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Moms on Call: 5 Awesome Ways it Can Help with Babywise. How the two parenting methods can work together to help you create a great baby schedule.
by Christine Keys
I only happened upon Moms on Call when I was pregnant with my second child. Before that time, the main sleep training method that we used with our firstborn was Babywise.
And I still love and use Babywise now.
However, I went ahead and looked more into Moms on Call because it had some great reviews. I am so glad that I did!
If you’ve never heard about Moms on Call then go ahead and check out this post that gives a clear outline of the book.
I’m a huge advocate of applying balance to parenting. It is very rare for one method to fit every child wholly. For that reason, I have taken bits and pieces of different methods and advice and created what works for each of my children.
My two absolute favourite sleep training methods are On Becoming Babywise and Moms on Call. They are similar, but not the same. Read –> Babywise vs Moms on Call: 5 Differences You need to Know About
And yet, they really do compliment each other.
In this post, I want to focus on Moms on Call and the 5 things that will help optimize your experience with using Babywise.
1) Moms on Call Provides More Schedule Options
If you’re a fan of Babywise, then I’m going to assume that you’re a fan of schedules. For that reason, you’ll likely enjoy Moms on Call as well.
The first book in the series provides schedules from the very early weeks right up until 6-months of age. If you’re wanting to have schedules beyond that time then you can definitely find them in their subsequent books.
Many moms enjoy the schedules that are provided because they’re simple and easy to follow. They do allow for parental discretion but are a bit more ‘by the clock’ than Babywise schedules.
This might not work for everyone, but if you have a baby that is difficult to read, or a lifestyle that makes judging wake times, etc a bit difficult, then the Moms on Call schedules can be of great benefit.
2) Moms on Call Has Great Tips for Managing Multiple Routines
Moms on Call really appealed to me as a parent to more than one child. The reason for this is because they put a lot of emphasis on working multiple schedules together.
In fact, they even have toddler and baby schedules that they provide as a package.
This is so helpful when you’re trying to balance caring for your children with allowing yourself some rest and time out.
3) Moms on Call Provides Key Points
Again, this is great for the mom that has more than one child. However, it’s also great when you’re in those early weeks of postpartum recovery and inevitable sleep deprivation.
Moms on Call provides some key points to focus on. One example is feed times. They give you age-specific schedules that include suggested feed times. However, of those feed times, they only place a big emphasis on two of them.
In other words, if the schedule turns to custard (which can definitely happen!) and you’re not sure what to do, then those feed times are set in stone and can help keep everything else in place.
They’re almost like a reset button of sorts.
Having the set feed times is very similar to the concept of setting the desired wake time like Babywise suggests. It gives an anchor to your day and allows your baby’s metabolism to regulate more easily.
4) Moms on Call Gives Clear Sleep Training Guidelines
Something that I personally found lacking in the Babywise book was what to do as far as sleep training goes. I know that I’m not alone in this as I’ve often seen other moms asking for help as well.
While Babywise offers great routines, guidelines, and research behind their recommendations, they don’t really offer any information on sleep training itself.
Establishing healthy sleep habits, yes…more hardcore sleep training, no.
This is where I found Moms on Call particularly helpful.
They provide you with a step by step guide on how to approach sleep training with your baby. Their suggestions are age-appropriate and easy to understand. Personally, I found them particularly helpful for night time as that’s when I struggle to think clearly because I’m tired.
Having a set guide in place really helped!
5) Moms on Call Offers Other Baby Care Tips
Babywise does offer some baby care tips such as burping techniques and how to track input and output. However, Moms on Call goes into a lot more detail and offers many more tips. The whole book really is more like a baby care guide as opposed to just a sleep training method.
As it is written by two paediatric nurses, it also has some sound medical backing and experience.
So, for a first-time mom, it’s wonderful for those times when you might be second-guessing yourself. And, it lists all the things that you’ll need in order to be prepared for your baby’s arrival.
When it comes to sleep training your baby, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’. Instead, you’ll most likely have to read and try a few different things to see what works best for your family.
Personally, I haven’t used all of what is found in the Moms on Call book, but have utilized most of their sleep training information.
In summary, if you’re looking for something straightforward with simple-to-follow instructions, then I would highly recommend this book.
If you’re more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, then there may be other methods that work better for you. Used in conjunction with Babywise, this is the perfect sleep training hybrid method for our family.
Related Posts on This Blog:
- Babywise FAQs
- A Complete Summary of the Babywise Method
- Babywise Sample Schedules
- The Best Baby Sleep Training Books to Get Baby Sleeping
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces. I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. Read more at ChristineKeys.net