Why I love Babywise

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Here is a story from a mom who started Babywise, left Babywise, then came back.

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I was 6 months pregnant when I first heard about BabyWise. One of my girlfriends from college had read BabyWise and followed it with her twin boys. She sang its praises- and I figured that if a mom of twins can do it and be soooo happy, then it’s definitely something that I need to look into.

I read BabyWise (the first book) twice before I gave birth to Elise in September 2009. I followed it as close as I could until Elise was about 3 months old. Over Christmas, when we were visiting my husband’s parents out of state, Elise came down with a double ear infection. She was so sick and miserable, and I felt so sorry for her that I held her all the time. I even went against BabyWise and started rocking her to sleep. Even after Elise got over her ear infection, I continued to rock her to sleep. And- as would be expected- she wasn’t sleeping through the night, she would cry when she woke up from naps, she wouldn’t go to sleep for anyone except me… I was miserable!! It wasn’t until Elise was 5 months old that I called my girlfriend who had suggested BabyWise and I cried to her because I was so upset. She suggested that I get back on track and start back on my schedule and STOP rocking Elise to sleep as soon as possible.
The very next day I did as she said. It took Elise three days to start getting herself back to sleep again. But now life is wonderful!!!! I put Elise in her crib for naps and she gets herself to sleep. I breast feed her before bed and she talks a little and then goes right to sleep. She doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night and sleeps from 8:00pm to 8:00am. My husband and I have our evenings to ourselves and it has helped us maintain a wonderful relationship!!!! The best thing for me about BabyWise is the schedule and routine so that Elise and I (and my husband) all know what to expect and are happy with our lives.
Sue Moseley

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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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