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On Becoming Baby Wise
On Becoming Baby Wise
Author: Robert Bucknam, Gary Ezzo
ISBN-13: 9780880709095
ISBN-10: 088070909X
Publication Date: 11/1/1995
Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 12
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There is nothing natural about Ezzo's suggestions for parenting. Nothing natural about witholding food and nutrition from an infant when they need it most for growth, and nothing natural about forcing a helpless infant to cry themselves to sleep on their own and witholding the comfort they need. Infants are not manipulative, they are dependant on their parents for all their needs. They are not accessories to be dealt with, they are helpless people reliant on their parents to show them love and compassion to help them grow.
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Ezzo and his CIO methods may seem like a godsend to parents who just want to get some sleep but remember that your hours of unconsciousness are being paid for by your baby or toddler. Young children need to have their emotional and physical needs met - they need to be sure that someone in the world is looking out for them when they can't . This is not accomplished by abandoning them in monitored increments until they give up calling for you.
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This is absolutely the worst parenting book I have ever read. Please, please, please do some research on this book and Ezzo before using any of these techniques. I have a degree in Psychology and truly believe that many of the techniques that Mr. Ezzo teaches in this book can be emotionally damaging to your child. The only worse book I have ever come across is Mr. Ezzo's second parenting book....
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Helpful Score: 8
There is a reason that dozens of copies of this book are languishing here at PBS - it's horrid! There is something *un*natural about a parent who can sit idly by while their baby screams itself to exhaustion. Please read Attachment Parenting by William and Martha Sears - they are on the waitlist here, but it's because people hang on to these excellent books.
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Helpful Score: 7
There is nothing natural about the methods recommended in this book. Wild animals don't even treat their young this cruelly, so humans certainly shouldn't. If you see your crying baby as a problem to be dealt with, this book may be of some use to you. If, however, you see your crying baby as a responsiblity to take care of, avoid it completely. Babies cry for reasons, those reasons need to be addressed, and a babies cannot do that themselves, alone in the dark. Pick your baby up, let him hear your soothing heartbeat, smell your comforting scent and be cocooned in your calming warmth. Read any of the parenting books by Dr. William Sears and you will truly understand how to parent naturally.
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Helpful Score: 6
This book was absolutely HORRIBLE. I would only recommend getting it to see what NOT to do.
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Helpful Score: 5
i read 2 chapters and hated this book, its not for attatchment parenting
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Helpful Score: 4
Whenever I see this book at garage sales or thrift stores I buy it & immediately rip it up & toss it in the garbage. This is the most awful & cruel advice for any parent & sweet innocent baby. It borders on child abuse as far as I am concerned.
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Helpful Score: 4
Ezzo books are really horrible for advocating spanking, crying it out for babies, and many other techniques that are just so horrible. i recommend Dr. Sears instead for loving parents and children.
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Helpful Score: 3
I understand there is a lot of controversy concerning this book. Personaly, I read it and raised 2 healthy, good napping, well fed and happy breast-fed babies with the scheduling advice in this book. (1 who weighed 20 pounds at 6 mo.)This book may not work for everybody. I was not leagalistic with this book. I did what worked for me and disreguarded the rest, as I would suggest anyone do.
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Helpful Score: 3
In case you are considering ordering this book, here is what you can really find inside. I love babywise! It has worked wonderfully for our family. You do not have to worry about Ezzo and Bucknam in any way advocating to leave your child helplessly crying. It's nowhere to be found in the book! It spells out clearly, if baby is crying, investigate and problem solve so that you can do something about it if need be. Use hunger cues, plus the clock, plus parental assessment to determine if it's time to feed the baby. It is also stated multiple times throughout the book, if baby is hungry, FEED HIM. The principles in this book teach you how to help your infant organize his sleep and hunger cycles so that he can a) distinguish night from day and b) when he is old enough, get all of his nutrition during the day so that he can get his much needed sleep at night. Our son sleeps well, eats well, is thriving, very alert while awake, hitting all of the "milestones", and I haven't had any milk supply issues, and our marriage is in tact to boot. When used with wisdom and discernment, the principles in this book have been and will continue to be a very positive guide for many parents!
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Helpful Score: 3
Ezzo books are really horrible for advocating spanking, crying it out for babies, and many other techniques that are just so horrible. i recommend Dr. Sears instead for loving parents and children.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a terrible book. Ezzo's methods are extremely dangerous. Do some web research about Ezzo before you even consider trying his 'training'
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I don't know why so many people dislike this book. How can letting a baby get the sleep they need to function be a bad thing?

