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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,530 ratings  ·  1,059 reviews
When Tracy Hogg’s Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was first published, it soared onto bestseller lists across the country. Parents everywhere became “whisperers” to their newborns, amazed that they could actually communicate with their baby within weeks of their child’s birth. Tracy gave parents what for some amounted to a miracle: the ability to understand their baby’s ever ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published by Ballintine Publishing Group (first published 2000)
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 2010 when I had my first child. Now that baby #2 is almost here, I've picked it up again. I have a love hate relationship with any book that tries to tell you how to be a parent. I find the overall advice from Tracy is dead on in terms of how important it is to provide structure and a routine for your baby and how to go about getting your baby on that routine. Her overall method is basically the same as BabyWise, however I like her approach better - it seems not so judgmental ...more
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new and expectant parents
My big take-aways from this book:

1) Slow down with your baby - go at your newborn's pace, which is way, way slower than you'd expect

2) Respect your baby's personhood - develop an attitude toward your baby like they are a person who is in the room, which they are! Let them know what you're going to do next ("Now we're going to change your diaper... Now it's time to eat... Now it's time to go to sleep...")

3) Give your newborn a tour of the house when you first arrive home from the hospital, or, i
Rachel McCready-Flora
I purchased this book following the recommendations of other new moms on (great website, by the by). My husband and I sat down to read it together, but after an hour going through some of her material, decided it wasn't worth continuing (I think we read the second and third chapters). Leaving her annoying writing style aside (for the sweet love of god, I'm not your 'luv' and don't like being talked down to), no part of her book is based on scientific studies or fact. The one study ...more
Jan 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one
Recommended to Elizabeth by: I dare not say!
I found this book completely useless and actually ridiculously funny at times because it was just so off. This may work for Tracy Hogg's celebrity clientele who have nannies taking care of their children but it is pretty useless for hands-on Moms. Her tone is annoying (she keeps referring to the reader as "ducky"). Try reading Dr. Harvey Karp's (yes a real MD!) "Happiest Baby on the Block"--a much better and more useful read. We use this book to elevate my son's mattress when he has a head cold. ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new moms, pregnant moms, anyone planning on having kids
Recommended to April by: Britt-Marie
I really loved this book. I will recommend it to everyone who would like to understand how their baby communicates. I really feel like I can understand what my babies are saying and asking. I like the author's style of writing because I felt like she was my friend and right here helping me.

People complain that she bases everything off of experience and not science and that she doesn't know anything about breastfeeding. Well, I've read two la Leche League books and I really have had enough of th
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book saved my life. It is similar to Babywise in principal, but much more respectful to a baby's temperament. It is also filled with practical tips. For example, if you are having trouble nursing, there are safe and natural supplements that you can use to increase your milk. She even tells you what to expect with side effects. I read some of the reviews where people said her program is ridiculous and rigid...if you want rigid, read Babywise...The Baby Whisperer advocates a routine, but she ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I read this book before my baby was born, thought it was great, and foolishly thought myself well-prepared to handle my baby. Fast forward a few months to after my baby was born--nothing in the book was helping at all. I thought, surely I was remembering the book wrong, or not applying her ideas correctly, so I read it again. Completely useless. I bet that if you have a very easygoing, laid-back baby who isn't very needy or fussy, this book might be helpful. But for me and my extremely fussy bab ...more
Feb 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
At first the advice in this book seemed so logical that I was excited to have a plan for how to be a mom for the first time. Once my son arrived, I decided that this book was evil.

Hogg's basic idea isn't terrible - it's the guilt she assigns to anyone who doesn't use or can't follow her method. I was in tears more than once because I felt like a failure when her advice wasn't working. One day I literally threw the book against a wall with frustration. I think that action surprised enough to see
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant women, first time moms
Shelves: non-fic
I knew zilch about babies, so my friend picked this up for me at the library. In those first few weeks, I found the book helpful because it had charts to help with understanding a baby's cues.

When my son was less than 6 weeks old, I thought the author's E.A.S.Y. method was bunk. I mean, if a baby wants to fall asleep while eating, no cajoling seems to help. But by the time he was 2-3 months old, I realized he was on E.A.S.Y. - eat, activity, sleep, you time. And I was saner for it.

I read the b
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I meant to read this when my first was a newborn but never got around to it (Hogg would say it's because I didn't have my baby on the E.A.S.Y. routine. I would say codswallop!), so I figured I'd give it a shot before my second. Even though I read the whole thing, I'm not really sure what the book is actually supposed to be about. The subtitle promises secrets of how to calm, connect, and communicate with your baby. Most of that information is limited to Chapter 3, which is about slowing down to ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This book is so full of misinformation that it would be comical if Tracy Hogg wasn't intending for it to be actual parenting advice. I should have known that a woman who left her own children across the ocean to become a "parenting consultant" for Hollywood families would have nothing useful to say about actual parenting. Seriously - check out the reviews on the back cover - they are all from actors, producers, etc. rather than from pediatricians, nurses, or (gasp!) ACTUAL PARENTS.

Just a few rea
Sarah Pickering
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reminders to keep doing what works best for you while still offering your newborn a routine. Huge takeaway is that all babies are different but flexible routines will help both of you to be happy and healthy.

Also, respect your baby and move at their pace! Our lifestyles are far too busy and fast paced for our littles.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh did I enjoy this parenting book. I really did. Now, I've since read a critique from a mother of two who liked Tracy Hogg's take on "E.A.S.Y." parenting too —- until she actually HAD the baby. And then discovered it's not a perfect mold.

