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
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!
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.
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I have listened to several baby books and overall I have found this one to be the most useful thus far.
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