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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby Mass Market Paperback – July 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 the Audio CD edition.
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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 the Audio CD edition.
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I recommend reading the book before your child is born so you can start right away communicating with your baby. The book puts all babies in different categories according to temperament, which really helps figure them out. My girls are now almost two, and they are the happiest kids! Everyone comments on how independent they are and how happy they are all the time. I'm not going to give this book all the credit (I think their parents have a lot to do with that), but it did help to get them off to the right start.
One note: I DO NOT agree with her philosophy about twins because she thinks they should be on different schedules so as to have time with each. If you do this, you never get ANY time to yourself. I nursed my twins, and I did so simultaneously (like most twin moms), so they were on the same schedule and still are!! My girls are still very independent and have their own personalities.
This is a great book if you want to communicate with your baby, treat your baby as a unique human being, and keep your sanity!! The best thing for me was all the advice on schedules, how to calm your baby, how to give a bath (sounds silly, but her way works), and getting baby to sleep (eventually without a pacifier -- we got rid of ours at 6 months).
As with all books, take what you want and leave what you don't. Not everything is perfect for every parent or child.