Which, I get ... you can't apply one parenting concept to every kid. That said, what I liked about Tracy's take on parenting versus some other articles (even books) I've read is how she really drills in this idea that, YOU GUYS--IT'S COMMON SENSE. Yes, paren
Sylvia Laurence
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
The style was really cheesy. I liked some of her information (make sure baby gets the hind milk to stay full), but it was mostly a wash. Avoid the DVD companion because it's mostly a waste of time, and from the 90s. I would not recommend this one, but would stick to babywise. I would just recommend googling it and reading an overview of her concepts in case you want to implement them. I think her "shush pat" method is a huge waste of time and kind of ridiculous, but maybe it's because I'm blesse ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated every minute I spent reading this book. I hope that some time, deep in the dark of December, when I am sleep deprived and trying to solve the enigma of a whaling baby, some nugget of information I gleaned in these miserable pages resurfaces to save me in a useful and non-demeaning way.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this five stars because I read it in one day, put my two month old on the E.A.S.Y. routine the next day, which she took to immediately, napping like a champ, and she slept through that night. That very night! Amazing!

This went on for a few weeks...Then her naps went all screwy. And she started waking up at night. And her naps got worse. Which made me want to throw away this book in frustration because I was trying to follow it to a tee and it was not working!

I still don't know what i
Tracie La Rue Moen
The information in this book re: breastfeeding is flat out wrong in places. Which is awful for someone calling herself a lactation consultant. I can't trust a lactation consultant who considers formula feeding as beneficial as breast milk. Formula feeding is appropriate in many cases, but to consider it as good as breast milk is wrong. And the way she portrayed this decision actually made me frustrated and angry.
It is also apparently wrong to carry your baby or nurse them to sleep. I read this
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was another book I read while up to my elbows in pregnancy and babies. Like any parenting book of this kind, it tells you that a calm, communicative parent gives way to a calm and settled baby. It's not always the case (there are other factors to be considered) but I do agree with Hogg's advice to a certain extent.

I am also an advocate of the routine, believing that an established and structured order of events will ultimately lead to an organised house and a more s
Well, I would definitely have to say this book has good points and not so good points. There are some very useful tips in this book, however it all needs to be taken to heart with a good dose of reality. It is very important to begin to get your child on a routine as early as possible, but let's be real, you are never going to get a 3 day old newborn to space feedings out to 3 or 4 hours between each one. Neither are you going to get your newborn to sleep through the night right out of the gate. ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ref-parenting
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I found it really helpful, although the author goes a bit overboard with the mnemonic devices. I liked that she gave some useful tools for how to provide babies with structure & guidance. The best thing was that she taught me it was ok to pause before reacting/responding to whatever my baby was doing. And that the best way to parent is to respect your baby as a person with his/her own personality, interests, likes & dislikes (which is harder to keep i ...more
Erin Boyle
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-books
A discussion of how to take care of babies. The British lingo is about 50% annoying and 50% cute. It lacks some specificity, particularly in describing what age she is talking about - she refers to babies generally without specifying what exact age she is talking about, which can be confusing.. She also is patronizing about how babies need to sleep through the night, but isn't particularly helpful in explaining how to do it. But it had some interesting thoughts, that were helpful, especially in ...more
Sally Adcock
How can you follow parenting advice off someone who has never even met your child. YOU know them best. Stop worrying and have the confidence to do what you think is best for them. People will always give you advice and unknowingly guilt you with decisions, but stay strong to what you think is best. Perhaps I should write a book on my opinions and make money from vulnerable mums.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is ridiculous
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't tried any of the practices yet, but such a wealth of great ideas. I really liked this one! ...more
Natalie Powell
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was more helpful than babywise. These were the two books most suggested to me as a new mom. I used a surrogate, therefore I didn’t breastfeed, and this author realized that not everyone breastfeeds, and that’s ok. It has practical information for bottle feeding, and it even has special case scenarios like surrogacy, that it talks about. This book is older, so the information may not be entirely accurate, but it’s the first one I’ve come across with any mention of surrogacy at all. S ...more
Bri Anderson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a must for all parents of newborns and young babies. I loved almost everything Tracy had to say. She is so logical in her approach to infant care. She shows how little humans need to be recognized as such. They thrive on routine and are always giving you clues as to what they need. I already understand my daughters’ needs better! Can’t wait to apply her techniques and work on fixing my mistakes.
Lindsay Coppens
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few parts of this book are dated and at first I found the author's voice off-putting, but by the end of the first chapter I found being called "luv" oddly soothing and her advice logical and helpful. ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book almost four months postpartum. After listening I wondered if I had known this book earlier, would I have an easier task of feeding, bathing, and calming my little one? I think not. In fact, I think I'd have an impaired sense of motherly intuition, because Tracy Hogg's voice would always be part of the decision making process.

She mentions don't rock your baby to sleep. When mine was just weeks old, and inconsolable, I rocked her to sleep, it calmed both of us. As we gradu
Rob Cook
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good read that caters for both mums and dads.
As it was published back in 2001, some minor elements are a bit dated but otherwise they translate to today well.
The book is a bit text heavy and would have benefited from diagrams or simplified paragraphs.
Samuel Kordik
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful book for a new dad. Read when trying to figure out how to parent a 3 week old; turns out, our week old had already read all the books and was the easiest baby in the world. Will re-read with the next child.
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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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