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Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby Paperback – 25 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (25 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440907
  • ASIN: 0091857023
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overjoyed but exhausted? Perplexed but purring? Then you may just be a new parent. And if you're looking for practical reassurance and advice then Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby is for you.

Clearly a remarkable person, Tracy Hogg (the "baby whisperer") has an impressive ability to understand and relate to babies. Herself a mother, she is an experienced maternity nurse and has derived her approach from her dealings with countless babies and their families. Forgiving and sympathetic in style, her book is well written, immensely readable and is full of gems and shrewd observations that even the seasoned parent may not have worked out. She emphasises the importance of showing respect to your baby: "Just try to remember that this is a little human being in your arms, a person whose senses are alive, a tiny being who already knows your voice and even what you smell like." And so the parent is instructed to give the newly returned-home baby an explanatory commentary and friendly guided tour of his or her new home.

Those who enjoy personality quizzes will love the Know-Your-Baby Quiz in which you can "zero in" on your baby's type which, according to Ms Hogg could be "Angel", "Textbook", "Touchy", "Spirited" or "Grumpy". She then provides tips on the best way to handle each type of baby. Advocating a structured routine with the acronym EASY (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You) she then demonstrates how it works for the benefit of all the family. The book covers most topics from sex to weaning, but possibly the most helpful, even beautiful, section is where the Baby Whisperer divulges her secrets for interpreting your baby's body language, signals and cries.

If you find The Baby Whisperer helpful, you may well also be interested in Gina Ford's The Contented Little Baby Book, What to Expect: the First Year and the slightly higher brow Babyhood by Penelope Leach. --Rebecca Pickering

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"Miracles are her business" (Jodie Foster)

"The honest truth is that Tracy Hogg has provided me with more insight into the things that matter than anyone else." (Alain de Botton Observer Review)

"She achieves what, to hard-pressed parents, seem like miracles." (Mail on Sunday)

"...in a different league than all other 'how to manage as a parent' books." (Daily Mail)

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271 of 282 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2004
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At present, I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I made the mistake of reading it while pregnant and thought "Being a mum is going to be simple, what on earth do people complain about?" However I realised from day four (the day on which Hogg recommends starting your baby on E.A.S.Y.) that if motherhood were as easy as this book makes out, I would be significantly less tired and harassed than i am now!
So Hogg recommends starting your baby on a routine from day four... well as far as Eating was concerned, my newborn just couldn't rest unless she was at the breast and actually this is not surprising given the trauma she had been through plus the fact she was probably starving and my milk supply needed a good week to rev up. i personally think putting a newborn on a feeding routine at such a tender age is ludicrous. Now my baby is nearly four weeks old and we are on the 2.5 - 3 hour feeding routine and i couldn't recommend it strongly enough but it is unrealistic and demoralising to a first-time mum to find her baby does not wish to dance to Tracey Hogg's tune from day one (or rather, day four). As for the Activity bit, it is recommended that from birth to three months your baby is given 45 minutes entertainment time. i quickly realised that a newborn does not have the capacity for 45 minutes entertainment, and even now my daughter cannot entertain herself that easily, and i can only do so much to keep her so. What the book fails to mention is that your young baby might wish to spend her time crying as a past time! As for the Sleep part, Hogg blithely talks about putting your baby down for the night and seems to imply that a little reassuring pat and a rub was is all it takes to quieten your infant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BB1986 on 5 Jan. 2015
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Brilliant, straight forward and simple. She explains her strategies clearly and gives loads of examples & IT WORKS! Within a week my 9 wk old was going to bed at 7.30 awake & self settling with no help from us! this after 2 months of fighting to get him to sleep before 11pm most nights!! Well worth the investment!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 10 Sept. 2007
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If only I'd found this book before my baby was born! I've been trying to follow Tracy's EASY plan since my son was 5 weeks old and so wish that I'd read it before he arrived! It's been invaluable and I suspect we would've just been pottering along not really knowing what we were doing if I hadn't bought a copy of the book!

I'm starting to think now about buying one of the others as my little one gets older!

There's also a Baby Whisperer internet support forum where you can get advice and support from other 'BWs' when things aren't going as you'd hope they might be which is just amazing!

I would totally recommend getting a copy of this book (whether this edition or any of the subsequent ones).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2004
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I can't recommend this book enough. This made the difference to parenting being a lot of anxiety and worry interspersed with breif moments of joy into a lot of joy, with only occasional worry and anxiety!
I found once I could "read" my baby's signals that I was confusing tiredness with hunger. No wonder I used to tell people my little one was always hungry and would not sleep!
After 3 days of watching for signals she is now dropping off to sleep 3 times a day on her own and her meals are more spaced out so I can actually go out without being convinced she needs more food!!!
I wish I had had this book when she was born. Try it to believe it.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2002
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I have to disagree with the reviewer who said that this book recommends you go against your baby's nature, when the truth is quite different. Tracy Hogg's stance comes from love and respect for babies and gives parents (especially first-time parents like me!) a great start in understanding what wee ones want and need from their carers. She advocates giving children love, listening to what they say (even if that just means interpreting their cries) and suggests ways to make your baby feel secure and content. True, she doesn't recommend the 'three in a bed' approach, but neither does she suggest that you leave your baby to cry.
I bought this book when my daughter was three weeks old, my mother had gone home and my husband was back at work. Tracy gave me the kind reassurance I needed when I was feeling unsure and vulnerable, and lots of practical help and useful advice that I'm still following, months later. I recommend this book highly to any parent or care-giver!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2005
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There are so many baby books out there and so much advice, it can be really confusing. Tracy Hogg gives a 'middle-of-the-road' approach. I.e., neither strict schedules, nor letting the baby lead. You can't know what to do 100% of the time, but many of the tips Tracy gives are really working for us. We're using the E.A.S.Y. guide and although I'm not treating it like a 'baby bible', it seems to be working really well. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone expecting a baby. But try and read it before the baby's due, as you might find it hard to find the time to read afterwards.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Julie Macleod on 16 Aug. 2004
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This book is wonderful, being a first time mum I was nervous with the responsibility of a new baby. Tracey has a lot of empathy for new mums with a lot of emphasis on looking after yourself and giving yourself time out as well as looking after your new baby.
A lot of this book is straight forward common sense, but Tracey teaches you to take a step back and to relax when dealing with your newborn. (Not so easy when the baby is crying!). The part of understanding different crying was great as there are some not so obvious ones i.e. when they are bored or over stimulated. The section on reading body language was good as well because
its a hidden language which is easy to read after a while.
Everyone says what a "good" baby I have but I put her calmness and happyness down to reading this book and learning the secrets
to communicate with my baby.
Although this book says have a calm, confident baby I think this will apply to you as a Mum after you read it. Great for first time Mums. Best to read it before the arrival though!
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