On Becoming Baby Wise, the Bestseller: What’s the Fuss About?

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In this Article . . .

What is Baby Wise?
BabyWise Distinctions & Statistics
Baby Wise Book Description
Which version of Baby Wise do I need ?
Babywise History and Origins
What Doctors are Saying about Baby Wise
Babywise Blog Network

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BabywiseOn Becoming Baby Wise: Giving your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep

By Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam, M.D.

A perennial bestseller, since 1993. Baby Wise is a parenting manual for naturally synchronizing your baby’s feeding time, waketime and nighttime cycles, so the whole family can sleep through the night.

– 2012 edition. The Revised and Updated 5th Edition.
– ISBN Print ed:  978-1932740134
– ISBN eBook:    978-0988739901

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What is Baby Wise?

On Becoming Baby Wise a Parent-Led Scheduling Method for coordinating babies Feed, Wake and Sleep time, so they develop healthy patterns for eating, sleeping and playing.  It is proposed by Dr Robert Bucknam, M.D. and Gary Ezzo in their 1993 book, which has been updated several times, currently in a 2012 Fifth edition.  Full description below.


Babywise Distinctions & Statistics

  • over 3 million sold
  • translations in 16 languages
  • 1600+ 5-Star Reviews on Amazon
  • a consistent top 200 book (of all books) on Amazon
  • the #1 bestseller in “sleep disorders” on Amazon
  • the #1 eBook download in parenting on Apple’s iBookstore


Babywise Book Description

Babywise continues to gain global recognition for its common-sense approach to parenting a newborn. The infant management plan offered by Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam in this book helps parents successfully and naturally synchronize their baby’s feeding time, waketime and nighttime cycles. The results? Happy, healthy and contented babies who sleep through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age. Babywise has everything you need.  Get your copy today, and find out what the fuss is all about.

Babywise newborn training brings hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies. The Babywise Parent Directed Feeding concept has enough structure to bring security and order to your baby’s world, yet enough flexibility to give mom freedom to respond to any need at any time. It teaches parents how to lovingly guide their baby’s day rather than be guided or enslaved to the infant’s unknown needs. The information contained within On Becoming Babywise is loaded with success.

Comprehensive breast-feeding follow-up surveys spanning three countries, of mothers using the PDF method verify that as a result of the PDF concepts, 88% breast-feed, compared to the national average of only 54% (from the National Center for Health Statistics). Of these breast-feeding mothers, 80% of them breast-feed exclusively without a formula complement. And while 70% of our mothers are still breast-feeding after six months, the national average encourage to follow demand feeding without any guidelines is only 20%. The mean average time of breast-feeding for PDF moms is 33 1/2 weeks, well above the national average.

Over 50% of PDF mothers extend their breast-feeding toward and well into the first year. Added to these statistics is another critical factor. The average breast-fed PDF baby sleeps continuously through night seven to eight hours between weeks seven and nine. Healthy sleep in infants is analogous to healthy growth and development. Find out for yourself why a world of parents and pediatricians utilize the concepts found in On Becoming Babywise.

The authors demonstrate how order and stability are mutual allies of every newborn’s metabolism and how parents can take advantage of these biological propensities. In particular, we note how an infant’s body responds to the influences of parental routine or the lack thereof. In the latter chapters, we explore the everyday aspects of infant management. Included is an explanation of the three basic elements of daytime activities for newborns: feeding time, waketime, and naptime.

Because every philosophy of parenting has a corresponding pathology, we invite new and expectant parents to consider, evaluate, and decide which philosophy is best for their family. Review all the options. Examine carefully the alternative theories and approaches, and specifically observe the end results. Determine which parenting strategy is right for you, especially when it comes to infant nurturing.

The best evaluation of any parenting philosophy, including Babywise, is not found in the reasoning or the logic of the hypothesis. End results speak clearly. Let your eyes confirm what works and what doesn’t. You will be most confident in your parenting when you see the desired results lived out in other families.

On Becoming Babywise is more than an infant-management concept–it is a mindset for responsible parenthood. The principles presented will help any parent develop a plan that meets both the needs of a new baby and of the entire family. This plan will not leave mom ragged at the end of the day or in bondage to her child, and dad will not be excluded from his duties. These principles have worked for thousands of parents and, when faithfully applied, will also work wonderfully for you!


Which version of Babywise do I need ?

