When I was pregnant with my first child, I found myself wondering how I was supposed to know when to feed him after he was born. Weird, I know, but I really wondered how to figure all that out. I can’t remember how I heard about Babywise, but I’m so glad I did.
I LOVED the predictability of Babywise. I very rarely had to wonder what was wrong with my baby. I could, in most cases, look at the clock and know exactly what the problem was. Knowing what baby’s needs were and when they would occur made planning errands a breeze. No wondering whether I should pack a bottle/nursing cover, etc., knowing whether he would be cranky for a nap before we got back, etc. My husband really appreciated the predictability as well. He’s really not a fan of surprises, and he liked not having many. :o)
As baby grew, I continued following BW principles, but I never went on to read Book 2 or ToddlerWise until I was having trouble managing time, schedule, etc., after baby #2 joined us. Since then, I’ve implemented roomtime with my toddler and tightened up Baby #2’s schedule and routines.
The fact that we are a Navy family makes the routine and discipline of the Babywise lifestyle that much more crucial and appreciated. We’ve moved 6 times since #1 was born (he’s only 27 months old now), and though the schedule always gets a little wobbly with the upheaval of a move, he quickly snaps back into it once things calm down. Also, there are long stretches of time when my husband is not around to give a hand with the children, and our families are far away, so it is absolutely vital to mine and the children’s well-being to have predictable routines in place. Babywise has probably saved my sanity in that regard. I can’t imagine going through our days helter-skelter, especially with no husband around to help.
Babywise has been a serious blessing to our family!