*If you feel the need to carry your baby around 24x7, then you won't like the book. He recommends letting them sleep undisturbed. But that is not a reason to hate the man. I don't go around saying baby slings, or the books recommending them are dangerous. He has his opinion, and is allowed to.*

When I nursed like they told me in the hospital my milk supply went down. My daughter would snack and snack, then be hungry again in 30 min.
I did like he said and kept her awake to feed for half an hour, play for a while, then she would sleep well for about 2 hours or so and be ready to eat again. After that my milk supply was abundant, and I had a nice, fat (healthy) happy baby!
Nothing in this book is harmful!
He doesn't say to neglect your child, or not check on them. Perhaps people are reading out of context?
My girls are now 10 and 12. We are homeschoolers. They are very attached to me and my husband. Not warped or in any way damaged because I let them get on a natural schedule just the way Gary Ezzo suggested. In fact, both of them are very good sleepers, probably get better sleep than I do!
Cara
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Ezzo is out of touch and out of date in his thinking. I think this book is dangerous and puts baby at risk for SIDs.
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this is the most dangerous parenting book out there. it is NOT good for your infant at all.
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I am a pediatric nurse with 10 years of experience both in hospital and primary care peds, a breastfeeding mom of a 6 month old,and a Christian. I say this because qualifications on advice matter. Gary Ezzo, the author of this book, has none besides one degree in theology, and the "co-author," Robert Bucknam, apparently only wrote the forward, and that while he was still in training. The information in this book is opinion, pure and simple, and the advice is benignly wrong in some places and dangerously wrong in others.

All quotes and references come from the 2006 edition of the book.

The book is built around 2 main logical fallacies. The "straw man" fallacy of 2 fictional babies that drive the text (pg. 18), and the either-or fallacy of Ezzo vs. everyone else. The language is extreme (Ezzo's way gives "bliss," while ignoring his advice brings "chaos"), and the supposed consequences of not following his advice are designed to promote fear (ADHD- pg.54, loss of milk supply- pg. 58, ruined marriage- pg. 22, obesity- pg. 140, academic failure- pg. 141... the list goes on.). Most of the claims have no citations, those that do often cite things like 20/20 specials, and the few actual research studies referenced are often out of date, made up by the author himself and unpublished, or misinterpreted to fit the claims of the book.

The underlying concept of the book is that parents must teach their children from day one that they are not the center of the universe, doing so by "shaping their hunger cycles" (pg. 30) and teaching them "delayed gratification" in the form of leaving them to cry, especially at nap time (pg. 140, for example). Healthy indicators of infant development are misinterpreted as pathological, the most obvious example of which is teaching that the behavior associated with a normal "separation anxiety" phase is a sign of unhealthy attachment.

While Ezzo does say to feed the baby if he is hungry sooner than the book's 2 1/2 hour minimum, he also repeats frequent warnings such as "do not deviate so often as to establish a new routine" (pg. 116). His breastfeeding advice on foremilk vs. hindmilk and "snacking" is completely incorrect physiologically. He clearly knows that educated, certified lactation consultants will disagree with him, because he issues a warning to boycott and warn others away from a consultant who tells you differently from his book (pg. 100-101). His pronouncement that NICUs are on a 3-hour feeding schedule, thust preventing Failure to Thrive (pg. 97)is so wrong that it's scary.

Most of his advice is bad, in large part, because it is developmentally inappropriate. Infants aren't capable of learning delayed gratification, but they are capable of learning that their cries go unanswered. Many infants who give up crying on this system, "flexible" though it says it is, have gone on to refuse feeds altogether, having given up hope that their cries will be answered. Hundreds of cases of Failure to Thrive have been reported around the country, where parents were following Ezzo's advice. Unsurprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued warnings regarding scheduled feedings in general and dehydration associated with "Babywise" specifically since they organized a review board in 1998 to address the concerns of pediatricians.

