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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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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)
"...in a different league than all other 'how to manage as a parent' books." (Daily Mail)
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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.Read more ›
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!
If, like me, you are reading this book because you are finding it difficult to cope with a demanding baby and you haven't yet learnt to understand all their cries (do you ever?) then I wouldn't recommend this book. To me, Tracey's book has a tone of 'I know what's best for your child'. Fine if her advice works, pretty upsetting if it doesn't. My baby never followed her EASY (eat, activity, sleep, your time) routine and he was very unhappy following her advice for going to bed alone.
If you have a baby who you feel is especially demanding or fussy, then I wouldn't buy this book. Like one other reviewer, I would buy any of the books by Dr William Sears, an american paediatrician with 6 kids. There are no routines in them but he does provide you with the confidence (and research) to parent YOUR baby in YOUR way. He also provides a lot of reassurance if you have tried Tracey Hogg and Gina Ford and still can't put your baby down awake or end up having to bed share.
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Awful awful awful! If you want to be a neurotic mother who leaves her baby to cry then go for it. Otherwise avoid like the plague!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Use your own common sense!! Life became "EASY" when we followed our instincts and ditched the books!!Published 11 days ago by Shona
A must have for any first time mother.... And I saw myself going back to it on my second baby as well!!Published 11 days ago by tereza
It's an easy read and well structured. I found the test & types of babies amusing - and that's something for a tired mum. However it did nothing to help me in raising my infant. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Laura Veisa
Not very helpful, written in a very self promoting manner. Bought when child 4 months old, felt as though constantly reiterated I had bought it late. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Emma
Amazing book. Easy to follow & flick through at ungodly hours while feeding a baby & the most common sense of all the books I bought (& threw away, yes I'm talking about you Gina... Read morePublished 29 days ago by JML
Tracy's methods are quite relaxed and practical. This book is really good for anyone looking to have a flexible routine that considers the needs of baby, mummy AND daddy. Read morePublished 1 month ago