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5.0 out of 5 stars Bin Gina Ford's book and buy this one instead!!, 10 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby (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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Initial post: 19 Oct 2010 12:44:03 BDT
This reviewer seems to have been a little confused by Tracy Hogg's CV at the back of the book.

In fact, in the UK, RNMH originally stood for "Registered Nurse (for the) Mentally Handicapped", later changed to the more general "Registered Nurse, mental health". It has nothing to do with "registered maternal nurse and health worker", as the CV claims, which would, logically speaking, be abbreviated to RMNH or RMNHW.
It is entirely feasible, however, that whilst in training for this qualification Ms Hogg "specialised in children with severe mental and physical disabilities" as the CV goes on to say.
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