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

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Distinguished pediatrician Dr Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on infant management concepts. In this revised 5th edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world.

For over 20 years, On Becoming Babywise has been the de facto newborn parenting manual for ...

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Overview

Distinguished pediatrician Dr Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on infant management concepts. In this revised 5th edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world.

For over 20 years, On Becoming Babywise has been the de facto newborn parenting manual for naturally synchronizing your baby's feeding time, waketime and nighttime sleep cycles, so the whole family can sleep through the night.

In his 26th year as a licensed Pediatrician, Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D. along with co-author Gary Ezzo, demonstrate how order and stability are mutual allies of every newborn's metabolism and how parents can take advantage of these biological propensities. In particular, they note how an infant's body responds to the influences of parental routine or the lack thereof.

Early chapters start with explorations of everyday aspects of infant management such as the three basic elements of daytime activities for newborns: feeding time, waketime, and naptime.

Practical discussions then focus on broad and niche topics including feeding philosophies, baby sleep problems, baby scheduling challenges, nap routines, sleep training multiples, baby sleeping props, Colic and Reflux and many other dimensions which impact breast feeding schedules, bottle feeding tips and baby sleep training.

Five resource Appendixes provide additional reference material:

1) Taking care of baby and mom
2) A timeline of what to expect and when
3) Baby Sleep Training Problems and Solutions
4) Monitoring Your Baby's Growth
5) Healthy Baby Growth Charts

On Becoming Babywise is more than an infant-management concept. It is a mindset for successful parenthood. It can help any parent develop a plan that meets both the needs of a new baby and of the entire family. These principles have worked for millions of parents and, when applied with common sense to your unique situation, can work wonderfully for you too! Recommended by doctors across the country.

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What People Are Saying

Barbara Philips, R.N., C.L.E. Los Angeles, California
"As a mom, I parented both ways. As a certified lactation educator, I know how discouraging it is to feed a baby around the clock with no apparent advantage and how fatigue will affect her milk supply. I also know how discouraging the first eighteen months of parenting can be without a plan. I know, because with my first child, I did everything the opposite of what is taught in this book. Before my second baby was born, I was introduced to the Babywise concepts. Applying these principles revolutionized my thinking. Instead of being in baby bondage, I was liberated to be the mother God wanted me to be. I have consistently used this series with the women I counsel. These mothers have met with tremendous success, whether bottle or breastfeeding."
David Blank, M.D., Longmont, Co
"From a pediatrician's perspective, this is a sigh of welcome relief for sleepless, weary parents."
Craig Lloyd, M.D., Brisbane, Australia
"Since being introduced to the principles of Babywise, I have been convinced of its effectiveness in establishing sleep patterns and in decreasing the frequency of problems associated with infant feeding."
Linda Meloy, M.D. Richmond, Virginia
"I am a practicing pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics. Residents and new mothers I work with have found On Becoming Babywise overwhelmingly successful. My residents report a positive difference in the confidence of new mothers who work with this plan compared to those who do not. The freedom Babywise provides a new mother is so refreshing. My parents become baby-wise with Babywise."
Thomas Gill, M.D., Pediatrician, Johnson City, Tennesee
"I have been successfully using On Becoming Babywise in my general Pediatric practice for the last several years. I have found it to be a very helpful resource for parents. I think any negative outcomes associated with this material is due to the misapplication of the principles."
Janet Dunn, M.D. Chatsworth, California
"As a pediatrician, I cannot argue with the success of On Becoming Babywise. It is such a practical approach to parenting. It provides infants with needed structure and stability and brings the joy and love so needed in our homes today. The effects of not using On Becoming Babywise show up very quickly. That is why I have made these principles a priority of discussion in every well-child care visit. Parents constantly tell me, "It changed our lives."
Sharon Nelson, M.D. Glendale, California
"As an obstetrician and a mother, my concern for a healthy out-come continues beyond the moment of delivery. Because the principles of On Becoming Babywise are so effective, I consider it part of my extended health care for the family. The principles are simple, yet amazing. They consistently produce babies who are healthy, content, and who sleep through the night at an early age. Feeding a baby on demand simply cannot compare to the overall healthy benefits of Babywise. The concepts take the guesswork out of early parenting and provide new moms the confidence of knowing what happens next."
David M. Miller, M.D. Superior, Colorado
"Babywise provides sound parenting advise and common sense pediatric care to many parents who are confused, frustrated, and downright sleep deprived. As a pediatrician and father of four, my wife and I routinely receive positive feedback regarding our children's behavior and sleep habits. Parents feel confident and relaxed when they have a plan and a goal for their infant and family. Once a family has found success with the principles of Babywise, they pass along their satisfaction to every new parent they meet. Simply put, "It works!"
Jim Pearson, M.D. Johnson City, Tennessee
"My introduction to On Becoming Babywise came over 20 years ago when a discerning member in my practice noticed my frustration with the growing numbers of fatigued mothers, fussy babies, and their sleep nights. I was handed a set of audio tapes of this series. Being profoundly impressed with the insightfulness and relevance of the content, I began applying the principles in my practice. The change was dramatic, as I watched the incidence of colicky babies, sleep-disturbed and frustrated parents drop precipitously. Word of mouth among our community has helped our practice grow exponentially. I cannot imagine any pediatrician that has come in contact with this resource not making it apart of their practice."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932740134
  • Publisher: Parent-Wise Solutions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 26,061
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder and director of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado where he resides with his wife, Gayle, and their four sons. He has served thousands of parents in Colorado for the last 26 years as their Pediatrician. With a targeted interest in preterm and high-risk newborns, Dr. Bucknam's opinions are highly respected within the pediatric community; He has expanded his practice into multiple hospitals in the area where he works closely with 37 licensed Pediatricians. Dr. Bucknam's work on Parent Directed Feeding is being utilized by 6 million parents worldwide in 16 languages. Stay connected to his further findings on Twitter @_wisebooks and online at babywisebooks.com

