Preparation for Parenting, 3rd Edition (c. 1990-1993)
Some quotes from the 3rd edition, Preparation for Parenting by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo:
Chapter 1: Establishing a Biblical Mindset
Chapter 3: Feeding Philosophies and Maternal Practice
Much more occurs during your baby's feeding time than just filling up a little tummy. The feeding practice you choose as you begin the process of parenting will ultimately set your child's hunger patterns, sleep patterns, and basic disposition." p41
"Parent-controlled feeding concerns itself with creating and maintaining a stable outward structure for your baby that enhances metabolic and neurological stabilization." p 47
"A practical routine similar to PCF was the method used in biblical times and most likely the method used by Mary, the mother of Jesus." p 45
"Here are some examples of PCF flexibility: Your baby has been feeding on average, every three and one-half hours. At three hours he begins to fuss and appears to be hungry. With PCF you may desire to hold off another thirty minutes or you may decide to feed. But the decision is based on your assessment, not the clock or the baby's cry." p 47
"Mothers do not possess a special instinct because there is no need for it." p 51
Chapter 5--Hunger and Sleep Cycles
"If you have been following the principles of PCF, this will be the month that your baby drops the nighttime feeding and will begin sleeping continuously six to eight hours....Our survey of mothers shows that 70 percent of PCF babies drop the middle-of-the-night feeding on their own. That leaves 30 percent needing a little nudge, which may necessitate some crying for a few nights until he or she is able to establish unbroken sleep cycles. Crying may be as short as five minutes or as long as an hour."
Chapter 6--Facts on Feeding
Chapter 5 Endnote #6:
From Chapter 7, Establishing Your Baby's Routine
Daily Cycle at a Glance
Diaper change (5-10 minutes).
Nursing or bottle (No more than 30 minutes).
2. Wake-Time Activities
Activities for Mom and baby (usually 10-15 minutes)
Activities for baby alone (20-45 minutes)
3. Sleep and Daytime Naps
Naps (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours).
Through the night by eight weeks (8 hours).
Through the night by twelve weeks (12 hours).
Summary of First Year Feeding
Phase One: Weeks 1-8
Seven to eight daily feedings in the first month. (The number of feedings will depend on whether you begin with a strict three hour routine, or a flexible three to three-and-a-half hour routine.) By the end of this phase, you should be averaging five feedings in a twenty-four hour period with the baby having dropped the middle-of-the-night feeding.
Phase Two: Weeks 9-13
During this phase you will transition from five to four feedings in a twenty-four hour period. That will
place the baby on a four hour routine and will drop the late-evening feeding.
Phase Three: Weeks 14-24
During this phase your baby will maintain four liquid feedings in a twenty-four hour period, three of which will be supplemented with baby food.
Phase Four Weeks 25-52
The process of moving a child to three meals a day should be nearly completed by the beginning of this phase.
Chapter 8--Why Do Babies Cry?
Who's Got the Problem?
Those who are most affected by a baby's cry are the parents (although they do possess a greater cry tolerance than grandparents.) No parent takes pleasure in hearing that sound, and neither will you....p 120
Mothers and fathers who act on the statement, "I can't stand to hear my baby cry," are of great concern to us. What happened to those individuals in their youth that as adults they cannot survive a little crying? Why is crying such an intrusion on their emotions? Is there something in their past that has not been resolved, evoking a haunting memory each time they hear that sound?".... p 121
Praise God that the Father did not intervene when His Son cried out on the cross (Matthew 27:46). If He had stopped the process there would be no redemption for us today. Our Heavenly Father's non-intervention to His Son's cry at that moment was the right response, bringing peace to all who trust in Him (Romans 5:1)....
..."Go ahead and pick up your baby whenever he cries. After all, you can't spoil a baby by loving it too much." That is a thoughtless statement and one of the most common defenses offered as an encouragement to young demand-feeding mothers. The issue is not spoiling the child, but building into the child's learning structure a predisposition for immediate gratification, which becomes a destructive influence later in life....
Unfortunately babies do cry. We don't like it anymore than anyone else. But we know demand feeding just postpones the inevitable conflict in emotions....p. 123
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN MY BABY CRIES?
It should go without saying but we will say it anyway: ignoring a hungry baby's cry is unacceptable. If your baby seems to be hungry all the time, the problem is not with a routine, but with your routine. p.124
You may have reversed the order of wake and nap time activities or you may not be milk sufficient. The latter could be caused by a number of different factors. Lack of sleep, stress, improper diet, meddling mother or mother-in-law. With such influences, leaving your routine or dropping feedings below three hours will not make a mother any more milk sufficient. Such attempts are at best temporary, at worse exhausting [sic]. God has so ordered the body to functions best on routine [sic]. If your baby really is hungry all the time, exam those factors that are influencing your routine [sic]. p.124
How should you respond when your baby cries? Unless your baby is in danger, take time to listen, think, and pray. After that--take action. That's the opposite of what demand feeding advocates advise. They instruct young mothers to simply react and do something to stop the crying. God's way is rational, not emotional. Here is a good habit to get into:
Listen for the type of cry....
Think about where your baby is in his routine....
Pray that God will give you wisdom as His Word promises....
Take Action based on what you have heard and reasonably concluded. Just remember that sometimes the best action to take is no action....
Take note of how long he cries. It can be comforting later to realize that all that noise (which seemed interminable at the time) really lasted only five, ten, or fifteen minutes. p.124-125
Chapter 9--An Alphabetical Topic Pool
Apartment Living and Your Baby
"First forewarn your neighbors that you are going to have a baby and that they may sometimes hear the baby cry....As your baby approaches six to eight weeks of age and you are trying to eliminate the nighttime feeding, there may be a point when you will need to let your baby cry back to sleep. It would probably be helpful to approach your neighbors and explain to them what you're trying to accomplish. Together you can figure out which would be the easiest day of the week to do that. From a neighbor's perspective there is nothing worse than not knowing why someone else's baby is crying in the middle of the night."
"Once parents have brought their infant's eating and sleeping patterns under control, it is time to do the same with wake-time activities. That is best accomplished by using the playpen."
How Should Playpen Time Be Structured?
1. Start by putting your baby in the playpen for fifteen minutes, several times a day....
2. Gradually increase the time your baby spends in the playpen. A twelve-month old can spend up to forty-five minutes to one hour playing happily, twice a day.