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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 has changed my life, really. I really enjoy motherhood because of Tracy's great advises. Buy it, read it, practise it.Published 3 days ago by joanna
My wife and I used this book with our first child and fell in love with it. Cry it out wasn't for us and this book perfectly strikes the balance between wanting our baby to go to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mr. Clive M
If you want a way to get your baby happily sleeping well without leaving them to cry alone for a single minute then this is the book for you! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Alison
Great book that works well with Gina Fords suggestions as you can pick the best method for your family.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
If, like I was, you're in desperate need of some advice on getting your baby into a routine, this is a good place to start. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Clare Foskett
I read this book during the emotional early weeks with my newborn and being told that we should have a routine from day one made me feel a bit of a failure. Read morePublished 13 days ago by kimbleton
As a first time mother this book has been super helpful. I like the authors tone, it isn't too strict setting out must do's etc. instead she gives sound advice and guidelinesPublished 13 days ago by nimble