A Predictable Home Life

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I first encountered Babywise when I was at my sister-in-law’s house. We were having dinner, and after dinner she excused herself to put her 14-month-old to bed. I thought surely she’d be gone for 30 minutes, so I settled in to watch some TV until she was done. She returned a few minutes later, ready to resume our conversation. I was shocked: 
what just happened?

​ She briefly explained to me that they use the Babywise method in their house. I did not have children at the time, but I made a mental note to follow-up on the “Babywise” idea when the time came for my husband and I have to have kids. 


Fast-forward a few years, we became pregnant and I immediately picked up a copy of Babywise to read for myself. My husband and I both read it cover-to-cover, completely agreeing with the principles and methodologies outlined in the book. On paper, Babywise matched our intuitions about parenting and the goals we had for our soon-to-be

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family of three. In practice, I had seen Babywise work for many families in our church 

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since first hearing about it from my sister-in-law

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 and I knew that was what we wanted 

​for our son.


​From the start, using Babywise methods allowed us to work toward a predictable and stable home environment as we welcomed baby into our home. Within a few weeks from birth, we had a baby taking full feedings (I exclusively breastfed until he was 6 months old), having alert awake time, and enjoying restful naps and nighttime sleep. Over many months of following Babywise principles and reading more of the -Wise series as our son grew, we now have a thriving toddler who is well-behaved, obedient, loving, joyful – and still sleeping wonderfully on his own for his afternoon nap and overnight. 


Despite having some firm principles, Babywise is not a formula that can be applied to a child to make them sleep. In fact, it’s about much more than sleep; sleep (for everyone involved) is just one of the main benefits of the practice of the Babywise principles. Babywise encompasses a belief system about the role parents play in baby’s life, and relies heavily on mom and dad’s ability to exercise discernment in applying the -Wise principles within their home. To that end, we definitely experienced a learning curve at the beginning and I was so thankful for Val’s blog, the community of BW moms I found on Facebook, and my own family and girlfriend’s who had success with Babywise. We are expecting baby number two any day now, and because of Babywise I am confident about welcoming her into our home and transitioning to a family of four!


Stephanie

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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