I could go on. This book scares me as a nurse, and it scares me as a parent. Do your research. Look at what experts have to say. Think critically in terms of who is telling you something and what kind of education they have. Just because a book is popular doesn't make it a good resource.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's common for mothers following this method to lose their milk supply because it is not natural for babies to be sleeping through the night at such a young age as the book encourages. True, many parents have what they think is immediate success, but it is short-term. Infants need to learn that when they cry, their needs will be met; crying is their only way to communicate. By ignoring their cries parents teach their babies to give up, that nobody will help them. These children grow up lacking trust in their parents, and trust in general. I was given this book as a gift when I was pregnant and was so horrified after reading it - it sounded like child abuse to me - that I went online to find alternatives. I was thrilled to find Attachment Parenting (in addition to websites and books available on this topic, many communities have local chapters with playgroups and support meetings; I've met some of my best friends through my local group!). Parenting is a joy when you avoid methods that promise you "convenience", and instead help you build a strong bond with your children.
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This is the most dangerous "parenting" book on the market today. Please, please, do your research on this author. Parenting is the most important job you will ever have; make sure you take your advice from someone who is qualified, from someone who cares about children, and from someone who has actual facts to back up his advice. There is plenty of information on Ezzo available online if you only do a search of his name (not sure if I'm allowed to put websites in my reviews.) I don't know how to word this more strongly, or I would.
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I sometimes wonder if there's a connection between the things we do to infants and the state of society today ... How can it be right to isolate a tiny infant who is only trying to have its needs met in the only way in which it can communicate - by crying? If I were immobile and helpless and cried out for help - how would I feel if no one came? I guess I would fall asleep from the exhaustion of trying to get help, too. Just a thought about this method ....
How many of us as grown ups have "routines" that are set in stone and don't vary from day to day? I know I surely don't! Why do we think infants need that much routine? Why do we think WE need that much routine?
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If you love your children, don't read this book. There are so many better, more loving methods out there than this. Oneor two of his ideas may be sound, buy why weed through all the bad advice when there are books out there with 100% good advice? Most of the advice in this book is damaging to children.
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At best it might work for an already tightly scheduled family combined with a relaxed easy going baby. I am anything but scheduled and all my children are high strung. It was completely impractical to implement. It would have required that both my children and I become people we are not created to be.
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I have three children and this is one of the books I've consistently returned to with each baby. It has excellent advice for fostering healthy sleep habits in young babies. But if you read this book, don't follow its advice until the baby is about 2 months old. The book encourages a certain program to start WAY TOO YOUNG and it only adds to frustration of parents of newborns. You can't spoil a newborn. With my third, I just relaxed and followed the baby's lead until around 2 months then started using the Baby Wise method. Buy it, but don't become a slave to it like I did with my first. Take what works and leave the rest.
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I loved this book! It really helped me. By using the guidelines in the book, my baby was sleeping through the night (10 pm - 5 am) at six weeks! I nursed my baby and it was so great to get those uninturrupted hours of sleep again. The book recommends using a routine to get your baby used to eating, playing, then sleeping, in that order. You teach your baby how to go to sleep on their own, when it's time to go to sleep. My baby woke up happy and contented when it was time to wake up. It does take time and effort to use the principles in this book, but I think it was well worth it and I highly recommend it.
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It seems like people either love this book or they hate it! I learned from it, but wouldn't be comfortable recomending it without some balance.
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This book was very helpful to me as a new Mom who was very nervous about having a child since I had not really even babysat children while growing up. I felt my "motherly instinct" was absent. For me, the message in this book was like following a recipe. It was definitely not the easy way nor did it seem natural at times. However, just because something isn't easy and natural doesn't mean that it is necessarily wrong. If I had not had this book I think my children (now 14, 12, and 6) would have suffered greatly as a result of having a sleep-depraved bitter Mom! as well as being sleep deprived themselves. Sleep is very important not only for physical health, and development, but for emotional, and mental as well. I also highly agree with the idea they suggest in later books for toddlers regarding freedoms and responsibilities. Don't give out freedoms before they are able to handle them, it is much easier to withhold them until a later date than take them away if given too soon. No baby proofing- try training instead.
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The book has some good information and general thoughts on getting a child to sleep through the night. However, it is extremely one sided and on the harsh side. Ultimately, the authors place way too much emphasis the long term effects of in a person based on the feeding and sleep methods the parents employ the first year. If you are a new parent, don't be driven to harshly by the direction in this book or many contrasting books dealing with the family bed. Both have statistics "proving" the opposing view will ruin your child. However, the basic theme of when and when not to comfort or sleep with a child is a valuable contrast to the family bed books and it has some very valid points.
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I am a pediatric nurse with 10 years of experience both in hospital and primary care peds, a breastfeeding mom of a 6 month old,and a Christian. I say this because qualifications on advice matter. Gary Ezzo, the author of this book, has none besides one degree in theology, and the "co-author," Robert Bucknam, apparently only wrote the forward, and that while he was still in training. The information in this book is opinion, pure and simple, and the advice is benignly wrong in some places and dangerously wrong in others.

