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The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems (By Teaching You How To Ask The Right Questions) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2005

3.9 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (17 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743488938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743488938
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

"A parent's saviour" (Normandie Keith YOU Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Essential tips on calming, connecting with and communicating with your baby, from nanny-to-the-stars and bestselling author Tracy Hogg --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I got this book when my son was 8 weeks old. He'd started sleeping through and then started waking up again once or twice during the night. As my daughter at 3 still isn't sleeping particularly well I was keen not to make the same mistakes again.
I was initially dismayed at the size of the book and wondered where on earth I was going to find the time to read it. But needs must etc and one good thing about this book is that it's very easy to find your problem and solution without having to read the whole book.
Another concern was that I hadn't read Tracy Hogg's first two books and wasn't sure if the "infancy to 3" would mean there wasn't enough information relevant to 8 weeks old. But it's fine and I'm now well on my way to success having implemented the EASY routine from 9 weeks.
I love the ethos of Tracy Hogg. She doesn't believe in leaving babies to cry, says dummies are ok and puts the baby's needs first. I highly recommend this book for any baby from birth to 3.
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This book is an absolute god send to any parents, both new and those who have done it before. I was a little sceptical about a baby whisper, but my fears were soon dispatched as were my sleepless nights and my sense of failure in motherhood. This book does not wave a magic wand and make everything A OK, what it does is allow you to understand what your baby is trying to tell you. I can't recommend this book enough, it just makes having a baby a pleasure rather than a trial.
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This book was lent to me soon after the birth of my daughter after having discarded another well known baby "bible" in disgust!! It appealed to me in that it advocacted a relationship of trust between the baby and parents (rather than one of control and abandonment) in that you help your baby with the things he or she may struggle with as a newborn by not leaving them to cry and providing a gentle routine with support and reassurance.

My daughter didn't fit into the EASY routine and after a few horrible days I gave up trying as it was causing both of us misery. I can see Tracy's point but the fact is newborns are total individuals and each ones sleep and feed needs differ according to the weather, rate of growth and other mysterious factors.

What I found unneccessary and demeaning is all the condecending and patronising references to "accidental parenting". Many sleep deprived and anxious new parents use age old ways of getting their baby to sleep (feeding, rocking) because they and the baby need some peace!! It's very negative and damaging to a new Mums self-esteem to say that if she resorts to these methods the child will NEVER be able to fall asleep on their own etc.!! This is nonsense! Having said that my husband and I employed the shush pat technique as we both vehemently disagree with controlled crying and it began to work really well, but after 2 months not 2 weeks as the book claims!! Eevntually through this method our daughter learnt to fall asleep and stay asleep on her own with no cruel methods such as "crying it out" alone in her cot. Now at 8 months old she goes down awake and drifts off to sleep peacefully for all her naps whereever we happen to be. I found tips such as these sensible, kind and helpful.
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I found "The Baby Whisperer" invaluable when I had my first child, so was pleased to find this when I was looking for help with a sleeping issue that didn't seem to cover. It goes into more issues in much greater depth and really gets you more into thinking about what it is your child is trying to communicate. It does feel a little rushed in parts, but sadly this is due to Tracey Hogg suffering from a terminal illness. She is a childcare expert who will be sorely missed - not many have her balanced view of looking after both child *and* parent mixed with a huge dollop of common sense.
You may not agree 100% with all her recommendations, but you are bound to find something useful or thought provoking here.
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Like many other 1-3 star reviewers I felt that Tracy's constant referral to accidental parenting caused more problems because I started to constantly doubt myself.

Her avoidance of applying the advice to age made it difficult to understand and I ended up using techniques that were not appropriate to my baby's age. IE - as a newborn it is absolutely appropriate to rock, cuddle, pick up counter to Tracy's advice to start as you mean to go.

Tracy's basic structure/routine was helpful for a total novice but it took a lot of reading to get to the nuance & age appropriate bits of it. After many months of struggling I found that Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Paediatrician Mar Weissbluth to be far more helpful in terms of helping me to understand the science of sleep and child development - without all the judgement and knuckle-wrapping. I also liked The No Cry Sleep Solution which was far more empowering.

Good luck
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My partner bought this book on the recommendation of his mother, who told me it would be a life saver. I began reading it when my son was a few weeks old, mostly paying attention to the E.A.S.Y routine, which I liked the idea of at the time and believed it to make sense. I remember attemtping to implement the routine to no avail and instead feeling frustrated and impatient that my baby wouldn't feed every two hours, or sleep without breastfeeding or being rocked. I fell into the idea that I must be a typical 'accidental parent' and was reinforcing bad habits in my son which would come back to bite me in the bum later on. I couldn't have been more wrong. Having finally read the book in its' entirety I realize one very important thing about Hogg's philosophy. It isn't breastfeeding friendly. There are so many flawed advices in this book that I don't know where to begin. To list some though, Hogg sees a baby wanting to feed more than every 2 hours within the first 6 weeks of life as a sign of a 'snacker' or a problem with the mother's supply. If a baby falls asleep while feeding, her supply is again brought up as the culprit. Hogg recommends introducing a bottle as early as 3 weeks to allow mum to have a break and allow other family members to feed and bond with the baby. Babies can all be categorized into five types, and depending on what type your baby is, you may have to give him a bottle feed if he is fussy at the breast till the 'milk really starts flowing'. Heaven forbid you demand feed your baby, feed them to sleep, exclusively breastfeed without the use of bottles or soothe a crying baby with the breast.Read more ›
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