Picks and Pans Review: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers
By Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau
Sure, parenthood may kill a few brain cells. But does that mean moms and dads need cutesy acronyms? In her follow-up to the 250,000-selling Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, Hogg, a British nurse and former nanny to such star parents as wrestling's The Rock and Amy Brenneman, thinks so. EASY stands for "Eating, Activity, Sleep, and time for You." TLC isn't what you'd think—it's "Talk, Listen, Clarify." Add Hogg's penchant for addressing readers as "luv" or "ducky," and this guide is enough to send you running for HELP.
Still, it's hard to argue with Hogg's no-nonsense advocacy of firm limits, routines and accepting each toddler's nature. The last seems to be Hogg's forte. To calm himself, one boy she knows "rubs the top of his head on the carpet," Hogg writes. "I tried it myself once, and it produced a little buzzing sensation in my head." Thanks for sharing, luv. (Ballantine, $23)
Bottom Line: The ABCs of tot wrangling
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