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On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by [Ezzo, Gary, Bucknam MD, Robert]
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"From a pediatrician's perspective, this is a sigh of welcome relief for sleepless, weary parents." -- DAVID BLANK, M.D. of LONGMONT, CO "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. Word of mouth among our community has helped our practice grow exponentially. --Dr. Jim Pearson, M.D. Johnson City, Tennessee "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." -- Dr. Linda Meloy, M.D. Richmond, Virginia "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." -- Dr. Thomas Gill, M.D., Pediatrician, Johnson City, Tennesee

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Hawksflight & Associates; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
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Friends recommended this book to us, and we agreed to give it a go just to get a good night's sleep. What it did for us was not only to give all 3 of us a complete night's sleep very early on, but also to instill order into our lives. In addition to the sleep benefits, we found our little boy was happy, content and, as he grew older, responded well to direction. As we continued with Babywise, we dealt early on with anti-social behaviours such as whining, and when he got to be a 2 year old, he was a delight - not a terror! We cannot praise Babywise highly enough. Our little boy is now 4, and we have another who is 1 - they are both happy, well-behaved kids. We're so glad we started early on with routine and discipline - they've both responded really well to it.
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I have just logged on to buy this book for a friend, and I am shocked and appalled by the malicious and incorrect reveiws of this book. BabyWise is BRILLIANT, we can't recommend it enough! It has been the major thing that helped us cope with our new born baby. It is not a list of rules, it is advice which requires the parent to use their innitiative on a flexible routine (ie. if you are on a train and your baby is crying and disturbing everyone but its not yet feed time, the answer is to feed it anyway and then when you are home and less stressed get the routine back on track). The reveiwer dated 7 Nov doesn't seem to have a child of their own, but just bears a grudge for some reason and has set up an anti-Ezzo website. The reveiwer dated 5 Oct is I'm afraid to say just a nutter - their comments about Jesus, sins, and using a cane are totally false and I really don't know where they got those from, they are not in this book! You can't tell people not to buy or read a book because you don't like it! It's a free country and people should read it and make up their own mind.
Our daughter is now 15 months old and everyone we meet, and I mean even total strangers, comment on how content and happy she is. We bought the book when she was 5 weeks old and by 11 weeks she was sleeping through the night. The great thing about BabyWise is that the flexible routine helps the parent to plan a bit of the day - if your baby sleeps 10.00 - 12.00 then you can either have a nap too or get some chores done knowing how long you've got. The principles of BabyWise make so much sense, and the flexibility really worked for us.
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Of all the parenting-advice books around, this would not be the one I passed on to other parents.

Ezzo recommends a 'parent-directed' routine which is more flexible than that prescribed by Gina Ford. As such its recommendations can appeal to parents who find her outline too prescriptive, or feel that it simply doesn't 'fit' their baby. The idea of designing a flexible routine around your baby's individual needs is a sound one, but two things to consider before buying: a) Ezzo doesn't really outline how to do this, and b) it differs very little from the structures of other authors (see for e.g. The Baby Whisperer whose Eat Activity Sleep pattern is all but identical). You certainly don't need to read both.

2 key areas are addressed:

Where Ezzo departs from the norm is his attitude to sleep and naptime, as hinted at in the title of the book. He emphasises that it should be the parent, not the child, who decides when naptime begins and ends, and certain rules therefore apply. As such, he recommends that a baby be left to cry themselves to sleep in order to teach them to self-soothe - by no means the only author to recommend such an approach with children, but perhaps unusual, and arguably unwise, in applying it to small babies. At this age a baby may well cry because of hunger, wind, wet nappy etc and simply leaving them to cry themselves to sleep may not always be the best approach.
'Crying it out' is an issue on which parents and experts differ, and this is no place for the debate; however, it is more usually applied to older babies and toddlers, as they develop an awareness that crying may lead to the return of the parent to the room / cuddle / feed etc.
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"On Becoming Babywise, has raised concern among pediatricians because it outlines an infant feeding program that has been associated with failure to thrive (FTT), poor milk supply failure, and involuntary early weaning. A Forsyth Medical Hospital Review Committee, in Winston-Salem N.C., has listed 11 areas in which the program is inadequately supported by conventional medical practice. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County, Calif., stated its concern after physicians called them with reports of dehydration, slow growth and development, and FTT associated with the program. And on Feb. 8, AAP District IV passed a resolution asking the Academy to investigate "Babywise," determine the extent of its effects on infant health and alert its members, other organizations and parents of its findings."
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