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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 417 customer reviews
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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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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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After seeing Tracey Hogg on Dateline I recommended her book to my friend, a new mother who'd been having trouble getting her baby to sleep. We found this book simplistic and superficial, not helpful at all. We were also disappointed that Hogg's only reference to circumcision was her advise on caring for the wounded penis. For someone who claims to be so sensitive to babies feelings and an advocate for children, we found her to be neither. Save your money. If you must satisfy your curiosity go to the library, or the used book store where it's certain to be available soon at a dramatically reduced price.
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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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I cannot even accurately describe how much I hate this book. The first night I read it, I could not sleep because it stressed me out about how I was screwing up my baby by not having him on a feeding scedule, by not adhereing to all the rules Ms. Hogg sets out in her book. Then the more I thought about it, the more I just got mad at this idiodic book. FIrst of all, a baby needs to be fed when they are hungry. Ms Hogg advocates for the baby to be fed on a schedule, to not create a "demanding baby". A baby is demanding for a reason, they have small little stomaches and need to eat. Why would you deny an infant food because the allocated amount of time had not passed yet? All the baby knows it that it is hungry and you - their mom- is not feeding them. I have two friends who followed Ms. Hogg's book and their milk dried up- you need to feed on demand. Ms. Hogg implies that infants are trying to manipulate you by crying to eat. Ms. Hogg gives her opinion on eating for older babies as well, and provides a menu. SHe is NOT a doctor or dietician- why would anyone listent to her advice.
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.
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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is an okay read. It presents the "eat, wake, sleep" routine that many people use (i.e., a baby eats, then has some awake time, and then sleeps -- instead of the baby relying on the eating to fall asleep). And it explains how to watch for a baby's signs of sleepiness. For these general discussions, this book is okay. So read it if a friend gives it to you, but I wouldn't recommend buying it.
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.
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