The Baby Whisperer: Tracy Hogg helps your Baby Sleep
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
Disclaimer: the goal of this page is to offer general information on alternative approaches. Heidi's approach differs from this one, and she does not endorse nor encourage all aspects of the Baby whisperer method.
Tracy Hogg, often dubbed The
Baby Whisperer, developed an
often effective philosophy and sleep method to help
baby sleep well. A strict E.A.S.Y.
routine and the pick-up put down pu/pd
method are two
of the tools to teach a baby good sleeping skills - see below.
Tracy Hogg, who sadly died in 2004, was an
nurse with a wonderful talent to
and tune in to babies and children.
She discovered this
talent when working with mentally disabled children: body language and
other non-verbal cues helped her connect with the children.
Her first book explains the
basics of her philosophy, about
understanding and tuning in to babies and the methods parents can use
to help their baby sleep: Secrets
of the Baby Whisperer: How To Calm, Connect, and Communicate With Your
The book has been quite successful and was followed up by Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
for Toddlers and The
Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems.
The Baby Whisperer Basics
Tracy Hogg's method is often listed as an alternative inbetween
crying it out methods (like the Ferber
method) and no tears methods (like the No
Cry Sleep Solution). And it is.
Tracy does not have babies cry it out. It is important for a baby to
feel safe and secure, and to know that her parents are always there for
But she also does not support what she calls accidental
parenting like nursing, bottle feeding, walking or rocking
baby to sleep. These make a child dependent on a prop for sleep
whereas it is crucial for a baby to learn to sleep without one.
are explained in the book to help parents teach their baby these all
important sleep basics: among them a
strictly structured routine (E.A.S.Y.) and the pick up put down
(pu/pd) method for putting baby to bed.
Each tool comes with clear, age-specific
instructions to be followed. Next to the instructions, a large part is
also about getting a feeling
for doing things as needed for your
baby. Tracy helps you learn that too.
The E.A.S.Y. routine
is about reading and understanding your baby's cues and giving her the
regularity to fit that into a predictable daily pattern.
Every day will be structured with a pattern of "E" Eating, "A" Activity and then
which leaves time to yourself for "Y"
Tracy was very clear on the
difference between a routine and a schedule. A schedule
would involve fixed times and that is not what it is about: you can't fit
a baby into a clock. Rather, the E.A.S.Y. routine focuses
on the regularity and the correct order to do things in.
The pick-up put down
(pu/pd) method is
how you put baby to sleep in her crib and teach her how to sleep alone.
You do the putting down and picking up as often as need to get baby to
You may do that with a "Four
S" wind down ritual of setting the stage, swaddling possibly,
sitting quietly and a shush-pat (patting
baby's back and making shush-sounds) to help baby quiet down.
Tracy Hogg's Baby Whisper sleep method, and the whole philosophy behind
it, is well rounded and based on valuable ideas.
What I personally like as well is that Tracy did not claim that her
method had to be applied rigidly to every baby in every situation. Her
main aim is to teach
parents to learn about their own child and to adjust to her individual needs.
Each of Tracy's books gives interesting
insights and help understand babies and their sleep, even
if you do not want to follow all the instructions.