The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
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The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood

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The third book in the bestselling Baby Whisperer series -- the most comprehensive, up-close, and personal to date!

Thousands of parents have asked the Baby Whisperer to help them solve their problems. With this book you too can take advantage of the advice, insights, and parenting techniques from beloved child expert Tracy Hogg. "A problem is nothing more than a situation

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Atria Books (first published January 4th 2005)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
This book got our TWINS to sleep through the night at 2 months old without making them cry it out. Love this book because it gave us sleep, need I say more?
Maggie
Most of it was ok. SHe talked about the number of hrs in a 24 hr period a baby should sleep, that was good to know. But her EASY method, which is the basis for the book I disagree with. She says that you should never nurse or bottle feed baby to sleep or before going to sleep. She says it is unnatural to sleep right after eating. And she even used the example of "after eating a big hearty meal, do YOU feel like going to sleep." And I just thought YES, I do! Anyway, I believe it is very natural t...more
Serkan
Wow! Tracy is a miracle. We have a 13-month old son which had severe sleeping problems. He used to wake up 15 times at nights. We followed the method from this book, and now he sleeps continuously at nights. We now regret that we didn't read this book earlier. If you have a baby or you plan to have one, this is the book you should read.
Melissa
I think this book is wonderful and a must-read for all new parents. The first few weeks (as is typical of most newbie parents) was uber difficult because I was still adjusting to what exactly taking care of a baby meant. This book shined so much light on little baby personalities and what to look and listen for in baby's cries. I now feel so much more equipped when handling my little girl. Already, I've gotten her on a bedtime routine and am able to get her to take naps better (she's six weeks)....more
Kylene
I don't have time to read this entire book, so I've been skipping around to the most relevant sections. I read this out of desperation to learn how to get my baby to sleep. I've also read about 3 other baby sleep books. Not a single one of them have worked...but a combination of their suggestions along with a lot of what Tracy Hogg says in her book is what is working for us. For example, I can't do PU/PD with my daughter as it gets her more worked up in thinking that she's going to be rescued, o...more
Tiana
We've tried a lot of things to get our little monkey to sleep through the night (he would always wake up at 4:00am, ready to play), but this book really resonated with my parenting beliefs. I felt like Tracy always was one step ahead in predicting how I as the mom was feeling, which gave me confidence she could predict the baby's reactions as well. She provided a nice middle ground that didn't involve crying it out, but that also helps babies learn how to fall asleep on their own and put themsel...more
Clare
Sep 28, 2007 Clare rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents wanting advice to get babies/toddlers to sleep better
Am happy to report having good progress w/ her Pick Up/Put Down method. At 3 mos., Mikey is sleeping in his crib and wakes only 1x/night most nights. Yay!
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You don't need Hogg's first book if you've got this book. This one gives you all the "hands on" instructions that you need. An unique advantage of this book is that Hogg's recommendations for solving sleep problems vary with a child's age. She outlines steps to take to change your routine as your child matures. So, I'll be returning to...more
Heather Tregaskes
I think if I had read this book from the time by baby was born I would have liked it more. My son is four months and liked to snack and only take 40 minute naps. This is why I got the book. There was a lot of good advice in it, but I just can't keep the schedule. I have two older children who need me too with rather busy schedules which is probably why he snacked and took cat naps. I was able to implement quite a bit of her advice and it seemed to help a lot. He's eating more at a feeding now wh...more
Alyssa Larson
As a new mom who wants to encourage independent sleep without resorting to cry-it-out, I found this book very helpful. It contains great techniques for napping as well as detailed answers to specific questions concerning napping, eating, potty training, manners, and general behavior. It is a great book to keep on hand for reference. Incidentally, the sleeping problems were greatly improved once we implemented the techniques espoused by Tracy Hogg in this book.
Krystal
Refreshing after "Babywise." I loved her philosophy. This has been a better approach for James (who is now sleeping through the night.) She stresses the importance of getting a baby on a schedule just like Gary Ezzo, but her approach is much gentler. She still believes babies should be sleeping through the night by four months, but doesn't believe in the "Cry-It-Out" Method. Just like with all infant sleep books, take some and leave some.
Jessica
I've always done Babywise but found it wasn't "working" with my sixth baby. He had some issues I couldn't find answers to in the Babywise material and so I went looking for other sleep training/non attachment parenting books. This book is my favorite. Lots of thorough answers and troubleshooting ideas--we are a week into it but the baby is almost got it: 3 good naps and sleeping from 7pm-7am with only one "dream feed" at 11. Her non-cry it out, pick up/put down method has made it pretty painless...more
melissa1lbr
THIS is pretty much the only book I've found that consistently helps me figure stuff out about being a mom. I love that it's not an extremist kind of book (example: not crying it out, but also not co-sleeping and carrying all the time). I'm not saying anything against those things, but I feel like I'm a middle of the road kind of person and don't want either extreme. I've used a lot of the tips and techniques and found that they really work. I don't use everything, since I've found some things j...more
Michelle
Mar 21, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents!!
I tried her techniques with both of my sons, 2 yrs and 6 months, the first day that I read them (the sleeping techniques) and they both worked. The next day I tried them again, and guess what ... they worked! My 2 yr old had boycotted naps for almost 3 weeks and I had tried everything to get him to sleep. I tried Tracy's technique yesterday and he was asleep within 15 minutes. I think that says it all!

