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at least according to me… I am no pro…I don’t have a litter of kiddos. I have two kids but I have a litter of opinions πŸ˜‰

Tip #1

Read the book Babywise by Gary Ezzo. Everyone has always said I am blessed with easy going, happy, sleepy babies. But I really don’t think this is the case. Both Isaac and Kayla were normal babies when they came home. They fussed, cried, woke up every 2 hours wanting to eat, etc. Before I had Isaac my college roommate Tracy (who has 4 kids) told me about Babywise and that if I follow the guidelines in the book that my baby would sleep through the night (7+ hour stretch) within 9 weeks. Anything that promised me more sleep was worth looking into. So I read it and decided I would try it.


The premise of Babywise is to feed your baby, then have some awake time, then nap time. Usually after a baby eats they want to sleep. You have to work really hard in the beginning to keep them awake after they feed (give a bath, tickle them, strip them down naked, etc). During the day you wake them up to feed at least every 3 hours. This helps them differentiate between nighttime and daytime. You will notice every night they sleep a little longer until they are on that schedule. It is amazing how quickly their little bodies adjust to it. Now I don’t have to work to keep Kayla awake after a feeding. She automatically does it herself.

THE TOUGHEST PART: You put them in their crib while they are awake (but tired and ready for a nap) and allow them to fall asleep on their own. They may cry up to 15 minutes (that is the torturous part for the mommy) but they usually fall asleep. I have probably had to go get Kayla (after 20 minutes of crying ) maybe 7 times total so far. You then check the diaper, try and burp her, etc. to figure out why they are upset. Right now Kayla was just put down for her nap. She just cried for 9 minutes and now she is out.

I AM TELLING YOU PEOPLE, THIS WORKS… IT REALLY DOES. Since Kayla was 6 weeks old and Isaac was 4 weeks old they slept through the night consistently. Too this day Isaac is a fabulous sleeper . He will be 3 in a couple of months and he sleeps 9-10 hours at night and takes a 2-3 hour nap a day. But I am consistent. He goes to bed at the same time every night and takes his nap at the same time every day.

I am convinced a scheduled baby is a happy baby. A scheduled child is a happy child. Just my opinion…take it for what it’s worth. But if you are having a baby at least read the book. You can throw it out after you read it if you think it is ridiculous. But a well rested mommy is a happy one right?

All you Babywise fans can I get a HOLLA!

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39 Comments

  1. I am a fan, I have 2 great sleepers too. And I agree, I had “normal” newborns too. Getting them on a loose schedule saved my sanity!

  2. HOLLA! HOLLA!! HOLLA!!! HOLLA!!!!

    And I’m a mommy of four…all of who had different temperaments! It works for all of them! (I really don’t know how I could have had all of them so close together if not for scheduling and sleep-training.)

    I do wait until they are fighting their naps before I do the sleep-training part…so usually around 4 months. BUT…I haven’t had to extensively sleep train two of them and I think it’s because of the eat, wake, sleep schedule.

    I have other friends who are still fighting with their 18 month old’s to go to bed/sleep and they always wonder how I have the energy/time to sew, craft, be in MOPS, etc. Well…I get sleep…and so do my kiddos! Which is necessary in our equation for a happy household.

    The only disclaimer I would put on the book is that the way it is written has led some mothers to believe this is the ONLY way to have a happy baby-mommy relationship and led them to do unhealthy sleep training with their kids. Please don’t read it and let your newborn cry for an hour! It also has made some moms that I know feel that if they don’t do this, they are not good moms and that is also not true!

    In all things, do what works for your family, but if you need sleep and your baby needs sleep…it’s definitely worth a try!

  3. Totally willing to give it a go when the time comes. I loves me some sleep πŸ˜€

  4. HOOOOOLLLLLLLAAAAAAA!!!!!

    I wasn't so convinced until I had kid #2. I thought there was a chance it could have been a fluke. Now I'm convinced. My kids are AWESOME sleeepers (5 & 2) which makes for a very happy mommy!

  5. Holla!!

    Love that book. Although my kiddos resist a little more than the book says. But I stay consistent and it always works out in the end!

  6. I gotta give you a Amen sister to Babywise. I lent the book to a friend and it was her lifesaver. I was sure to get the book back. I need to get another one to reread it cause I think the book got packed! My little tot was babywised from the start and boy has she always loved her sleep. She still naps 2-3 hours a day and she is a little past 3 yrs.

  7. I’m a huge fan of sleep training. I didn’t start it with my son until he was almost 4 months old and started fighting sleep (he was a great sleeper up to that point) and except for strange occasions he sleeps through the night and takes two great naps during the day (he’s 10 months old) I never read Babywise, but did something similar that my doctor recommended. I know that I will use the same method with my other kiddos when they come along! πŸ™‚

  8. I completely agree! (um, you don’t know me…{sheepish giggle} but I LOVE your blog! I found it through Thrifty Decor Chick’s. I LOVE babywise. My daugter is 11 weeks old and has slept through the night since she was 7 weeks old. (would have been sooner but she had some reflux issues…so sad!) BUT I can’t get her to nap more than 20 minutes without me holding her! I’ve tried letting her cry but she just gets SO upset! What is the secret? Seriously…any help would be great! I love that she now sleeps 9-10 hours at night, but I’ve got to have her nap too!

