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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby Mass Market Paperback – Jul 26 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; REPR edition (July 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345479092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345479099
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Jennings on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By First Time Mommy on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By knockknock on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 7 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book in the first 6 weeks after my baby was born. I found it to be stress-inducing and condescending. Unfortunately, I was so emotional and hormonal at the time, I was unable to sift through the book to take what I liked and leave the rest. I took the book word for word and it increased my stress level and "baby blues" beyond what they had been before because I couldn't get it to work. Now, 2 months later, I can take the good information and put it to use and leave the rest. However, I find her approach to be very critical of parents and basically tells us when things go wrong IT'S ALL OUR FAULT! Thanks, just what stressed-out parents need to hear. She has a very high opinion of her infant "communication skills" and is very quick to point the finger at families who are having a rough go of it. Well, show me new parents who DIDN'T have a rough go, it's just part of parenting...especially in the beginning. I also found parts of the book too vague and slightly contradictory to information in other chapters, especially when it came to sleep solutions which was where I was hoping to find the gold mine. I found a few nuggets and helpful hints but nothing to make headlines, just common sense. In summary, take it like anything else in life, if it works for you and your family use it, if not take it with a grain of salt. Nothing works 100% for anyone but remember, it's your family and your baby, don't let a stranger who has never met you make you feel guilty about your own parenting skills. Being a parent is trial and error, just season your kids with lots of love and someday all the baby trials will be a distant memory.
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