Dancing with Your Baby

For Bonding and Better Health for Both of You

Dancing With Your Baby

Anthropologist Sue Doherty explores why, when a baby is in our arms, we instinctively begin to rock them back and forth, especially to music. She weaves together fascinating interdisciplinary research in psychology, neuroscience, infant development, and music and movement therapy to explain why and how to engage in the activity so both participates may thrive.

In Dancing With Your Baby, you will discover a wonderful adult exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, and mindfulness techniques, instruction in the proper carriage of body and baby, important back care information, and specific guidelines for children with special needs.

See a thorough book review in Psychology Today here; and in The Mouse Trap blog.

Listen to the podcast of  Mr. Dad’s “Positive Parenting” radio show author interview with Sue


“In Dancing with Your Baby, Sue Doherty artfully demonstrates the power of dance, revealing its ability to enhance an infant’s sense of wellbeing. Writing eloquently, she thoroughly documents the most current research in the fields of infant psychology and neurobiology, articulating the value of dance for creating a strong parent-child connection.

“Every parent wants their child to feel connected, validated, and treasured. Dancing with Your Baby is a wonderful tool parents can use to develop deep, attuned connectedness. Since children internalize how their parents relate to them on a verbal and physical level, what better way to create this essential foundation than through dancing with them?”

Dr. Shefali Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of The Conscious Parent and Out of Control.


“This book is a great blend of practical and creative methods, resting on a solid scientific foundation. Sue Doherty offers wonderful ways to nurture young children — and their parents.”

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture.


“Doherty uses language that is accessible, colorful, and rich with imagery. This book is a must-read for any parent, caregiver or soon-to-be parent interested in learning about the incredibly dynamic, rewarding, stimulating techniques for bonding with their baby that Doherty advocates.”

Michael Hogan, Ph.D., senior lecturer or neuropsychologist at National University of Ireland, Galway; and Julia Dimitrova

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