For 25 years, On Becoming Babywise has been the de facto newborn parenting manual for naturally synchronizing your baby's feeding time, waketime, and nighttime sleep cycles so the whole family can sleep through the night. In his 28th year as a licensed pediatrician, Dr. Robert Bucknam, 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, waketime, 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 sleeping training. Five resource appendices provide additional reference material:
1. Taking care of baby and mom
2. A timeline of what to expect and when
3. Baby sleep training problems and solutions
4. Monitoring your baby's growth
5. 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.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-09-17
Great concept, difficult for those not on prolonged maternity leave
The feed-diaper-play-sleep concept worked for our baby very well. But the PDF parenting style requires a very committed couple with a prolonged maternity leave to make it happen. The philosophy is also heavily biased on maternal commitment. The book assumes a married mom-dad household. As others pointed out, this no longer is the reality for many couples today.
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By Jessica Shipman on 05-03-18
Great info but biased to traditional families
The book stresses the importance of a mother and a father in the traditional family unit and makes no apologies about it. If you can look past that, the info given on baby's routine is excellent. As a nanny, this is the type of routine I strive for with my charges, and I've seen good success. Some info about car seats is out-dated. always consult a Child Passenger Safety Technician with car seat questions.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful