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Publisher's Summary

Distinguished pediatrician Dr. Robert Bucknam and coauthor Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on baby sleep and feeding patterns. Millions of new mothers across the globe are coming toward this new brand at an increasing pace as they find and share the life-changing success they are achieving with their newborns. This updated anniversary edition celebrates 25 years with Bucknam and Ezzo's groundbreaking approach, which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 20 languages around the world.

For 25 years, On Becoming Babywise has been the de facto newborn parenting manual for naturally synchronizing your baby's feeding time, waketime, and nighttime sleep cycles so the whole family can sleep through the night. In his 28th year as a licensed pediatrician, Dr. Robert Bucknam, along with coauthor Gary Ezzo, demonstrates how order and stability are mutual allies of every newborn's metabolism and how parents can take advantage of these biological propensities. In particular, they note how an infant's body responds to the influences of parental routine or the lack thereof.

Early chapters start with explorations of everyday aspects of infant management such as the three basic elements of daytime activities for newborns: feeding time, waketime, and naptime. Practical discussions then focus on broad and niche topics including feeding philosophies, baby sleep problems, baby scheduling challenges, nap routines, sleep training multiples, baby sleeping props, colic and reflux, and many other dimensions that impact breast feeding schedules, bottle feeding tips, and baby sleeping training. Five resource appendices provide additional reference material:

1. Taking care of baby and mom
2. A timeline of what to expect and when
3. Baby sleep training problems and solutions
4. Monitoring your baby's growth
5. Healthy baby growth charts

On Becoming Babywise is more than an infant-management concept. It is a mind-set for successful parenthood. It can help any parent develop a plan that meets the needs of both a new baby and the entire family. These principles have worked for millions of parents and, when applied with common sense to your unique situation, can work wonderfully for you, too! Recommended by doctors across the country.

©2017 Hawksflight & Associates, Inc. (P)2017 Pear Press

Critic Reviews

"I am a practicing pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics. Residents and new mothers I work with have found On Becoming Babywise overwhelmingly successful. My residents report a positive difference in the confidence of new mothers who work with this plan compared to those who do not. The freedom Babywise provides a new mother is so refreshing. Life is predictable, allowing her to be proactive in parenting, not reactive, which usually produces less-than-desirable results. My parents become baby-wise with Babywise." (Dr. Linda Meloy, Richmond, Virginia)
"From a pediatrician's perspective, this is a sigh of welcome relief for sleepless, weary parents." (David Blank MD, Longmont, CO)
" Babywise provides sound parenting advice and commonsense pediatric care to many parents who are confused, frustrated, and downright sleep deprived. As a pediatrician and father of four, my wife and I routinely receive positive feedback regarding our children's behavior and sleep habits." (Dr. David M. Miller, Superior, CO)

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I found it amazing!

Is like a troubleshooting guide of babies. And goes in detail about every situation. Very revealing!

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clinical but good principles

very factual and dry but good information. Need to download free charts /appendices to ease comprehension. many reviews of print book are negative but seems to have been updated since then. worth a listen but as always, use your common sense too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-2017

Great book to read for those early days

good book to have to give you some guidance during early days - but missing charts on audible version

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  • Deborah
  • 29-11-2017

great info, great voice actor

a very helpful book in getting babies to sleep through the night. I recommend it.

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  • Mark
  • 10-09-2017

Great concept, difficult for those not on prolonged maternity leave

The feed-diaper-play-sleep concept worked for our baby very well. But the PDF parenting style requires a very committed couple with a prolonged maternity leave to make it happen. The philosophy is also heavily biased on maternal commitment. The book assumes a married mom-dad household. As others pointed out, this no longer is the reality for many couples today.

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  • Ernesto
  • 07-07-2018

Not worth a book

25% Really useful and relevant information 25% Non scientific information without proper disclaimers & vague regreses to studies 25% obvious/common sense advice or comments you’ll hear from any competent doctor 25% Promos about their second book and website Overall: not enough worthy information

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  • New Cleats
  • 25-05-2017

Good info for first time parents

Good, basic info on infant care, sleep training, feeding, troubleshooting, but condescending tone from a pediatrician.

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  • TeacherRachel
  • 09-10-2018

This book made me feel awful about my healthy and happy baby

I was wondering why I felt so bad after listening to the first few chapters of this book when I looked it up and saw that it’s been heavily criticized, including by pediatric groups worried about links to infant weight loss and health problems! I’m relieved to return to trusting my instincts but sad that so many moms might be going thru the same thing, going to this book looking for support and getting advice that doesn’t work in a framework that makes it feel like it’s our fault. I feel manipulated and grossed out by it. If it fits for your family, cool, but be careful of the messages in the book that you’re somehow ruining your infant by following their schedule!

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  • Jordan Zinn
  • 02-09-2018

Not a lot of practical baby raising advice

I thought this book would include a lot of practical information on how you raise a healthy infant. While the author does provide convincing evidence on how important continuous night time sleep is, how having a routine is vital, and how regularly timed feedings are important...these are things that are intuitive. I was looking for an instruction manual with Pearl's of wisdom...this book seems more like an advertisement for a method of infant care that you would then have to go online to learn. Much of this information could gave been summed up faster. I did appreciate the authors advise to use both timed feeding AND baby hunger cues. Ultimately I stopped about a quarter of the way through. Maybe others have rated it higher because they were interested in the data that support the author's program, and planned to look up the actual program online later.

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  • Jessica Shipman
  • 05-03-2018

Great info but biased to traditional families

The book stresses the importance of a mother and a father in the traditional family unit and makes no apologies about it. If you can look past that, the info given on baby's routine is excellent. As a nanny, this is the type of routine I strive for with my charges, and I've seen good success. Some info about car seats is out-dated. always consult a Child Passenger Safety Technician with car seat questions.

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  • Rachel Mendoza
  • 28-10-2020

New moms, save yourself time and don't read this

I was a new mom once, who knew nothing about raising children except how to change diapers and feed them. No one ever told me about sleep situations until someone recommended this book. It's the worst advice to EVER give a parent. It is NOT ok to let your newborn or any child or adult, to cry until they fall asleep. Self soothing? Please tell me how that works because as an adult, I can't do that. I need comfort from my husband or some ice cream. Please, young or new parents, be there for your baby, listen to your babies needs, and don't let them cry for no reason. They are only small for so long and then they don't want to be with you anymore...

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  • Kevin O'Brien
  • 18-10-2020

Audio version was not for me

I loved reading this book and after a few chapters wanted to share it with my husband. So excitingly I downloaded the audio version - so we could listen during our road trip that day. But, it was a complete letdown when listening. The readers cantor and pace was very hard to follow and finding interest in what she was saying was impossible. I ended up reading the book to him till I fell weary to my ever lingering car sickness.. what a bust.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2018

Read this

Read this book and live by its advice if you want happy children who sleep and eat well!

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