On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep - Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

By Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Genre: Parenting
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 302 Ratings)


With over 3 million books in print On Becoming Baby Wise continues to gain international recognition for its immensely sensible approach to parenting a newborn. Now in its 18th year of continuous print runs, and translated into 18 languages, the infant management plan offered by Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam successfully and naturally helps infants synchronize their feeding time, waketime and nighttime cycles. The results? Happy, healthy and contented newborn babies who sleep through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age.

The infant management concepts bring hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies. 

The Babywise Parent Directed Feeding concept has enough structure to bring security and order to your baby's world, yet enough flexibility to give mom freedom to respond to any need at any time. It teaches parents how to lovingly guide their baby's day rather than be guided or enslaved to the infant's unknown needs.

Comprehensive breast-feeding follow-up surveys spanning three countries, of mothers using the PDF method verify that as a result of the PDF concepts, 88% breast-feed, compared to the national average of only 54% (from the National Center for Health Statistics). Of these breast-feeding mothers, 80% of them breast-feed exclusively without a formula complement. And while 70% of our mothers are still breast-feeding after six months, the national average encourage to follow demand feeding without any guidelines is only 20%. The mean average time of breast-feeding for PDF moms is 33 1/2 weeks, well above the national average. Over 50% of PDF mothers extend their breast-feeding toward and well into the first year. Added to these statistics is another critical factor. The average breast-fed PDF baby sleeps continuously through night seven to eight hours between weeks seven and nine. 

Healthy sleep in infants is analogous to healthy growth and development. Find out for yourself why a world of parents and pediatricians utilize the concepts found in On Becoming Babywise.


  • Perfect for bonding. Parents & baby happy!

    By Mama Sap
    I used this for both of my girls. DO NOT listen to negative reviews. It is a guideline. I kept my baby in my room in bassinet till I was comfortable. Be careful when making crazy accusations that it will kill your baby!! Do you have facts? Yes the book has a biblical view that the parents’ relationship is very important, duh! Parents need more sleep too so they can be calm parents. Parents need time to reconnect. Also, sleep for mom is proven to help lessen symptoms of POSTPARTUM!!! Is that not a good thing? Keeping a schedule is also necessary for mamas milk production. (Both mom & baby get sleep! ) I nursed both my girls for 1 year! I Bonded with both. Loved my nursing time with them! Both of my girls were great nappers too! Toddlers and babies need many hours of sleep for normal brain development! Both girls are very independent, secure within themselves and very intelligent! As I write this my oldest is using the book & her baby has slept 7 hours straight at night at only 1 month. My granddaughter is very happy, & thriving. People hate the book because they are too lazy to follow.
  • Terrible Dangerous Advice

    By Sally B 81
    I am only a few chapters into this book and already there are several red flags. It offers advice that goes against the AAP guidelines for reducing risk of SIDS with advice such as after 4 weeks remove baby from your room so you can sleep better! Newborns are not an inconvenience - they need love, care and attention night & day. I also discovered this book was originally published in 1990 as ‘Preparation for Parenting: Bringing God's Order to Your Baby's Day and Restful Sleep to Your Baby's Night', (Christian edition written by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo), the book was rebranded in 1993, which makes me feel uneasy.
  • Will get sleep after this read

    By joshua0107
    If you apply the principles discussed in this book consistently, you will get more sleep in the first few months of being a parent.
  • Best book ever for new parents

    By JNYChick
    I used this schedule for my two kids and had amazing results. My babies were always happy. I was always getting compliments everywhere, even on airplanes, as to how great my babies behaved. They were fed and slept which made them very content. It's a shame that people are finding the book controversial. I had a toddler and an infant to take care of so putting them on a routine made days so much smoother and enjoyable. You must read this if your a new parent. A baby that has all of their needs taken care of makes a happy baby...and happy parents!
  • Disgusted

    By PeacefulParent
    This is child abuse
  • Horrid Horrid Book

    By HKLMom
    BabyWise caused me to missed out in precious bonding with my first child. I believe it affects our relationship still 15 years later. DO NOT BUY OR FOLLOW METHODS contained in this book. It is truly poison.
  • An amazing resource

    By a great foundation
    My husband and I have used this book after each of our childrens birth. It provides an amazing source for comfort and encouragement. I find myself reading and re-reading the book daily as a guide and reminder that we are making the right choices for our child. When I am tired and weak I doubt my ability to make the right choices. This book helps me feel like I have a constant support system no matter what time of day or night. The long term benefits have been realized with each of our children. We are consistently told how wonderful our children are and I believe this first book is the first step in providing the right foundation for our children. We have found each book in the series very helpful. That said this first book is just as much for us as it is for baby. Newborns make you doubt yourself and this book gives you the support and guidance needed to make it through the first months.

    By DaniJenkins
    This is an awful book - I do NOT recommend this to anyone. This book is destructive to the wellbeing of children. Please grab a book by Dr Sears or LR Knost instead.
  • The only way to go

    By WadeBritt4
    My wife and I have followed the guidelines and especially the suggested tables (very useful as you can’t rmember anything in the fog of the first few weeks and it helps to see a written record of what happened) and are thrilled with the results. A happy, healthy boy that eats and sleeps well and has a good temper. I do not at all understand the odd reviews that cite how this approach has killed infants…sounds like competing publishers to me….. We’re entering week 10 and couldn’t be happier.
  • Great parenting book

    By M. Gootz
    Babywise is a controversial topic I learned but I loved it! My baby was always fussy and hardly ever slept (which isn't good for his development). Babywise helped me know my baby better. He is happy, sleeps well, eats well (a little too well almost out of house and home!!), and everyone is happy. It took a while to implement but it was worth it. And no, you don't have to cry it out.