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Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby Paperback – 25 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (25 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440907
  • ASIN: 0091857023
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
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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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268 of 279 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 Buns on 24 May 2011
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I ve bought this book,amongst 10 others when my son was 6 months old and i found the tips and informations in this book very helpful ,I have what she categorize as an Angel/Touchy baby ,I ve gained great knowledge on how to deal with him and now ( at 8mos) i hardly get frustrated ,he s much more settled,take longer naps (1-1/2- 2hr long),he's more energetic,started enjoying solids and smiles alot more, !Consequently I feel more relaxed I m able to take a morning nap aswell ,luxury i couldnt afford before with a cat napping baby .I love how Tracy Hogg emphasize the importance of respecting your child and read his cues ,rather than force him to do what in your mind he s suppose to do.Brilliant infos on napping and sleeping,how fathers can contribute to baby s wellbeing.All in all i think is brilliant ,i found myself nodding throghout the book .
I would reccomend it to everyone .
Ps:I also added a touch of attached parenting which includes using a sling from time to time to go out (although he s quite heavy!)cuddle him alot ,breastfeed him and nap with him during the day when possible .Alot of people are amazed by how placid and content he is .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BB1986 on 5 Jan. 2015
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Brilliant, straight forward and simple. She explains her strategies clearly and gives loads of examples & IT WORKS! Within a week my 9 wk old was going to bed at 7.30 awake & self settling with no help from us! this after 2 months of fighting to get him to sleep before 11pm most nights!! Well worth the investment!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By New Mum on 15 Oct. 2007
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Although this book is fantastic, in my opinion, it seemed incomplete and left me with many questions. Then I discovered that they were all answered in the follow up book "Baby Whisperer solves all your problems" - so I highly recommend getting them both. They are an easy read - quite well written.

Tracy Hogg understood babies (past tense as she sadly passed away in November 2004). Her guide to a newborn's cries helped me survive the first few weeks of my baby's life.

Please don't dismiss this book if you've heard it's all about strict routines. It's up to you whether you follow her E.A.S.Y. routine; I for one found it really helpful, it has worked for my little boy. Tracy emphasised that a routine is not about time slots - it's not a schedule - it's just about providing a little structure, that your child could thrive on, and you some sanity.

Some of her philosophies and methods - taking the baby's perspective - to help teach your baby the vital skill of independent sleep - worked 100% for us. Although it meant a lot of physical hard work for me at times, they were much easier than, for example, letting my baby cry, or rocking him to sleep.

I believe that with all these types of books, you need to take out of them what seems logical and helpful to you and your child, and not fret about ignoring anything that doesn't seem right for you. For me in this case, that was the weaning advice.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Darnell on 25 July 2006
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After all the ante-natal classes etc prior to the arrival of our little bundle, we thought we knew it all. The first 3 weeks were hell - baby screamed and we were getting into the habit of rocking him to sleep or letting him fall asleep on us. I was looking for some guidance and after seeing Tracey on Discovery Home and Health I thought I'd give her a go (I also bought Gina Ford, but swiftly ditched it as I'm not good with taking orders!) - Tracey's common sense approach, hints and tips really seemed to work for us - I think it gave me confidence more than anything else, but we ended up with a happy, contented baby that slept through the night from 7 - 8 weeks old and apart from the odd hiccup, when I refer to the book to see if there's anything useful I have learnt to trust my instincts. I recommended this book to several new mums in my group and we all now compare notes about what works etc. An ideal gift for a new parent, whether first time of not. Maybe they should start handing it out at ante-natal on the NHS??
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