Disclaimer: the goal of this page is to offer general information on alternative approaches. Heidi's approach differs from this one, and she does
endorse nor encourage all aspects of the Baby whisperer method.
Tracy Hogg, often dubbed
often effective philosophy and sleep method to help
baby sleep well. A strict
routine and the pick-up put down
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
of her philosophy, about
understanding and tuning in to babies and the methods parents can use
to help their baby sleep:
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
Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems
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
like nursing, bottle feeding, walking or rocking
baby to sleep. These make a child dependent on a
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
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,
instructions to be followed. Next to the instructions, a large part is
for doing things as needed for
baby. Tracy helps you learn that too.
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 "
" Eating, "
" Activity and then
which leaves time to yourself for "
Tracy was very clear on
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.
pick-up put down
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
S" wind down ritual
of setting the stage,
sitting quietly and a
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
parents to learn about their own child
adjust to her individual needs
Each of Tracy's books gives
insights and help understand babies and their sleep
if you do not want to follow all the instructions.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.