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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
This book was fantastic to help me understand my newborn. I felt like I very quickly could read her signals and understand what she wanted. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Katie T.
A straightforward approach to addressing your little one's needs. This can be a little prescriptive for seasoned mothers but if you treat it as advice to use as you see fit it's... Read morePublished 6 days ago by MK
I bought this with my first son and while there are some tips what I've actually learned now that I'm on my second is that no baby fits into a stereotype just follow your baby and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Hazel Greene
This book has been really helpful. I particularly liked the information on reading a babies body language. Incredibly useful when getting to know your new born. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Heather
I was recommended this book by a friend but am not a fan.
On the positive side there is a table that explains signs your baby makes and what get mean - these couple of... Read more
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. Read morePublished 26 days ago by BB1986
This combined with another baby whisperer book has given me a baby who slept through the night by three months and had good regular naps which makes for a happy baby. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Wills