Monday, June 8, 2009

Review: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

The latest in my getting-ready-for-baby books, this was recommended to me by you, my loyal readers. Or, the readers of my other blog, Conscientious Confusion, since this blog didn't exist yet at the time.

I really enjoyed this book because it was very down-to-earth and easy to read. The tone was like an English nanny talking to the reader, which is what it is. This lady has been an English nanny forever and ever. It has lots of charts to help you figure out what your baby is "saying" to you.

I liked it's middle-of-the-road approach, it was neither BabyWise nor Attachment Parenting, but somewhere in the middle that was very sensible. I especially liked her E.A.S.Y. method, which stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep, and You Time. Meaning that the baby should eat and then stay awake for a little while before going to sleep, and while it sleeps, that is "you" time for the mom. To take naps, get things done, or do nothing and just recover. She even describes the different stages of sleep that infants go through. What is interesting is that she says that in one of the stages they often make whimpering or crying noises which can be mistaken for waking up, but actually signals they are about to go into a deeper stage of sleep, which is good for them - you just have to leave them alone and let them continue sleeping. I did not know that!

I borrowed this book from the library, but I think I am going to purchase my own copy to have on hand when the baby comes.


Michael and Brooke Wagliardo said...

Also, I felt bad that my baby wasn't having any wake time at first. Those first few weeks eating might also be wake time, so don't feel like a failure. As he/she gets older they will be able to have wake time after feeding.

Heather said...

I totally agree! I think the EASY kind of schedule definitely falls into place after the baby is a little bit older. I really liked this book, too. Probably my favorite, although I refuse to say I follow any parenting method 100%. :) I did like her approach, and I found a lot of what she had to say to be true, especially in hindsight!

J said...

Sorry, I didn't clarify - the book specified you don't start EASY until I think at least the 3rd week...I can't remember when. That's why I should probably buy my own copy :-)

chirky said...

Sandy B. recommended this book to me, and I've been meaning to read it. Sheesh. I am totally feeling like a slacker now. But I'm glad you reminded me about this book! Must go get!