Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review–On Becoming Babywise

On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Garry Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

Before reading this book, I was under the false impression that Babywise was about forcing an infant to sleep, feed, and play by a strict schedule. Instead Babywise focuses on using a routine to help your baby develop his or her own natural and flexible schedule. I can get behind routines.

Jocelyn’s Take Home Points

Focus on repeating the following pattern:

  1. Eat – encourage your baby to eat a full meal in one sitting. This may be difficult with a sleepy newborn, but it’s worth the effort to keep that baby awake in order to get in a full meal.
  2. Activity – After eating, provide an activity for your baby such as changing their diaper, watching a mobile, tummy time, singing, etc. (For more ideas on newborn play, please check out this great post over at the blog MamaOt)
  3. Sleep – During the active time, watch for signs of drowsiness. Then soothe your baby to sleep. While the baby sleeps, take time for yourself whether that’s sleeping or painting your toenails.

Keep a diary of your child’s routine so you can see patterns and monitor growth.  The book provides charts for tracking daily feeding and diaper activity.

Related Resources

Official Website

The American Academy of Pediatrics and On Becoming Babywise Recommendations and Comparisons

Parent-led Baby Schedules – Review by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board

How To Avoid Common ‘Babywise’ Pitfalls

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Review - Brain Rules for Baby

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina


Brain Rules for Baby sets the stage for parents to create an environment conducive to raising smart, happy, and moral children. John Medina provides research-based rules to help you shape your parenting strategies.

I appreciated the conversations that Daniel and I had as we read through this book. We now have a common language for discussing empathy, dealing with emotions, and structuring discipline.

Jocelyn’s Take Home Points:

Focus on strengthening your marriage by developing an empathy response. When children sense that their parents love each other, they are then able to focus on the work of childhood: playing.


Brain Rules Official Website

Brain Rules for Baby Video

Instructions Not Included But Resources Available at Your Library

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Books calm my soul, especially when I’m attempting a new adventure. When I needed to improve my swimming skills for my first triathlon, I invested in a book. When I wanted to figure out how to train for a century bike ride, I invested in a book. When I considered starting a blog, I invested in a book. You can imagine my response to pregnancy and imminent parenting: I invested in books.

I’ll be reviewing my favorites while waiting for labor to begin. I’m ready, but I suppose it’s best not to rush these things. She has (6 +/-2) weeks before she’ll make her grand entrance.

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Garry Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp