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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby [Mass Market Paperback]

Tracy Hogg , Melinda Blau
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Book Description

July 26 2005
“TRACY HOGG HAS GIVEN PARENTS A GREAT GIFT–the ability to develop early insight into their child’s temperament.”
–Los Angeles Family

When Tracy Hogg’s Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was first published, it soared onto bestseller lists across the country. Parents everywhere became “whisperers” to their newborns, amazed that they could actually communicate with their baby within weeks of their child’s birth. Tracy gave parents what for some amounted to a miracle: the ability to understand their baby’s every coo and cry so that they could tell immediately if the baby was hungry, tired, in real distress, or just in need of a little TLC. Tracy also dispelled the insidious myth that parents must go sleepless for the first year of a baby’s life–because a happy baby sleeps through the night. Now you too can benefit from Tracy’s more than twenty years’ experience. In this groundbreaking book, she shares simple, accessible programs in which you will learn:

• E.A.S.Y.–how to get baby to eat, play, and sleep on a schedule that will make every member of the household’s life easier and happier.
• S.L.O.W.–how to interpret what your baby is trying to tell you (so you don’t try to feed him when he really wants a nap).
• How to identify which type of baby yours is–Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, or Grumpy–and then learn the best way to interact with that type.
• Tracy’s Three Day Magic–how to change any and all bad habits (yours and the baby’s) in just three days.

At the heart of Tracy’s simple but profound message: treat the baby as you would like to be treated yourself. Reassuring, down-to-earth, and often flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer promises parents not only a healthier, happier baby but a more relaxed and happy household as well.

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The last thing new parents can find time for is quiet reading, so many helpful books on infant care rely on bullet points and a "let's get to the point" writing style. Tracy Hogg, a neonatal nurse, teacher, and mother of two, uses these techniques to good effect in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. Focusing on newborns and their parents, her simple programs are a blend of intelligent intuition and methods based on years of experience. The first half of the book is devoted to E.A.S.Y--her name for creating a structured daily routine for you and your baby that makes the most of your baby's awake times and also leaves time just for you. These concepts aren't designed to force your bundle of joy into not following her body's needs, but rather to create a feasible middle ground between total rigidity and on-demand food and sleep (and no time for mom to shower). If it still strikes you as too regimented, keep reading. The author makes room for differences in personal style and includes short quizzes to determine whether you're a "planner" or a "winger", and what level of daily structure you are likely to find helpful. In the same chapter, she identifies five general temperaments of infants, how to get an accurate feel for yours, and what methods of care are likely to be the most effective for his temperament. Her statement that babies prefer routine is backed up by research from the University of Denver. While most of the book relies on anecdotes to get the points across, Hogg does find room to back up some of her statements with quotes from various researchers and institutions. Included at the end of the book are assurances that E.A.S.Y. can be followed even with a colicky baby or one who's been ruling the roost for the first few months. Frustrated parents might like to read the last page first: "all the baby-whispering advice in the world is useless unless you're having a good time being a parent" is an excellent reminder to enjoy this time with all of its ups and downs. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Hogg, an English nurse and founder of Baby Technique, a Los Angeles-based newborn and lactation consulting firm, has a way of calming and caring for babies that led one of her clients to dub her "the baby whisperer." In this, her first book, she teaches parents how to decipher "infants' language"Dtheir cries, gestures, and facial expressions. Her E.A.S.Y. (eat, activity, sleep, your time) method offers a relaxed, commonsense approach. Every aspect of care for mom and baby is covered, with interesting charts and clear references. There are many good books on baby care, such as Arlene Eisenberg and others' What To Expect the First Year (LJ 6/1/89), Jodi A Mindell's Sleeping Through the Night (LJ 6/1/97), and, of course, Dr. Spock's oeuvre, but this book possesses unusual tenderness and heart, and it respects babies as people, albeit little ones. For all public libraries and any parenting shelf, this is the perfect gift for a new mom and family.DAnnette V. Janes, Hamilton P.L., MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's just okay.. April 29 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First I must say I am glad this book was given to me as a gift rather than spending my own money on it. Hogg makes you feel that if you haven't done it her way then your baby is screwed up for life which makes the mother feel terrible.

Unfortunately I find that although she lists everything you should do to calm and soothe your baby, she doesn't exactly list how to do it. I am most frustrated with the chapter dedicated to sleep. She keeps saying her method helps babies to sleep but doesn't really clarify what her method is. She is terrible at explaining things. The only page I find useful is the one to help identify baby's cries. Other than that I think that she is a little to quick to judge and a little too over the top for me.

