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On Becoming Babywise: Book II Parenting Your Pre-Toddler 5 to 15 Months Paperback – November 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Parent-Wise Solutions (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971453217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971453210
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"As an Asian and America-trained pediatrician, I know the principles of Babywise 11 work cross-culturally.  Here is a resource that will help parents guide their babies with confidence and success through the three major transitions of the first year -- feeding time, wake time, and sleep time.  From experience with my two sons, my daughter, and countless number of patients, I can enthusiastically recommend all the Babywise books as must reads for competent parenting."
      --- Saphry-May Liauw, M.D., M.S. (Pharm),    Jakarta, Indonesia

As a practicing pediatric neurologist, husband, and father, I fully endorse and highly recommend Babywise 11.  The principles found in this book are immensely practical and universally applicable.  If the principles of structure and routine found in this resource were widely applied in the early months and years as they should be, I would see far fewer patients over the age of two with behavioral deficiencies and neurologic challenges.  
                         --- Robert P. Turner, M.D. of Richmond, Virginia

As a Babywise pediatrician, every newborn baby is a challenge and excitement to me, because I know I can help them with their moral behaviors as well as their physical well-being.  Babywise 2 enables me to contribute to the structure and behavior of children, which is much needed in our society.  This wonderful, practical, and effective book is an invaluable asset to my practice, since no other medical textbook strikes so deeply into the basic needs in life.
          -- Peter Y. S. Kim, M.D.  of Valencia, California
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

This is truly an amazing and exciting phase of a baby's life, in part because babies achieve a level of alertness in which they begin to intentionally interact with people, places, and things that make up their developing world.  This is also a time of great cognitive expansion when Baby purposefully begins to make, literally, "baby decisions" from which learning patterns begin to take shape.  Correspondingly, it is a time when Moms and Dad's actions and reactions profoundly impact those "baby decisions."  This is why parenting in the second half of the first year moves out of the category of wonderfully-simple to challenging and complex.
In On Becoming Babywise 11, we connect all the dots between the passive world of infancy and the multiplicity of growth factors emerging during the second six months of life.  The more parents understand the multifaceted babyhood transitions, the more confident they become in managing their baby's unfolding world.
As a pediatrician for the last 26 years, the healthy growth of children is the central concern of my practice.  In On Becoming Babywise 11, we want to help you with this challenge of growing healthy children emotionally, physically, morally, and cognitively.  Enjoy the journey!
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder and director of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado where he resides with his wife, Gayle, and their four sons. He has served thousands of parents in Colorado for the last 26 years as their Pediatrician. With a targeted interest in preterm and high-risk newborns, Dr. Bucknam's opinions are highly respected within the pediatric community; He has expanded his practice into multiple hospitals in the area where he works closely with 37 licensed Pediatricians. Dr. Bucknam's work on Parent Directed Feeding is being utilized by 6 million parents worldwide in 16 languages. Stay connected to his further findings on Twitter @_wisebooks and online at babywisebooks.com

Customer Reviews

Great book with good advice.
Sue Z.
Babies should not be subjected to rigid sleeping or feeding schedules because this is more convenient to the parents.
Paula Rucker
They really help new parents get your baby on a good schedule.

