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On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nightime Sleep - 25th Anniversary Edition 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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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.
- Publisher : Hawksflight & Associates, Inc; Revised & Updated Version edition (January 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 279 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1932740074
- ISBN-13 : 978-1932740073
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
I began reading and immediately became suspicious. Within the first few pages, the author positively bends over backwards to make sweeping statements about marriage, it being between a man and a woman, and that this two parent heteronormative structure is paramount to raising a healthy child. It pities the single parent, claiming that they know they might often “feel left out.”
The author then goes on to criticize common cultural practices regarding feeding in the 1920s, which he associates with “short hair, short skirts, contraceptives, cigarettes, and bottle feeding replacing breastfeeding.”
At this point, I am still waiting for any actual information about feeding or sleeping to replace what is clearly just a MAN pontificating about his personal and misguided views about women and families.
When I finally arrived at a discussion about infants, the book suggested an extremely regimented feeding and sleeping schedule (with feedings far too infrequent for newborns) beginning in the first week of life. I finally wised up and stopped reading. This goes against everything that the American Academy of Pediatrics and obstetricians suggest as the optimal way to care for an infant. Upon further investigation, the book is not written by this pediatrician - it is written by a second author. This man has absolutely no credentials or research to back up his claims except for a very used car dealership style claim of “hundreds of satisfied customers!”
Skip this book by a misogynist individual giving harmful advice to parents just trying to do a good job. His agenda is very clear.
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.
Note: this book advocates sleep training.
Top reviews from other countries
This book was well laid out and fast to read for a parent that doesn’t have much time to sit with a book. It starts with a plan for a newborn, then adapts it based on the age of the child. Wish I’d found this book sooner, but I jumped in with my 6 month old and found it was still very practical; it didn’t matter that I hadn’t started with a newborn.
Its premise is to set up a feeding routine for day and night, which allows alert time then sleep cycles to fall into place naturally -with an acceptable level of crying being normal at sleep times, which is often baby’s way of getting their wiggles out.
I found it way less stressful to start with the feeding routine vs other sleep training I’d done which jumped right into nighttime training. (This is my 3rd baby.). So double thumbs up!
For example, my baby’s naps are never more than 40 minutes. All of their troubleshooting section assumes that your baby is already on their schedule, so if their method doesn’t work...you’re out of luck.
I also found this book very judgemental of anyone who isn’t their version of what a perfect parent should be (especially single parents), follows a different parenting style or whose baby isn’t sleeping through the night by 7-10 weeks (which is ridiculous!). Ugh.
I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on this book.
Der Austausch zu dem, was ich dort gelesen habe und was ich andererseits bei anderen Müttern mitbekomme und was meine Hebamme zu diesen Empfehlungen gesagt hat, hat mich dazu gebracht, das Lesen dieses Buchs einzustellen. Es hat mich mehr verunsichert, als dass es mir geholfen hat.