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Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby [Paperback]

Tracy Hogg , Melinda Blau
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Book Description

25 Jan 2001

Tracy Hogg knows babies. She can calm even the most distressed or difficult infant, because she understands their language. Hence, her clients call her 'The Baby Whisperer'. Her incredible sensitivity and ability to read infants' cries, coos and assorted baby noises quickly earned Tracy the admiration and gratitude of high-profile couples, including a host of celebrities.

In this remarkable parenting book, Tracy demystifies the magic she has performed with some five thousand babies. She teaches parents how to work out what kind of baby they have, what kind of mother and father they are, and what kind of parenting plan will work best for them. Believing that babies need to become part of the family - rather than dominate it - she has developed a practical programme that works with infants as young as a day old. Her methods are also applauded by scientists: 'Tracy's is a voice that should be heard. She appears very knowledgeable about modern infant research and has incorporated this to a level parents can understand. In spite of all the baby how-tos on the market, this one will stand out.'

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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 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276 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


"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)

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

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238 of 246 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only it were really this E.A.S.Y.! 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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123 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bin Gina Ford's book and buy this one instead!! 10 Dec 2003
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This is written with both love and common-sense by a former paediatric nurse and mother of two. It is packed with tips and advice on all aspects of caring for a baby, including excellent stuff on how to "read" your baby's signals. Like most first time mums I associated crying with hunger every time until I read this book - now I am much more adept at reading body language and identifying when my daughter is tired/bored/hungry. Rather than put your baby in a regimented routine a la Gina Ford, Tracy Hogg suggests a flexible "eat-activity-sleep" pattern (the "EASY routine") which can vary in length and the cycles don't have to start or end at any particular time. It certainly works for me and my daughter, who is a very chilled-out baby indeed! The text is written in a non-patronising, and non-judgemental manner by someone who has had their own children and cared for many others. The only minor criticism I have is that some of the language is a little "Americanised" as Tracy worked in America for several years. However, don't let that put you off, this is an invaluable guide for first time mums so buy this and consign Gina and her draconian routine to the dustbin once and for all!!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New parent's sanity saver! 30 Aug 2003
If I were to recommend one book to new parents this is it. As a first time mum with absolutely no idea how demanding a newborn can be, it saved my sanity. It is the only book I have read so far that promotes a sensible, flexible routine not dominated by exact timings, but based on good old fashioned common sense. Luckily I found this book in the first week of giving birth and it quickly became my anchor. Not only did Tracy's advice help me to get baby to sleep through from 5 weeks old and breast feed until I wanted to stop at 7 months, but she helped me to understand better what my baby wanted when she cried - not that I could tell the difference between the sound of her cries at first, but that doesn't matter when baby is on Tracy's E.A.S.Y. routine. Tracy's book certainly help me in those first weeks when your world turns upside down and sanity flies out the window!
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
There's some really good stuff in this book.

Hogg recommends taking time to learn your baby's body language and understand what they want (I couldn't understand why anyone might need to be told to do this until I attended a post natal group and saw mothers plugging their baby's mouth with a tit every time they made a noise).

EASY is a good way of structuring your day when you're a first time mother without much of a clue. But, but, but - I have never cracked naps despite religiously following Tracy's advice and a blissful 3 weeks of baby sleeping through the night turned out to be the ONLY time she did this. Baby has developed a dependence on dummies through following Tracy's technique for getting her to sleep even though I have been very careful NOT to over-use them.

I didn't find the baby classification too helpful - seems to be a bit early to be labelling the poor little mites.

I've read a lot of baby books, from Gina Ford to Sears, which pretty much encompasses both extremes. Tracy's not as rigid as Gina and a lot more humane but there is still a emphasis on getting baby to fit with your life and if you don't manage to train them into whatever the recommended structure is, then you're culpable. What I like about Sears is that he acknowledges that babies turn your life upside down, you can't train them like a labrador, sometimes the techniques don't work and it's NOT YOUR FAULT. Sometimes you have to do what it takes (bring baby into bed, demand feed etc) and remember that it's not going to be forever and it's OK!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Easy to read through or just dip in and out of. I found it to be helpful & informative without being dictatorial like some baby books. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rach
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I did find it an interesting read and I will take some tips from it but I found it a little too black and white in places. Definitely worth a read though
Published 9 days ago by Leah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Really helped me to understand my baby and make the EASY changes to give our day and family more structure.
Published 17 days ago by Miss Jodie Summerfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved my baby's sleeping a lot!
My 4 month old was waking every 2 hours at night and wouldn't sleep in his cot. Within a few days of starting the baby whisperer's "schedule" he was getting himself to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jsb500
4.0 out of 5 stars logical sound advice
Really useful book just wish the reference tables could be easily referred to in appendices after I've read from cover to cover to help remember when my brain is full of baby... Read more
Published 18 days ago by David T.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I think the suggestions are ok, but every baby is different. I think we as mums should believe our own instinct. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!! Feeling positive even if i have a grumpy baby!
I have really enjoyed reading this book. The main idea is that you follow the 'E.A.S.Y.' routine which basically recommends that you follow an Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by H Gruber
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life.
As 2 engineers having their first baby we may as well have been handed an alien in the hospital. What to do with this screaming, angry looking thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bear Bait
5.0 out of 5 stars big thank you
I owe this book a big thank you. It is very hard to get through early babyhood and to deal with the lack of sleep. But I do whatever is said in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good practical advice but if you want to breastfeed don't read it
I bought this hoping it may give me some good pointers for my new baby due soon.
Some of the advice looks good but quite taken aback by negative approach to breastfeeding.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. R. Haywood
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