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This book needs a good editor. It may have five-star content (won’t know till I try it), but I’d give it one star for the organization (hence the average 3 stars I’m listing). I don’t understand the raving reviews and frequent suggestions. I have a hard time understanding this book because the ordering of topics seems super scatterbrained. For example, a few chapters in, even after reading about all the supposed benefits of Parent-Directed Feeding, I still had no idea what that term entails. Als ...more
Too structured for me to want to try. It’s mostly a matter of philosophy. I’d rather err more on following baby’s cues. One good tip I will follow is to make every feed a full feed, instead of snacking - doing this has already promoted longer, more restorative naps.
The early chapters feel limited to traditional mother-father families, but I thought this was really helpful in getting into the right mindset. I quickly suggested my husband also read it so that we could be on the same page with the baby’s schedule, etc.
Great advice, poor organization. I’ve tried to go back and reference things but the book is difficult to navigate when you’re in a pinch. Also, while the majority of the Babywise method works for my family, I can see how some of this information could be controversial or come across as “mom-shaming”.
Wanted to like it because Dr. Bucknam was my pediatrician! Good general information about scheduling your day, feedings, etc. But I feel like there are a lot of flaws in the ideas-what if my baby didn’t feed in that prescribed manner due to nursing struggles? What do you do when baby has short naps and you can’t follow the perfect “wake-feed-play-sleep” pattern (which doesn’t quite make sense since you won’t be doing that overnight). They make it sound like babies so easily merge their feedings, ...more
Writing tone is a little pretentious, especially the first couple chapters. Info is useful for first-time parents who are sleep-deprived and looking for answers. Some of the tips/info provided were quite vague - e.g. abnormal vs normal crying behavior. Spouse and I both read this book (rather quickly out of desperation) and decided we would adapt certain aspects of the sleep schedule that would work for our baby - authors should emphasize more that the schedule should be customized to each baby. ...more
3.5 stars. Great and helpful advice, but lacked some organization. Hard to follow and will be hard to find info back when I need it after baby is born. Also maybe unrealistic schedule? I haven’t had my baby yet but of my good friends who are new moms, I don’t know anyone for whom a feeding, burping and diaper change only takes 30 minutes!! That being said, the general principles and the schedules presented as guidelines with flexibility and walking through things to expect that most people just ...more
This book was interesting. I read it because it was recommended by a friend. Some of it works for our baby and doesn’t. There also seemed to be many claims with no evidence behind it. I would have liked to know about the studies that led to them. Overall, it was well written and easy to understand. However, the order would have been more helpful if it was changed. I didn’t know until around page 75 that these methods are not for a newborn. That would have been good to know on page one. I will de ...more
I picked some tips out to practice for my 2 month old baby who is almost sleeping through the night but hard to lay down to sleep. The only answer I got out of the book is that all her naps need to be in her crib and she needs to be let to cry it out before she falls asleep. Probably true advice that I will partially put into practice and make some adjustments in other areas to reflect the advice. However, I recommend those consider this book do so before delivery because I’m not changing the sc ...more
Poorly written, poorly organized. Although this "parenting" book claims to be the perfect marriage of two extremes, its arguments and claims are extremes of their own. The only takeaway from this book that I will be implementing with our second child is the need to be more structured in our day when it comes to feeding and sleeping schedules, however, I will be very, very loosely interpreting Ezzo's idea of structure when applying it to our family. ...more
Nice clear guide for what to expect for baby sleep. My daughter is doing wonderfully following their guidelines. I really like how the book doesn't take an extreme view on schedules. It basically says to have a rough outline of a schedule for your baby but remain flexible to respond to the baby's needs appropriately. ...more
On Becoming Babywise is a helpful book about creating a schedule for babies. I’m glad I read it and am looking forward to putting some of the ideas into practice. My only complaint is that it was a little repetitive, but I’m guessing I’ll appreciate that soon.
Great tips for trying to get your kiddo sleeping through the night....that being said, every family and child is different and some sections (ie. The crying section, reflux section) could create unnecessary concern or stress in parents who would be better off visiting their pediatrician
A friend bought this for me when she found out I was pregnant and said it worked wonders for her son. I just finished it and skimmed the end when it got more into specifics about what to look for in the first few weeks. Definitely will use it as a reference once baby is here.