Theologian Gary Ezzo and pediatrician Dr. Robert Bucknam set off cries of alarm in their highly controversial 1995 publication On Becoming Baby Wise
by arguing that some crying is natural and healthy for babies. In this updated edition, Ezzo and Bucknam present a comprehensive method to encourage a full night's sleep for the seven- to nine-week-old baby. It's easy to read, easy to follow, supported by research and by testimonials from parents and pediatricians, and includes suggestions for making the process fit into the reader's lifestyle. The authors believe a consistent sleep routine leads to happier, more responsible, and better-adjusted children. But a full night's sleep is just the short-term goal. The long-term goal is training parents to bring order and stability to their families through nurturing the marriage, providing a loving structure for one's children, and allowing flexibility in the process.
Twelve chapters cover feeding philosophies, monitoring baby's growth, establishing baby's routine, handling multiple births, and the ever-controversial chapter on when baby cries. The 52-week method involves four phases, beginning with "Stabilization" from birth to week 8. During weeks 9 through 15 ("Extended Night"), babies learn to sleep through the night. Ezzo and Bucknam attempt to teach the difference between a baby's many cries and advise parents on various responses to these cries. Critics dislike Ezzo's strong belief that "child-centered parenting" (feeding baby whenever it cries, sleeping with and "wearing" baby) fosters demanding, insecure toddlers. But for parents who are tired of being tired--or whose previous experience with child-centered parenting supports Ezzo's theory--it may be worth a read. --Liane Thomas
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From a pediatricians perspective, this is a sigh of welcome relief for sleepless, weary parents. David Blank, M.D., Longmont, CO Since being introduced to the principles of Babywise, I have been convinced of its effectiveness in establishing sleep patterns and in decreasing the frequency of problems associated with infant feeding. Craig Lloyd, M.D., Brisbane, Australia Babywise provides sound parenting advice and common-sense pediatric care to many parents who are confused, frustrated and downright sleep deprived. David Miller, M.D., Superior, CO
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About the Author
Gary Ezzo, M.A., serves as the executive director of Growing Familes International. He and his wife Anne Marie have authored a number of parenting curriculums translated into fifteen different languages and utilized by more than two million households. Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado, where he resides with his wife Gayle, and their four sons. Whether Ezzo and Bucknam are working with new or expectant parents or pediatric residents in training, they always find a receptive audience looking to Babywise as a refreshing alternative to sleepless nights, fatigued moms and bewildered dads.
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