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 “TRACY HOGG HAS GIVEN PARENTS A GREAT GIFT–the ability to develop early insight into their child’s temperament.” — –Los Angeles Family — — When Tracy Hogg’s Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was first published, it soared onto bestseller lists across the country. Parents everywhere became “... more »;whisperers” to their newborns, amazed that they could actually communicate with their baby within weeks of their child’s birth. Tracy gave parents what for some amounted to a miracle: the ability to understand their baby’s every coo and cry so that they could tell immediately if the baby was hungry, tired, in real distress, or just in need of a little TLC. Tracy also dispelled the insidious myth that parents must go sleepless for the first year of a baby’s life–because a happy baby sleeps through the night. Now you too can benefit from Tracy’s more than twenty years’ experience. In this groundbreaking book, she shares simple, accessible programs in which 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.
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.
If you ever wanted to call an experienced nanny at three a.m. when your newborn is crying, then this is the book for you. Here is gentle advice from a voice of experience that sounds like advice from an old friend. One of the things I really liked about this book was the fact that the author emphasized the approach of the baby being a person not just an object to be quieted if you know which exact technique to use.
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Simply the best advice ever! Bought this book as a last resort. I didn't know how to decipher the cries, or how to find her schedule. Or how to adjust it to fit our life. My daughter went from an absolute terror, to the happiest baby ever! Even my Mother was so impressed that we both recommend and buy the book as a baby shower gift. FYI...If your child is over the age of 9 months I'd start looking at another one of her books.
I really liked the concepts in this book about infants. She has a no-nonsense yet gentle approach to helping your baby ease into your world. I appreciated the concept of eat/play/sleep routines to structure our day. It really helped my baby, who wasn't getting enough daytime rest. I also really liked the guide to different cries and body language, and what they mean. I felt like I wasn't wandering blindly, but that I could learn to read my baby and figure out what he needs.
She does focus on sleep training using a pick-up, calm, put-down method that people who are opposed to cry-it-out may prefer.