PS i didnt want to give this book four stars. I accidentally hit it and now it won't let me change it. I give this book a 2
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Luv. You don't have all the answers. April 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
Okay. I am not the type of person to write a book review. You all know the phrase about opinions; however, this book really got under my skin.
I caught part of an interview with Tracy Hogg on TV and I was intrigued by the idea of knowing your baby's cries. My son was 5 months old and though I had a pretty good handle on things I am always open to new information. This book was a real let down.
First of all, this book is really geared for a newborn. Many of her practices just won't work on a 5 month old. For example, her soothing method for sleep and crying just didn't work with my son at all.
Second, the section on the cries is so vague that you can't really identify which cry is which. I happened to hear her do a couple during her interview and those are the only two that I could identify.
Third, her information breastfeeding and solid foods isn't up to snuff. She states that breast/bottle confusion is a myth. This is soley her opinion and is incorrect. I lived through it and can tell you first hand that it is real. My advice is no bottles or pacifiers until nursing is well established, but no later than six weeks. Also, she makes it seem like breastfeeding's popularity is simply a trend and doesn't even metion the enormous health benefits. Though it is a personal decision, its benefits are no secret. She lost all her credibility by poo pooing th whole thing. Her recommendations for solid foods are equally uninformed.
It seems like Tracy needed to cover too many subjects to make a book of it. As a result, you get very little about a whole lot...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL, HARMFUL PARENTING ADVICE Sept. 7 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this book Tracy Hogg has given terrible parenting advice to new mothers. I cannot begin to explain how the advice in this book ruined my early weeks with my newborn child. Tracy Hogg treats children like they're machines even so far as to say you can categorize their cries - all seasoned parents will know what a ridiculous assumption this is. Over structured routines, her methods are full of contradictions, her 'pick-up put down' just confuses and upsets you and baby - and believe me I did it "correctly." Don't let your baby sleep in the car or stroller, don't take baby on errands? What kind of person says these things? Is that real life? Maybe for a celebrity mother - so basically you don't bond with your baby, dont see the world with baby, you're obsessed with baby getting to nap and sleep.

Horrible breastfeeding advice. She even goes as far as to suggest you need to clean your breasts after each feed - what a terrible thing to think, the thought had never crossed mind. She gives this breast feeding advice based on no research, knowledge or education like all of Tracy Hogg's advice. --just to clear-up breast milk naturally contains anti bacterial agents and never in the history of the world have mothers had to disinfect their nipples before and after breast feeding.

This book is harmful for new parents and their babies. Please go with the other one star reviews. I don't think any book in the history of Amazon has ever had this many one star reviews and having experienced it myself I now know why. We should have destroyed this book weeks before we did. Tracy Hogg has no qualifications and only 1980's babysitting experience with bottle feeding celebrity mothers - which just goes to show that ANYONE can write and publish a parenting book. Awful advice.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what is seems July 12 2004
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Tracy Hogg claims this is a middle of the road approach. It isn't. As a parent and as a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have read most of the parenting books on the market. This book isn't much different from all of the other sleep training books out there. It is obvious it is written from the perspective of a babysitter rather than a medical doctor or psychologist. Her change a "bad" habit in three days is ridiculous and oversimplified. Yes, you can change a behavior if you are ruthless enough about it, but that doesn't mean you should. Picking up the baby and putting them back down repeatedly as she recommends might make you feel like you are doing something rather than just leaving them there to cry, but you aren't meeting the babies need for closeness. In one example she explains that in one night she picked up and put a baby down 172 times (when he cried, she picked him up and as soon as he stopped she put him down), how frustrating for this poor baby who was trying to communicate a need that went unmet. After several days, the baby gave up and didn't cry in his crib anymore. She cites this as an example of how great her training program is. Babies are people with needs. I met a family recently who used this approach and their baby responded to this program like a trained pup. She was complacent and passive. She slept through the night without a peep and from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Her daily routines involved videos, bottles, and crib-time with a bunch of pacifiers. No rocking, no lullabyes, definitely no nursing. It definitely was easy as her "E.A.S.Y." program implies. But, this kind of approach has negative long term effects. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some solid ideas. Take what works for you out ...
Some solid ideas. Take what works for you out of this book. Establishing a routine vs a schedule is big. It is not breast feeding friendly, so be warned.
Published 1 month ago by NS
5.0 out of 5 stars Want kids that are dream sleepers?
Great Book for Mom to be to read two children great sleepers first slept through the night every night since 6 weeks old second every night from 10 weeks old. The system works!!!!
Published 1 month ago by David Cayley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read
This is a good read. As with everything, not everything do what wrks for you. This book has great tips and advice. Even is you get ONE useful thing in it, that's good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Valerie Benon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! New mom must!
It would have been nicer if the book was less pages and bigger pages but it's more in the format of 4" x 8" which isn't as nice to hold onto etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kendra RC
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for first-time moms!
I got this book from a friend when I was expecting my first born. As a mom with very little 'baby experience', this book was essential for giving me some tools to start with. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SSchumer
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book for new mothers
was recommended to me by other moms.
I like it the paperback and the size of book. I hope it will serve me well..
Published 5 months ago by tami shmuelov
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY to follow
It's worked well for little Victoria and I. I am looking forward to reading about the Baby Whisperer's sleep program.
Published 6 months ago by nkwad
4.0 out of 5 stars Common sense and good humour!
I am very much looking forward to applying these strategies with my new baby. I feel like this is an approach that is intuitive and natural to me and will get our family where we... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for first time moms!
Hogg has lots of straight-forward, practical advice for first-time parents. I will definitely be reading and re-reading this book once baby arrives.
Published 8 months ago by SSchumer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the well rounded approach you would expect...
I received this book as a shower gift and read it the first time before my daughter was born. At the time I thought it had some insightful advice and was looking forward to putting... Read more
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