Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau
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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 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
I just had my first 2weeks ago and had no baby experience before this. This book really helped me hone in on my babies cries and body language! Thank u!
Balanced & specific
What I appreciate most abut this book is that it is balanced. I've been so inundated with extreme opinions about breast feeding and parenting styles (i.e. attachment vs. furberizing), that Tracy's approach shines through like a ray of light. Her methods are both nurturing and independence-promoting. They give the baby what he/she needs while still giving the family/couple/parent time and balance in life.
Tracy's gives very specific directions and advice, example stories, and a realistic view of the challenges that arise with a new child. She is specific as to how to accomplish each aspect of the child's day:
Eating - how long, how much, breast or bottle or both...
Activities - how to bathe, change, dress, soothe...
Sleeping - how to recognize the signs of a sleepy baby, how to get them used to their crib...
Tracy's book has given me greater understanding and confidence which I am sure will help emensley with the new bundle of joy we expect in three months. I hope to remember to write another review after my husband has read this and we have put Tracy's methods to the test.
If you are expecting or need guidance for your child raising, I HIGHLY reccommend this book! It is a must-read no matter what your parenting style is (or will be).
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- Category: Parenting
- Published: Jan 30, 2001
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English