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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer How to Calm Connect and Communicate with Your Baby Author:Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau "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 ha... more »s 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 the heart 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 parents not only a healthier, happier baby but a more relaxed and happy household as well.« less
I thought there were some interesting ideas in this book, but as another reviewer commented, don't take it too seriously. I didn't read it as totally "anti-attachment" parenting, one could still take some of the ideas from it even if one is an attachment parent (although you probably have better things to do with your time than read this book). I personally wished sometimes that I'd had the kind of child that would take to these ideas ... I didn't. These seem geared more toward the family with the generally easy kid but the new parents need some guidance. But I do have friends who had kids that these ideas would have worked well for them. I think it could be a good shower gift, as long as the new mom doesn't seem to be leaning toward the attachment parenting philosophy.
This book helped me immensely with my first child. Any first time parent would benefit greatly from this book. It describes how parents can understand their baby's cries and body language. It really helped me meet my sons (and later my daughters) needs.
A needle in a haystack when it comes to finding quality books for new moms. This book was wonderful. Read it before and during baby. The key is to treat your baby with respect and listen/watch his/her ques. Tough but with patience is very doable.
I thought this book was just ok. I got a couple good ideas out of there, but that's about it. I did like that she is the 'gentler' version of a baby trainer, but I personally just don't believe in training babies.
(I tend to gravitate towards the no-cry-it-out and Attachement Parenting styles.) I also found the information on breastfeeding to be incorrect and potentially harmful to a mother who desires to be successful in this area.
Melissa H. (mkhendges) - , reviewed Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby on
This book was highly recommended and it was a lifesaver when I was a new mom, struggling with my baby's GERD and milk allergy. It does a great job of slowing the parent down and listening to the baby. The recommendations make absolute sense.
Not really my philosophy, but may be helpful to someone else! I will say that the E.A.S.Y. plan did work for us for a little while. The author has valid points to some extent, but some seem a little off, in my opinion.