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.
©2007 Gary Ezzo (P)2009 Treasure Publishing
My views of this book are dichotomous.
On one hand, the ideas of the "eat, wake, sleep" cycle and having a parent directed feeding (PDF) schedule made a lot of sense and were easily to implement. I valued the advise about creating a routine and keeping your relationship strong.
On the other hand, I found the ideas is crib training at birth, crying it out, and sleeping through the night at 6 weeks quote troubling and against what my pediatrician, obstetricians, and birth classes all recommended. Not to mention, there were quite a few tangents that seemed to be more personal parental opinion than part of the theory. For instance, the author promoted disposable diapering over cloth stating that it reduces the chance of diaper rash, which is completely false. Modern cloth diapers, if changed regularly, are significantly less likely to produce rash than chemical laden disposable diapers. Most discouraging it the author's continual shaming of anyone who didn't read the book while pregnant, delayed in implementation, or don't agree with them as neglectful parents who don't want what is best for their children.
I am using the parts I agree with and dismissing what I don't. I encourage anyone else who reads it to do the same.
My sister and I had babies within two months of each other. She bought the paperback and I bought the audiobook. It took me nearly seven months to realize I had been RIPPED OFF. The audiobook doesn't even come close to the actual book. Not only does it not include any of the sample schedules for sleeping and feeding, but near as I can tell, the chapters aren't the same at all. This might be worthwhile in paperback and you can get it at a used store for practically nothing, but SKIP THE AUDIOBOOK. It lacks enough detail to be useful.
I've used this book of advice for 3 children now and have felt so empowered by the information in it. I recommend it to all I can as a Mother/Baby nurse and as a Mother!
Get on schedule.
I enjoyed this book as a soon to be mother. I wanted how-to steps on breastfeeding and this outlined them very carefully. I will listen to it again because there is a lot to remember.
Taught us how to give our daughter the best night's sleep.
How to get my child to go to sleep on her own.
Everything. From daily routine to naps to nighttime sleeping.
This book is amazing! We are first time parents and followed this book. It has been a game changer for us. Our daughter picked up quickly on the routine and is an amazing sleeper. She is a super happy baby and I don't doubt it's in large part because she gets such good sleep. Teaching your baby how to self soothe is the way to go! I especially recommend this book for those busy people who need the time to themselves. This book/plan works!
Addicted to Audible since 2009
I have listened to several baby books and overall I have found this one to be the most useful thus far.
Very thankful for the Ezzo's. We had friends point us to this material. They told us (as do the Ezzo's) to be flexible and practice discernment. Don't become a parenting robot... This is a tool that helped us a lot. We look forward to more kids with confidence.
Yes. The book presents itself as offering a parenting philosophy that is mainstream and widely accepted. The philosophy is actually highly controversial. I've no problem with controversy, but it should acknowledge this exists clearly at the beginning.
No. Gary Ezzo and his wife (the reader) are evangelical Christians and have devised a parenting philosophy based on this belief. I don't share the same core beliefs, so would derive limited value.
No. I found the voice rather patronizing to be honest.
Actually, yes. It's encouraged me to research authors on parenting books before I buy in future.
I'm not saying their philosophy of EAT-WAKE-SLEEP routines doesn't work. The friend who recommended this book to me found it worked well for her little boy. However, the danger of any such routine is that the baby doesn't get enough food (particularly with breast feeding when you don't know how much they are actually eating). There's a lot of sites critical of this book. Just google them, and then you can make an informed choice.
This is why professionals should do the reading, it might distract you from great advice that really does work, specially if you are a new parent and need to get some peace of mind and restful sleep. Are you planning to have your first baby? Get this, it will save your life!
This book has saved my sanity! My baby and I are getting better sleep and enjoying wake time more. I've already gifted a copy to a friend who had a baby 2 months after me and I'll be gifting copies to moms going forward.
"I'd like to publiclly apologise to my son"
for even buying this drivel. Finding contradictions between what I have been told by health professionals in regards to breastfeeding and the Ezzos, I have done more research and am so glad I listened to this book after feeding was well established.
My five month old wakes one or two times a night, but there is no way I'd leave him to cry for 35-45 minutes before responding. Beware of any book or schedule that goes against your maternal instincts, they're there for a reason.
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