Book: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
Overall Rating: 5 stars
As you know, I just had a baby about a month ago. Babies take up a lot of time and energy. When I was pregnant, I read several books on strategies for getting babies to sleep and into a routine. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer was by far my favorite book.
In this book, Tracy Hogg (a nanny/parenting coach from the UK) outlines several principles for structuring your baby’s day. These principles are based in-part on the needs of the family, and in-part on the cues from the baby. Tracy uses the EASY system to make the best of both worlds.
In the EASY system, the baby follows a routine of eating, awake time, sleeping, and then there is you time when the baby is asleep. This establishes a routine that the baby becomes familiar with, and also helps make it easier to identify the baby’s cues. Tracy’s main point for this system is to “start as you mean to go on,” which basically means that if you don’t want to have to spend hours putting your baby to sleep when they are two (or whatever), then don’t start out that way.
The other part of the Baby Whisperer is cue-following. Tracy outlines a variety of typical baby cues, including crying cues, movement cues, and sound cues.
We started using this system with our baby when she was a couple of days old. Now she is almost a month old, and this system is working amazingly well. I can usually catch her cues before she moves much beyond simple fussing. Our days have been very peaceful because we both know what to expect!
If you have a baby under the age of 1, I totally recommend reading this book!
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