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Publisher's Summary

Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Robert Bucknam, MD, and coauthor Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on infant management concepts. In this revised fifth edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach, which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world. For over 20 years, On Becoming Babywise has been the de facto newborn parenting manual for naturally synchronizing your baby's feeding time, wake time, and nighttime sleep cycles, so the whole family can sleep through the night.
In his 26th year as a licensed pediatrician, Dr. Robert Bucknam, MD, along with coauthor Gary Ezzo, demonstrates how order and stability are mutual allies of every newborn's metabolism and how parents can take advantage of these biological propensities. In particular, they note how an infant's body responds to the influences of parental routine or the lack thereof. Early chapters start with explorations of everyday aspects of infant management, such as the three basic elements of daytime activities for newborns: feeding time, wake time, and naptime.
Practical discussions then focus on broad and niche topics including feeding philosophies, baby sleep problems, baby scheduling challenges, nap routines, sleep training multiples, baby sleeping props, colic and reflux and many other dimensions that impact breast feeding schedules, bottle feeding tips, and baby sleep training. Five resource appendices provide additional reference material:

Taking Care of Baby and Mom
A Timeline of What to Expect and When
Baby Sleep Training Problems and Solutions
Monitoring Your Baby's Growth
Healthy Baby Growth Charts

On Becoming Babywise is more than an infant-management concept. It is a mind-set for successful parenthood. It can help any parent develop a plan that meets the needs of both a new baby and the entire family. These principles have worked for millions of parents and, when applied with common sense to your unique situation, can work wonderfully for you, too! Recommended by doctors across the country.
©2017 Hawksflight & Associates, Inc (P)2017 Hawksflight & Associates, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"As a mom, I parented both ways. As a certified lactation educator, I know how discouraging it is to feed a baby around the clock with no apparent advantage and how fatigue will affect her milk supply. I also know how discouraging the first eighteen months of parenting can be without a plan. I know, because with my first child, I did everything the opposite of what is taught in this book. Before my second baby was born, I was introduced to the Babywise concepts. Applying these principles revolutionized my thinking. Instead of being in baby bondage, I was liberated to be the mother God wanted me to be. I have consistently used this series with the women I counsel. These mothers have met with tremendous success, whether bottle or breastfeeding." (Barbara Philips, RN, CLE, Los Angeles, California)
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By Courtney on 05-20-17

Why am I pretending my baby is in an orphanage?

I listened to this book a few weeks before returning to work. My baby didn't wake up too often at night, but he was not sleeping 'through the night.' I implemented the teachings for about a day and a half. It worked. He slept longer than he ever had slept before, a 6 1/2 hour stretch. However, it felt so unnatural and stressful to have a strict schedule and to always put him down for nap in his bassinet. Listening to him cry made me cry. I was confused. I thought to myself "Am I never supposed to hold my baby again?" I love snuggling with him. I decided I could not give that up and went back to what feels natural. After all, he is a baby, not a dog that I am trying to train. It is supposed to be a bit of a burden. He is happier. I am happier. Could I get an hour or so more of sleep if I had kept at it? Probably, but I was afraid that it was going to break the special bond that he and I share. Also, he wakes up so happy, so I have to figure he is getting enough sleep. I am so happy that I went with my gut as a mother.

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By MZ on 05-16-17

A single viewpoint on how to raise a baby

The book starts off and you hear about a PDF plan, but it took nearly the entire book to understand what they heck she was talking about. How exactly is if different? It was hard to explain to a person that didn't read the book. I plan to listen to the book again to fully comprehend the PDF plan, mostly the first few chapters. Reading the book would be better, but that is hard to do while driving, so I will just listen another time.

The book is based on setting up a specific order to a required daily routine, eat, wake time, and then sleep, repeated on the feeding schedule based on age. The concepts in this book are unproven by me, but seem to be how I approach life in general anyway, routine. With a baby coming due soon I am learning the ways, this will give a great perspective to keep in mind. I do know that a relative has been raising their baby going against the concepts in this book and they struggle daily with sleeping/routine.

1 - I may have missed it, but the PDF plan is not clearly described anywhere in the book, it is referenced, but not defined. It takes the entire book to figure out what she is talking about, but by then your brain is confused and you missed numerous parts of the book.
2 - There were numerous points made throughout the book with only a few having data to back them.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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