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There are a few more thoughts I want to add as I wrap up my extensive review of Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.
- Tackle daytime naps first, night will follow (page 268). I completely agree with this statement. This is advice I have long been giving moms who are trying to establish a consistent routine. Focus on getting your day set and then after some consistency, night should follow suit. Some babies do need some training at night, but wait until days are going really well. It is too hard to train all day and all night at first.
- A routine helps you to get to know your baby’s cries (page 269). I remember when Brayden was a baby before I started Babywise. I had read that you would get to know your baby’s cries. Well, it wasn’t coming. Once I started a routine, I really started to recognize cries and cues. You have fewer things to work with when you are on a routine. Is it close to naptime? Perhaps the cries are because baby is tired. Has baby been playing with a toy for the last 15 minutes? Perhaps cries are out of boredom or overstimulation.
- Babies don’t manipulate (page 75). If your baby is not napping well, she isn’t doing so to make you mad. Always remember that a baby doesn’t manipulate.
- As a baby is crying, time feels like it is going by longer than it is (page 77). I know that listening to your baby cry is disheartening. It seems like forever. But 15 minutes going by without baby crying seems much faster than it does with baby crying.
Those are a few final thoughts from Tracy Hogg, the Baby Whisperer. I restate that this is a book worth reading, and I would say a book worth owning. It is very compatible with Babywise.
- Lorri said…
I mostly agree with this advice, although after 1 month of working on day time naps-I read Healthy Sleep Habits. The ONLY thing I got from that is: babies naturally start sleeping longer during the night but naps are constantly changing from 4 to 3 naps to 2 to 1 to no naps.So I did CIO at night time and in 2 days my baby started sleeping through the night. One month later at 5 1/2 months old he sleeps from 6:30pm to 6:30am and takes 2 2hour naps and 1 1hour catnap in the late afternoon.I do agree that baby Whisperer was very compatible with babywise, my baby just needed a little different way of figuring it out.Thanks for your review of the book Valerie. I think the best thing about this book is she helps you see your baby as a human being with feelings and thoughts. Now when Scoots starts complaining or crying, I try harder to understand what I would be saying if I were in that situation and it has helped me SO much.
October 9, 2008 9:10 PM
Thanks Lorri. I agree–Hogg is very good at making the reader realize that babies are humans too 🙂
October 10, 2008 2:43 PM