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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 (354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249 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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249 of 259 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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3 of 3 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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125 of 145 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Corduroy Angel (Abby) on 17 July 2005
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This is a great book for new mums - very positive, reassuring and helpful, but also compulsive reading! Tracy Hogg's compassionate approach to crying babies and their concerned mums is a breath of fresh air after all the rhetoric of controlled crying. I didn't believe it was right to leave my baby to cry - even for a short time - and this book gave me the confidence to parent the way I wanted to without feeling neurotic and, importantly, whilst knowing I was in fact creating a bond of trust.
By detailing the various baby types (my first was an Angel but my second was definitely Spirited!) and how best to handle them, Tracy Hogg restores a feeling of control to frazzled parents.
The E.A.S.Y. parenting schedule gives baby the routine she requires whilst not imposing an inflexible system on the mother... you watch the baby, not the clock! But it's not all about the structure, it's about 'tuning in' to your individual baby's needs and identifying the signs of hunger, boredom, tiredness et al before the crying starts. Forget Gina Ford... this lady loves babies and it shows.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Helen Long on 22 Nov 2007
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I bought this book after having read Gina Fords 'Contented Baby' books and losing the will to live. I didn't expect much from this but was desperate for some guidance having had another sleepless night looking after twin girls.

This book is fantastic. It helped me understand the girls cries and read their cues as to when they are tired/bored/hungry etc. It has turned this house around from a chambolic mess into a truly contented house.

Tracy's routines are very manageable and leave you with time for yourself. The best part is that they aren't regimented like the Gina Ford routines and helps you fit your baby around them.

It certainly proved to be a god send to us and we also bought the "The Baby Whisperer solves your problems" which is a fantastic companion and offers lots of advice and tips. It was invaluable with regard to issues like 'snacking', over tiredness and over stimulation. It also helps you understand what to expect from your baby at certain age ranges (ie a baby up to 4 months will not be active for long periods of time). This was so helpful especially when you get talking to other mums who's babies are apparently awake for hours and hours!!

These books also help you out when things aren't going as they should (which I found Gina Fords books don't).

We dont stick religiously to her routine times as we let the girls govern when they need feeding.

The books are also very good as you can just pic them up and use as a reference guide.

So good I have bought the Toddler book ready for when I need that!
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