Parenting books put to the test - ‘Secrets of the Baby Whisperer’

‘Secrets of the Baby Whisperer’ by Tracy Hogg

Tracy Hogg has been dubbed the ‘Baby Whisperer’ because of her claims to be able to understand the language of babies and so calm even the most distressed or difficult infant. Tracy teaches parents how to work out what kind of baby they have and which parenting plan will work best for them. Believing babies need to be part of the family rather than dominate it, she has developed a programme for infants as young as day old.


Mum tester

Julie Mason, 41, is a designer. She is married to Maurice and they have one daughter, Esme, who is nearly 6 months old. In the early days, she used Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg: ‘the perfect book for new mums’. More recently, she’s been drawn to the ideas of William and Martha Sears in the Baby Sleep Book.


What our mum thought…

“After we got Esme home from hospital, we were all over the place. She was constantly feeding or needing to be held, but the worst came in the evenings when we could not get her to sleep. It was such a struggle as I was in a lot of discomfort with breastfeeding and had undergone a difficult labour. Maurice and I were getting totally worn out and confused about what to do.

I found people very reluctant to give advice. The ideas of my mother’s generation seemed very out of date, but listening to advice of other new mums can be such a dangerous thing as every baby is different.

The Baby Whisperer taught me a lot more about what my baby was doing. It felt like she was a leech: constantly demanding of me emotionally and physically. The book was a breath of fresh air as it provided insight and a structure for us to work to, which helped us to understand what she needed.

EASY (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time) is the acronym that book gives fir structuring baby’s time. It advises you to feed your baby as soon as she wakes, after which she’ll be awake and active requiring stimulation for a period, then she’ll be ready to sleep again (without feeding), and then you eventually get some ‘you time’.

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