This book was formerly published by Multnomah Books, but is now self-published through the publishing company of Ezzo known as Parent-Wise Solutions. Hundreds of thousands of copies have been sold. Bucknam is a pediatrician and Ezzo is known for his position as an evangelical Christian adviser. This was once a church-based resource book about how to rear an infant.
In this publication, an infant care program is suggested. This program, the others say, will make the baby sleep throughout the night from the young age of seven to nine weeks and beyond. As many people know, infants typically wake up numerous times during the night and early morning hours needing to be fed. With this program, the emphasis is on parental control of the baby’s sleep, feeding and play schedule instead of allowing the child to make the choice of when it wants to sleep, play and eat.
The ideas behind this book is what has attracted some criticism. This has come from both parents and professionals. The concern is that people are being taught to rear the infant based on the advice given in the book, which could ultimately lead to a higher likelihood of malnutrition, failure and emotional disorders.
Bucknam was recruited by Ezzo to make the book more secular. The newer edition with both writers was officially released in the first half of the 1990s. It was followed by four editions that published between the years of 1995 and 2007. This work talks about an infant management plan, based on the play, sleeping and feed cycles of infants, called parent-directed feeding or PDF.
In the book there are instructions on caring for the infants from their date of birth up through six months of age. It mostly covers the topic of infant sleep, as well as feeding. There is emphasis on parental control when it comes to infant training. According to the book, the baby is not to be the defining center of a household but instead, an addition that is subject to the house’s order. The concepts discussed in this piece are not new or radical but are a re-articulation of methods used by Evangelical parents of the past and even advisors who are secular.
Both authors have said they stand in the middle ground between assigning a strict schedule for feeding time and feeding according to the demands of the baby. They also do not support co-sleeping. The advice offered in this is much like that seen in other publications.
There has been much criticism about this written work, especially by health care professionals in the mainstream who say it is filled with misinformation on important topics of infant sleep, feeding, growth and development. Still, some may find this book filled with important information that proves helpful in their situation. There are plenty of opinions about how to raise a child and because every child is different, the requirements might vary.
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