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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

This runaway New York Times bestseller takes a commonsense approach to parenting by teaching you how to interpret and respond to your baby's cues. Dubbed “the Baby Whisperer” by a grateful client, author Tracy Hogg shares her philosophy on raising happy babies: Treat your baby as you would like to be treated yourself. In this groundbreaking book, she shares her secrets, offering advice on everything from how to identify your baby's personality type to changing bad habits in just three days. The first half of the book centers around the concept of E.A.S.Y., an acronym for eating, activity, sleeping, and making time for you. She also explains her S.L.O.W. program, which stands for stop, listen, observe, and figure out what's going on with your baby. Through Hogg's reassuring, down-to-earth style, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer promises to ease your anxiety, resulting in a happier, healthier environment for you and your baby.

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5.0

Best Baby Book EVER

By CGR

from Reno, NV

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        Comments about Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        This book is the best. A wonderful book that is both loving and structured. Someone described it at "militant." That's completely untrue and a total misread of this book. This book helps you understand your baby, respect your baby and help them be as happy, rested and well-fed as possible. I recommend it to everyone!

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        5.0

        Very Helpful

        By Anonymous

        from Minnesota

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I got it when my baby was 6 weeks. If I would have read this before he was born it would have eliminated some of the guess work on what he needed right away!!

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        5.0

        Great read.

        By Jen, a mother of a newborn girl.

        from Chicago, IL

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        As a first time mom I really felt lost the first several weeks. I got this book as a gift and loved it! It really helped me understand my newborn girl and help her the best I could. She is now 8 weeks old and doing wonderful.

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        1.0

        Not a good book

        By Anonymous

        from Pleasant Ridge, MI

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I threw this book away I found it to be so off base. If you don't want to nurture you child this is the book for you. Otherwise, I would steer clear. I ended up relying on Best Baby on the Block and found it to very straight forward. This book was just too militant.

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        5.0

        GREAT alternative to other methods

        By New Mom

        from Hawaii

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I bought this book not knowing how much I would look to it when in distress! Tracy has some insights that I felt were right on the money when I needed to understand my newborn!

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        5.0

        Encouraging for new parents

        By Melissa, happy new mom :)

        from Shreveport, LA

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        Amazing guide that teaches you to be patient and flexible with yourself, your husband and your baby!I read this while pregnant and my daughter started sleeping through the night at 9 DAYS OLD!!My friend that had stressed "on demand feeding" now buys this for others after seeing our great results!

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        2.0

        Needs more evidence behind it

        By Heather, new mom

        from Hawaii

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        Although the book offers some helpful tips, much of it seems too anecdotal and intuitive. In addition, none of the personality types fit our baby. For sleep issues, I recommend Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth which cites more scientific evidence behind its advice.

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        5.0

        EXCELLENT BUY

        By mother of 2 ( 3.5 and 17 mths)

        from Colorado

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I had a child (now 3.5 yrs old) that was my first child. I had no idea what to do when. MAternal instinct did not set in for many things. So, I bought so many books. This one stood out the most and has totally helped me with our second child ( now 17 months) Buy it without caution.

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        5.0

        Great book, stupid title

        By Lori, mother of a 2-year old

        from Phoenix

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        Don't let the title of this book fool you. It is a fantastic, refreshing guide that kept me sane during my "spirited" baby's first few months. Now, I buy it as a gift for all my first-time-mom friends.

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        5.0

        Wish I'd read it sooner

        By Mother of one

        from Oakland, CA

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I bought all sorts of baby books, but somehow missed this one, until another mom recommended when my son was 2 months. I really wished I'd read it sooner - very practical advice (especially sleeping and feeding advice).

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        1.0

        I wish I had gotten it from the library

        By Anonymous

        from Michigan USA

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        Obviously written by a person use to taking care of strangers children. In my opinion she seemed to take the joy out of parenting with her schedules and over simplified catagorizing of babies personalities. It seems that her main idea is to make the baby as little of a bother as possible instead of incorporating them as full member of the family. I bought this book because of the "calm, connect and communicate with your baby" on the cover. The only advice I found particularly helpful was about listening to the type of cry your baby had at different times. This was helpful and worked. I found her advice on breastfeeding not good for ones milk supply and her obvious distain for attachment parenting annoying.

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        5.0

        NEW PARENTS MUST HAVE THIS BOOK!!! BUY IT!!!

        By Angie - began motherhood at 34.

        from Wisconsin

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I still tell people over and over how much this book transformed us and our child...and she turns 4 in 2 weeks!!! We went from handing her back and forth between ourselves when she was crying to a baby that hardly cried at all within 1 day (no exaggeration). It worked just as well on our second. I attribute this book to my house being called by me, "The happiest place on earth" and we've been to DisneyWorld twice (with them).

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        2.0

        at best, mediocre. at worst, a bit dangerous

        By Gina, a mother who has been there

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I was given this book before the birth of my daughter, and dutifully read her descriptions of personality types, etc. Ms. Hogg attempts to present herself as the reasonable "medium" in a sea of extremes in baby care advice books. However, don't be fooled. Her descriptions and techniques are just as rigid as any out there; she just disguises them well by applying them differently to her subgroups of children and throwing in what she must think are charming 'British-isms,' which I frankly found irritating and distracting. So, at best, it's not worth your money. At worst, however, it can be very detrimental to the honest efforts of those mothers who want to give their babies the best nutrition possible: Breastmilk. The schedules she describes, and her appeasing of those moms who want to give up breastfeeding because they don't want flabby breasts and "shouldn't be ashamed of it," do nothing but undermine the efforts of these moms in what is a beautiful but sometimes difficult process. Though she says that formula is "chock full of good things," here's reality: it is NOT as good as breastmilk. The scheduling she describes can and does cause women to decrease their milk supply, thereby creating reliance on formula. And finally, seasoned mothers will know that, despite what "her nan" says, carrying a 2 month old baby who you soothe to sleep does not mean you're going to be carrying a 25 pound old toddler around. She should do her research before doling out this kind of advice.

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        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Jody

        from Kansas

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I loved this book - my daughter is now 3 mos old. I don't think we would have survived without Tracy's advice. Especially on trying to figure out her different cries and suggestions on calming an overtired/overstimulated baby. I was also glad she covered playing with the baby and age appropriate activities also. Looking forward to reading her new book on toddlers when the time comes.

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        5.0

        Worth reading!

        By jams momma

        from Atlanta GA

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        Comments about Random House Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:

        I just loved this book! I loved it so much I just purchased the one for toddlers as my son is now 12 months. It is an easy read and truley does help you understand your baby, especially if you are a first time mom.

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