Experimenting
with
Babies

50 Amazing Science Projects

You Can Perform on Your Kid

Turn your baby into a 50‑in‑1 science project kit!

Experimenting With Babies: 50 Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid shows parents how to recreate landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, social and behavioral development — using their own bundles of joy as the research subjects.

Each project includes instructions on how to conduct the experiment at home using ordinary toys and household items as props, an easy-to-understand explanation of the experiment's significance, and suggestions on how parents can incorporate these principles into their interactions with their child.

Mom and Dad can begin experimenting on the day their baby is born, and they can continue to test hypotheses well into their child's toddler years.

Covering everything from recognizing faces and sounds to depth perception and fine motor skills, this fascinating book is perfect for parents who are curious about their baby's growing ability to understand and interact with the world around them.

Experimenting With Babies will amuse and entertain parents — and the whole family. With the book's help, you can experience the thrill of scientific research from the comfort of your own living-room laboratory and find out what happens when the empirical meets the adorable.

Press

"For most parents, coaxing your baby to eat Cheerios off the highchair tray is a pretty satisfying accomplishment. Shaun Gallagher has taken that parental fascination with offspring and turned it into an entertaining and helpful book."

Chicago Tribune, "Taking a few baby steps with science," Nov. 17, 2013

"Shaun Gallagher taps into his creativity as a dad and his fun inner scientific geek in his new book, Experimenting With Babies."

Parents.com, "Mom Must Read: Tap Into Your Inner Geek," Nov. 6, 2013

"Experimenting With Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid illuminates how children acquire skills such as walking, talking and sharing, and how they develop, physically and emotionally, during the first 24 months of life. Shaun Gallagher pored over journal articles, most of which were published in the last decade, to find experiments that didn't require special equipment, could be performed easily and over a short period of time, and that had a 'clear takeaway' message for parents to reflect on."

Maclean's, "Equipment Needed: Baby, Aged Zero to Two," Nov. 16, 2013

More praise for Experimenting With Babies

"Experimenting With Babies offers insights on infant development and parenting with a humorous twist. ... The heart of the book is not the experiments themselves, but takeaways that provide the new parent with developmental clues and suggestions for age-appropriate activities. Parents will appreciate these tips and Gallagher's whimsical tone, whether or not they experiment on their own tykes."

Publishers Weekly review, Sept. 16, 2013


"This is a unique work that presents an enjoyable and intelligent look at child development. It is a graceful bridge between parenting and research and is ideal for anyone with a wee one."

Library Journal starred review, Nov. 15, 2013


"Experimenting With Babies is a wonderful book, giving parents a hands-on way to understand their baby's emerging mind. The experiments are easy, fun, and nicely annotated with the real science behind them. What a fabulous way for parents to get to know their new child!"

Lise Eliot, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University and author of What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life


"With the marketplace urging parents to buy all manner of things to make their babies 'smart,' Gallagher's book offers parents a view based in science on how much babies really know and figure out on their own. Parents will have fun with this book and gain new respect and awe for their babies' amazing capabilities."

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., H. Rodney Sharp Professor at the University of Delaware and author of How Babies Talk, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool

About the projects

ProjectAge Range (0-24 months)ComplexityResearch areas
Soothing Scents
Emotional
Baby Blueprints
Cognitive
En Garde
Reflex
Happy Feet
Reflex
A Penchant for Patterns
Cognitive
Feet Lead the Way
Motor
Response Under Pressure
Reflex
I'm Hip to That
Reflex
This Little Piggy Was Named Babinski
Reflex
A Memorable Smile
Out on a Limb
Motor
Grasping Prep
Motor
Tongue Testing
Motor
Picture: Impossible
Cognitive
Pitch Patterns
Music
Spider Sense
Cognitive
Put an Age to That Face
Cognitive
The Face Matches the Feeling
Emotional
Stress Busting
Emotional
Propulsive Perceptions
Cognitive
Body Stretches
Cognitive
A Cappella Strikes a Chord
Music
Natural Interference
Language
Gestation of Gestures
Motor
Language
Sizing Things Up
Motor
Mirror, Mirror
Cognitive
Capturing the Cup
Cognitive
Grabby Hands
Motor
I Want What You Want
Be Still, My Face
Emotional
The In-Plain-Site Switcheroo
Cognitive
The Goldilocks Effect
Cognitive
The Importance of an Audience
Language
A Gazy Connection
Shapes or Kinds?
Language
Demonstration and Deduction
Cognitive
Defending What's Mine
Taking Cues
Emotional
Walking Tour
Motor
Familiarity and Foods
The Retriever
Motor
I Know Something You Don't Know
Cognitive
Using Your Head
Motor
A Questioning Look
Cognitive
Power Napping
Language
Same or Similar?
Language
The Ambiguous 'One'
Language
Helping the Helper
Punishing the Bad Guy
Emotional
Don't You Know?
Cognitive