Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate With your Baby

Book - 2001
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"GETTING ANY SLEEP?" It's an insidious myth that all new parents must give up not only their sleep but their entire lives for the first year of a baby's life. Codswallop, says British-born Tracy Hogg. Having worked with more than five thousand babies over the past twenty years, and dubbed "The Baby Whisperer" by her grateful clientele, Tracy has the unique ability to understand a baby's every coo and cry. She can tell instantly whether a baby is hungry, tired, in real distress, or just in need of a little TLC. But her most amazing gift is her ability to teach parents how they too can "whisper" to their babies. In this groundbreaking book, Tracy concentrates her vast knowledge (and huge doses of uncommon sense) into simple, accessible programs that parents can begin as early as the first weeks of a baby's life. With these programs you will learn , E.A.S.Y.--how to get baby to eat, play, and sleep on a schedule that will make every member of the household's life easier and happier.,S.L.O.W.--how to interpret what your baby is trying to tell you (so you don't try to feed him when he really wants a nap)., How to identify which type of baby yours is--Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, or Grumpy--and then learn the best way to interact with that type., Tracy's Three Day Magic--how to change any and all bad habits (yours and the baby's) in just three days. But perhaps the most important part of Tracy's philosophy is contained in one word: respect. Tracy advises treating your baby as you would any human being--think twice before shaking loud toys in a baby's face, lifting a baby's legs over her head with no advance warning, or even letting a baby cry it out. At theheart of Tracy's simple but profound message: treat the baby as you would like to be treated yourself. Reassuring, down-to-earth, and often flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer promises
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345440754
Branch Call Number: 649.122 Hogg 2001
Characteristics: xiv, 287 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blau, Melinda 1943-


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Sep 03, 2018

I found the comment below quite unfair... the book makes no pretensions toward being scientific. It is the personal experience of one person who has interacted with hundreds of babies over many years. (And so yes, it is literally the story of her life!) In her experience, both co-sleeping and cry-it-out can lead to sleeping difficulties. This isn’t to say that these methods never work - they do,obviously, for some people! But for some they don’t and you don’t need to cite references to know that.

I found her middle of the road approach very useful and I loved the coloquial tone. I found it very comforting while going through a tough time in my life. In fact, we checked this book out when we ran in trouble with both of our daughters! And it was super helpful both times.

May 03, 2012

Although I got a few good tips from this book, overall I'm not a fan. The writing was condescending and over-the-top cutesy, and the author spends more time describing how she single-handedly rescued family after family after family than she does trying to teach you her techniques. When she describes other methods she is unnecessarily mean, and just plain factually wrong. No citations, no references, no evidence for anything she claims.

This book seems more about Tracy Hogg than it is about parenting.

Mar 18, 2011

Recommend to anyone having their first baby. Loved what it taught me and proud of my parenting skills acquired.

Dec 11, 2010

Was alright. Has alot of content. Was recommended by our doctor, but we found that although it covered a lot of content, it wasn't that precise. A good secondary book however.


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