Top positive review
A Must-Read, Life-Changing Read for Parents
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
I'm so thankful for this book! It's a common-sense way to meet your child's eating and sleeping needs while keeping some order and predictability in your life. Babywise has played a huge role in how much I've loved motherhood, how happy and healthy my children are, how successful we've been in breastfeeding, and how strong my marriage is. I'm more confident in my parenting and I understand my girls' behavior and communication.
Yes, having a baby changes your life. No, having a baby doesn't mean you have to be miserable, sleep-deprived, showerless, and disconnected from your spouse. Babywise is a precious tool to help your children thrive and you enjoy parenthood (and non-parenthood things too!).
Babywise recommends full feeds on eat-wake-sleep cycles. Doing full feeds means that baby will naturally go longer, more predictable stretches between nursing sessions. Separating nursing from sleep breaks that difficult eat-to-sleep association, meaning baby can more easily learn to fall asleep independently. Maintaining predictable cycles during the day helps baby get enough daytime calories in and save the longer stretches of sleep for overnight, which ultimately work together to lead to him sleeping through the night. Age-appropriate waketime between nursing and naps makes so baby isn't over- or -undertired, so he can fall asleep easily and take full naps. Baby sleeps in his own bed independently instead of commandeering the parents'. The whole philosophy works together and just plain makes sense. :)
Let's clear up some misconceptions:
-Babywise doesn't lead to failure to thrive or death. Babywise isn't condemned by the AAP. It clearly says to feed a hungry baby, to ensure the recommended daily number of feedings, to watch baby's hunger cues and never go strictly off the clock, etc. The full AAP release on the book states the AAP doesn't take a position for or against it and quotes multiple doctors on both sides of the issue.
-Babywise isn't CIO. It is just an approach to baby's eating and sleeping routines. It is pro-independent sleep but actually doesn't advocate CIO or a specific sleep training method (or sleep training at all). Some moms who do Babywise also choose to sleep train but those are separate issues. Don't let uncertainty about or opposition to CIO keep you from this resource.
-Babywise isn't incompatible with breastfeeding. I have many friends who have nursed and done Babywise, including extended nursing. I nursed twins for more than two years, doing Babywise the entire time. Science and anecdote are both on Babywise's side.
I am thankful literally every single day that a friend introduced me to Babywise while I was pregnant. Please read this amazing book!