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.
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Great product, description accurate, price was fair, everything as expected.Published 4 months ago by Curlyhead0810
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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 7 months ago by Tara L. Dempster
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