Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

  • by Tracy Hogg
  • Narrated by Tracy Hogg
  • 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Amazon Customer

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.
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- Bk Marcus "bkmarcus"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2001
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books