The latest version is the 5th edition, February 2012.  We highly recommend ONLY purchasing the newest and most current version of On Becoming Babywise which is the version linked to from this website.  It has a new chapter, several important revisions, the latest in medical updates, and is 19% longer than the former version.  In becoming one of America’s leading infant management guides, On Becoming Babywise has continued to improve its methods and practices throughout its 24 years and this latest version is the result of all the best over the last two decades.


Baby Wise Origins and History

The principles of On Becoming Babywise were first shared in 1984.  Sarah was the first baby girl raised with the principles; Kenny was the first boy.  Both thrived on mother’s milk and a basic routine, and both slept through the night by seven weeks.  It was that easy.  From friend to friend, city to city, state to state, and country to country, the positive message continues to spread.  On Becoming Babywise has now spread to multiple continents and has been translated into 16 different languages.  Today we no longer count the success stories in thousands or even in tens of thousands, but in millions of happy, healthy babies who were given the gift of nighttime sleep.

As with previous editions, this update does not provide parents a list of do’s and don’ts.  We wish parenting were that easy. Rather, our larger objective is to help prepare minds for the incredible task of raising a child.  We believe the preparation of the mind is far more important than the preparation of the nursery.  Both can be a lot of fun.  Your baby will not care if his head rests on designer sheets or beside Disney characters, nor is your success tied to his wardrobe or bedroom accessories, but rather to the beliefs and convictions that will eventually shape your parenting experience.

It is our opinion that the achievements of healthy growth, contented babies, good naps, and playful wake times, as well as the gift of nighttime sleep, are too valuable to be left to chance.  They need to be parent-directed and parent-managed.  These are attainable conclusions, because infants are born with the capacity to achieve these outcomes and, equally important, the need to achieve them.  Our goal is to demonstrate how this is done, but only after we explain why it should be done.

We realize there are a number of parenting theories being marketed today, most of which come gift-wrapped with unrealistic promises and unnecessary burdens. In light of the many options, how can new parents know what approach is best of their families? Since every philosophy of parenting has a corresponding outcome unique to that philosophy, we encourage new and expectant parents to consider, evaluate, and decide which approach is best for their families.  This can be accomplished by observing the end results.  Spend time with relatives and friends who follow the La Leche League/Attachment Parenting style of infant care.  Observe who practices hyper-scheduling, and certainly evaluate the outcomes associated with On Becoming Babywise.

In which homes do you observe order, peace, and tranquility?  Don’t take any marketing plug or some strangers word for truth.  Search for yourself.  Consider the marriages as well as the children.  Is mom in a perpetual state of exhaustion?  Is she nursing every two hours or less?  Is Dad sleeping on the couch?  What is the family life like when a child is 6, 12, and 18 months old?  Is Mom stressed, frustrated, or lacking confidence?  Is the baby stressed, exhausted or insecure?  When the baby is nine months old, can the parents leave the room without the baby falling apart emotionally?  We believe the best evaluation of any parenting philosophy, including the one found in On Becoming Babywise, is not found in the reasoning or the logic of the hypothesis but in the end results.  Let your eyes confirm what works and what does not. You will be most confident in your parenting when you see the desired results lived out in other families using the same approach.  Look at the fruit and then trace it back to its seed source.

The Appendices section in On Becoming Babywise contains charts, worksheets, and additional information relating to infant care.  Appendices of a book should never by considered less important than then general reading, but only of different importance.  Please read them in the order in which they are referred to in the chapters.

There are some matters of terminology that we would like to address.  When you read through each chapter, you will see that we predominantly used the masculine gender in our illustrations.  This was done for our convenience.  The principles will, of course, work equally well with girls.  Also, in our attempt to speak directly to our community of parents, we often use the pronouns you, your, and yours to address our readers.   While we realize that not everyone reading the book is a parent, the vast majority are, thus we toggled between second and third-person expressions.  Finally, the name of the child most often referred to in the book is “Baby.”

The principles contained within the pages can help parents develop workable strategies that meet the needs of their babies and the rest of the family.  These have worked for millions of parents, and when faithfully applied can work wonderfully for you!  However, your pediatrician or family practitioner should always be consulted when questions arise about the health and welfare of your baby.  Enjoy the journey of parenting!



What Doctors are Saying about Baby Wise

“From a pediatrician’s perspective, this is a sigh of welcome relief for sleepless, weary parents.”

“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.”

“Babywise provides sound parenting advice and common-sense pediatric care to many parents who are confused, frustrated and downright sleep deprived.”

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