The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems (By Teaching You How To Ask The Right Questions) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2005
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
You may not agree 100% with all her recommendations, but you are bound to find something useful or thought provoking here.
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.
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Awful book. The self-styled 'baby whisperer' gives terrible and sometimes downright dangerous advice regarding feeding intervals, e.g. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pollyanna G
could you believe it, contacted her on the FB to let her know she needs to add a section that the a method she recommend shouldn't be used after 5 am and she said she hasn't been a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms. R. Kamkar Shahroudi
Liked this book before I realised that the woman was basically teaching controlled crying which I'm absolutely against.Published 3 months ago by LM
I found the book very useful and have dipped in and out of it for concerns re my now 6.5 month old. However the tone can be very patronising like "have some perspective,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ella
Great book written from a great author - gives mum a good frame work and is far more moderate then G.F Some mothers try to follow it nicely, many don't. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annette
Really helped me establish a bedtime routine for our daughter.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer