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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: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12 2004
Format: Paperback
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 of 4 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Momof3 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 Amber on Jan. 16 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the best book I read. I read it while I was pregnant with my first child and I learned so much. I implemented Hogg's strategies and they worked beautifully. My baby is the most content baby. She follows Hogg's "EASY- Eat,Activity,Sleep,You" routine and she is never upset as she always knows what is happening next. When she does cry or gets fussy, we know right away what is wrong. If she has just eaten and has been playing for awhile and gets fussy, we know that she is tired....it makes complete sense. However, you have to go with the flow a little bit because every baby is different. My baby was a "cat napper" she did not take long naps and I just had to deal with that and continue with EASY. He only problem is trying to get family members on board with what you are doing, because a lot of the older generation think it is not realistic or something. I would recommend this book to Anyone....it saved me time, tears and being frustrated SO MUCH!!!!!!
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