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Interviews & Essays

This is the current edition; the completely revised & updated version of On Becoming Babywise (5th edition, February 2012). We highly recommend ONLY purchasing the newest and most current version of On Becoming Babywise (isbn 1932740139). It has a new chapter, several important revisions, the latest in medical updates, and is 19% longer than the former version. In becoming one of America's leading infant management guides, On Becoming Babywise has continued to improve its methods and practices throughout its 24 years and this latest version is the result of all the best over the last two decades.

On Becoming Babywise continues to gain global recognition for its common-sense approach to parenting a newborn. The infant management plan offered by Pediatrician Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo in this book helps parents successfully and naturally synchronize their baby's feeding time, waketime and nighttime cycles. The results? Happy, healthy and contented babies who sleep through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age.

The best evaluation of any parenting philosophy, including Babywise, is not found in the reasoning or the logic of the hypothesis. End results speak clearly. Let your eyes confirm what works and what doesn't. You will be most confident in your parenting when you see the desired results lived out in other families.

Stage One: Birth to 5 months On Becoming Babywise
Stage Two: 5 - 12 months On Becoming Babywise 11
Stage Three: 12 - 18 months On Becoming Pretoddlerwise
Stage Four: 18 - 36 months On Becoming Toddlerwise
Stage Five: 36 - 84 months On Becoming Childwise


The principles of On Becoming Babywise were first shared in 1984. Sarah was the first baby girl raised with the principles; Kenny was the first boy. Both thrived on mother's milk and a basic routine, and both slept through the night by seven weeks. It was that easy. On Becoming Babywise has now been translated into 16 different languages and is utilized by more than 6 million parents around the world. As with previous editions, this update does not provide parents a list of do's and don'ts. We wish parenting were that easy. Rather, our larger objective is to help prepare minds for the incredible task of raising a child. We believe the preparation of the mind is far more important than the preparation of the nursery. Both can be a lot of fun. Your baby will not care if his head rests on designer sheets or beside Disney characters, nor is your success tied to his wardrobe or bedroom accessories, but rather to the beliefs and convictions that will eventually shape your parenting experience. It is our opinion that the achievements of healthy growth, contented babies, good naps, and playful wake times, as well as the gift of nighttime sleep, are too valuable to be left to chance. They need to be parent-directed and parent-managed. These are attainable conclusions, because infants are born with the capacity to achieve these outcomes and, equally important, the need to achieve them. Our goal is to demonstrate how this is done, but only after we explain why it should be done. We realize there are a number of parenting theories being marketed today, most of which come gift-wrapped with unrealistic promises and unnecessary burdens. In light of the many options, how can new parents know what approach is best of their families? Since every philosophy of parenting has a corresponding outcome unique to that philosophy, we encourage new and expectant parents to consider, evaluate, and decide which approach is best for their families. This can be accomplished by observing the end results. Spend time with relatives and friends who follow the Attachment Parenting style of infant care. Observe who practices hyper-scheduling, and certainly evaluate the outcomes associated with On Becoming Babywise. In which homes do you observe order, peace, and tranquility? Don't take any marketing plug or some strangers word for truth. Search for yourself. Consider the marriages as well as the children. Is mom in a perpetual state of exhaustion? Is she nursing every two hours or less? Is Dad sleeping on the couch? What is the family life like when a child is 6, 12, and 18 months old? Is Mom stressed, frustrated, or lacking confidence? Is the baby stressed, exhausted or insecure? When the baby is nine months old, can the parents leave the room without the baby falling apart emotionally? We believe the best evaluation of any parenting philosophy, including the one found in On Becoming Babywise, is not found in the reasoning or the logic of the hypothesis but in the end results. Let your eyes confirm what works and what does not. You will be most confident in your parenting when you see the desired results lived out in other families using the same approach. Look at the fruit and then trace it back to its seed source.

