About the Book
The first 18 months lay a critical foundation for a child's future emotional, cognitive, physical, and social well-being. But this early time is often the most difficult for parents! Many find themselves in "survival mode" until toddlerhood, something that overlooks the incredible potential of this early time. Babies Build Toddlers offers readers a window into the intersection of development, education and parenting through clear developmental timelines (including movement, language, eating, sleeping, hygiene, and bonding), practical suggestions for how to support that development, and illustrations from a team of illustrators who celebrate the fullness of each parent's journey.
Mariana Bissonnette (she/her) is an early childhood educator with AMI Montessori teaching credentials for ages 0-6 and has extensive work with children and parents as a parenting coach and classroom teacher. After seeing a gap between parents and early childhood educators in the first years of life, Mariana founded a community program, PEACE (Parent Education and Child Empowerment) to connect with parents through life’s earliest and most critical stage of development. Mariana was born, raised, and is currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband (also a Montessori educator), two children, and two dogs. Babies Build Toddlers is her first book.