Moms on Call Basic Baby Care Paperback – January 1, 2006
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This is the Babywise of the millenial generation. Most pediatricians and medical professionals will tell you crying it out is not developmentally appropriate until babies are at least 4-6 months old. This book says to put your baby in their crib and close the door from 7pm to 7am at three months. Their schedules are unrealistic and putting a TWO WEEK OLD on a schedule is insane. Let babies be babies.
Furthermore, the book is horribly written. It reads like someone copied and pasted a bunch of emails or Word docs together and called it a day.
Please, for the love, do not let your baby cry in distress. Your baby needs you!! And don’t waste your money on this book.
Put into practice, however, I think the method is a bit too dogmatic and certainly not the miracle the authors suggest. We've modified much (following AAP guidance for baby sleeping in our room, rather than in a separate room per MOC; swaddling in a variety of ways; rarely if ever napping in his bassinet), added in recommendations from other sources and friends (feeding every two hours during the day rather than three as suggested by MOC, as a better way to get the baby to sleep through the night) and I'd say my kiddo is doing just fine five weeks in. He’s sleeping in long stretches through the night and eats well – despite being pretty fussy in the evenings.
I suspect, as other reviewers have, that parents who think MOC is a lifesaver have babies that would probably have taken to almost any method.
Ultimately I think MOC is a good reference to have on the shelf, but should be weighed alongside current AAP guidance and other methods that are more flexible in their approach.
I'm a breastfeeding mom who has really struggled with supply and latch so I've seen a few lactation consultants and have now read a ton on breastfeeding. The information given in this book is inaccurate. For example, the book suggests 5-7 feedings for a two to four month old. Nope. Babies 0-6 months typically have 8-12 nursing sessions!
Please note this book was published in 2006 so some of the practices are outdated. The AAP and WHO do not recommend solids before 6 months old. This book talks about solids from 4-6 months. Also, rice cereal is no longer recommended due to possible arsenic in rice. This book suggests cereal.
My takeaway is double check all the information you read here because it is not accurate any longer.
My daughter was six weeks old when we ordered this book and really we bought just for the sleep help. She was waking a lot at night still and practically staying up all day. She only took small naps while being held or in her carrier. I finally realized she was sleep deprived!
What helped us: This book drastically improved my daughters sleep at night. We started the bedtime routine, began to swaddle her even though she seemingly hated swaddling, turned up the white noise machine, and moved her from her bassinet in our room to her crib in her own room. My husband still does semi rock her to sleep before putting her down (which is not recommended), but we try to put her down awake each time. She usually fusses or cries some, even off and on for an hour, but will fall asleep on her own by 10 which is a HUGE improvement for us. We're currently trying to move her bedtime up. For naps, I also found the recommendations for having them in the crib, white noise on, swaddled, etc very helpful.
What I found very challenging: The schedules were very hard for me to keep to- and I actually really like the idea in general. Feedings are scheduled 3 hours apart, and unless your baby naps until the next feeding, you are supposed to try to keep them in their crib as close to the feeding time as possible, which for us meant a lot of CIO. My daughter often woke up 45 mins before her nap was supposed to be over. I a, it against some CIO, but it became very stressful listening to her cry and I often gave up before reaching the next scheduled feeding. I would feel utterly defeated at the end of the day if I'd had to listen to a lot of her crying that day. I also never let her CIO in the middle of the night if she woke up to eat but it was before suggested feeding time. Partly because my husband goes to work the next morning and I would get more sleep if I could feed her and out her back down. Naps overall are very hit and miss for us but she is napping more than she was before I read the book.
Other thoughts: I often felt trapped in a sense by the schedule-when could we leave the house without messing it up? The author also wrote things like feedings should take no longer than 30 minutes for the 4-8 week schedule, but my bedtime feeding could be 45 minutes. No advice was offered around this. I felt like there are a lot of times when more helpful information could have been offered by the authors. Like what to do if, etc...
I think the authors would say this didn't work for me completely because I wasn't consistent enough or didn't follow through with certain aspects. That may be true, but I could only handle so much crying. A lot of other reviewers said you have to find the parts that work for you and use those, and I definitely agree with that. I would buy this again just for the help with the bedtime and night sleep, but it wasn't a miracle worker for all our sleep problems. I no longer feel like a zombie during the day and can usually get my daughter to nap long enough for a short workout and a shower so I'd call that a win!
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The writing is less than eloquent. Advice doesn't seem to add up with the common current advice. Sleeping in the same room until 6 months of age, not beginning baby food until 6 months of age.
I think a level of routine is necessary but I felt blame for not having my 4 month old sleep through the night. There were a few good tips but overall it felt scoldy, and dated. I wish I read the bad reviews, I can't even sell this since it was a Kindle download. Be forewarned