All quotes and references come from the 2006 edition of the book.

The book is built around 2 main logical fallacies. The "straw man" fallacy of 2 fictional babies that drive the text (pg. 18), and the either-or fallacy of Ezzo vs. everyone else. The language is extreme (Ezzo's way gives "bliss," while ignoring his advice brings "chaos"), and the supposed consequences of not following his advice are designed to promote fear (ADHD- pg.54, loss of milk supply- pg. 58, ruined marriage- pg. 22, obesity- pg. 140, academic failure- pg. 141... the list goes on.). Most of the claims have no citations, those that do often cite things like 20/20 specials, and the few actual research studies referenced are often out of date, made up by the author himself and unpublished, or misinterpreted to fit the claims of the book.

The underlying concept of the book is that parents must teach their children from day one that they are not the center of the universe, doing so by "shaping their hunger cycles" (pg. 30) and teaching them "delayed gratification" in the form of leaving them to cry, especially at nap time (pg. 140, for example). Healthy indicators of infant development are misinterpreted as pathological, the most obvious example of which is teaching that the behavior associated with a normal "separation anxiety" phase is a sign of unhealthy attachment.

While Ezzo does say to feed the baby if he is hungry sooner than the book's 2 1/2 hour minimum, he also repeats frequent warnings such as "do not deviate so often as to establish a new routine" (pg. 116). His breastfeeding advice on foremilk vs. hindmilk and "snacking" is completely incorrect physiologically. He clearly knows that educated, certified lactation consultants will disagree with him, because he issues a warning to boycott and warn others away from a consultant who tells you differently from his book (pg. 100-101). His pronouncement that NICUs are on a 3-hour feeding schedule, thust preventing Failure to Thrive (pg. 97)is so wrong that it's scary.

Most of his advice is bad, in large part, because it is developmentally inappropriate. Infants aren't capable of learning delayed gratification, but they are capable of learning that their cries go unanswered. Many infants who give up crying on this system, "flexible" though it says it is, have gone on to refuse feeds altogether, having given up hope that their cries will be answered. Hundreds of cases of Failure to Thrive have been reported around the country, where parents were following Ezzo's advice. Unsurprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued warnings regarding scheduled feedings in general and dehydration associated with "Babywise" specifically since they organized a review board in 1998 to address the concerns of pediatricians.

I could go on. This book scares me as a nurse, and it scares me as a parent. Do your research. Look at what experts have to say. Think critically in terms of who is telling you something and what kind of education they have. Just because a book is popular doesn't make it a good resource.
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One of the worst parenting books on the market. Please, please do not follow this man's advice. He has no training and no credentials. Has a strong possibility of harming a nursing relationship and creating false guilt with new parents.

For much more information on Mr. Ezzo and his "expertise" check out http://www.ezzo.info. That which is good in Babywise is not unique and that which is unique is NOT GOOD!
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This book has received much criticism for its supposed link to failure-to-thrive babies and slow weight gain. However, the ideas presented in this book are sensible and if parents who choose to employ the methods of BabyWise will do so with common sense and use their God-given intuition as parents, then they will be just fine. My husband and I are applying some of the methods talked about in the book with our daughter. She's three months old and was premature. She is now doing just fine; is on a very regular eating schedule and is starting to sleep through the night. I tell people that I "demand feed on a schedule." I feed her when she's hungry but I also take into account the amount of time that has gone by and the other possible reasons she could be crying other than hunger. I repeat, you MUST use COMMON SENSE with this as with any other book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an alternative to sleep deprivation. :)The only reason I'm posting it here is because I have two copies!
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that the methods in this book are dangerous for babies. Leaving an infant to cry it out is absolutely uncalled for. This book will try to convince you that if you do not let your baby cry it out, or if you feed the child when he or she is hungry, that you are both doomed and you will have a terror of a child on your hands. This man is evil.
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This really helped me develop a routine that worked for my baby. I didn't agree with everything, but there's a lot of useful information for 1st time parents.
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This book is sad. It is full of parenting mistruths. I am sure there are bits and peices that are useful, but they are hard to find between all the glaring falsities.
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While you might not agree with everything in this book, the idea of putting your child on a routine is perfect. As a new mother I had NO idea what to do - every time my son cried I fed him - this book helped me to realize that he needed structure during his day.

The order of eat, plan and then sleep also helped my son take better naps and sleep through the night much earlier than expected.

