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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
I bought this for my daughter and she read it cover to cover in a day! She found it very helpfulPublished 8 days ago by sue dalee
Despite being categorised as good quality I would disagree as the book has a message written in the front page. Apart from that I have found the book really usefulPublished 20 days ago by claire fitzsimmons
Wasn't particularly useful for my 6-month old and doesn't go through PU/PD in detail.Published 1 month ago by Browny
Not a fan of the structure or the writing style. Personally I didn't think much to the content either.Published 1 month ago by Aman
Great, arrived quickly and just as described. I found this book very helpful as a soon to be mum. The principles are easy and (hopefully) should be simple to follow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Emily Gibbon
Really helped me in the first weeks with my baby daughter to help us understand each other and get into a sort of routine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sally, UK
This was very informative for my daughter, thanks to my friend Penny for the recomendationPublished 2 months ago by Lee Min