Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Lynsay says

    I LOVE THE BABY WHISPERER!!! I read it when pregnant with my first. Love the ideas, and the routine in the book. I felt like it gave me a a great tool when my son was born. I followed the book pretty much to a T. My son started sleeping through the night very very early. Of course little adjustments had to be made e.g. shush pat.. or sometimes you have to hold the baby a bit longer before putting them down for nap,….or dream feed.. sometimes work, sometimes we skipped.. Sometimes it would take me an hour getting the little guy to sleep, by picking him up, then lying him down again.. etc.. sometimes it is hard to stick to the routine but wow, a little bit a of hard work and time spending helping your kids sleep on their own helps you and them SOOO much over the next months and years.
    We followed it again for my second child and it worked like magic…. and again for the 3rd… My husband and I called this our ‘Baby Bible’. Whenever we had a problem, or a sleep regression (e.g. around 4 months).. I remember reading the 4 month old sleep chapter in the middle of the night… within 2 days, my baby was sleeping through the night again, Just had to make a couple adjustments to the routine.
    By following the baby whisperer ideas right from the start, there was no ‘sleep training’ or ‘cry it out’. My babies learned to sleep well right from the start with me by their side ‘shush-patting’. My kids are now 2, 4 and 6 and they all go down easily and happily at bedtime and all sleep through the night (except if there’s a bad dream:)). I wanted to come back and write a review of this book somewhere in hopes that I would help a new mom or someone having troubles.
    I recommend not waiting until the babies are 4 – 6 months to begin… the longer you wait to get them on a routine, the harder it will be on them and you to get their sleep on track.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Lynsay, thank you so much for sharing what method worked so well for your whole family! I’m so glad to hear everyone sleeps well over there. 🙂

  2. Rene says

    I absolutely loved Babywise and share it with all my friends who are about to have babies. My bub was fully breast fed and sleeping 10pm-6am by nine weeks. I kept the regular, full feedings using the babywise EWS method, then let her sleep a little longer each week at night between feedings until she dropped the last feed (4am) and woke at 6. Even now at 14 months, shes an amazing sleepers. Very grateful for having a method like Baby wise from the start 🙂

    • Danielle says

      Hi Rene,
      Thank you so much for reading The Baby Sleep Site! I’m so glad to hear that Babywise was a good fit for your family. We always say there are no “one size fits all” methods to sleep coaching and scheduling, but each method works well for some families. It’s fantastic you found the one that works for you!

  3. Joanne says

    I’m a PDF mom! Love baby wise. I wish I could meet Gary Ezzo and hug him. I have 3 children all PDF babies right from the start.
    I tell every mom about this book. Love it!

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Joanne – thanks for sharing your thoughts! We love hearing from moms like you. 🙂

  4. Rach says

    Thanks for this! What do you think of The Baby Whisperers’ take on the effects of CIO? She paints it as extremely negative and something that destroys trust in the worst sense–on this point I find her philosophy quite rigid. I’m not particularly a CIO fan, though I’ve seen children that are very well-adjusted, secure kids whose parents did use the CIO method. I feel I’ve learned good things from Babywise, but yet it is hard to really recommend it to a new mother.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Rach – Great question! I agree, CIO gets a bad rap w/ The Baby Whisperer (of course, it gets a lot of good press with Baby Wise, so I guess that sort of “balances” when you’re comparing these two books!) I’ll say that as an organization, The Baby Sleep Site® doesn’t have an “official position” on CIO. We are willing to do that with parents who want to, and we apply best practice info to any CIO approach that we outline in our sleep plans. Any CIO plans we create are careful to preserve the parent-child bond, and put a premium on child safety. But we also steer well clear of CIO for parents who don’t want to do it.

      Hope that helps, Rach! Thanks so much for commenting. 🙂