Remember, you can still follow these guidelines even if you don't want ot let your child "cry it out."
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Ezzo and his CIO methods may seem like a godsend to parents who just want to get some sleep but remember that your hours of unconsciousness are being paid for by your baby or toddler. Young children need to have their emotional and physical needs met - they need to be sure that someone in the world is looking out for them when they can't . This is not accomplished by abandoning them in monitored increments until they give up calling for you.
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It's a worthwhile read even if you do not implement the program. Three of my friends used it extremely successfully.
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I've read that this edition of Babywise has corrected much of the dangerous information in the previous books. The message in this one came across to me as a guideline versus a rule. I agreed with a lot about what he said and of course it's hard not to agree with the goal of this book - have an infant with a predictable schedule who sleeps as long as possible at night. I found it interesting and had some information that was good to keep in mind but didn't follow it exactly. The book was recommended to me by both my childbirth nurse who had used it with her 3 children and my OB.
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Great ideas in this book. You definitely have to follow them loosely and listen to your parental instincts. I agree with the CIO method, but only for a short period of time (15 min). Wouldn't let my 7 week old cry for that long. But the eat, wake/play, sleep is a brilliant idea. Would recommend to a friend.
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I know that it is not recommended that we summarize our experience, but i must make an exception with this book.

I have a friend who fostered more than 50 babies. Some of them had been exposed to drugs, others, alcohol, and neglectful parents. I had just taken a baby who had been neglected and she recommend the book because I was having such a difficult time. What a lifesaver this book was for me and the baby.

This book certainly had it's controversy but when a mom, dad or whole family is stressed by a new baby, this could be the answer for you. This time in baby's life should be a blessing to a family.

My friend managed to get all her babies to sleep through the night. What a blessing for the parent or caretaker when they got the child back. And my baby got on a schedule and became a joy.

Btw, I had to split the portions in half and double the schedule at first and then I went to the schedule in the book.
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I spent the first three weeks of my baby's life following the "babies know what they need" philosophy. I implemented cue feeding and let my baby decided when to sleep, eat, and wake up. My baby's sleeping and eating habits became increasingly random and chaotic. Finally, one day my baby stayed awake for 11 straight hours--not crying all the time, but wide awake. That episode convinced me that my baby really did not know what was best.

We made a radical shift and implemented Babywise whole hog. Almost instantly, my baby took to the system like a duck to water. My baby needed some structure and guidance. My baby is now a happy, contented little one who goes to sleep smiling and wakes up cooing. My baby never has to cry for food. As far as thriving goes, my baby is practically outgrowing the growth charts.

I can't say this book will work for every baby, but I also think it should not be condemned outright. Some say that parent-directed feeding is just for the parents' convenience and not for the baby's best interests. Isn't it in my baby's best interests to sleep soundly at night, to know that she will be fed immediately when she awakes, to get full feedings, and to be happy and content when awake?
Reviewer: Belle Gardner
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Good advice . . . not always easy to apply, but good to keep in mind : )
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After 2 weeks of following the suggestions in this book, my baby had lost weight and was not sleeping at all. We went to the pediatrician and mentioned something the book said and he asked what book. When I told him, he became VERY adament that we throw the book away as he believed that the methods bordered on abuse/neglect and if we did not reassure him that we would stop following it's instruction immediately, he would no longer be our pediatrician. I began looking at info on the website and found that several babies had died as a result of parents neglecting them when following the methods in this book. I felt so terrible about what we had put our new baby through for 2 weeks, he had truly been starving! Like all the other reviews, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS BOOK! Your pediatrian is your best resource for issues, concerns, or questions about parenting and such or contact your local school district and inquire about the Parents as Teachers program which is also a great resource. They can connect you with other parents of children your child's age which can become a great support system. This book should be banned!
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What books changed my life? This is one of the three I would say are at the top of the list. A helpful book about getting your and your baby's on a schedule - so everybody knows what happens next. Result? Mom & Baby are both rested and happy! Great book.
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I would give this book 5 stars. My baby slept consistently for 5-6 hours straight at night around 7 weeks. I nursed on a schedule but did not let the clock dictate like he suggests. My baby was happy, healthy and I never had an issue with my milk supply (and I nursed until my son was 12 1/2 months). If you plan to parent using the attachment method, then do not bother reading this book because it will go against what you want to do. But for those of us looking to have some predictability and routine (both of which are good for babies too), I would highly recommend this book. Another reviewer suggested waiting until your baby was 2 months before implementing the suggested schedule. My thoughts (which are suggested in the book) are to focus on getting your baby to eat until he/she is full at each nursing session for the first couple weeks. It's difficult enough to keep them awake at this stage so trying too much too soon can be overwhelming. A very helpful book and one I will be using again soon when baby #2 is born.
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I really enjoyed this book on helping baby sleep through the night. I would recommend this book to all new parents.
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A how-to guide on getting your newborn to sleep through the night. Informative and easy-to-read.
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Used this method with our first, but mellowed out more by the second! Our first still sleeps about 10 hours at night (in his own bed), so there's something to it...
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As a mother of five children of varying ages I feel that this book incorporates a lot of common sense things that unfortunately many have forgotten in this day and age of child centered families. Not everything in this book is perfect but not every book is a perfect fit for every child. Children differ and as part of that we as parents need to take that into account with each child. Overall though this book gives a lot of good advice and definitely lots to think about.
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The philosophy behind this book is harmful to both parents and baby. The more attached and bonded children are as infants and toddlers, the more independent they can become as they grow older. I'm speaking as the mother of 3 children, now aged 21, 16 and 12 - and very mature and independent individuals who had the security they needed during those formative years of birth through age 3. I recommend reading Tine Thevenin's book, The Family Bed, and any book by Dr. William Sears. Remember - think for yourselves - what do your instincts tell you?
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I raise my children using Ezzo's methods and EVERYONE says my children are the most well-bahaved kids they have ever encountered. This isn't the easiest style of parenting to adapt to but the pay-off is immense. Highly recommended!!!
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A great resource for new parents!
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I really like this book. I used parts and pieces of it with my son and he sleeps through the night and takes at least one nap a day.
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Sleep In Heavenly Peace.

