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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gave me back my life and I have since recommended it to all my new-parent friends and also my patients (I am an acupuncturist). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book and hated this book at times! My first baby struggled to fit into the babywise routine so I became really frustrated. However my second easily does the routine.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have had four children and if you use this book as a guideline along with your mother's (and fathers! ) instinct, it works really well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Priscilla Woolcock
That was the second book I read about sleeping. The first one did not help me as it was just too strikt. this one suited me much more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Super!
When you are sleep deprived, you need quick punchy advice. I found this far to wordy and couldn't be bothered to finish it.Published 10 months ago by MISS C.