Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby Mass Market Paperback – Jul 26 2005
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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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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
The book is poorly written- she uses "dear" through the whole book, I assume is a slang term that she uses in everyday speech, which comes across as condescending and annoying in written form. The whole book is about what you SHOULD be doing, but it does not offer solutions at the end to help with problems you might be having, as though you needed to read the book before the baby came and now it is too late. SHe absolutely makes you feel like crap if you are not carrying out her advice- at a time when you are already soo tired and exhausted and overwhelmed. She is NASTY. Read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Author: Marc Weissbluth- it is not super well-written either, but it offers really helpful advice throughout, concrete advice that is helpful and doesn't make you feel awful and guilty.
I find it ironic that a book which seems to promote positive interaction between parent and child in fact does the exact opposite. Instead of promoting connecting, usually accomplished by snuggling and soothing a newborn, Hogg presents a very austere approach. She explains that most "bad habits" are caused by parents rocking or swaying their children to sleep, allowing a baby to fall asleep on a parent's chest, and other things that most parents do with a newborn. Her approach is for a baby, even at one day old, to learn to fall asleep unassisted, motionless, in his own crib. Now, I certainly agree with the importance of a baby learning to fall asleep unassisted and developing healthy sleep habits (I highly recommend Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child), but most experts explain that a newborn under 6-8 weeks old doesn't have the ability to do so. A newborn a few days or weeks old wants to be cuddled, to feel warm and safe against a parent's chest, to hear his mother's heartbeat, and to feel the rhythmic movements he became used to inside the womb. I simply don't understand how it helps to "calm, connect, and to communicate with your baby" by not cuddling, rocking, or even holding your baby. Especially for the first few weeks, after that it's important to promote some independence, but not before it's time.
So read the book if you have it, but do not expect it to be a manual on baby's behavior or sleep. Instead, buy a book written by a doctor, a sleep expert.
Most recent customer reviews
We really enjoyed this book for some small tips it gave and mostly how to develop a rythym with your child, I wouldn't say that we followed it religiously by any means, but it has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tara L. Dempster
In just 3 days my 4.5 month old son went from being nursed to sleep for every nap and at bedtime to falling asleep on his own, as long as he is laid down when he is drowsy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jamie Armes
Simple ideas and techniques that ring true to my pre-baby ideas about meeting a new baby. Looking forward to putting EASY in actionPublished 6 months ago by squad
Got it in desperation. Didn't make a difference. She grew out of her sleep issues anyway.Published 6 months ago by Kate Blair
It is nice book. , has some good advice but i expected a bit more.Published 7 months ago by Victoria Nalivo
Misinformation flourishes in the realm of parenting books and this book - actually, this author - is part of the problem. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan M McVeigh
So much useful information. It helped me to start sleeptraining my 3 month old. I am still in the process, but i can see that it is starting to work.Published 10 months ago by Anna