I love her general premise ... that babies have opinions and actual feelings about what goes on...more
Michelle
I'm marking this as read, even though I skipped the sections that apply to toddlers. I'm really not sure how to rank this book, as I cannot vouch for its effectiveness. Some of the stuff she says makes sense, some of it I don't really agree with. I don't think I have the stomach yet to do her pick up put down technique, which, in my opinion, is the closest thing to crying it out without crying it out. Sure, you won't let the baby cry, but there will be much crying happening. I tried it once and...more
Cassidy
I read this book because the baby whisperer was recommended by a friend. I wanted to help my son take longer naps and try to end habitual night wakings. So I mostly focused on her sections regarding sleep. Generally speaking I'm not a fan. I like that she suggests a basic routine, as do most child experts. If you were just skimming the book you would assume that she advocates very strict scheduling because she puts down specific time slots, but if you actually read it she tells you to watch your...more
Hilary
It's now been a couple of years since I read this book, so these are the things that really stuck with me.

In the first month, I primarily used her EASY acronym to gently set a flexible routine. E - eat, A - activity, S - sleep, Y - you time! I know it sounds obvious, but it really helped me figure out why the baby was crying without having to run through my entire checklist every time (hungry? cold? needs a change? tired? bored?). I was also very aware that I didn't want to create a potential ha...more
Emanuella
I enjoyed the book and I thought the most useful parts of it were the bits taking the lead and putting your child on a routine. She talks about developmental windows where your child is ready to learn something new, like being introduced to solid food, or potty training, or sleeping in a big-kid's bed. There are lots of nitty-gritty strategies, and I thought this book was a nice complement to another book I really liked, titled BRINGING UP BEBE: ONE AMERICAN MOTHER DISCOVERS THE WISDOM OF FRENCH...more
Боби
Добрите бебешко-детски книги имат една основна функция, по моему. И тя е да успокояват родителите, като им осигуряват нещо като дъска, по която да преминеш плаващите пясъци.

Каквото и аварийно да се случи с детето ти, от подозрително кихване до брутални травми и инфекции, най-важната първа стъпка е да запазиш спокойствие. Което идва от информираното отношение.

Отделно, плаващите пясъци (баби, лели, стринки, комшийки, напълно непознати - всички преизпълнени с акъл, най-често тотално неприложим към...more
Rachel
So far The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems is one of my favorite books on sleep as well as everything else "baby". This book talks about implementing a routine, but it is still extremely helpful for those people that do not want to use routines or schedules as well. It covers the basics from feeding, sleeping, behavior and even child proofing your house. It focuses on respecting your baby which I love. It also goes over the different types of babies (e.g. angel, textbook etc) and ways to...more
Margaret
*Checked out from the Arlington Public Library*

I found this on the shelf in the "parenting section". Odd for me to be able to look there still. This was recommended to me a couple months back as being pretty useful. Well, what do you know almost three months into parenting and I have already ruined my daughter's life and completely warped her sense of view and the world is going to end. I read this book last night. I cannot believe I read so many pages at once, but I had to. I needed to know how...more
Heather
I only read two chapters: Taming Toddlers, and E.E.A.S.Y. Does It (Potty Training). I really like her method for these two things. I also love the British accent you hear while you read, it was a lot of fun!
Notes on Potty Training Chapter:

Essentially, making potty training part of a routine.

