Written on: 13/09/2005 by swatkiss (5 reviews written)
Some very useful tips
Concentrates on the "real world" issues of new babies.
Conflicts with some other peoples advice / opinions, but then so does every other book on the subject.
As a new parent I already had books that explained the theory of having a new baby, but little about what it's really like. Tracy takes a very different approach, by starting with reality and then explaining some techniques to deal with the issues, the most significant, being the EASY routine which lies somewhere between the extremes of letting the baby run your life, and forcing the baby to fit around a forced regime.
As the title suggests Tracy is often referred to as "The Baby Whisperer", and in the book she shares some of her secrets on how she knows what babies are trying to "say". I found it very difficult to distinguish the different cry sounds, but found that some of the none verbal signals were very helpful in understanding what our baby was trying to say.
One of the problems in becoming a parent is that you are given so much conflicting advice from: books; doctors; midwives; health visitors and friends, which can be based on: current medical practise; previous medical advise or personal experience, that you never know who to believe. This book gives you the advice and then leaves you to make up your own mind.
The advice within the book is backed up by both examples and an explanation about why it works. Even though I didn't agree with everything that is written, I can certainly understand her point of view and the reasons that she suggests those ideas. As such, it's almost like having a friend to turn to rather than just another book on babies.
This book is not a great panacea that will solve all your problems, but it is a very useful book, and one that I'm extremely glad I bought. Highly recommended to all new parents or parents to be.
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