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421 of 470 people found the following review helpful By Meghann on May 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
The negative reviews written on this board making claims of malnutirition, breastfeeding problems, and attachment disorders are almost comical! As with any parenting book (or most informative books in general for that matter), Ezzo's "On Becoming Baby Wise" should be taken with a grain of salt. Most sensible readers should have the ability to pick up on the idea that this book is simply a GUIDELINE for new parents on real issues such as creating feeding and sleeping habits, communication, potty training, discipline etc. The book has a very good grasp on parent-centered vs. child-centered parenting and offers solutions that really work to the problems facing most new parents. Before reading this book, I fed my daughter on demand, she slept when she wanted, and seemed to cry all of the time. She was eating for 2 minutes, falling asleep for 10, and waking up hungry again. I was exhausted. At four weeks, when I transitioned her onto the Baby Wise schedule, not only did she develope a managable (and healthier) feeding schedule, she was sleeping through the night in two weeks, and was a much happier baby overall.
Now, three years later, I am reading and following the advice from "Child Wise" (the third book of the series) and my daughter is an absolute joy to be around. She is healthy, developmentally advanced, well-mannered, obedient and happy. I don't agonize over taking her to public places for fear of embarassment, my friends and family call ME to babysit her, and I regularly receive compliments on how well-behaved and enjoyable she is.
Did I follow everything in Ezzo's book to a T? No. But do I give it as a gift with confidence to every new mother as a practical guide for child care and management? ABSOLUTELY!!
Again, taking ANYTHING to an extreme can be dangerous. But taking this book for what it's worth without nit-picking the verbiage to pieces will probably save most new parents from a lot of sleepless nights and headaches.
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194 of 229 people found the following review helpful By History_of_Art_Geek on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
On Becoming Babywise, Mr. Ezzo's first book, was an invaluable resource to me when my son was an infant. William thrived on the Babywise method, and was sleeping eight hours a night, at eight-weeks to the day. I believe he is a happy, healthy little boy in part, because I followed Ezzo's advice. Naturally, I picked up Babywise II when he progressed to the next stage. Short and easy to read, this book is also affordable.
On Becoming Babywise II was written with the intent of guiding parents through the pre-toddler phase, 5 to 15 months of age. Best received by advocates of the first book, as the foundation for routine is already established. The text of this book concentrates on behavioral training and feeding.
Chapter 3 - Mealtime Activities
This section focuses on the essentials of feeding a pre-toddler. There are complete instructions on introducing solids, making your own baby food, finger foods, snacks, and weaning. I found this chapter to be extremely helpful.
Chapter 4 - Highchair Manners
Mr. Ezzo concentrates on mealtime training in this chapter, since children spend hours a week in their highchair, and the self-control learned to properly handle food, is the same self-control needed for life outside the kitchen. I quickly realized baby hands were an issue when my son began solid foods. Following Ezzo's advice, I held his hands underneath the highchair tray with one hand, and fed him with the other. In a few short weeks, he understood, his hands went on his lap when eating, and when they strayed, a simple reminder was all it took. This is an example of the practical advice presented in this chapter!
Chapter 4 - Highchair Manners
I strongly disagree with the author's recommendation when correcting undesirable behavior.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Johnson on December 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
Babywise was recommended to me by a mother that was very satisfied with its results. My daughter is 14 months old now, and we are very pleased with the results from the methods described in the book. A key to interpretting this book (and the previous "On Becoming Babywise") is to not be too rigid and use your own common sense. When I started using his principles I was unsure of what I was suppose to be doing in regards to naps and sleeping for my infant. But if you just give it some time I think you will find the book very helpful. It helped me to distinguish when my child needed to eat and sleep. Just because a baby is crying does not mean that the baby is hungry. Prior to reading the first babywise book, I was frustrated with nursing almost non-stop all day. After establishing a schedule as instructed by Ezzo, me, my husband, and my child were much happier. There are some things in Ezzo's book that I don't use, simply because they do not fit into our lifestyle (we have a playpen, but don't use it for structured playtime). I love the Babywise series and recommend it to all of my friends that have children.
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78 of 94 people found the following review helpful By "emailval" on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used Babywise and Babywise II for my infant and recommend it to my friends as a guideline. I warn my friends that it is rigid and assumes children are inherently inclined to be bad and must be trained otherwise. I vehemently disagree. Although I still recommend these books to get some good ideas on structure and routine, my number one parenting resource is Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelson, particularly the birth to three years book, as that is what applies to us now. Instead of demanding obedience through conditioning and wielding heavy authority, it explains how to truly teach your children in a loving and non-punitive way while still being firm. Where did we get the idea that to make children behave better they have to feel worse about their current behavior? I consider myself a pretty strict parent, as Babywise advocates, but providing my children with the same respect I demand for myself is of the upmost importance. Ezzo gives me the impression that the goal is to get the child to answer "how high?" when I say jump. Of course I want my children to be well behaved, but I feel this comes naturally through modeling respect, teaching through natural and logical consequences, and providing responsibility within the family unit. Ezzo may think that anything less than total control is permissive, but I argue that well-behaved children are taught kindly and firmly to see the consequences of their actions, not simply trained to obey. Although he says that the goal is ultimately self control of the child, I feel that it is arrived at through conditioning, like one would a dog, not real teaching and respect.
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