E.E.A.S.Y. Does it (Eat, Eliminate, Activity, Sleep, You (Time for you))

Statistics: In 1957 92% of children were potty trained by 18 months. In 2004 only 60% of children had been toiled trained by 3 years old...more
Vassi
This book is 100% geared towards stay-at-home mothers. I am sure her "schedule" ideas (like E.A.S.Y) work for moms who are at home ALL day, a mother who is at work from 7AM to 5PM can't really put her baby on a schedule now can she? Although she addresses this issue briefly in her book, her suggestion is this: to sit down with your day care provider and tell her to follow your baby's schedule. Ya right. I am sure that one person taking care of two babies, three toddlers and four children can sto...more
Amanda
Tracy Hogg has wonderful, practical advice for the basics of baby care. She can be a bit blunt and some are put off by such statements as "look to yourself" when your child is having a sleep/eating/behavior problem. But if you can avoid taking it as a personal criticism you will see the wisdom of the advice and it has helped me to problem-solve in day-to-day parenting issues that arise with my son. Her methods are sensitive and nurturing while still providing lots of structure and consistency.

T...more
Julie
This book has wonderful advice for new parents, old parents and people who just don't know what to do with kids. I still think you should go with your gut, but what a great way to find seasoned advice and help from someone who's been there. A great resource for moms who want to find answers to those puzzling infant and toddler dilemnas.

Secondary Review: I just finished the entire book for the first time. I still like it. It's true that it can be hard to read because sometimes things are the pare...more
Tannie
I didn't read this whole book - it is quite long and like most parenting books I use it on an "as need" basis. I did like it so much however that I ordered a copy of my own (I borrowed this one from a friend). I read this book in hopes of finding ways to help my baby son sleep better. I liked this one a lot because it is in my mind a mix between the philosophy of letting a child cry it out to learn how to sleep, and coddling the child and not letting him/her cry at all. The solutions in this boo...more
Elizabeth
This was incredibly helpful--let me say up front, my son was sleeping through the night by twelve weeks and was able to put himself back to sleep by six months. I am fortunate, but I also worked hard to help him learn the skills he needed as a new baby. By ensuring that my child did not associate nursing with sleep, he was able to learn to transition from one 40 minute sleep cycle to another with out feeding. So much about parenting is polarizing...folks take positions at one of two extremes on...more
Martha
Como su primer libro me ayudó muchísimo, decidí que valdría la pena dar un vistazo a los demás.
En este libro, consciente ya de la gravedad de su enfermedad, Tracy trató de cubrir todo lo que pudo, de solucionar todas las dudas y problemas. En mi opinión, casi lo logró; y digo casi porque, en esta aventura de ser papás, siempre surgirán dudas, siempre nos preguntaremos si lo estamos haciendo bien, y a pesar de todas las cuestiones cubiertas en este libro, uno se las arregla para tener dudas y más...more
Susan
Apr 29, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents who don't mind "expert" advice
I really loved the first Baby Whisperer book. (So much so, that during the first 3 weeks of the kiddo's life, I tried to track down Tracy Hogg to hire her, but discovered that she was dead.) This one is more of the same, but in greater depth, and covering a wider range of ages/problems. She's not for everybody, and not all of her solutions are solutions for everybody (even for her fans), but she has a steady, reassuring, common-sense voice. Her years of experience (as what--a nannny? a visiting...more
Kristin
This book is quite long, so I speed read/skimmed it, but I really like the author's ideas. It is similar to Babywise, although she calls her method EASY (baby eats, then does some activity, then sleeps, then you get You time). My baby definitely follows this pattern throughout the day and it is wonderful. I like how she points out that this is following "routine", but not a "schedule." A baby doesn't necessarily eat at the same time every day....but should follow this routine with some guideline...more
Heather
Feb 06, 2012 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: clueless first time parents
sweet like candy

I read this book and watched a video that reviews some of her techniques as well. I love Tracy Hogg..she's adorable and has such a sweet way of considering children and their needs. (I mean, come on! In the video she recommends drawing a circle of respect in the air around your baby's bum before you change her diaper! How sweet is that to honor every dirty diaper?)

Some tips may not be realistic for everyone. I was able to slice and dice her book...embracing what made total sense...more
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Tracy Hogg obtained her nursing degree in England, specializing in maternity and neonatal care. Her uncanny ability to understand and calm babies led to her nickname "The Baby Whisperer." In 1997, she founded Baby Technique, through which she consults with parents individually, organizes and teaches group classes, and provides nanny training and referrals. She is the mother of two daughters.
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