  9. I am completely agreeing. WooHoo. Worked for me for both kids from 4 and 5 weeks old. Bedtime is rarely (only if they’re sick) a rough time. Both of my children are completely different and it totally worked for both of them.
    Love the book.

  10. Whoops, I signed on with the wrong name in the last post. πŸ™‚
    I guess I need some sleep.

    Brandy πŸ™‚

  11. Both my babies were Babywised. πŸ™‚ I loved it. I think I did a better job of it the second time around, though. With my son (my first), I think I forced him onto my schedule a bit too quickly. With my daughter (my second), I used what schedule she was on… and slowly transitioned it to mine! Love Babywise!

  12. In the “chunky dunk” post you said something about your babe sleeping through the night already, and I had my suspicions about you being a baby-wise mama. We also love the book and have great sleepers/great babies because of it! We love the entire series by the Ezzos’. Very practical!

  13. I was a baby wise mom and didn’t even know it! That’s almost exactly what I did with Indy from the time he was about 2 months old. He’s 6 now and still sleeps about 11 hours a night. Bedtime is never a fight and if he’s really tired, he’ll come tell me he needs to go to bed early. Until he started K, he still took about a 2-3 hour nap a day and even now I can get him to nap if I think he needs it. Like right now. We did a 5K this morning (he did the whole ting) and I’m pooped! Mommy needs a nap, so he’ll get one too. Huzzah!

  14. I like baby wise, but I loved Happy child healthy sleep habits more. I think it just hit home for me more. But who knows? I had 3 and all 3 were totally different! The only thing I did figure out is there are no rules until after 12 weeks. UNtil then, it’s a bloody free for all and survival is the key! πŸ˜‰

  15. I wish I would have read this book with my first. I read it when my second was on the way and it worked great with her. She is 4 and still has good sleeping habits.

  16. Amen Sistah! Babywise worked for me! My kids are awesome sleepers and I loved having them and myself on a schedule.

  17. Hmmm… never read the book, but am an avid scheduler. : ) Both of my kiddos slept through the night by week 8. (I’m a tummy sleeper too though… sssshhhh.) : ) I too would wake them up on a regular schedule (2 1/2 – 3 hrs) during the day and let them go a little longer (if they would) at night. Yeah for scheduling! They are both still awesome sleepers… 12 hrs at night and 2 1/2 – 3 hr nap!!! (Well, my 5 yr old doesn’t take a nap, but we have instilled “quiet time”.) Can’t beat it!

  18. I’ve read that book like 15 times. It worked great for my son, but not so much for my daughter. I’ll have to read it again, and be more willing to listen to the crying. I hate crying… but I think i like sleep better!

  19. Amen! BabyWise was an awesome first time Mom tool!
    My boy is now 3 and sleeps 10 hours at night and 3 hours every afternoon (that is my ME time!).

  20. Yes, Baby Wise saved my sanity. I had twins! They both got on the exact same schedule and are still great sleepers at age 5.
    Baby Wise must be combined with common sense, balance and grace. Don’t leave a screaming baby for hours, and feed the poor thing if it’s hungry a little before the scheduled time.

  21. HOLLA!! Love that book. I had a reaaaallly hard time letting my babes cry out the bed time thing as infants, but it WORKS.

  22. Thanks Becky! πŸ˜‰ Sorry our call got interrupted a few days ago. You called a 2nd time and I was upstairs. We can chat at MTO. I tried Babywise with Caleb, but fell into the routine of feeding him whenever he wanted and the dreaded sleeping with him. I love every minute of it and would never ever redo it. My husband and I would have arguments in the middle of the night about letting him cry. I literally hated it. It was awful. Caleb is 2 1/2 and an excellent sleeper (11-12 hours at night and 2 hour napper). BUT HAVING SAID THAT. I know with the 2nd child my luxuries are a little slimmer. I must be awake for Caleb’s needs even if the baby is sleeping. So, I am really going to need some accountability. I am a weakling, but as you say, I LOVE MY SLEEP, and will try to be diligent to babywise to have a happy healthy baby with a happy healthy mommy. πŸ™‚

  23. We love BabyWise! We actually went through a course with our church and we used the Growing Kids God’s Way version, but it’s exactly the same with Bible applications. Our daughter slept through the night by 8 weeks…and that was sleeping around 10 hours per night. We have heard so many couples that have horror stories because of lack of sleep and we try to find a way to tell them about BabyWise. It’s a lifesaver in our book!

  24. Isn’t it the greatest, my aunt with the 12 kids gave it to me after i had makani and once i started enforcing it with him it was a night and day baby! Makoa now is the best baby because of this schedule! Im so glad you posted it! its a life saver for all new moms! Holla!!!!!

