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Publisher's Summary

Tracy Hogg has seen this time and again. As a registered nurse and nanny with more than twenty years' experience tending some 5,000 babies, she has successfully taught parents how to understand what their babies are trying to tell them with their cries, gestures, and facial expressions. Now parents and babies everywhere can benefit from Tracy's expertise. In Secrets of the Baby Whisper, Tracy unlocks the secrets of infant language so that any parents, grandparents, or caregiver can interpret what babies are "saying" and give them what they need.
©2001 Tracy Hogg Enterprises, Inc. (P)16 9; 2000 HighBridge Company

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • 03-10-06

Makes sense

As a new mum of twin boys I found this book to be a God send. My boys are now 7 months old and I had failed to get them on any set regime other than feeding them when they were hungry and letting them sleep when they were tired. At 6 months they were not yet sleeping through the night and that's when I heard about this book.

The E.A.S.Y. routine makes complete sense and I am happy to report works very well for my twins. They are now sleeping through the night - thanks solely to the advice that I found in this book!

My advice to anyone reading this review is.... read this book and let it guide you from the very start. I wish I had heard about it before the boys were born. It's a lot harder to put older babies on to a new routine once they are used to another way. But even so, the E.A.S.Y. routine works.

I hope this helps.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

a good place to start

Mark from San Diego panned this audiobook so forcefully that I almost didn't buy it. But a friend with a toddler recommended the book for both before and after delivery, so I gave it a try and I'm glad I did.

Mark from Sand Diego says that a majority of the book concerns the breast-feeding debate, which is not true. He says the author attacks breast feeding with a vengeance, which is also completely false. And I have no idea what he's ranting about with his comment on "the mechanism of cleaning bottles" which does not come up even once! (Is it possible that his review is for the print book, and that the abridged audiobook took out "most" of the original's content?)

But this is not a review of a terrible review. It is a review of a book that was very helpful for this first-time expectant father. The author explains the reasons behind her methods, provides helpful mnemonics for remembering them (the E.A.S.Y. approach to routines, and the S.L.O.W. steps to relieving crying). She emphasizes calm, communication, independence, moderation, and individuality most of all. She presents no hard-and-fast rules, but rather offers guidelines for figuring out what your baby wants and needs, and for balancing the demands of a new family and a sane household.

Most of the criticisms of the print version over at Amazon are like San Diego Mark's: people with strong opinions on particular schools of parenting who take issue with the author's refusal to embrace their dogma. I can't know enough yet to take a stand either way. If nothing else, this book serves as a very helpful introduction to the debates themselves.

I recommend it as a first book for newly expectant parents -- a good place to start, but not the final word, I'm sure.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • Cranberry TWP, PA, United States
  • 05-02-11

Breast Feeding vs Bottle Feeding

There are 2 parts of this audio book. Possibly the hard copy book has more information.

The first part can be summarized as follows:

"Don't cater to every whim of your baby. Don't not cater to every whim of your baby."

The second part can be summarized as follows:

"There are pros and cons to both bottle feeding and breast feeding."


I just saved you some $$ or a credit. You can thank me later.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book!

This was honestly one of my favorite books I read before I had my daughter in July. Though some of her ideas were a little bit harder to implement than I expected, they were still good ideas. I think the author did a great job explaining an alternative "middle of the road" option between the two extreme "attachment" and "cry-it-out" parenting styles.

Her E.A.S.Y. routine really worked for us. We had to work at it at first, but now comes quite naturally. Our daughter is very alert during the day and sleeps well at night. I think the tips we got from this book have a lot to do with that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Not much on baby whispering...

This book has some good points, but is very mis-titled. As a new dad I wanted to learn how to connect with my 6-month old daughter. I assumed the book would be psychological in nature - showing me games and showing me how to understand my baby. Was I wrong. A majority of the book concerns, of all things, the breast-feeding versus formula debate! The author either doesn't have kids or can't breast feed, and feels the need to defend herself by attacking breast-feeding with a vengeance. What this has to do with baby-whispering I don't know. Of course, the act of feeding a baby plays a role in the bond/connection, but not the mechanism of cleaning bottles, which the author seems more interested in. Not a good use of money.

30 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Very abridged and somewhat hard to understand.

What disappointed you about Secrets of the Baby Whisperer?

Much shorter than the book. It was a very abridged version. It was also somewhat hard to understand the author's reading because of her accent.

Has Secrets of the Baby Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What aspect of Tracy Hogg’s performance would you have changed?

I wish she would have read the entire book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Dawn
  • Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-27-10

The book is better

Too short and if using as a manual for someone who has a new baby it is much easier to refer to a hardcopy book. Not enough information.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Miguel
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 08-30-06

It Works!!!!

Despite the bad reviews from some, my wife and I found this book as a great resource with our three week old son. We implemented Tracy's advice and saw results the following day! She really knows what she's talking about. New Parents: This is a must read!!!!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Common sense advice that often overlooked

Just following 1 of her advice alone helped me figure out why my 3 months old daughter was having trouble sleeping!

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The audio quality of this book is not nice

I am normally a driver listener and it is really hard to listen this book on the car ... by the way my car is a 2018 not noise car just in case you think my car is loud ... she literally sounds as whispering the book ... but the content is good. Just be aware !