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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (25 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091857023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440907
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002 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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257 of 267 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hey Mumbo on 28 April 2009
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This book was useful for me in terms of trying to understand why my baby was crying. It also helped me distinguish between over-tired crying which I mis-read quite often for hunger.
However, I agree with other reviewers in that Tracy's tone is patronising and I cannot believe that her strategies would work with all babies (many of her tips didn't work for mine).
I would also agree that this probably isn't the best book if you're breastfeeding, as feeding on demand makes it a lot harder to keep to a consistent regime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara on 2 July 2012
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A brilliant book. I bought this book when i had my first child a couple of years ago. I was totally clueless as a mum, nervous and willing to try everything to calm my exclusively breastfed little bundle of joy. I had only flicked through the book and not bothered properly reading it, what a mistake! Had i taken the time to read it while i was pregnant with her i would have saved months of being desperately tired, cranky, and being a human dummy! I did read the book when i became pregnant on my second child, my eldest was 1 and a half by then and was no longer breastfed ( i had breastfed her for 20 months) it was only when i read the book properly did i realise where i went wrong, i misread all her cues when she was a baby i leapt in and never let her self soothe, i gave her a dummy which i always had to replace when it fell out during the nights. Basically my daughter didnt sleep through till 20 months, my son has been sleeping from 7pm with a 10/11pm dream feed through till 7 am for a couple of weeks, it was 5 am then 7 am a few weeks before that and 4 weeks before that it was 2 am 5 am and 7 am, basically i can read my baby now because i didnt rush in, i know when he's tired, when he's hungry, or over stimulated, its never to early to start a gentle routine (not time set) but a general one E.A.S.Y is great and it does what its supposed too, unlike Gina Ford which i'm also a fan of its not time set, so i took a leaf out of both of their books. i check Gina for an idea of how much he should feed/sleep and what sort of times. i was never strict on his sleep, he is a sleepy baby and still has a morning nap of about 1.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happymumx2 on 31 Mar. 2012
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This book is wonderful. I have just recommended the routine for my childminders for my second baby, as I cannot afford this time to take a year off and must go back to work. Tracy Hogg's recommendations are genius for getting to know your baby. I totally agree with those commenters who believe the "baby type classifications" are off - neither of my babies have fallen within one of those distinct catergories and this is a case of Tracy trying to be "too helpful". However, this routine will make you feel as if you have some control over your life. I have every praise for those who want to "wing it" and feel awe for those who want to make their babies fit in with their life (a la Gina Ford). But for me this routine is humane and it fits my personality. The baby drives it, the baby ends up very contented and secure, and the mum knows from the minute the baby is up when the baby is likely to need putting down again (and the advice on READING your baby's body language is invaluable). As is making new parents aware that they are TEACHING their children how to go to sleep, etc. A caveat: DO NOT CHOP AND CHANGE. You need nerves of steel to avoid reverting to "accidental parenting" if your baby struggles to get on this routine. My second only got on to this routine after lots of effort (my first adapted really quickly) and I would have given up had I not known already that it would work spectacularly. For all new mums, if you put in this groundwork (and its okay a few times to give in!!) you will save yourself all manner of mini-tyrant dominance later. Good luck!
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