Combatting Babywise Myths #7: Your child will not be interactive

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I think the myth I was most surprised about reading was that your child won’t be interactive if you do Babywise. Remember, I didn’t become aware of the anti-Babywise sentiment until Kaitlyn (my second) was over two months old.

I read online that if you do Babywise, your children will not be interactive, meaning they will not make eye-contact, they will not pay attention to what is going on around them, and they will not be social.

The reason this surprised me so is because my children were not and never have been that way. I live in a town where I am likely the only person who does Babywise (though I do have friends who live elsewhere who follow Babywise). I always get so many comments on how alert my babies are. I also get comments on how much they look at everything and everyone around them. They have always been early or right on average for their social skills development. I have noticed that they have been more alert in comparison to friend’s babies who do not do Babywise that are the same age.

Babywise babies are always fed and rested, so when they are awake, they get the most out of it. They are full and well-rested, so they have energy to put into developing skills and learning from the world around them.

So in my experience, I have never seen a Babywise baby who is not only non-interactive, but who isn’t actually very alert and interactive.

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Reader Comments:

  • Rob & LeAnna said…
    Yeah, that is weird! I had never heard that before. My kids have always had comment like yours. At church people are like “Does your baby ever cry?” They are amazed that I don’t nurse them to sleep and they are happy and content to take thier naps (usually at the same time of the service). Now, of course, with my oldest being in kindergarten, I think he is the smartest kid ever šŸ˜‰ and my daughter as well. Oh, and people are always amazed at how well they speak; they have clear and well thought out words and ideas.
    March 8, 2008 7:43 AM
  • John and Amanda said…
    Wow! I have never heard that myth before! Of ALL the MANY BW babies I know, absolutely NONE of them fit that mold! I agree with you 100% that they would most likely tend to be MORE interactive and alert because they are well fed and rested! I know that my little guy is!!!
    March 8, 2008 10:25 PM
  • Plowmanators said…
    Leanna & Amanda,I know, isn’t that weird? I was very surprised when I read that online. Leanna, I get that same comment at church. The other day Kaitlyn hurt herself playing with my necklace so I took her out into the hall. By the time I was halfway out of the row, she had stopped crying, but it was such a chore to get there I just left :). Anyway, the people in the hall said, “what is she doing out here, she never cries!”
    March 9, 2008 4:16 PM

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