Whether this is their first child or their tenth, parents start out with so many expectations and have so much advice floating around them. Pick up the baby when she cries. Don't pick up the baby. Have lots of stimulating learning toys. Keep the baby's room cool at night. Motion helps babies sleep. But what if you follow all the "expert" advice and still have a cranky, uncomfortable, sleepless baby on your hands?
The key to a happy baby is understanding what she is trying to tell you with her cries, gestures, and facial expressions. In this groundbreaking book, Tracy Hogg, who has cared for more than 5,000 babies, unlocks the secrets of infant language so that any parent, grandparent, or caregiver can interpret what a baby is "saying" and give her what she needs.
About the Authors
- What to do when the baby won't stop crying and you're panicking. (Hint: trust yourself—parents' instincts are usually right.)
- Find time for yourself. Structure your baby's day with Tracy's EASY program:E-Eat, S=Sleep, A=Activity, Y=Your Time.
- Identify which type of baby your baby is most like—Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, Grumpy—and then learn the best way to interact with your baby's type.
Tracy Hogg's first experience with babies was caring for her younger siblings. As an adult, Tracy obtained her nursing degree in England, specializing in maternity and neonatal care. Her uncanny ability to understand and calm babies led to her nickname "The Baby Whisperer". In 1997, she founded Baby Technique, through which she consults individually with parents, organizes and teaches group classes, and provides nanny training and referrals. She lives in Los Angeles, and is the mother of two daughters.
Melinda Blau is an award-winning journalist specializing in family and health topics. She is the author of seven other books and countless magazine articles. The mother of two grown children, she lives in Northamton, Massachusetts.