Babywise is a method for training your children to sleep well and to sleep well early. I have used this method for two children so far and have to say that it works. It really works. In fact, I have bought this book for every pregnant friend who’d read it since I have used it.
This book outlines a basic eat, wake, sleep cycle so that by 3 months your baby is sleeping 10-12 hours a night uninterrupted. Sound pie in the sky? Trust me it isn’t and it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made. The basic method involves feeding your baby every 2.5 to 3 hours with a full feed. No snacking. You’ll then play with the baby for a short time and put the baby to sleep. According to Babywise the key is to put the baby to sleep in the crib drowsy but awake. The child will probably cry to get themselves settled, but by 3 months will go to sleep without crying and will wake up happily. Well rested children play better, learn better and are generally better behaved.
By having your child follow a flexible routine they will receive the benefits of order and structure and the results will be obvious. The authors say that other parents will comment “your child is so sweet” and “your child is so well behaved.” First time parents will often hear “wait until your second child…”. But having good children is not a coincidence, it is the result of your effort and discipline. The authors state that baby wise mothers consistently hear how “lucky” they are. It has proven true in my case.
There is a lot more to the book and the benefits are outlined as well as contrasted to other methods of parenting, particularly on demand feeding. My experience with Babywise coincides with the book very closely. By 3 months both children were sleeping through the night and napping well. My 16 month old still naps two long naps a day and 12 hours at night, from 7:45pm to 7:45am. I put her down for a nap at the time of my choosing and she sleeps well and wakes up happy. I put her down in the evenings and she sleeps soundly all night. She is sweet spirited, well behaved, and other parents always comment on how calm and content she is. My son, only 3 months, goes down for a nap at a time of my choosing without making a peep about 85% of the time. He sleeps from 11 to 8 and feeds and naps at regular intervals throughout the day. He is peaceful and content.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly if you desire to run an ordered home. My daughter is 16 months and my son is 3 months and nap times, bedtimes, and wake times are predictable and routine. I am well rested, they are well rested and our house is peaceful.
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