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Book Review: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg.

November 29, 2007 - Tag: Book reviews - Comments (0)

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is a book about tuning into your baby’s needs. It was written by Tracy Hogg in 2001 and went on to become a New York Times best seller.

I enjoyed the quiz about what kind of baby you have and imagine it would be very reassuring for parents who found themselves with a more ‘difficult’ baby. I also liked her suggestions about talking to your baby about what is happening or going to happen to him. But the most interesting sections were the ones describing EASY and SLOW.

EASY stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep and Your time, describing the routine for babies that the author recommends. Although I believe this is a good idea in principle, I would have welcomed more in depth hints and tips as to how to get ones baby into the routine. SLOW stands for Stop, Listen, Observe and What’s Up, offering a useful way of trying to work out what your baby is telling you.

One downside of the book for me was that Hogg gave me the impression that she was more against breastfeeding that for it. However despite this, she did quote some interesting points about breastfeeding that even other breastfeeding books I have read seem to miss.

Overall I found Secrets of The Baby Whisperer enjoyable and easy to read, and a book that can be read from cover to cover or be used to dip in and out of at one’s leisure.

The Great Ormond Street New Baby and Child Care Book

June 15, 2007 - Tag: Book reviews - Comments (0)

ormond-streetThis new edition of the book was fully updated and revised in 2004. It contains a wealth of information for parents of children ages 0-5, from conception and pregnancy to babies, toddlers and children.

The book is divided into chapters and laid out in such as way that you can read it cover to cover or use it to dip in and out of at your convenience. Chapter titles include: Labour and Birth, Feeding Your Baby, Play and Education, Toilet Training, Common Health Problems, Relationships, and many more.

The book is written with the co-operation and backing of doctors, psychologists and other specialists at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and the Institute of Child Health.

Throughout, the book gives unbiased information based on the latest research, (which makes a refreshing change from some other books on the market), and the language is easy to understand with vocabulary well explained.

The book is well written with sub headings and helpful diagrams at appropriate points and a comprehensive index, making it quick and easy to find specific information.

I found the book most useful for the amount of detail it goes into, particularly regarding labour and birth and starting out with your new baby. There is a great section on child development and what you can expect at certain ages plus invaluable information about ill health in babies and children. If you are a first time parent I would definitely recommend this book.

‘Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler’ by Janey Lee Grace

May 29, 2007 - Tag: Book reviews - Comment (1)

imperferctly-naturalImperfectly Natural is aimed at parents who want to raise their children in as green and naturally a way as possible. The author, Janey Lee Grace, is described as ‘the popular Radio 2 presenter’ and this book follows on from her ‘Imperfectly Natural Woman’ book.

Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler takes us on a journey from the point of birth and recovery from labour, through to dealing with toddlers. It covers topics such as eating, illness, looking after yourself, and approaches to parenting.

The author demonstrates an in depth knowledge of all things green and organic relating to babies and toddlers, based on her own experiences. Just about every product or idea discussed by the author includes a website where you can find out more or buy the product. This is a really useful tool and shows how much research has gone into the book.

To suddenly change your lifestyle to follow all of the advice in the book would seem like an impossible task to me, so I would suggest aiming to take small steps at a time. There are certainly some excellent hints that my husband and I intend to take on board and adjust to straight away.

The book is easy to read with colourful pages and photographs throughout. It is well laid out so the reader can choose to read through from cover to cover or use it to dip in and out of at convenience.

The book is available from the Orion Publishing Group’s website.

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