Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

A friend presented me with this book, and I am ever so grateful.

If there is ever a book that can help educate me about preparing for, and taking care of a newborn, this book would be it. I feel so encouraged and assured just learning all the nuggets of information shared here by the experienced author.

Unlike pregnancy books that covers the pregnancy itself, this book details how to understand our babies, gives practical step-by-step instructions to prepare for the baby, and what to expect when a newborn is brought home. The author shares methods for helping babies sleep, eat and play well, how to weave in time for self, and suggests roles fathers can play.

I have found the tips really insightful, given the author's years of working with babies, and I'm thinking of buying several copies now for pregnant friends!

She has also written two other follow-up books that I have heard good things about, in case anyone is interested:
The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers, and The Baby Whisperer Solves all Your Problems

7 comments:

Little Miss Snooze said...

I have Gina Ford's contented baby book - can lend to you if you want to read more. :)

Her method is to introduce schedules to baby from young...and so far, it works really well for Nat and us.

BeanBean said...

I have this book too -- I liked her ideas because there was structure without having to follow a rigid schedule. But just you can imagine, there are tons of parenting books with varying methods. Take your time to read/sift through them, and see what works for you. Let me know if you need any other recommendations!

Cindy said...

I've read this book as well, and am applying some of the routine with Tabitha. Its just that I wish my baby would learn to be on the 3 hour routine quick! she is still on 2.5hour routine! I've also read Gina Ford's CLB. I find Tracy's ideas easier to implement. I use her sleep techniques with Tabitha as well. So far so good. I hope!!!!

But nothing beats experiencing the real thing. Even after "swallowing" the book, I struggle a lot still. :( So make sure you have people around to help you out regarding baby!

josiah n faith said...

glad u found the book useful! as u said, the key thing is the way the author shares her ideas about how to relate to your baby, n it's always good to read about other ppl's experiences, so u know u're not alone in facing the many problems of early motherhood.

poiema said...

a popular gd book that hubs and I read almost cover to cover is from the What to expect series. On schedules, I liked The Infant Way, a christian book on parent directed feeding. Most babies who roughly followed that slept thru the night (5-6 hrs) before 10 weeks. :-)

corsage said...

lms: Ooh, looks like there're lots of recommendations for this book. I'll probably go grab a copy after I've finished the whisperer one. I think one big thing I've learnt is to step back and listen to my baby, for each one is different.

beanbean: There is somewhat of information overload! But reading this book has given me some assurance and confidence. I guess I'll continue to read more, and will only know what works when the baby comes!

cindy: Oh, thanks for sharing that. Hope Tab will get into longer sleep hours soon. But I guess it really varies from baby to baby, so hang in there! About people helping, I think I would like that, but I also have a nagging concern that it could end up as a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth =P

faith: THANKS for the book dear! Yes the stories in the book really helps, and being so clueless, reading the book has given me loads of 'aha' moments.

poiema: Ooh! Thanks for that recommendation. Looks like I'll be devouring books from now till the baby pops :)

Little Miss Snooze said...

Yes definitely, listening to your baby's cues and working a comfortable schedule/routine with your baby accordingly is the key.