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On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep Paperback – January 24, 2017
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"Babywise provides sound parenting advise and common sense pediatric care to many parents who are confused, frustrated, and downright sleep deprived. As a pediatrician and father of four, my wife and I routinely receive positive feedback regarding our children's behavior and sleep habits.
"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."
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28 year Pediatrician Robert Bucknam, M.D. has directed 5 revisions of his #1 best selling baby sleep guide since the early 1990s when it was released. The first version had 160 pages and today's edition contains 279 pages as Babywise has been refined and supported by more doctors and pediatricians over its incredible 25 years on the market. Today, with more than 5 million copies sold in its best selling series, Babywise is gaining momentum now translated into 20 languages around the world.
The best evaluation of any parenting philosophy, including Babywise, is not found in the reasoning or the logic of the hypothesis. End results speak clearly. Let your eyes confirm what works and what doesn't. You will be most confident in your parenting when you see the desired results lived out in other families.
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Yes, having a baby changes your life. No, having a baby doesn't mean you have to be miserable, sleep-deprived, showerless, and disconnected from your spouse. Babywise is a precious tool to help your children thrive and you enjoy parenthood (and non-parenthood things too!).
Babywise recommends full feeds on eat-wake-sleep cycles. Doing full feeds means that baby will naturally go longer, more predictable stretches between nursing sessions. Separating nursing from sleep breaks that difficult eat-to-sleep association, meaning baby can more easily learn to fall asleep independently. Maintaining predictable cycles during the day helps baby get enough daytime calories in and save the longer stretches of sleep for overnight, which ultimately work together to lead to him sleeping through the night. Age-appropriate waketime between nursing and naps makes so baby isn't over- or -undertired, so he can fall asleep easily and take full naps. Baby sleeps in his own bed independently instead of commandeering the parents'. The whole philosophy works together and just plain makes sense. :)
Let's clear up some misconceptions:
-Babywise doesn't lead to failure to thrive or death. Babywise isn't condemned by the AAP. It clearly says to feed a hungry baby, to ensure the recommended daily number of feedings, to watch baby's hunger cues and never go strictly off the clock, etc. The full AAP release on the book states the AAP doesn't take a position for or against it and quotes multiple doctors on both sides of the issue.
-Babywise isn't CIO. It is just an approach to baby's eating and sleeping routines. It is pro-independent sleep but actually doesn't advocate CIO or a specific sleep training method (or sleep training at all). Some moms who do Babywise also choose to sleep train but those are separate issues. Don't let uncertainty about or opposition to CIO keep you from this resource.
-Babywise isn't incompatible with breastfeeding. I have many friends who have nursed and done Babywise, including extended nursing. I nursed twins for more than two years, doing Babywise the entire time. Science and anecdote are both on Babywise's side.
I am thankful literally every single day that a friend introduced me to Babywise while I was pregnant. Please read this amazing book!
This book basically suggests that you feed your baby *before* she starts showing hunger signs by anticipating exactly when they will get hungry. If they want more food at a different time, feed them again.. no problem. This book helped us establish a great schedule based on a pattern common to most babies and then we could always add more feedings whenever.