  25. Love Babywise! All my kids are great sleepers and I’m tired of people saying to me a “lucked Out” with 3 easy kids. Really? I don’t think so, I’ve worked at it and it’s been well worth it! Parker is 4 months old and sleeps 11 hours a night and really is only awake about 5 hours of the day right now. He sleeps and when he’s awake he is so happy!
    Nicole

  26. I’m right there with you! Crazy, but looks like our kids are close in age too! My first is 3 and my youngest is almost 5 months and we not only are babywise faithfuls but we have even used the toddlerwise for pottytraining and it worked just as well as the sleeping did for the baby stage. It encouraged more emphasis on staying dry than going to the bathroom. Just makes sense and I just couldn’t imagine it any other way! (Also saw your post on the gripe water – have you tried the homeopathic teething tablets? They are my second favorite for when teething starts!) Thanks for sharing as always!

  27. FABULOUS!!!! This book changed my life!!! With my first child, I related to every story that was on-demand feeding, child sleeping with you, etc.. I was miserable! Babywise is amazing! My next two children were Babywise perfect! They slept through the night at 6 weeks and my nursing was a breeze!!! Thank you babywise!!!

  28. I LOVE babywise. A dear friend of mine with 4 kids told me to read it before we had Garrett. It is fabulous!! We did not follow it to a “T”, but did rescue our kids from screaming if they just refused at times, which were not many at all. At 3, Garrett still sleeps 10-12 hrs at night and takes a 2-4 hr nap during the day. Kate is still my twice a day napper, each about 2 hrs, and then sleeps 12 hrs at night. It is so nice and comforting that we can lay both of our kids down to sleep and they are able to go to sleep without all those sleep aids that many parents are forced to do because of habits created when they had little ones. Nothing better than snuggling with Andy on the couch in a quiet house at 8pm with two kids in their beds, not ours, for the entire night!! I put my book on the resource table at MTO and someone picked it up…hopefully another happy sleepin mommma!!

  29. I LOVE Babywise! My baby was a preemie and in the NICU for 8 weeks, but he adjusted just fine very quickly and slept through the night within a month and a half of being home! At 2 1/2 he still sleeps 9-10 hours a night and takes a 2 1/2 hour nap per day! YAY!

  30. Babywise is great. I do think every baby is different and you have to adjust to their temperments etc but overall I love the premise that a baby who has a routine is a happy baby (and we all know that a sleeping-at-night-mommy is a happy mommy)! I did it with my two kiddos and they are both great sleepers to this day.
    Thanks for your blog, I love it!

  31. Oh, yes! Definitely a Babywise Momma here! I love the assurance of knowing what should happen next for baby. The sleep training and alone time training have been a huge help to me and my family!

  32. We did this also, I have the best sleeper! My child is 20 months and she still sleeps great 12 hours at night and a 2hour nap during the day! The doc said that is exactly what she needs…go Babywise!

  33. I am just getting started trying Baby wise. My daughter is 9 weeks. I know I am getting a bit of a late start, but I am hoping it isnt’ too late. When I try to lay her down awake, if she could keep her passy, she would go to sleep no problem, but she doesn’t. Each time it falls out, she cries like crazy. Do you have any advice or experience with this? Any help will be great!

  34. I am totally, totally opposed to scheduling babies. You’ll enjoy knowing that I have never dreamed of scheduling a child and all of mine are excellent sleepers. Every one of them slept through the night young – 6 weeks, 11 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks. Babywise, boo.

  35. Personally, I think Babywise is cruel. In my opinion, crying it out is horrible and unnecessary. And you can totally get your baby on a schedule without Babywise. I have four children who have all been on schedules from birth and slept through the night without long periods of crying. I’d argue that they were better babies because their needs were met immediately.

  36. I am a HUGE fan of sleep training and will have to give Babywise a try. I did the Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child book and although it was hard, my son has been a great sleeper (at least 12 hours a night) since he was about 9 months old and he's 16 months now! My son was especially bad about night waking and it took him being up literally EVERY hour all night long ever night for about 3 months before I was fed up enough to do something. The method would've probably worked sooner for me if I had the guts to stick with it from the beginning but it was so hard hearing him cry! Now that I know the benefits I will definatly be sleep training baby number 2 who's due in July. Yay for Babywise!

  37. I know I am reading this post WELL after you wrote it but I want to add my thoughts on Babywise. I have a 12 year old boy and a 9 year old daughter and a friend in a woman’s group told me about it when I was preggo with my first. I read it…I followed it…and it was magic! Everyone told me my son was such a good baby but, like you, I stuck to the schedule and was consistent and it WORKED!! When baby #2 was born she was more of a struggle but it still worked. I was constantly teased that I was being fanatical and that babies will do what the want to do but I don’t believe it. I think it’s vital to set a schedule and stick with it. My kids are GREAT sleepers and always have been. No issues. And one of those who used to tease me…still has a 13 year old who wants to sleep with her….hmmmmmmm??? Who’s fanatical now?? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! I think Babywise is amazing!!!

  38. Worked GREAT for my daughter, not at all for my boy twins. I kept trying though…they probably did better on Babywise than would have if I hadn’t kept them to a schedule.

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