The Babygro Book illustrates - in pictures and with minimal words - how our babies' brains develop, and how responsive communication between parent and baby leads to later life (mental) health and wellbeing.
Produced in association with our partners at the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab, the Babygro Book brings to life the very latest research on bonding and brain development.
We are passionate about making it available for all.
Download it free-of-charge.
We are delighted to announce that our Babygro Book
is now available in print!
Purchase a your copy for £10, and help support our charity.
It is a beautiful book to hold in your hands,
with all pages printed in full colour.
Our Professional Training courses - led by Dr Amanda Lucas and produced in association with the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab - bring the latest research and evidence on brain development, bonding and attachment styles to professionals working with families, infants and children.
Babygro is a registered charity that provides workshops for parents which bring to life the latest research on parent-infant communication, brain development and links to later-life (mental) health,
resilience to stress and wellbeing.
We also provide evidence-based advice and support on the topics of
infant crying, feeding and sleep.
Our focus is less on prescribing parenting advice and more on providing a direct line to the latest research findings.
In this way parents can feel empowered about the
parenting choices they make.
While lecturing on infant development at the University of St Andrews, I became a mother myself.
I came to understand, first hand, how challenging and relentless - as well as extraordinary and life-affirming - it is to care for a new baby.
I was shocked at how much misinformation was circulating in guide books and on the internet, and confounded by cultural pressures to do things in certain ways.
Later, as a mother of two, I founded Babygro as a charity.
My aim was to empower parents by bringing them trusted, evidence-based information that would enable them to feel reassured and confident in their parenting choices.'
Amanda gained her PhD in developmental psychology at Lancaster University in 2013. Since then she has conducted programmes of research at the University of St Andrews and the University of Exeter on social development in children (including children with autism), lectured on infant development, and continues to publish in international scientific journals.
More recently she has engaged in therapeutic training in attachment and parent-infant relationships with the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) and in Neuroprotective Developmental Care with Possums Education.
She is a mother of two fantastic boys and lives in Truro, Cornwall.
Babygro is steered by trustees who work in adoption, are experts in attachment theory and who are academics in the field of psychology, behaviour and evolution.
‘As we become more confident in our ability to explain how our bodies and brains orchestrate caregiving and attachment behaviours, it is important to translate our findings for the benefits of as many parents as possible.
The Babygro Book does exactly that. It was a great pleasure and honour to contribute to its realisation.’ Dr Pascal Vrticka - Director of the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt).
You can find out more about Babygro's partnership with SoNeAt lab here via this blog on translating research for parents, written by Pascal.
Dr Pascal Vrticka
Social Neuroscientist and Lecturer
Babygro Associate Trustee
Pascal is a Social Neuroscientist and Lecturer who directs the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab) based at the Centre for Brain Science at the University of Essex. SoNeAt lab work with Babygro by peer-reviewing our book and courses, sharing their latest research findings, collaborating on public engagement and guiding on the most leading-edge attachment and brain science.
Charlotte is an active researcher in the science of behaviour, social learning, and evolutionary psychology, who publishes in International Journals and is currently conducting a programme of research at The University of Sheffield.
Jenny is currently employed by Cornwall Council and writes and delivers courses on attachment for adoptive parents. She has a background in family services, with an in-depth knowledge of attachment theory and its therapeutic application.
Devi works as a Partnership Development Officer for the University of Exeter and is experienced in bringing academic researchers and businesses together in progressive partnerships.