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Baby Whisperer....Anyone read/used Tracy Hogg's Techniques?

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rrrayray Mon 08-Sep-08 15:13:17

First timer- due in jan, thinking of the kind of parenting angle i want to take. Plan on trying to implement SOME kind of routine as soon as home from hosp (under no illusions its not going to happen) but think some continuity/routine can't be a bad thing.

When a friend of mine was pregnant i remmeber watching a program called the baby whisperer- a Woman called Tracy Hogg (who has sadly died since filming the series) who helps mothers getting their babies into routines, etc. I have to say she seemed fantastic.... Not too strict, but seemingly great results.

Thinking of ordering one of her books from amazon....

Was wondering if anyone had tried implementing her stuff?

Or recommended anything i should look into?

rrrayray Mon 08-Sep-08 15:14:56

Oops- Meant to put this on parenting- Have done now....

Feel free to leave me tips on here too though :D

LittleMyDancing Mon 08-Sep-08 15:19:43

I used her book and it was the only one that made sense to me - she recommends actually just WATCHING your baby for two days before doing anything, so you can see what sort of patterns they fall into naturally.

I wouldn't get too steamed up about trying to work it all out before the baby arrives, as the first few weeks are just feed-change-sleep anyway, but I certainly found her incredibly useful after that.

Good luck! smile

gem1981 Mon 08-Sep-08 15:47:38

i used some of her of her stuff

i can highly recommend her dream feeding technique - it helped DH and I get a good night's sleep !!!

rrrayray Mon 08-Sep-08 20:57:55

Thanks ladies. I think i'm going to get the book & even if i don't use it all.... it might help me get a CLUE about parenting!!!

At the moment, the idea of our lovely baby sounds great..... What to do with it is another Question!

georgimama Mon 08-Sep-08 20:59:46

note of caution - if you have a nice placid baby, go for it. HOWEVER she also suggests in all seriousness that all babies should be sleeping through the night by 12 weeks. This is frankly, balls. I thought her books were rubbish, tbh. Just saying this in case you go with it and find it doesn't work (the same applies to any parenting book) - the book is wrong, not you.

georgimama Mon 08-Sep-08 21:00:38

Anything you need to know about babies, you can find out here, seriously.

rrrayray Mon 08-Sep-08 21:03:17

....i'm getting that feeling about MN and i'm only 20 weeks pregnant.... its been a god send already for the "should this be happening to my body" moments!

noonki Mon 08-Sep-08 21:05:37

I loved it in parts (though hated her psuedo yorkshire speak)

used the baby talk stuff loads though and found it really useful

also her dummy advice

as with all baby books depends on baby and you

Finona Mon 08-Sep-08 21:06:12

I used her book 2nd time around on the recommendation of a friend - excellent move. E.A.S.Y. (this'll make sense if you buy the book!) 2 years on I still think it made things so much easier, although possibly I was more relaxed with no.2. Would agree though, mine wasn't sleeping through at 12 weeks. Or even 12 months hmm

calsworld Mon 08-Sep-08 21:12:11

I bought this book and quite liked it. I didn't want a book that I would use as a guide, rather I wanted to have some ideas in my back pocket to fall back on if I didn't know what I was doing.

Like you, I'd seen some of the programmes and quite liked her approach. I've used the pick up / put down approach and dream feeding with great success (IMO). I think it was also Tracey that said if you can teach them something before they're 12 weeks its quicker than trying to teach them when they are older than that. I didn't set to much by that, but it did instigate me to put together a bath/bed time routine by about 10 weeks and he settled into it really well - he's 21 weeks now and it hasn't changed.

But, having said that, I wouldn't recommend trying to parent by a book - you have to find your own blend of what's right for you and your baby - I like the idea of 'watching' for a period to see what your baby is like.

Congrats and good luck...

thehouseofmirth Mon 08-Sep-08 21:22:17

It's not the worst but I think any "expert" who claims babies can all be neatly labelled and parcelled into categoriesd e.g "sprited", etc is deluding themselves and you. Take from it what is useful but remember the only real expert on your baby is you. The Elizabeth Pantley books are brilliant as is The Science of Parenting by Margot Sutherlad.

savetheplanetdontiron Mon 08-Sep-08 21:31:42

I used it and felt a total failure as DC would not comply with the EASY routine she prescribes (something like the baby eats, does an activity, sleeps and you have "you" time) yeah right!! It might work with some kids who are predisposed to that sort of routine but many will not respond. She is also a bit dodgy on breastfeeding to be honest. Her fondness for routines runs contrary to the idea of demand feeding which is the way to get and keep a good supply and therefore a happy baby. In her favour, she's a bit gentler than some of the other childcare book authors (no names mentioned!!!!!!!) and she did have kids of her own (she died, I think)

One book I wish they would hand out at antenatal clinics or when you leave the labour ward is *"What Mothers Do"* by Naomi Stadlen. It describes lots of experiences of lots of mothers (breast and bottle feeders, co-sleepers and controlled cryers, SAHM and WOHMs). It does not tell you what to do just tells you what other people go through and what a difficult job being a mother is.

If you feel you need books to guide you through the early months then please read a few different ones. Your baby will be unique and no one will be able to write a set of rules to fit him/her.

Good luck

Ambi Mon 08-Sep-08 21:43:05

I liked her approach and took a little from her EASY routines, (though DD does more like AESY) I haven't read her book, but watched her programmes. I liked that she made some sense to me and watched the baby and listened to the cries. I have the book by rachel waddilove which I took a bit from that too though it was a bit too regimented for me. Though I have a placid baby who probably would have coped well without them, having some idea with routines helped.

mummytoava Mon 08-Sep-08 21:55:54

Hiya, my baby is 13 weeks old and trust me I was totally overwhelmed at first, had a difficult labour and only breastfed for a week, lots of probs with me not the baby, anyway I read Gina Ford, Mirriam Stoppard and Tracey Hogg and drove myself daft untill my partner hid all my books and I decided to just relax and trust my instincts more.

Now, im an an extreme case!! If you use her book sensibly as a loose guide it does have some good tips and suggestions but I wouldnt try and follow a routine, I have learnt that Ava knows when she is tired and when she needs feeding.

Even though it may not feel like it at first you will get to know your baby better than anyone else and you will be the best judge of what she needs.

Good luck

rrrayray Tue 09-Sep-08 12:30:12

Thanks for all your experiences ladies....

Just praying it does come to me naturally, and i will know what my baby wants?! hmm

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