Every mom and dad who has welcomed a child into the world understands the longing to ifnd a way to teach their baby to sleep contentedly and continually, so both parents can enjoy quiet nights filled with peaceful sleep.
Now moms and dads need look no further than Babywise: the exciting infant management plan that successfully and naturally trains children to sleep through the night before the age of 8 weeks.
Find out what tens of thousands of grateful parents have already learned. Discover the positive prescription for curing sleepless nights and fussy babies--recommended by doctors across the country--in Babywise.

-from the back cover of book
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Although this book is controversial, I found it to be very helpful as a new mom. It helps to establish routines in the life of your baby. They seem to just fall into the pattern as you begin to establish the routine of feeding-playtime-sleeping. It keeps you from the rut of your child needing to be fed and rocked to get to sleep. My babies started sleeping through the night by about 9 - 12 weeks. My children thrived with a flexible schedule. I made wonderful bonds with my babies and we were all better off with it.
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This book saved my life! It is a straightforward manual on how to do it right the first time! Excellent choice for a new parent or one who is fed up that a baby is running their lives!
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This books is phenomenal. I tried it and it worked like a charm. Everyone I know that has tried this method has been successful. A must-read.
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Ezzo is out of touch and out of date in his thinking. I think this book is dangerous and puts baby at risk for SIDs.
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This book is dangerous! BAD parenting advice!!! It encourages parents to separate themselves from their children.
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I followed this advice, modifying a little for my family, and my children became a great sleepers, sleeping through the night in the first 2 months!
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Not my cup of tea, but may work for others!
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I followed this book after bringing home my newborn and we have never really dealt with any sleep issues. Offers excellent advise on how to get your baby to sleep through the night and, in later years, how to deal with other sleep problems. Excellent!
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I did a lot of the things the author suggested, though not all. 2 Years later, I have a well adjusted child who sleeps through the night and almost never gives me problems about naps and bedtimes. As an infant, the scheduled feeding advice saved my sanity.
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This book is invaluable to new parents - and if it's been awhile since you've had an infant in your home; I read it with both of my kids who are five years apart and both were sleeping through the night by 6 weeks - just in time for me to get a full nights sleep when I was returning to work!
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Very helpful book.
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This book helped me cope with my high needs infant.
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Most people either love or hate this book and we love it. We've easily trained six children to sleep 10-12 hours every night by 12 weeks of age.
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Not my style, but many parents swear by this method.
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this book was very enlightning. I used it for all three of my boys.
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Although no parenting book is going to suit any one person 100% of the time, this book offered great tips for common sense parenting. Using the methods given, we had all 3 kids sleeping through the night by 3 months of age. All 3 were very different personalities, but all did well with the methods described and are now happy and healthy growing children.
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I have never actually read this book because I was warned to stay away. There are very unhealthy suggestions in this book---I must advise to use Baby411 as it is THE golden book for everything a new parent should know. Try that one instead.