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After the recommendations of several moms that I know and trust, I decided to On Becoming Baby Wise about the feed, wake, sleep schedule for babies. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I feel I have learned a lot. My reason for writing about this book, was more to get the opinions of others out there. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
I was very surprised to see some of the reviews of this book on amazon.com. I usually like to read the good and the bad reviews of a book before I read it to get both points of view. However, when reading some of this reviews I was shocked at how vicious people were, and how they misunderstood this book. I did not realize what a controversial book this was!
For those of you who may have not heard of the Baby Wise schedule or read the book, here is a little what it is about:
“The Babywise parenting philosophy uses a flexible baby feeding schedule that when combined with nap times and awake times will help baby sleep all night.” – Suite101
Baby Wise is about parent-directed feeding (also called PDF), this is the opposite of feeding on demand. It teaches how to get your baby on a schedule that eventually will lead to goo sleep patterns and a happier baby. The schedule is a feed, wake, sleep pattern for your baby. Feeding your baby every two to three hours, then having a period of wake (play) time before putting baby down for a nap. There is a lot more to it than that, but that is the basis of the book.
I know a lot of people have said that that this is a rigid schedule and that people should not take it so seriously. In the book the author, says over and over that you can be flexible. I think that it just takes prayer and common sense, when it comes to these things. There is nothing wrong with following a schedule and doing the things described in this book, but if something doesn’t feel right then obviously, check your baby and try and get some answers!
I know that I am not officially a parent yet and cannot say for sure that this does or doesn’t work. But I have been babysitting for ten years and I have seen the differences between the families who put these practices into work versus those who did not. I am not saying that those parents who did not do it were bad parents or had bad children, but there are some differences.
I am excited to try this schedule and see where it takes me. I know every baby is different and every situation is different, and like I said before, patience, hard work, common sense, and prayer will get me through!