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On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

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by Gary Ezzo, Robert Bucknam, M.D.

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Pediatrician Robert Bucknam and co-author Gary Ezzo's infant management concepts presented in this book have found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and 16 languages around the world. The infant management concepts presented in this book have found favor with over two million parents and twice as many contented babies. On Becoming Babywise brings


Pediatrician Robert Bucknam and co-author Gary Ezzo's infant management concepts presented in this book have found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and 16 languages around the world. The infant management concepts presented in this book have found favor with over two million parents and twice as many contented babies. On Becoming Babywise brings hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies. The Babywise Parent Directed Feeding concept has enough structure to bring security and order to your baby's world, yet enough flexibility to give mom freedom to respond to any need at any time. It teaches parents how to lovingly guide their baby's day rather than be guided or enslaved to the infant's unknown needs. The information contained within On Becoming Babywise is loaded with success. Comprehensive breast-feeding follow-up surveys spanning three countries, of mothers using the PDF method verify that as a result of the PDF concepts, 88% breast-feed, compared to the national average of only 54% (from the National Center for Health Statistics). Of these breast-feeding mothers, 80% of them breast-feed exclusively without a formula complement. And while 70% of our mothers are still breast-feeding after six months, the national average encourage to follow demand feeding without any guidelines is only 20%. The mean average time of breast-feeding for PDF moms is 33 1/2 weeks, well above the national average. Over 50% of PDF mothers extend their breast-feeding toward and well into the first year. Added to these statistics is another critical factor. The average breast-fed PDF baby sleeps continuously through night seven to eight hours between weeks seven and nine. Healthy sleep in infants is analogous to healthy growth and development. Find out for yourself why a world of parents and pediatricians utilize the concepts found in On Becoming Babywise.

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Gary Ezzo, M.A., serves as the executive director of Growing Familes International. He and his wife Anne Marie have authored a number of parenting curriculums translated into fifteen different languages and utilized by more than two million households.

Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado, where he resides with his wife Gayle, and their four sons.

