Monday, June 1, 2009

Review: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

I would be remiss if I didn't include in my book review blog, my #1 choice in parenting books -- The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg.

Tracy Hogg got me through those first scary months with my newborns. I had no help, other than my equally clueless partner in crime, The Man. I gave birth to a precious, perfect baby, and after only two days, they let us take him home! Didn't they understand that we didn't know what we were doing? This was a whole other person! A lot of meditative deep breaths, and The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer in hand, we marched home, as ordered.

Tracy Hogg gives it to you straight. She's not an advocate of attachment parenting, but she will certainly guide you on how to care for your baby's needs, and, most importantly, how to read the cues your baby gives in order to meet her needs. Her methods worked for me, and my two sons.

This is the book that I give to all new mothers. I not only recommend the first of Hogg's books, but I am a big fan of the second book, Secrets of the Baby WhispererFor Toddlers, as well as the companion to both, The Baby Whisperer Solves all Your Problems: Sleeping Feeding and Behavior, in which Tracy Hogg answers the most common questions parents ask her about her methods.

Sadly, Tracy Hogg lost her battle with melanoma in 2004. She got me through infancy and toddlerhood, and I am selfishly upset that she will not be here to help me through the school-age years too! For that, I'm on my own. In the meantime, however, there is a Baby Whisperer website, where parents come together to discuss the trials and tribulations of parenthood on the message boards, and in the chat room.
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