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Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby [Paperback]

Tracy Hogg , Melinda Blau
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25 Jan 2001

Tracy Hogg knows babies. She can calm even the most distressed or difficult infant, because she understands their language. Hence, her clients call her 'The Baby Whisperer'. Her incredible sensitivity and ability to read infants' cries, coos and assorted baby noises quickly earned Tracy the admiration and gratitude of high-profile couples, including a host of celebrities.

In this remarkable parenting book, Tracy demystifies the magic she has performed with some five thousand babies. She teaches parents how to work out what kind of baby they have, what kind of mother and father they are, and what kind of parenting plan will work best for them. Believing that babies need to become part of the family - rather than dominate it - she has developed a practical programme that works with infants as young as a day old. Her methods are also applauded by scientists: 'Tracy's is a voice that should be heard. She appears very knowledgeable about modern infant research and has incorporated this to a level parents can understand. In spite of all the baby how-tos on the market, this one will stand out.'


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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 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154 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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245 of 254 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only it were really this E.A.S.Y.! 29 Mar 2004
By A Customer
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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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125 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bin Gina Ford's book and buy this one instead!! 10 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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As with all these books there will be stuff that grates and stuff that's helpful. Personally I find her occasional brash tone and dismissal of others opinion very UNhelpful (parents particularly need a bit more grace in my estimation!) but on the whole I find her the best of the baby care authors.

Many of these writers are either far too prescriptive and unrealistic or far too fluffy & frightened of offending and so are all nice theory and no practical help.

To find anyone other than Gina Ford who is willing to give an actual suggestion of timings for sleeps/feeds etc is a mission and a half and that's where Tracy Hogg comes in and this for me is the relief of this book.

Tracy hits the middle ground brilliantly, giving you a real idea of what to expect at each stage, giving you pointers with routine timings without being rigid and giving advice on how to establish routines without traumatising you or your baby by leaving them to 'cry it out' or starve.

HOWEVER, skip this book and go straight to 'The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems' (ridiculous title but...) because once you get past the first 3 months 'Secrets of...' becomes fairly redundant whereas '...solves all' goes right up to toddler with fantastic detail on every stage and it's just MUCH more helpful and practical - the only thing I can't find is the baby body language chart that I found really helpful in the first book but I imagine she covers it cos everything else is covered.

By the way, we co-slept with our daughter for most of the first 4 months and she and we survived so don't worry too much about some of her strong opinions. Habits, as she herself demonstrates, are very easily changed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 25 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I really valued this book as a new parent and it helped implement a routine that wasn't rigid yet, there was some structure to it, which is ideal for a baby that breast feeds on demand. By following the EASY routine I was able to plan time to be with friends as well as have time with my baby. By 12 weeks he was sleeping throughout the night and has continued to do so since then (he's just turned 1).

I also found that by combining some of the techniques and advice by another 'maternity nurse', as well as those in this book, helped me to produce a routine that suited me and my child. It took time, but things won't happen instantly. You need to invest time into allowing things to work.
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Nice read when pregnant for the first time and you have no idea whats about to happen!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars food for thought
This book is easy to read and well written. The routine is sensible and something I am working on with my 3 month old :)
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fantastic book, wish I'd read it before my baby reached 3 months and some bad habits had sunk in! All very sound down to earth and effective advice, with exception of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Huxley
2.0 out of 5 stars Found that most of the advice was common sense and the EASY never...
Read but never used in practice. Found that most of the advice was common sense and the EASY never worked for us because the baby tends to fall asleep during feeds so it was more... Read more
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Best book ever. It's a bible in our home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Worth a look as it offers good advice and suggestions that work (if you're baby is so inclined!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
This is quite a nice book, it's fairly balanced and gives you some ideas. They are just ideas though people as all babies are different and there is no such thing as 'right' or... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kelly Fenton
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor thing. The more baby eats the more it ...
I was given this as a present and whilst some of the book is helpful I give it one star because of her advice to only feed every two and a half hours. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Miss M. McMullin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book. Still nursing to sleep at 5 months -'accidental parenting' and using you to address the problem.
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