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On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when my second child was 10 weeks old and had her sleeping all night within 2 weeks. The concepts make common sense and work. There are many opponents of these concepts, but I believe it is important that readers have to think for themselves as well. While the concepts may work great for one baby, another baby may need to be treated differently. The book lays a groundwork, but readers need to use common sense and be flexible in their application of the concepts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter had this book recommended to her before her first child (who is 5 years old now).  She now has 3 children total. She read this book and incorporated many ideas from it (not all did she like) by selecting what was appropriate for her.  I have NEVER witnessed anything like what I have seen with her and her children.  These kids were all sleeping  all night from the moment they were old enough to sleep that long without needing a bottle.  There are so many wonderful and smart ideas and explanations as why children are behaving in a certain manner, it is worth the read.  My daughter has read it numerous times just to revisit explanations as to why her child is behaving in a certain manner.  You must use your own judgement and common sense as to what works well for you.  We have given this book to EVERYONE who has become pregnant since her first child and everyone loves it  Again all of her children sleep all night every night and they all sleep in their own beds alone.  They are trained early to do this and I can tell you as a grandmother keeping them at lease once a week it is a joy to be able to know exactly what to do and when to do it and the kids NEVER fuss when it is nap or bed time.  He explains and give many other reasons why children are acting a certain what so it is worth it to read it.  We know numerouse families that have incorporated these fundamentals and all families are happy to have children who do what they are supposed to do whey they are supposed to do it.  Now if you are a family that wants to rock your child and feed it every time it cries, this book is not for you but if you want a family on YOUR schedule and not not allow the child to make the schedule then this book is for you.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewers who assume the worst about this book and repeatedly say how cruel it is to let your baby cry don't understand that this method makes it to where your baby doesn't need to cry. The two main reasons babies cry are to tell you they are hungry and to tell you they are tired. By keeping the babies on the schedule outlined in this book, they quickly realize they don't have to tell you either-- that you are going to provide it without them having to ask. This method ensures your baby is well fed, well rested, and gives them confidence that they are well provided for- how is that cruel? And do you know what the best thing I experienced with my baby with this method (besides him and I getting lots of sleep)? There was no guessing what his cries meant (on the rare occassions he cried). I would know with certainty if he was hungry or tired based on the time (with some flexibility of course) and if he wasn't then I knew something was wrong and I could identify the problem (ie scratchy clothing) so much faster. So not only did my baby have confidence in me, but I had confidence in myself. Now I have a happy, healthy toddler that all of my soon-to-be-mother friends want as a role model for their babies and I always tell them the model they need is found in this book.
Sizerock More than 1 year ago
I used BabyWise techniques with both of my children and they are happy and healthy. I understand that they may not work for everyone but I found great comfort in the routine which I firmly believe children want as well. When my babies cried, I knew what was going on--it took the guess work out of it. I truly believe and recommend this book to EVERY new mother.
rumpelstiltskin-dearie More than 1 year ago
# Delanea, I think you are over-exaggerating. My parents used the Babywise method and I highly doubt that I have brain damage or severe emotional trauma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for believers. If your not, you will struggle with this book (which is obvious by those who gave it one star). Most Excellent book. We used it on our 2 children and gift it to any expecting moms we know. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We used the methods in the earlier printing on all 3 of our children, and the results were outstanding. I haven't seen the revised/later version, so I can't say what is missing, but we are so glad we were given this book when we started our family, and give it to any of our friends that have had a baby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My hubby and I have used these series for both of our girls and they work!!! I tell every parent I know who have children with sleep issues, to read this book. I have bought other books to read while pregnant and these books just worked for us. Must read and follow. It works!!!
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Jessie2558 More than 1 year ago
I read and implemented this book with my first child and he was happy, healthy, and sleeping through the night in the first couple of weeks. He is 2 1/2 now and is still such a good sleeper and self soother. Wonderful book. Totally worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. I've used these methods on my own kids and they are loving, stable, happy kids. Nowhere in the book does it say to not feed your child if they are hungry, nowhere does it say to let them cry on and on and only feed/comfort them based on the clock. The book tells you to use your intuition, and a schedule, to provide the most stable environment for your child (makes sense right?). They do recommend the PDF (parent directed feeding) family plan, but ALWAYS say first and foremost, if your baby is hungry, feed him/her. They recommend to let your baby cry for a FEW MINUTES if you've just fed them, changed them and have put them to bed, never more than 10 or 15. The authors also outline that no one style will work exclusively for every baby, that you need to provide a schedule but make sure you listen to your baby's cues. My own children thrived on this method; both physically and emotionally. By the time they were 3 months and 4 months I heard constantly "how lucky you are to have such great kids"...it wasn't luck - it was babywise! It's just common sense, feed/play/nap. I checked with both my Dr. and my pediatrician and both said it was exactly the type of thing that they suggest. You can read the book and follow the basic ideas of the schedule but apply them to your own baby to meet his/her needs....this is exactly what the authors suggest. I love knowing when I can go to dinner with friends b/c my baby will be happy and fed or napping. I love the fact that both my kids were sleeping through the night at 7 and 9 weeks. At least give the book a try, don't skim through (because then you only glean the outer layer) and see if it makes sense to you. I would recommend this book to anybody!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I accidentally ordered this book on audio..and I wish I would have got the book instead because that is what I prefer, however, I use all of the principles in this book now and have ordered some of the other books relating to my other children. Takes the guess work out of parenting really. Wish I had this knowledge before my 1st child was born. It is like the "manuel" that people are always saying babies do NOT come with. No, babies do not come with manuels but you can buy the manuel and it is called "On becoming babywise"! I give this book as a gift to all the 1st time parents I know because that is when I wish I would have gotten it. It's one of those can't live without pieces of advice that is a must for all parents-to-be!
Suzanz 5 months ago
This book, if followed, is a harsh way to treat an infant before the age of 6 months. Infants need to be held a cared for in a flexible loving manner. This book does not promote that kind of behavior and parenting. I'd like to suggest that you look into some other parenting methods that embrace a more nurturing way of parenting for a better long-term outcome for your precious child. If that's not enough, please look up (google) what Ezzo's M.A. degree is in. It is not psychology or child development.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is a great book for expecting and already expected mothers and fathers to learn how to manage their babies sleep and learn about everything else a new mother/father needs to know. I love that it doesn't just touch on one subject and that it meets in the middle of everybabys needs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not wise at all. I would suggest one research the writer before purchasing it. Babies may suffer and dehydrate from the suggested techniques in this book.
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I have 6 children who slept through the night as infants. My children are well adjusted and very adaptable. This book has been an amazing tool for our family! I am a happy mom with content children thanks to Baby Wise.
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As a lactation nurse, I can tell you that this book can be harmful to the health and well-being of your baby if you follow the advice as put out.  Does not work for the needs of some babies and can cause failure to thrive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are Babywise devotees and had great success with it with our first child. However, this fifth edition seems to have been largely rewritten and I did not find it nearly as good or as helpful as the fourth edition (I bought new nook version for my second child before in found my original copy from my first). This edition is very condensed and lacks a lot of the information contained in the previous edition. Not sure why the authors felt they needed to change so dramatically--they had a winner on their hands before!  Try to get your hands on the fourth edition if you can and then get some sleep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of angry debates in parenthood about whether to try cry-it-out techniques or feeding babies on demand. This book actually recommends a routine (vs. a schedule). I tried implementing a few ideas in this book. As a result, my beautiful daughter is cheerful, smiles a lot at three months, sleeps through the night, and eats well, even with her acid reflux. She is very large for her age, too, in the 97% for weight and over the 100% for height. At first I was a little nervous about letting her cry it out. But now I am THANKFUL. Being able to sleep through the night has been a lifesaver for me, giving me more and time energy to devote to my little girl during the daytime. So many experts bash this book and the ideology, and yes, you need to do what works best with YOUR baby, but I found these tactics very helpful with mine. I'm glad I read this book!