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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 literally teaches you to 'read' your baby and their different cries (by looking at their shape of their tongue and creating a routine in rhythm to suit both your baby and you. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nicki John
Never too old to learn something new. Has really helped me with my daughter. Interesting but not too rigid advice.Published 14 days ago by sophie povah
Bought used in good condition and is now well worn from being used so mmuch, delighted with book! Would recommend for anyone who wants some sort of routine with their new baby,... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant explanation to help understand your babies needs, realistic and great approach for a calm confident baby. Great teaching aid for new mums.Published 21 days ago by Mrs Sarah Worsley
A life saver. Well written. She has a wealth of experience. Definitely the best parenting book I've read so far!Published 1 month ago by MISS JR WAJED