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On Becoming Babywise: Book II (Parenting Your Pretoddler Five to Twelve Months)

On Becoming Babywise: Book II (Parenting Your Pretoddler Five to Twelve Months)

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by Gary Ezzo

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You are at least five months into your tour of parenting duty by now. The complexity of child-training has begun to come into focus. You have learned that as your baby matures both constant and variable factors continually influence his or her development. What behaviors can and should you expect from your pretoddler? Feeding time for your pretoddler, for example, is


You are at least five months into your tour of parenting duty by now. The complexity of child-training has begun to come into focus. You have learned that as your baby matures both constant and variable factors continually influence his or her development. What behaviors can and should you expect from your pretoddler? Feeding time for your pretoddler, for example, is now more than a response controlled by a sucking reflex. For the pretoddler, mealtime is part of a very complex, conscious interaction between what the child does and what his parents expect him to do. Right and wrong conduct will be encouraged, discouraged, and guided when necessary. In fact, right and wrong patterns of behavior will now be part of your baby's entire day. That's why feeding time, waketime and sleeptime provide wonderful opportunities for training and Babywise Book II will guide you all the way, from the high chair to playpen, from the living room to the back yard. This series teaches the practical side of introducing solids food, managing mealtimes, nap transitions, traveling with your infant, setting reasonable limits while encourage healthy exploration and much more. You will learn how to teach your child to use sign language for basic needs, a tool proven to help stimulate cognitive growth and advance communication. Apply the principles and your friends and relatives will be amazed at the alertness, contentedness and happy disposition of your baby.

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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, Book Two 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very practical and logical. It gives the best advice of any parenting book I've read for this age group. It helps to smoothly transition through your baby's stages so you are not constantly trying to keep up, instead you are helping to lovingly guide your baby. One primary reason that this book so wonderful is the emphasis on consistency, with flexibility and common sense. It is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally we really like applying the Babywise ways with our parenting. Our children have slept through the night from 5 weeks of age on, they take scheduled naps and are very alert during their wake times. In addition to all of that, as new parents we have learned things you don't hear from family. We are able to enjoy dinner as a family every night & we enjoy knowing what to expect our daily lives to be like. Our house is peaceful because of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, as well as the first, are excellent tools in learning to mold your child into a positive, well-adjusted person, not the obnoxious self-centered little brats that are being inflicted on society today by parents who reall don't know any better. Teaching your child to fall asleep on their own, teaching them manners, and disciplining them are all essentials that are sorely being overlooked. Oh, Jesus never hit a child, but the Bible says 'spare the rod, spoil the child' and 'if you deny your child discipline, you contribute and are responsible for his downfall.'
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Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
because of the controversy over this book I opted to buy the summary from ParentsDigest. I was concerned that the views in the book would be very different than my own. I feel that it should be a parents choice whether to lean more towards attachment parenting - this book doesn't allow for that at all. I don't feel the advice in this book is harmful to a child, but I also feel like this book leaves you feeling a bit guilty for disagreeing with the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, and WOW! It gives the parent guidelines on how to teach you pre-toddler and toddler self-control. The first book is not a prerequisite because the author 'reviews' some topics. Other guidelines given to help mom and dad regard playtime activities, common naptime/bedtime problem Q&A's, highchair behavior and discipline (not punishment/abusing your child). There are also 3 appendicies in the back about child language development, baby sign language and potty training tips. This book is a must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It helps to guide you on keeping a schedule that is best for you and your child! Our son is so happy and loves his schedule. It helps him because he knows when things are going to happen and the idea of sign language for him to communicate before he can talk has helped make him such a confident child. He is so happy to be able to communicate. It makes us happy too! I highly recommend this book! We are now ready to get Childwise!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I myself come from a large extended family. Growing up with a lot of younger children around me made transitioning to motherhood much easier. However, I truely believe that this series of books is a must have for a new mother; no matter what your experience level is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the babywise series to be a great help to me. I'm not sure what book other reviewers are reading, but this book is not cold, nor degrading to children. Like anything, you take the information that you can apply to your family and leave the rest. The authors encourage this. They do address teething, cuddling, and definately don't condone child abuse of any kind. My daughter is a well rested, happy, healthy baby. She cries less than alot of others her age, is not underweight in any sense of the word, and we have used some (not all) of the babywise suggestions since she was 4 weeks old. I found this book to have alot of core truths in childrearing. The authors encourage you to guide your child, not constantly discipline them. Again, this book was wonderful in teaching my husband and I how to handle certain situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This reads like a text book. The authors also spend a lot of pages chastising you if you did not buy or follow their earlier book. Absolutely no warmth. There are better books out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't have much in the way of suggestions / useful information for this age range and sleep. I really found the first book helpful but this was vague / fluffy and tended to repeat itself quite a bit. Not well written. Not edited. I found Ferber more useful for my child's issue which was, he'd been sleeping great on the "babywise program" for the first 6 months of life and then he began waking a lot. The book's suggestion about not letting him put his hands in his mouth while feeding babyfood was a good one, not sure why that hadn't occurred to me on my own but it makes for a more pleasant meal and it only took a couple of evenings to get him to stop.
CeeC More than 1 year ago
Based on some recommendations, I looked into this book. They all said that with some common sense BW is a great book. There is a reason that the AAP says not to read this book. What an endangering way to parent. This man knows noting about newborn and infant health and proposes stunting the growth of children so that they are too weak to fight. Even childhood sleep experts (Dr. Ferber) say that under four months children cannot self sooth, they just start injuring their brains from the excessive crying when being left alone hungry and untended to. Ezzo is a preacher who may have good values but does not understand the damage he is doing. And I feel for all the parents and their children who are living an abusive life because of him!
Delanea More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The methods described this book are universally deplored by pediatricians. Ezzo has no technical training, and his publications clearly show his negative attitude toward children. His methods have an appeal to self-involved couples that don't want something minor like a newborn to disrupt their busy lives. Two of my wife's siblings applied this method, and wondered why their children cried all the time. It's because they were starving! No surprise that they had grossly underweight babies. Mine were fed on demand, and were perfectly healthy and not 'little dictators' as the author proposes. One couple recommended this to their anorexic sister-in-law, and now she has a justification to inflict her bizarre food control issues to her now starving newborn. Do your research on Ezzo and feeding on demand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the closest thing to legal abuse of an infant I have ever seen. AAP discourages the use of most of the practices that are encouraged in this book. Go to ezzo . info. Please do your homework on this guy! How selfish of us as parents to deny children the right to eat when they are hungry and to cry themselves to sleep even before they are incapable of rolling over simply for our own comfort. No wonder SIDS is so high! Jesus NEVER hit a child, much less set the stage to intentionally harm them.