The principles contained within the pages can help parents develop workable strategies that meet the needs of their babies and the rest of the family. These have worked for millions of parents, and when faithfully applied can work wonderfully for you! However, your pediatrician or family practitioner should always be consulted when questions arise about the health and welfare of your baby. Enjoy the journey of parenting!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    This book is garbage with loads of expert opinions taken out of context. DON'T BUY.

    I found so many FALSE scientific statements in this book, it is appalling. This book offers advice that could cause physical and pyschological damage to your child. PLEASE do not follow the advice given in this book. Even the AAP stands against many of the statements in this book. I cry for the children whose parents believe this garbage! WHEN YOUR CHILD STOPS CRYING AT NIGHT, THAT MEANS THEY HAVE GIVEN UP AND KNOW YOU ARE NOT COMING. THIS IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY DAMAGING! NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THIS ACTUALLY CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE, INSECURITY, AND A HOST OF EMOTIONAL ISSUES! If you want to know how to raise a secure, well-behaved, loving, independent and happy child, please read Baby Bond by Linda Folden Palmer, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Attachment Parenting: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding & Nurturing Your Baby, Mothering Magazine, or The Baby Sleep Book. These are MUCH more insightful and offer SCIENTIFIC documentation that is not taken out of context. Many of the so-called scientific excerpts from the experts in this book were taken out of context by the author. This book disgusts me and I cannot recommend it to ANY parent! PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Dangerous

    This book recommends cruel and inhumane techniques that can potentially cause damage to your child. I can't imagine how any sane and intelligent parent would ever follow this advice. DO NOT BUY!!!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2010

    After the 3rd child you think you know everything about raising children..my 3rd child is the happiest of all because I read this book finally!

    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!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Best parenting book ever

    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.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    NO

    Just no. Do not follow this advice

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    My hubby and I have used these series for both of our girls and

    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!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    I read and implemented this book with my first child and he was

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    I LOVE this book. I've used these methods on my own kids and th

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    My daughter had this book recommended to her before her first ch

    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.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2015

    Happiest, healthiest baby

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    I used BabyWise techniques with both of my children and they are

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    # Delanea, I think you are over-exaggerating. My parents used t

    # 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    As a lactation nurse, I can tell you that this book can be harmf

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

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    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Captured: chapter one

    "Come on Sophie!" I yell running through the trees. My name is Erica. I see her trying to catch up when l look behind me. 'We will make it' l think. It happend so quickly. Mother saying no. I diddent listen. Bringing along Sophie. Then l hear a scream. Sophies scream l keep on running. Then a figure tackled me from the side. I fell over trting to get back up my attacker quickly tied my hands behind my back and gagging me. I struggled trying to kick him. I heard an 'oof' and his grip loosed i wrenched out and started to run but l tripped over a rock and everything went blank. <p>

    (Charecter applications accepted sorry if its so short i will explain more in next chapter please leave comments)

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    We are Babywise devotees and had great success with it with our

    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!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    There are a lot of angry debates in parenthood about whether to

    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!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    This book is for believers. If your not, you will struggle with

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2015

    We used the methods in the earlier printing on all 3 of our chil

    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.

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