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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.
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.
My main goal in purchasing this book was to learn how to develop a schedule for managing baby-to-be's needs, which it delivered. Read morePublished 18 days ago by dasnoqueen
Sound and comprehensive advice and practical solutions on offer to help new parents. I wouldn't bother buying any other books I have read them all... This one stands out.Published 29 days ago by Rebecca
When my baby was about 5 weeks old, she began crying and screaming consistently in the afternoons for several hours. I tried everything and nothing would calm her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Asmas
Love it! Kind of long to read but so interesting! One book to have for parents or new parents!Published 1 month ago by Celine B. Viale
This was a fun encouraging read. I purchased this before I had my first baby (have 2 now). What I remember most from it was her E.A.S.Y technique. Read morePublished 1 month ago by April
CONTRARY to Ms. Hogg's prescription, I nursed my baby on cue and on both sides. As a result of being stimulated frequently enough through sucking, my body started making plenty of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A.H.
My wife couldn't stop sharing with me all that she learned from this book. It truly did make a difference when interacting and understanding our baby girl. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sully