but my day to day interactions with adults.

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  • Michelle Alcalde
  • 20-06-2017

Read for increased anxiety. I would not recommend this book.

I only got up to chapter 3. With the start of the first chapter I felt I was gonna learn something from this book because it was based on statistical evidence. Then as it progressed it seemed to focus less on what positive things can be done for baby and your relationship and instead focused on explaining how shitty it can be only adding to anxiety. Repeating over again how stress can affect your baby without giving the tools to fix it wasn't helpful (although he did mention he would give the tools later in the book - I need them now as you explain it because you just stressed me out ) then I began chapter 3. Horrible. I am well aware and educated enough to know the strain a newborn baby can put on your relationship I don't need to listen to how easy it is to fail for over an hour, again without giving any tools to fix it . The first three chapters were mostly negative statistics without any advice to avoid becoming one of them. Also I believe in the second chapter he referred to overweight pregnant women as too fat. No professionalism there. Personally I would pass on this book all it did was give me anxiety I didn't have prior.

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  • Johan
  • 17-05-2015

Fantastic insights, backed by science

What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) the most enjoyable?

All the "brain rules" come with easy to understand examples which makes adopting the rules easier and quicker. The narration was engaging and easy to understand at x2 times the normal speed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

The empathy reflex and surrounding methods were really cool and unintuitive. Valuable lesson.

What does John Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love having the author narrate his/her own stuff. John Medina brings an engaging reading to this book and it's very enjoyable to listen to. I plowed through this book in two sittings while doing household work, much thanks to John's narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Teresa Hidalgo
  • 15-08-2018

Best parenting book I've read so far

I am not sure if it is because I have a background in education, but this book just clicked! Each section gives an explanation of his theories, examples, and ways in which you can implement them. As I went through each chapter, I was able to identify where I am as a parent and how I can improve my skills. This book is practical! Loved it and hope to hear it over and over again!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2018

I enjoyed this book thoroughly!

there's lots of information backed up by science and practical Solutions for new parents. Thank you

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  • tablet user
  • 08-10-2017

Engaging broad coverage

Very listenable, well structured - some areas, like attachment theory a bit thin from an academic perspective, glosses details, but understandable and not really misleading for lay parent audience. Nice tips on how to handle screen time, from his pro and personal experience, though some areas need updating, such as AAP's guidelines on screen time and tablet use. The 'nothing before 2 yrs' idea now revised in light of more up to date understanding :)

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  • Georgi Vladkov Petkov
  • 18-04-2016

Obligatory reading for parents

Entertaining and informative, the book lays down the basics of rasing happy and smart kids supported by science.

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  • H Livingstone
  • 25-09-2017

Excellent audio book for a new parent.

What did you like most about Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

The narration by John Medina is the best I have heard on audible by some distance. The content is excellent as well. As a scientific minded father I wanted to know what modern science has to say on baby development and this book delivers it without bias.

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  • Mariana Teijeira Exposito
  • 15-07-2017

Extremely recommendable!

Clear and concise information provided in a friendly and funny style.
For each theory or idea, the author indicates what type of studies have been performed on the subject and then continues to indicate if there is enough information to ensure a clear result for the study or if more data is needed.
A definite must for every new parent or parent to be.

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  • amphy
  • 09-12-2016

Useful, no nonsense, to the point and funny! Great book!

Useful, no nonsense, to the point and funny!
The author offer insights from both scientific research and personal parenting experience in an easy to listen to and entertaining book.

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  • smithpaddy
  • 26-10-2016

really interesting and practical

Really like John Medina, he uses good evidence based science (or as good as possible in his field) but makes it completely approachable to understand and even quite compelling listening. from the interesting information stems practical advise about how to raise your kid

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  • samantha
  • 09-01-2016

Great step into parenting right from pregnancy

Gives good scientific overview of what works what doesn't and what is inconclusive. A great enthusiastic read from a scientific father. Definitely worth the listen

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  • J
  • 09-08-2018

Brilliant! !

loved every minute. presents facts and real life scenarios in a friendly and concise manner.

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  • Ateqa M
  • 19-06-2018

Very well structured and insightful

Enjoyed the book very much, it's full of no nonsense and practical advice about parenting. It makes a clear separation from myth and science and doesn't make your mind up for you. It just informs and instructs you about a variety of ways to better yourself and your baby/toddler without taking sides or being judgy. Personally, I take everything with a pinch of salt and as long as you don't take everything too seriously I think you'll enjoy this book.

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  • Chris Schoeman
  • 08-06-2018

Excellent

Must read for to-be and current parents alike. Very practical concepts and advice for implementing the theory with key points summarised at the end of each chapter.