Book Review: On Becoming Baby Wise Book Two

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months

On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months by Gary Ezzo

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As much as I liked the first book, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep this one fell short for me. It really shouldn’t be its own book, and I almost feel like the used price I paid (a couple of bucks, shipped) was a rip-off. Why not just append it to the first book, since it’s really more of a pamphlet, any way?

Despite the typos, overtly christian themes, and repeated tips, there were a few nuggets between the covers of On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months. “Begin as you mean to go” is Ezzo’s big tip, meaning that you should start correcting “wrong behavior” the minute it starts instead of waiting until the child is older. Even if your infant can’t understand why she can’t throw her bowl off the table, she shouldn’t be allowed to do so.

The reason I picked up the book to begin with is because Frances has taken up the habit of yelling loudly during dinner time. If I’m not feeding her fast enough, we’re treated to a very long and loud vocalization. We’re going to take the advice from the book and not feed her another bite until she’s quiet. And if she doesn’t comply, we’ll remove her from the situation and try again later. It’s worth a shot!

Since I’ve been getting into baby sign language, I was especially sensitive to Ezzo’s suggestion that you only introduce one sign at a time. Other material I’ve read says to use as many signs as you can. I mean, research shows you shouldn’t limit the number of spoken words said to your infant, so why limit the number of signs?

I also don’t necessarily agree with the suggestions for introducing solids. Ezzo is still in the “cereals first” camp, while we think it’s best to start with vegetables, fruit and meat. We already combine different vegetables together, and often feed Frances whatever we’re having for dinner, like Indian food or spicy Mexican. Also, I feed Frances solid food first and follow up with breast milk. I figure she might not even notice when we wean if she’s used to filling up on solids first.

Basically, I’d skip this book. I’ve heard On Becoming Toddlerwise is worth picking up, which I’ll do at some point.

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  1. I can’t comment on the book since I haven’t read either of those, but I will say that I am not sure feeding solids before breast milk will make any difference when it comes to weaning. Breast milk has more nutrients and is more densely caloric than solid food so I followed the standard advice of making breast milk the primary source of nutrition for the first year. My kids were extremely easy to wean, but I think it’s because I inadvertently did not use the breast to “comfort” them other than right before bed. For example, if they bumped their heads or something I did not offer the breast just because they were crying. I believe this is why they weaned almost effortlessly. Perhaps if you nurse her before you sit down to eat she won’t be quite as insistent during the meal?

  2. JJ, I think you’re right about Frances not being as insistent during meals if I gave her breast milk first. She has to wait for another bite of food, but she’s in control over how fast the milk goes down!

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