What is your opinion of Baby Wise?

Valerie - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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What is your general opinion of baby wise and the techniques taught in the books? Have you used them in the past and saw them not working, or just dislike them? Let us know!

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Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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Actually Eva, feeding on demand is the best for babies, and the book does NOT encourage that at all, which is where dehydration and failure to thrive comes in. Schedule feeding is NOT healthy and that's why the AAP and WHO both recommend feeding on demand and warn against using babywise. I prefer the No Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, because her methods do not damage young children.

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im sorry to disappoint you.... the moms that have used this technic and harmed her child,was too strict. The book allows for flexiable schedule, in no way does your baby need to starve or dehydrate! the bottom line in this book is routine.sleep, eat, play, instead of eat sleep eat eat play eat eat play nosleep whatever..you get what i mean.you do not need to feed your baby every time it cries.I have used this technic with both my children and had incredible results!when they had a growth spurt or were teething etc.I allowed for more comfort time or feeding until everything was back to normal.People are always telling me how happy my babies are. "wow your baby goes to sleep on his own just laying there smiling? you are sooo lucky!" yeah because i trained him to be cheerful, i didnt run like a frantic person each time he squeaked, it has nothing to do with luck!!!! its all about consistent routine. which gives for wonderful family times,which makes everything stronger! i love it!!!

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Celeste - posted on 08/04/2010

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Oh, and to add, scheduling doesn't mean that your breastfeeding relationship will go down the toilet if you schedule them. Many mothers are successful in using this method. But, it's hard to know which babies can thrive using the PDF method or which ones won't. Ezzo doesn't take in account into this..

Celeste - posted on 08/04/2010

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I *have* read the book and do not support this book, though it's been awhile. From what I remember, it discourages comfort feeding. Comfort feeding (talking about breastfeeding here) is a *good* thing. This helps supply come in. Plus, babies need to be at the breast (and this can be done if bottle feeding as well) Comfort feeding also ensures a good supply down the road as well.

And again, if I remember correctly, it suggests to help you guide your baby into a schedule, of which, I also disagree with. Most babies will guide themselves into a schedule without any parent direction. Babies nurse often, and this is normal. It's not good to limit any time at the breast.

Crying is a LATE sign of hunger. Babies will often give cues of hunger (eating hands, etc)

Ezzo has no medical credentials, nor is he an expert in human lactation.

Melody - posted on 07/30/2010

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It seems to me that a lot of people who are saying the book is bad haven't even read the book. I am a Babywise mom. The book does not advocate schedule feeding at all. In fact, it's really closer to demand feeding, but it depends on our definition of "demand feeding". Basically the book says not to do demand feeding IF we define that to mean feeding the baby whenever he's crying. The #1 rule of the book that you shoul follow exacty is this: Use your brains. We don't let the clock be our brains and we don't feed the baby just because he's crying. We figure out first the reason why he's crying so we can take the appropriate action. Demand feeding might have a "feed the baby as a first resort" philosophy which is why the book says not to do that. The book does say "if the baby is hungry, feed him". That may be the philosophy of some mothers who call their method "demand feeding" which might be why there's some confusion.

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Im sorry if i have created any trouble on this board. It was nice to hear other peoples point of view.thank you.. :)

Crystal - posted on 04/30/2009

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I'm glad that you don't follow the book to a T but a lot of women do and that's what the book encourages, that's why the AAP has put out a statement against the book, not only that, but Mr. (not DR.) Ezzo is claiming to be a parenting expert but has never had any formal education of the sort. He is claiming to know things about nursing that he obviously doesn't know because of his bad advice on it. I would prefer to trust actual doctor's advice, then someone who just "claims" to have knowledge. Let me ask why you are on a board for people who don't agree with babywise? Is it just to cause trouble?



My 6 months olds always nursed more than 4 times a day, as they were exclusively breastfed until that point. In fact, my 17 months old was still nursing 3-4 times a day up until about a month ago when he started weaning, and was eating 3 meals a day.

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Im glad you like raising your sweet babies the way you do and im glad i chose babywise. My babies are also very healthy and have never been to the doctors with any health issues AT ALL! especialy not with dehydration or falilure to thrive! my newest baby is 6 mon and 20lbs!!! he nurses 4 times a day and is a very cheerful baby.if there are babies that are dehydrated because their moms are using babywise, then she is too strict and not thinking for herself. i do not follow the book to a T, the basic guide lines are good, and they suit my family very well.

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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Oh and by the way, people compliment my children all the time, and we are unable to have a firm set schedule as my husband is military, and they are still well adjusted wonderful children.

Shawntell - posted on 04/22/2009

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I personally think that the guy who wrote this is psycho. I could not believe how horrid the advice in this book was. It should be illegal to tell people how to harm their children and then say that it's god's will. Ridiculus!

Crystal - posted on 02/11/2009

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I Valerie, I've never actually read the book, but I have heard from many many mothers that it is not a safe way to raise you kids, and can lead to all sort of problems, like dehydration and FTT in newborns because of their "scheduling" of babies. I honestly think this book is dangerous and should be banned.

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