Babywise Story

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Here is a story from a mother of three who has been doing Babywise for 4.5 years.


I was introduced to BW through a friend of my mom’s a few months before my first child was born. She actually had some lectures on tape, and I listened to them in the car. Then my husband & I read the book. We knew right away we wanted to follow BW, and I never read anything else. I knew the philosophy fit in with our beliefs about the family. We have the whole -Wise series.
So many times I’ve been thankful for BabyWise! After I had my first child, I just couldn’t imagine what I would be doing with him if I didn’t have some kind of plan. I used the charts in the back of the book and everything, and it really helped me with my new mom insecurities. I got in touch with a contact mom through GFI’s website when he was 8 weeks old, and by 10 weeks had him sleeping through the night. I am still connected with my CM to this day, 4.5 years later. She’s been a lifesaver!
BabyWise really saved the day when I had my 2nd child just 17 months later. I had been using the principles from BabyWise II with my son. The playpen time and other discipline made the difference in my day. I was able to nurse while he stayed in the same room, playing quietly. My 2nd child was a natural sleeper. She took to the routine easily and slept through with no prompting from me by 8 weeks old.
My 3rd child was the polar opposite. She seemed to hate sleep from the beginning. But I persevered…by 14 weeks she had stopped crying when going down for naps. And by the time she was 4 months, she had become a great sleeper. It’s amazing. She’s never been as “by the book” as my other two, but without BW, I know she would never have slept anywhere but on me.


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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, 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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