We took a trip to Cincinnati last week and spent a couple days working on my in-law's new house. There's much to blog about, but I think for the next several posts I'll catch up on book reviews.
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Baby the Gift of Nighttime Sleep. By Dr. Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam.
This book is also available in a more Christian format, complete with videos. Check out Growing Kids God's Way by Gary Ezzo.
Several people recommended this book to us. Those who recommended it have had 9-month old babies who sleep 12 hours a night and are happy kids to be around. They all gave credit to (or swore by) this book's methods.
We've been around other babies who don't sleep through the night, and the parents are exhausted and miserable. I decided that I wanted to avoid that situation at all costs, thus I read this book.
Parenting methods are controversial, and spark arguments. The book gives some history of different methods, and how they settled on theirs (establishing a parent-controlled routine for the baby). The studies related that show sleep's correlation with IQ, ADD, and other conditions just drove home the point for me. I agree with the book, there are no "lucky" parents with "easy" babies, it's dependent on parents establishing certain routines early.
They grip you early with data:
Of 520 infants on the parent-directed feeding (PDF) method, at least 76.8% were sleeping through the night between 7 and 9 weeks. At least 95.7% were sleeping through the night at 12 weeks. (The book breaks it down by boys/girls, and breastfeeding/formula feeding, birth defects, other problems, etc).
They err by not giving data on parents who do not use the method. But, if something performs 97% of the time, I'm highly likely to try it.
80% of the babies on the PDF routine required no help in sleeping through the night, they did it on their own. The remaining 20% cried for 3-5 nights and then slept through.
It might also cost 3-5 nights of sleep while your child learns when to sleep, but it pays off in years of full nights sleep.
I give the book 3.5 stars out of 5. It's quite repetitive (so you can remember its methods) and if you don't have a kid, then it's not worth reading. But, if you're expecting, I consider it a MUST read. If you know someone with a kid who is a handful, you might pick them up a copy.