Friday, January 22, 2010

Reader Babywise Questions

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  • CTGirl said... I am due at the end of March with my first baby and have just read BW. I was wondering if you have a sample schedule for a newborn and how early you recommend starting BW on an infant. Thank you.
    February 26, 2008 6:31 PM
    Plowmanators said... Congratulations on your new baby! Be prepared to need to read the book a few times once the baby actually comes (not necessarily from cover to cover, but you will refer to it often). I really think the best time to start is from birth, just like the book outlines. You spend the first week concentrating on feeding, and then at one week old you start with the whole thing. But you can start slowly. My daughter was a sleepy baby. We had to work on one waketime per week. It took her several weeks before she could stay awake for every waketime. Here was our original eating schedule: 7:30-10:30-1:00-4:00-6:30-9:00-Then she had two night wakings.

    After a few weeks, it switched to this: 7:30-10:00-1:00-4:00-6:30-8:30 and two night wakings. She first dropped one night waking, then the other. Please ask away as you prepare and once you get your little one here!
    February 26, 2008 8:57 PM

    CTGirl said... Thank you. This is very helpful. When did your daughter drop the first and then second night feeding?
    February 27, 2008 6:13 PM
    Plowmanators said... She dropped one around 8 weeks. I couldn't get her to do a "dreamfeed." Ideally, she would have had a final feeding at 10:30 or 11:00 PM, but she wouldn't wake up and eat no matter what I did. So at 8 weeks, she dropped one night feeding, and that took her down to 7 feedings a day. The other night feeding was dropped between 3-4 months? Probably closer to 4. At that point, the feedings had extended to the point that 8:30 was now 9:30. I think that helped. When your baby is a newborn, 8 weeks feels like an eternity. But it gets better, and now at 10 months, I think 8 weeks is nothing. :) February 28, 2008 10:09 AM

    See these posts for more sample schedules

    Sample Schedules :

    Sample Schedules: One Year and Up :
  • mommytogirls said...
    I love your website and recently saved it as my homepage. I have used the concepts addressed in Babywise with both my girls and just ordered Preschoolwise--and will continue to follow what is suggested. Your dedication to maintaining this site is phenomonal! I appreciate it so much, as I am sure others do too.I didn't take the time to look at entries from over a month ago, so I thought I would just ask. Have you addressed what to say when people comment on your happy baby or that your baby is sleeping through the night or that she is on a schedule? I know the book says to take credit for it, but how do we do that without sounding like we "know it all" or "have all the answers"? What are some things we could say that would sum up Babywise in just a few sentences? Just yesterday someone asked and I found myself babbling and I think I lost them...but really they would benefit so much from this parenting philosophy.Respond whenever you have a chance...mommytogirls
    March 19, 2008 1:08 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    Mommytogirls,Thanks! As to your question, I usually just say thanks. :) If they ask what I do, my answer is dependent on how much time I have and how interested I think they are. Some things I think are key to note are that they are on a consistent schedule. They eat and sleep at regular intervals. They have independent play. You could say, "Oh, thanks. I follow the principles of Babywise, so my kids have a consistent schedule. They have things regular naps and independent playtime, so those things really help them to be good. You know, kids are always better behaved when they are well rested (just like adults)."
    March 20, 2008 10:27 AM
    mommytogirls said...
    Thank you so much! I have said similar things, but recently it seems more people are asking (I think because they have children the same ages and there are clear differences). Again, I love your site!
    March 20, 2008 1:05 PM

Salina said...
Have you read toddlerwise too? I haven't picked it up yet, and wondered when it's time. I know the Babywise II book goes to 15 months. My son is almost 9 months.
January 8, 2008 1:39 PM

Plowmanators said...
Yes, I have read Toddlerwise (several times!). I have also ready Preschoolwise and will next ready Childwise. BW II does go to 15 months, but Toddlerwise starts at 12 months. There is some overlap, and that is true of all the books. One overlaps with two, etc. I would recommend getting it at around 11 months so you can mentally prepare yourself for anything new you want to implement. Oh wow, my daughter is almost 9 months also. She is getting so old! Sniff!
January 8, 2008 1:53 PM


Janelle said...

My ds just turned 2 last week (man, how the time flies!)and I have already read Toddlerwise. It seemed like Toddlerwise dealt mostly with the second year of life. Is it too soon to start with Preschoolwise? It says that it's for kids 3-5. I don't want to have too high of expectations but I also want to be looking far enough ahead to be ready for what's coming!

Plowmanators said...

Janelle, I would stick mostly with toddlerwise right now so far as rules and expectations, but I read Preschoolwise right when Brayden turned two. I am sure I employed several things with him, and definitely with Kaitlyn just because it was who I was as a parent by then. So I would get it now. Doesn't hurt to be prepared! lol


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